Thursday, December 03, 2009
ON THE 4th DAY OF CHRISTMAS - MICHELLE STYLES
Here's a bit about Michelle:
Although I was born and raised near San Francisco, California, USA, I have lived in Britain since 1988 when I married .
The deal was if he passed his Bar exams, I would quit my job in insurance, and go to Northumberland, see how I liked it for a year and then we would decide where our future together would be. We spent our honeymoon in the Canadian Rockies discussing how and why if he were an examiner, my husband would surely have failed. He flew back to the UK and arrived the morning the results were print in The Times. The first time through, he missed his name but then saw it -- the examiners had not followed his fears, but had passed with him with a high mark. My hand trembled as I hung up the phone. It had come to pass. I was about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. I gave my notice to my manager who was sorry to lose me, made arrangements for furniture to be sent across the Atlantic and started reading Catherine Cookson novels to get a flavour of the area. For although I spent my junior year of college at Lancaster University, I had not bothered to travel to the North East.
After reading about ten novels and Catherine Cookson’s autobiography, I thought -- oh no what have I done here and rapidly checked with my manager I could return to my job if things did not work out. I need not have worried. Northumberland is beautiful, truly a forgotten corner of the British Isles with green fields, stone buildings and a landscape littered with castles, and Roman remains. I fell in love with the North East, and in particular with the Tyne Valley. So after, all this time, with three children, two dogs, two cats, and assort of chickens and ducks, I believe we are settled.
To enter, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put today's clue of PUDDING in the subject line. Why pudding? Well, because when Michelle and I had just met, one of the first favours she did me was sending me her Christmas pudding recipe. Which reminds me - just about time to give mine another shot of brandy...
See you all tomorrow when I get to showcase another great author!