I was born in Northwich in Cheshire, UK. and grew up in an idyllic area for children. My friends and I used to go out to play in the woodlands around the area. Of course, people were less anxious about what might happen to their children in those days. Not that they cared less, it was just that there seemed to be less to worry about.
While I was growing up I was a tomboy. I climbed trees, played hide and seek in the woods, dammed the streams, searched for caterpillars and butterflies, learned about the birds and wild animals and picked wild flowers. (That was not illegal then, of course.)
I loved being with animals, especially dogs. This photograph shows me and a friend with my Border Collie, Laddie. He was a lovely dog.When I grew up I went to teacher training college where I studied Science with maths and English as subsidiary subjects. Here I enjoyed myself very much. I joined the Hiking Club and on a hike to Kinder Scout in Derbyshire, I met my future husband.I took up painting and a variety of crafts during the time when I was bringing up my children. I still do them when not writing. One of my favourites is tatting, a craft that not many people seem to do these days, which is a pity as it’s quite easy and makes many very pretty things.
I now live in East Sussex with my husband and enjoy the company of my grandchldren