More about me

Here are 18 of my favourite questions children have asked me, and five of my favourite pics

Q: Which three words describe you best?

A: It depends who you ask!

Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

A: An artist or poet.

Q: What were you like at school?

A: I had phases – I was cheerful in the infants, stroppy in the juniors, sporty at the start of Secondary, moody in the middle and silent in the sixth form.

Cheerful in the infants
Cheerful in the infants

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: My house because it contains all my other most treasured possessions

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

A: Singing, walking, swimming in the sea (summer only!) and chatting to my favourite people on the phone.

Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

A: Wildlife warden, mountain rescuer, deep sea diver – well, you did say ‘attempt’!

I do love mountains!
I do love mountains!

Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

A: My grandfather, on my dad’s side – he died before I was born.

Q: Have you got any pets?

A: We used to have a rabbit called Shintie, who lived indoors. His favourite pastimes were eating the paper and watching neighbours.

Shintie
Shintie

Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?

A: Kindness and good humour

Q: What would you most like to change about yourself?

A: I’d like to be six inches taller – I don’t like the way my children are all much bigger than me!

Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?

A: Shetland. I found it so interesting I went for a holiday and stayed for a decade.

The beach next to my first house in Shetland
The beach next to my first house in Shetland

Q: What are you good at?

A: Being self-motivated and trying new things.

Q: What are you bad at?

A: Being patient and sticking to timetables.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

A: I couldn’t say. They’re like surprise presents someone leaves at your door. The important thing is to keep the door open.

Q: Do you feel younger or older than your current age?

A: It comes and goes – I mostly don’t think of myself as being any particular age

Birthdays are brilliant, however many you've had!
Birthdays are brilliant, however many you’ve had!

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: My dad.

Q: What are your proudest achievements?

A: Most of my books and all of my children.

Q: What has life taught you?

A: How wonderful it is, even the bumpy bits.