A bit about me...
I have always lived in the same small market town in rural Wiltshire where history is marked in the buildings and hidden alleyways. The beautiful landscape is rich in legends so exploring the countryside is like visiting a fairy tale. This is lucky since I’ve always loved fairy tales, my favourite is The Princess and the Pea. I still love my Ladybird edition with its beautiful pictures, especially the princess with her soaking wet inky hair.
The first time I escaped the countryside to visit London I was almost twelve. I remember being excited and terrified in equal measure, I’d never been on an escalator and had to be taught how to use one! I’m still not comfortable in big cities, all that rushing about and the worry of getting lost. However, it’s worth the anxiety to visit Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Ophelia is my favourite, I always wonder how poor Elizabeth Siddal coped laying in a bath heated only by candles!
Always a keen baker, I have a passion for making and decorating cakes. I am often to be found in the kitchen dripping in icing and very happy until tidying up when I realise how much mess I create when creating! When my children were small I used to stay up until the middle of the night decorating canal boats, the seven dwarves in bed, crinoline ladies with icing skirts and teddy bears’ picnics.
Except for running from frogs, I am not a natural athlete, but I can throw myself around to music and I can manage spin class. My favourite exercise is yoga. My lovely teacher, Sally, also teaches meditation which is incredible and very insightful. It’s amazing to look into your own mind, to find the secrets locked inside and it helps me think of new stories. www.sallytrotman.com/home.
"Things I love..."
• Weak tea and cake.
• Amazing books, especially 'The Enchanted' by Rene Denfeld or 'The Keeper of Lost Things' by Ruth Hogan.
• Brilliant films - my recent favourite is 'The Shape of Water'.
• Fairy Tales.
• Misty hills and walks but not too much going up as I tend to moan a lot about aching legs.
• Hot Water bottles.
• Places - West Kennet Long Barrow; The Big Belly Oak in Savernake Forest and Adam’s Grave.