Born in Ireland to parents of Scots/English heritage, I was raised in Ireland (Co. Wicklow and Co. Dublin) and the Highlands of Scotland (Argyll); moved to New Zealand with my husband when I was 25 and then to Bahrain ten years later.  We remained there, bringing up our two now-adult daughters, Read more...

Born in Ireland to parents of Scots/English heritage, I was raised in Ireland (Co. Wicklow and Co. Dublin) and the Highlands of Scotland (Argyll); moved to New Zealand with my husband when I was 25 and then to Bahrain ten years later.  We remained there, bringing up our two now-adult daughters, though we had a house in Nelson, New Zealand. 

I've enjoyed taking photos since I received my first camera when I was about seven, and have always footled around with descriptive writing; I've earned my living by writing from time to time. Between Feb 2015 and Nov 2016, I took a Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries.

After 16 years of living in the Middle East and travelling around, I came to Nelson in January 2012 with our younger daughter when the political situation in Bahrain at the time was unstable and we were concerned about her schooling there. This has resulted in ours becoming an 'archipelago' family with my husband in Bahrain, making regular visits to New Zealand; our daughters living in different cities at opposite ends of the country, and me dividing my time between Bahrain and Nelson. Thus, it's a rather 'Here and There' journal, hence my blip name. 

The combined pet tally for our two households (New Zealand and Bahrain) currently stands at three cats, one rabbit, a parrot and several fish. Only the fish and two of the cats were actually 'planned.'