Just a few words about me, from me!


For my sixtieth birthday my four children planned a surprise weekend away to
Braemar. During that weekend we visited the house on the farm where I was
born. This was Ferniehowe, Logiecoldstone, near Tarland. My grandparents
were cottared in that wee house - now somebody's summer cottage and I was
born 21st April 1934.

Not many yards from this cottage we discovered the remains of a Stone Age Fort,
one of many in that area.The Fort looks out over low grassland to the Munro
commonly called Lochnagar.
My family knows I want my ashes scattered on the Stone Age Fort.
I discovered recently the real name of that Munro is Beinn Chiochan
and Lochnagar is the name of a loch in the mountain's north east corrie.
Lochan na Gaire means "lochof the noisy water." I can identify with that:
I'm told I was a very babbling, bubbling, talkative child.

I grew up, not on Deeside but partly on Donside and latterly in Ellon on the
banks of the River Ythan.
Dad was all his working life a "farm servant" a baille, My two sets of twin
brothers, my sister and I lived in cottage houses provided by the farmer that dad
worked for. They were called cottar hooses. Many of my early poems describe this part
of my life. Education from the age of five to twelve was in little two/three
teacher country schools. Although we were forbidden to speak our first
language and told to speak 'proper' we were given a firm grasp of English
grammar. So much so that when told to speak 'proper' I always wanted to say
that should be 'properly' the adverb; maybe it was an adjective but 'proper'
what; maybe it was a noun with a capital P, and was another word for English.
I never had the courage to ask and it puzzles me to this day.

Secondary Education was in Ellon Academy and from there I went on to Aberdeen
University where I graduated in 1955 Ordinary MA then onto Aberdeen
Teacher Training College. In 1956 I went to teach Geography and English in
Galashiels Academy.

I spent a year and a half teaching in New York State, married a Borderer
had four children, taught in Donaldson's School for the Deaf, taught in Dr.
Guthrie's School for girls at Gilmerton - called List D in those days- then
latterly Greysmill school for physically handicapped children. I also worked
for Women's Aid and trained as a Relationship Counsellor.

When I retired in 1996 I travelled to Seattle, Australia , Hong Kong and ten
weeks later returned back home. In 1998 I went on a Cruise from Moscow
to St Petersburg -'Music of the Czars'- and some years later made a similar
one down the Danube.

There's lots more and some of it will come out in my poems if you care to read them.