I am a mother first and foremost, with six children scattered over the world and seven grown-up grandkids in Australia. Having enjoyed an eventful life I am now happily retired in Perth, West Australia.
After matriculating in History at Oxford University I started my family, and when they had fled the nest I gained a B(Bus) in Human Resource Management / Computing via distance education from the University of Southern Queensland. I taught Computer Studies/IT for five years at Hillcrest Secondary School, Nairobi.
For sixty years – mainly in Kenya and latterly in the UK – I have been an intermittent freelance journalist, business-woman, consultant and mentor.
In the year 2001 I became a world traveller, keeping a diary and buying a bird book in every country I visited. You can read excerpts from my diaries under the Travel blog category on this website.
My career as an author began when co-ordinating a cookbook in aid of the National Museums of Kenya in 1989. Thanks largely to my publishers, Crooked Cat, I wrote five books in five years from 2013. The publishers have closed down, my books are out of print and I am glad to have shed the burden of constant marketing. My current venture is to collate and edit family diaries and memoires into a document for my descendants.
There’s no hurry. I arrived in Perth in the nick of time before Covid19 lock-down. I feel very blessed as a relaxed retiree playing bridge and geriatric tennis, meeting up with childhood friends and indulging my love of horses by judging dressage.