Outgoing and enthusiastic
Three things I like:
Theatre, the British countryside, ringing handbells
Three things I don’t like:
Bad spelling and grammar, intolerance, beetroot
Up’ard/ Down’ard: Down’ard (though I don’t follow Shrovetide)
Born and bred: I was born, grew up and worked in London until my mid 20s I Moved to Derbyshire, lived for nearly five years in the US, and then moved back.
Family matters: My children were born in the US in Seattle. My daughter now lives and works in Edinburgh; my son lives and works locally.
Work: I teach Qigong at the Ashbourne Physiotherapy Centre. Qigong (pronounced chee gung) is an ancient Chinese health care system, with roots going back about 4,000 years.
It combines physical postures and breathing techniques and is a gentle way of reducing stress and improving and maintaining your health.
Most people are more familiar with T’ai Chi, which is similar to, but different from Qigong and is less than a thousand years old.
I am best at:
Empathy (apparently) and organising
My ideal holiday:
The North-West Highlands of Scotland (though not in the midge season).
Favourite food: My son makes amazing pancakes.
Seeing the Ashbourne Festival, which I initiated, going from strength to strength, thanks to its brilliant and dedicated volunteers.
If you ruled the world:
We’d take far better care of it in every way; environmentally, socially, economically.
“Returned to the Tao”