I have always had a love of nature which was heightened by my Dad's own enthusiasm for the natural world. I now consider myself very fortunate to have lived in quite a few different places; the changing landscapes and weather conditions being a factor that influenced the diversity of wildlife I have seen.

On reflection I realise that very few of us get to live for any length of time in different areas of the UK let alone abroad whilst we are growing up. I myself did not always see this as a blessing. Having to leave friends behind time and again was hard. Joining new schools where I was usually the only new girl where friendship groups had most often been formed and cemented back in primary school was never easy. I used to wish that I too had had a true bestie that I had gone through all of my school years with! 

I realised later in life that my view of the world 'on our doorstep' took on wider proportions than many of my companions.

As I am now blessed with a handful of very good friends and a happy family life I would not be without my formative years that saw me running through lush green fields and learning to swim in a clear blue/green mediterranean sea. 

Nature and poetry (usually about nature and the environment) are close to my heart. I wrote the poem which I chose to use as my website background when I was a young teenager.

I have been asked a fair few times to make it accessible and certainly readable not just in glimpses. So here it is, I do hope you like my ramblings where nature was on my doorstep and I took pen to paper to capture those moments in time. 

Butterfly Morn poem backdrop to Canvasbutterfly website
Balivanich beach Benbecula Outer Hebrides Western Isles Scottish island
Balivanich beach photograph Benbecula beach Outer Hebrides beach seaweed on sandy beach photograph Outer hebrides coastline Scottish Isles
Balivanich Beach - Benbecula        Machair grassland - Benbecula        Balavanich Beach after the rain
Dougarry Beach - North Uist               Coastline - North Uist                        Coastline - North Uist 
Loch behind the Red House  Looking out at sunset from North Uist                   Loch North Uist     
or Tagh Dearg  - North Uist  across the North Atlantic Ocean to St. Kilda 
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Eriskay Island - Looking out at
South Uist
Standing on the dunes covered with marram grasses. Looking across to North Uist from Benbecula

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