Well, as you can see from this first pic I wasn't quite sure I had the courage to get on a camel. It was Steve who basically told me to suck it up and do it. He had the right tone of voice despite no command background in the armed services, lol. I was really lucky to be able to join him and his wife, Annie, on their three-day expedition to the ancient site of Kharkorum which included staying in a ger camp for two nights out under the Mongolian stars (still dream about that), loads of time to explore the ancient monastery of Erdenzuu and then this mad attempt to ride camels into the sand dunes with little or no help from our camel guide!!! Canadian Annie is married to American Steve and they live in Colorado. I have added them to my list of enviably-happily-married couples (it never seems to exceed 10, includes one gay couple, and shrinks or expands depending on the inevitable vicissitudes of connubial life). Photos taken by either Steve or Annie.
I was born in Ireland and grew up in Toronto, Canada with my seven sisters and two brothers. Left home at seventeen to live in a commune, then headed off across Canada with my pal, Carole, and we hitch-hiked around California for months, then back up to Vancouver(Van as we called it then) and across Canada with two more pals, Linda and Peggy. A year later, headed off to Malaysia and Borneo with Jeunesse Canada Monde/Canada World Youth for a year. Baik-lah! Back home, went to Trinity College at the University of Toronto (posh blokes) while also joining the Canadian Naval Reserve as an Officer Cadet. Trained on the east and west coasts of Canada every summer. Great fun. Then what? Hmm. Started to write books, dodgy personal life (that's personal but let's just say it's been a long time between drinks) started to wander around the world, had a darling daughter, settled down in Ireland, wrote more books.