Born in Ireland to parents of Scots/English parentage, 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 parentage, 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 home 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 writing from time to time. Between Feb 2015 and Nov 2016 I took a Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries at the local polytech, which I enjoyed hugely.

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 with visits to New Zealand, and our daughters living in different cities at opposite ends of the country. 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.'