I was born near Halifax in Yorkshire and grew up in the small village of Sowerby high on the Pennine hills. I received my first bicycle as a birthday present when I was thirteen years old. It led me to want to explore the world around me and then to extend my adventures during the rest of my life to traveling in all its forms. I took up sailing and mountain walking and emigrated to new Zealand and then to Australia for twenty years. I returned to live on the Isle of Skye where I ran a B&B business and now live in Galloway by the sea in beautiful South West Scotland.