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To make our big beautiful world smaller, our little worlds greater.
Writing, dreaming, travelling,singing, acting,caring,playing,learning, thinking.
I enjoy everything too much and am interested in just about anything ( perhaps not mortgages and insurance).
In CS I seem to have gatecrashed a party of like spirits and minds.
I grew up in England and Australia, Uni in Sydney, drama school in Manchester, theatre in Liverpool. Gave up acting when had the 4th of 6 children. Survived my biggest challenges of all - suburbia, parenthood and teaching.
Now I'm trying to mix all the ingredients of my experiences together and see what happy potion I can concoct so I can become an independent truly global citizen. I spend part of the year in Sydney and part in France, but my family home is in the UK.
Because I am passionate about people developing their own passions and individuality I deliver art/music educational workshops on a variety of subjects - currently Claude Monet and Time Zones.
Main life project is to link all schools all over the world for one day a year on the Equinoxes or Solstices, this year again on September 21st and then 22nd December for earth Birth Day via a 'Mexican Wave' of morning singing assemblies. Then find a way to contact the 100 million kids who don't go to school."Help needed!"
Also want to continue my "Short way Across" series of motorbike rides.
1) "Glory be to god for dappled things... all trades, their gear and tackle and trim." G.M.Hopkins
2 "So hush-a-bye cobwebs, dust go to sleep. I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep."
3)This life is just another classroom,so try to 'Be the change you want to see in this world.' (Gandhi)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Having always had this sort of open-house philosophy myself, couch-surfing was the next logical step and I have hosted a variety of people at my home with my family. I have attended various events in Sydney (but am most proud of giving a guided tour through Paris for one American CS - I didn't know I knew so much!) I have surfed once only in Dubai and was amazed by the experience.
I like to help with random requests for advice or support that I feel I can give - writing plays,songs,poetry for schools and teachers of English in other lands, proofreading English for people worldwide in a variety of media and for a range of purposes.
I can only say that my whole life seems to have been one long couch surf.But this is the first time it has been official.
"Sleep where you drop" has always been a motto in our house; and every body welcome. Always someone to watch over you, tuck a blanket round you and make a cuppa for you in the morning.
Hosting: I have had THE most charming, interesting,talented,pleasant and intelligent visitors to my humble abode since joining CSs.Not only have they graced our family with their warmth and humour, helped in unexpected and thoroughly appreciated ways around the house but they have delighted us all with their friendly personalities and stimulating conversations.
Surfing: My first surf was in Dubai and my host was the dearest, most excellent, generous girl. Meetings in Sydney have been delightful and varied.What a fantastic joy it is to meet open-minded souls.
Mostly I love words and ideas that swirl and dance and play around me, teasing and tempting all day and every day. But in the physical world I love: motorbikes,dogs and other animals,writing all sorts, Shakespeare, poetry, guitar, song-writing,making up silly characters, books (non-fiction), phonetics, medieval history, Berlioz, Monet, atomic physics,mathematics, the Zero Point Field, tarot, tall ships, knights, football(Man Utd Rule OK), snorkeling, scuba diving, dancing,piano, steam trains, rifle shooting,funny things,New year in Sydney, March on Queensland's Barrier Reef, Spring and Christmas in England,
Summer in France; other people's jobs, the philosophy of scouting and guiding, history of canals and waterways, the spiritual nature of autism, Ryan Air.
Not an expert at any of the above but these are my main dabbles. I like lots of little tastes of BIG things and don't like anything fiddly or repetitive. (So I made a career out of nappy-changing, I know.)
(Still doing it for the 4 little grandsons and 2 baby granddaughters - Slow Learner.)
Music, Movies, and Books
Books : All New Earth books, Abraham - Hicks, Jack Canfield, Ekhart Tolle, Lynne McTaggart etc etc.
Movies: Recently enjoyed : Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,The Iron Lady, The King's Speech,Made in Dagenham,The Social Network and Africa United. Favourite of all time Shakespeare in Love.
Music: Jimmy Barnes, Billy Thorpe and Johnny Farnham and other Australian rock. John Denver. Pleasantly rediscovering the genius of The Beatles.Berlioz, usual C19th stuff. Grieg, Elgar etc. Anything baroque.
Books: Eckhart Tolle, James Redfield, Esther and Jerry Hicks, Richard Bach, Lynne McTaggart, Steohen Clarke, Bill Bryson
But I am most interested in the ones I am working on. Books,songs,workshops, articles,plays, documentaries and film scripts all in progress on:
Monet,Children and Time Zones,The Man, the Machine and the Moment,100 years of Girl Guiding,How It All Works, Cartimandua, Berlioz and Smithson, Rail Tales, Autism, Time,Tall Ships and Shakespeare,
the Countess of Devon and the Exeter weir,the lady who wrote Shakespeare's sonnets,a toddler series - and one on the virtue of focus!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I motorbiked across Australia and NZ, "Short Way Across". Out riding on Nullarbor at sun-up was the high, the low was being turned in to a 140kmh bowl of guacamole by riding through a swarm of locusts.
Singing with school children in Fiji on 22nd September while on the telephone to Florian, a teaching CS in New Caledonia and then linking up with schools and CSs like Marianna from Hungary all around the planet in 24 hours.
March 2010 update. Sucking milk through the bitten-off opposing corners of a Tim Tam.
June 2011 - heard my autistic treasure of a grandson count to 10 and say 'I love you Grandma' at last.
July 2012 - found a home in rural France
September 2013 - surprise 60th party with my 6 children and newborn 5th grandchild
October 2014 - Rode a camel in Morocco
April 2015 - At last I rode a Royal Enfield in India after dreaming about it for 50 years
Teach, Learn, Share
"Let's do this".
"Let's" is the best word ever.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Ideas, thoughts, philosophies, adventures of the mind, mini tours around my home areas, stories, songs, music making, families, cooking and eating, laughing, knowledge, imaginations, motorcycling, books, love of dogs and other animals, and I can very probably help you learn or do anything you want to, especially the English language but even things I do not know about as yet for I love learning and teaching equally.
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Canada, China, Egypt, Fiji, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Virgin Islands, British
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, France, United Kingdom