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For such an ordinary person I have - so far - led an extraordinary life. Very happy childhood in Norwich, renowned for English National Treasures, Delia Smith and Stephen Fry, with a loving family, great teenage memories of Norfolk, a fabulous husband and home in the small village of Morton-on-the-Hill, just a few miles north-west of Norwich. I studied my favourite subjects at the University of East Anglia, graduating in 1992 with an honours degree in English History and Landscape Archaeology. Then I found a great job with an international firm of lawyers as a legal secretary in the senior partner’s department in Norwich. Had more fun than you can shake a stick at working in the planning and environment department.
Then just when things couldn’t get any better, they did.
The Lone Star State beckoned so Mike and I packed up the furniture and the dogs, learnt the local Texan patois in U-stun, bought a big ol’ pickup truck, built a bar-be-sqew bar in the yard, and began a whole ‘nuther life.
Emotional and economic reasons drew us back to Europe in 2007 - England and later Moscow, but then recession started to turn global, and eighteenth months later we were back in Texas. One of my Dad’s favourite sayings was, “It’s all part of life’s rich pageant” or it might have been “pattern” but whatever the correct term, it perfectly describes my philosophy.
So there we are then. With my employment resume shot to smithereens - who would want to take on an English ex-legal secretary, ex-corporate administrative assistant, constantly on the move - I thought the next best option was to start writing about my extraordinary life. I hope you enjoy reading Finding Jingo.
Mike and I subsequently collaborated on a companion piece to Finding Jingo - The History of Whitehorse Farmhouse, Morton-on-the-Hill, Norfolk.
If it's romantic fiction you're looking for, Two Affairs to Remember, located on the island of Sicily is a charming read: an aperitif of sunshine, an antipasti of stunning landscape, a primo of art treasures, a secondi of island characters, a dolce of Mediterranean temperamento and finally, a digestivo of feel-good romanzo.
Coming soon is a moving account of how a family acknowledges dementia and looks beyond the challenges to focus on ways of creating moments of pleasure and contentment.
Dallas, July 2018