So what can I tell you about me?
Okay, I’m a 50-something woman who enjoys expressing herself through writing. Two of my great passions are Reading and Walking – hence the site title = The Walking Reader. Both these activities seem to ‘get me thinking’ and I say more about this in ‘Why Am I Blogging?’ . Who knows where this will lead? But for now, it seems like fun and something like a good idea. It beats talking to myself anyway!!
I was born and brought up in a village on the outskirts of Stockport, near Manchester and after moving round the country with work to Lancashire, Warwickshire and Surrey, now live in the beautiful Holme Valley, in a village with amazing views and walks from my doorstep. I am married to a truly wonderful man, whose patience I try sorely and who loves me dearly, and who I love truly, madly, deeply – yet spent too little time showing and telling him! Between us we have four grown-up gorgeous offspring and six (soon to be seven) fabulous grandchildren. My family are the source of much of my joy – and also the cause of many of sleepless nights, my dwindling bank balance and the increase of my grey hair and wrinkles! I love them dearly, of course.
Last year, I decided to take early retirement following a career of over 30 years in the NHS and latterly working in advisory roles with local authorities on children’s disability service development. I loved my work but I do so love my retirement! I intend to really milk it and live life to the full. I have a huge pile of books waiting to be read and miles of countryside waiting to be walked and explored. I’ve started – but oh boy! I certainly haven’t finished.
I want to write. I do write. I’ve written lots and want to write more. Somehow I just never got the will to make it my career. Now is my time! Right now, there may be no one actually paying me, but everyday I sit down to work at my writing. I have become a writer. So if you would like to tell me what you think about my writing – by commenting on this site, that would be very helpful. But mostly, I’m just happy if you read it – like a baker who wants to see their cakes being eaten – I thrive on knowing my writing has been read and enjoyed.
If you’re looking for literary criticism or book reviews – I apologise – you will be disappointed. If you’re searching for details of good walks (like map coordinates and all that jazz) you’ll also be disappointed. My aim is simply to share my own experiences of the reading and walking that I do and enjoy – and the thoughts they inspire in me. I hope they’ll be of interest to you, make you think a bit, possibly make you laugh sometimes and maybe, on occasions prompt you to read or walk yourself. Whatever, I humbly offer my ramblings as food for your thoughts.