I was born in Solihull in 1957. In 1959 my parents bought this house just off the Blossomfield Road. It was a happy family home and it grew as the family grew.
My education started at Cranmore Infants School, continued at Shirley Heath Junior and then after passing my 11 plus, I went to Tudor Grange Girls Grammar School. The summer uniform of yellow and white striped dresses and straw hat wasn’t too bad, but the bottle green and grey for winter (right down to grey knickers) was no one’s idea of high fashion. The green felt hat did not suit anyone but woe betide you if you were seen in uniform without it.
I was proud to be accepted by Sheffield University Medical School and even more proud when I qualified as a doctor in 1980 — something I had wanted to do since I was 6 years old, but that’s another story.
After a spell in hospitals in Sheffield and Halifax, I became a GP in Sheffield in 1986. I specialised in women’s health and family planning, gaining membership of what was then called the Faculty of Family Planning and also the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine.
I moved to Cambridge in 1998 and joined the practice in Warboys in 2000, where I worked until retirement in 2016.
Along the way I have been lucky enough to have travelled extensively. I have owned a winning greyhound, had an interest in various race horses and have learnt to shoot.
I met my husband Stuart in Cambridge and we have restored several properties together and built two (our two properties in Norfolk can be seen on his company’s website slbp.co.uk).
I learnt to read when I was very young and have not been without a book since. I love to escape into stories and I have written journals at various points in my life.
Helping to care for my parents towards the end of their lives led me to explore the idea of writing a novel. A writing course in 2016 and some very positive feedback convinced me to try my hand at writing something that others may want to read. The result was my first novel, ‘Rude Awakening’.