Who am I?

Here’s the obligatory list of facts about myself….no doubt it will grow as my life evolves! These are not in any particular order. If there is an order to them it’s probably more of a chronological one than a priority one.

1. I am married and have two wonderful (grown up) kids

2. I am a musician

3. I believe in God and try to live my life as a living embodiment of Christ’s teaching

4. I share my life with my best friend

5. I love photography. The more I do the more I realise that I want to learn more about it.

6. I love oil painting and sketching. And I wish I was better at them both!

7. My favourite times are when I’m with my family and when I’m in the open air.

8. I am a cyclist and in 2010 raised nearly £1000 by cycling from Morecambe to Scarborough in aid of The Parkinson’s Disease Society.

9. I am a big reader. I’ll read most things, but am not very keen on the big “epic” novels by lady authors, and I’m not a huge fan of Science Fiction, but I love crime, thrillers, police procedurals, mysteries, vampire fiction, biographies, historical novels, the classics….the list is pretty extensive and diverse.

10. My favourite time of the year is Autumn

11. I love Christmas time and love to decorate my house with traditional greens and reds and lots of fresh foliage.

12. I loathe modern Christmas decorations. Too tacky, too loud, too false.

13. I have an extremely wide taste in music and my mp3 player in shuffle mode is something else!!

14. I want to go to Norway.

15. I would like to see proper European Europe – the bit that’s not Spain, Portugal or France.

16. I would love to tour America in a camper van with my best friend and a labrador dog.

17. I’ve only ever been on an aeroplane twice. Well one trip, but we went both ways.

18. I’m not much of a film buff but I do know what I like. And I like a good film….

19. I would love to live in an old 3-storey, bay-fronted Victorian terraced house.

20. I passed my driving test on the second attempt

21. My best holidays have been camping. My caravan literally is my second home and the best place to be in it is in deepest Scotland with the wind and rain lashing down outside, the radio on in the inside, and lots of laughter to keep us warm

22. I love cooking.

23. And baking.

24. And my Gran who taught me how to bake.

25. I was the principal cornet player of the Middleton Band and my proudest moment was winning the National Brass Band Championships in 2007.

26. I have been forced to give up playing my cornet because of an ongoing health problem which has no name but causes a lot of pain and sickness.

27. I conducted the Todmorden Community Band until July 2018 and loved the new channel my musical gift has found.

28. I was a Sunday School teacher at my church, and I am currently an Ordinand with the Church of England, on track to be ordained in 2020.

30. I have accepted that my novel probably will never get written…. but I am currently working on it as part of my Master’s degree.

31. I have an online business selling handmade crafts. My business partners are my husband and my Mum. It is currently on hold due to other commitments, but we will take commissions for cards, crochet and other handmade items.

32. I am studying to be an Ordained Local Minister.

33. My favourite crafting activity is crocheting.

34. I collect all sorts of things – patterns, books, music, glasses, bottles, ideas, pictures, junk, cloth, wool, ornaments….the list is endless!

35. I have a little teddy bear made of string that I turn to when I am hurting inside or feeling extremely vulnerable and raw. I don’t know where he came from or who he has belonged to, but when I have to go in hospital or am awake with pain in the middle of the night I find that String Ted with his cute little face and his wholesome smell reminds me that I’m not alone. I call him “Sir Henry Stringfellow”.

36. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in June 2016. I was awarded a 2:1 BA with Honours in Humanities with Creative Writing from the Open University. I started it about 18 years earlier and after a huge hiatus for family (and work and health and life…) reasons, I took it up again in October 2013 and I completed 5 modules in 3 years to pass it.

37. I started my Master of Arts degree in June 2017 in Creative Writing with the Open University. I am specialising in Fiction, but I have a healthy sideline in Scriptwriting too. It works out at about 50/50 of critical reading, analysis etc and actual creative output. I’m in the second year and it is hard going alongside my theology studies, but I’m determined to get there.

38. I braved the shave in February 2018 and had half of my hair shaved in an undercut style. If you saw me with my clown hair in real life you would see the value of this! Best thing I ever did to my appearance.

39. In September 2016 I fulfilled a lifelong ambition of performing in the Royal Albert Hall. It was with a massed orchestra of Besses o’ th’ Barn Band and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko, and we performed a concert which was broadcast on Classic FM. The finale was the 1812 Overture, complete with pyrotechnics. Best. Gig. Ever.


26 thoughts on “Who am I?

  1. I’m not a camera at heart, but my husband loves it. We haven’t really gone since my last pregnancy due to some physical issues. But he has talked about getting an RV to visit kids when they’re all grown and gone. I don’t know if we really will, though.

    I am so sorry for your pain — hope you can get that operation soon and that it will help.


    1. Thanks!! I think I’m finally happy with it after a couple of days of tinkering. I’m new to this hard-core blogging and now I’m starting to get some traffic each day I wanted it to look right. It now has all the bits I want on it and it’s a nice soothing colour. Time will tell!!


  2. misswhiplash

    I like who you are. I shall look forward to getting to know you better.

    I see that your pain was in 2010 so by now you are fully back to health


  3. Hi. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m going to post a couple of pictures and a recipe for Funnel Cakes, just for you. Hope to see you again. C’mon over anytime. Nice meeting you. 😀


  4. Nice post. I like to use a pen for all my journal entries and to rough out article concepts. There is something romantic about pen and paper for a writer. I discuss this on my blog in an entry entitled, “The Power of Pen & Paper.”

    Thanks for visiting my blog too.


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  6. Hi, I recently spoke with you after discovering your Blog about Old Canky on google. It inspired me to start my own Blog, although i am new, not very technical and still feeling my way around, just wanted to say thank you!


    1. That’s great Andy!! Welcome to the blogging world 🙂

      I didn’t really take to blogging until I started on WordPress – they make it really easy to do and you don’t have to be very technical at all to get a good looking blog here. If you are wanting to generate traffic to your site I suggest you make good use of tags so that your posts will pop up in searches here on WordPress and out in the general internet space. Use them wisely and you’ll build up an audience in no time. Another tip is to reply to people who leave you comments. Not only will you build up relationships on here – which is the whole point of blogging – but you get good feedback about whether you’re doing it “right” or not.

      Good luck!!


  7. Kathleen

    Hello. We are live tomorrow at the Olde Boars Head in Middleton. Would love for you to come and talk to us. Give me a call on 0161 335 6905 or email kathleen.hawkins@bbc.co.uk if you can! In particular would like to hear about kanky’s Ginnel. Thanks, Kathleen


  8. Carol

    Thank you for visiting my “HodgePodge” blog today. Come back anytime. I’ve enjoyed reading your post and some of your other writings. We do have some things in common. I’d love to see and hear more about your country.


  9. After reading your “about me” list, I think you and I would get along famously! I also have two wonderful children, love to draw and paint, enjoy reading and intensely dislike modern Christmas decorations! However, I can’t sew or carry a tune! As far as books go, have you read the “Discovery of Witches” series by Deborah Harkness? There is lots of good vampire action. 🙂

    I plan on following your blog and am looking forward to future post!

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  10. bookloverbabbles

    Hello! My name is Aya, and I am a fellow book blogger. I was wondering if you’d be interested in participating in a small project that I am doing. I wanted to ask a bunch of bloggers (49, to be exact :p), to give me one of their favorite book quotes. I’m going to compile them all in one post and then post it on my blog on the 22nd of this month. It’d be fantastic if you would be a part of this. Just let me know by this Wednesday please, so that I have plenty of time to compile and/or ask someone else. Thank you!


      1. bookloverbabbles

        That’s great, Pam! The deadline is this Wednesday. All I need is a book quote of your liking (whether from a book, or about a book) with it’s source(s). 🙂


  11. Dear Pam, we would love to ask for your permission to use and feature the 3 pictures about your grandmother Josie Birds and therefore it would be great if you could allow us to get in contact with you in order to feature this sweet moment in our German Quiz-Show. Our Celebrities have to guess the right answer in order to gain Money for a good cause. It is a very popular Family Quiz. For more Questions please send us a Mail


    1. Thank you Lesley! It’s good to have you aboard. I write about whatever is going on for me on any given day and it can vary enormously, but I’m glad you have found my blog and are enjoying it so far. Blessings, Pam

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