Even more years have flown by and things have changed again.  I now have a two year old grand daughter and  have been working in the security industry, for a company that does the crowd management at music and conference venues around the country.  This suits me fine as it is casual and I can work when I want.  Sparky our dog who has featured in many of these posts, had to be put to sleep four years ago and we now have another large lurcher called Tetley.



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.