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Wow doesn’t time fly.  I am now semi-retired …….I took the decision to leave school teaching behind, after 36 years it was time for a change.  I won’t go into the reasons here, otherwise I would ramble on my soapbox for too long!  I am now enjoying being in control of my own journey through life.  I teach guitar lessons to primary children in after school classes, run a computer club and in September will be starting an after school music and drama club.  All the things I enjoy doing, on my own terms.

I gave up as an RSPB volunteer too, but still enjoy bird and wildlife watching.


Im a primary school teacher – part time- in Leeds.  The part time bit is the best bit, as it gives me time to persue my hobbies of wildlife watching, walking, reading and music.  I live with my wonderful husband and daughter, dog Sparky and three cats.  I am very lucky where I live as my house backs onto a golf course, with plenty of trees and hedgerow, so plenty of birds and foxes.  North Leeds is a great  area for walking, with easy access to moors and dales.  I can walk out of my house and across the golf course to a lovely area that English Nature manage, across Golden Acre Park “buzzing” with birds and to Adel Dam managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, of which I am a member.  The Leed Country Way passes nearby and the Harewood area, where they reintroduced Red Kites back to Yorkshire, is but a 5 minute car journey.  The Red Kites are now self sufficient, a great success and we often get them flying above our garden.  I volunteer at RSPB Fairburn Ings on the outskirts of Leeds once a week.
I love watching the birds that I entice to visit my garden but its a big thrill to find them yourself in the wild open yonder.