Born in Oban in July 1967, I have lived for most of my life in Tyndrum, Perthshire, Scotland.
In 1978, I went to Boarding School in Crieff, Morrison’s Academy. I loved it. By 1986 the summer I left Morrison’s, I had achieved heaps and had a great time! Claim to fame would be: The first Morrisonian to play hockey for Scotland. My other one is scoring a hat trick against France. My hockey days would have lasted to the full Scottish squad had I not blown my knee during a training session! As it transpired, Under 18 & Under 21 squad was my knee’s limit.
After Boarding school, I went to Napier in Edinburgh and studied Hotel Catering and Institutional Management. Whilst there, I worked at the Edinburgh Sheraton – or the Sheraton Grand as it is now known … I had a great time there working through all the food & beverage areas in the hotel! The hardest work was room service – especially having to pick up the trays/trolleys from the various floors – phew! We used to walk miles every day! It was however, a great training and experience. Napier? It was ok, the most important result of that, apart from my Diploma, was meeting my future husband. Here we are in our 28th year together. Good god.
After living in Edinburgh for over 4 years, Ed was offered the Manager’s role in Pizza Hut. We spent 3.5 years in Aberdeen – a year and a half of which I spent in ‘The Hotel from Hell’. I won’t name it and shame it. Not right now! The other half of my time was working as a department manager with Safeway. That was cool!
Life in Tyndrum is cool. We live in a really quiet spot, right way back out of the way – the last house in Stirling District. I love horses and used to do a bit of riding, however, another knee injury has stopped that for the time being. Golf was another hobby that had to be shelved, however, I have nice memories and one or two trophies in the house.
I love learning. I believe that every day should be a school day. If there isn’t something new being learned in a day, you aren’t trying hard enough! I love meeting people and especially people watching. That is a great hobby! One thing is for sure, there is never a dull moment in any one of my work days!
How would other people describe me? Hmmm…. my Father in Law calls me gregarious, I have also been described as ‘Mad’, being ‘slightly unhinged’ and one of my favourites is ‘Wired up all wrong’. I like nothing better than a really good laugh, and I hate getting ‘told off’. I love what I do for a living and where I stay and I have some lovely friends who mean the world to me. I would like to think that I am a warm and caring person. I wish I could see myself as others see me!
It seems over the last few years I have become addicted to motorcycling. The love of my life is Smoggy, an F650GS. We have ventured to Spain, France, Italy, Sicily, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria…. oh, and Lichtenstein. In 2016, his odometer turned 75,000 – he’s a keeper! I am a fully fledged member of both car & motorcycle IAM. The latter was officially the best thing I have ever done.
I am also a National Observer for Motorcycles and just love taking Associates through their Advanced Motorcycling course. For my sins, I am the Honorary President of the Forth Valley Group of Advanced Motorists.
That’s probably enough about me….I think this picture kind of sums me up…..
….. and I really, really think this is much cuteness: