Being married to the editor of the parish magazine has at least one disadvantage! Last month, if you remember, he wrote a piece entitled “The Thumbnail Chain”. The idea was that people might be interested in a short article with two or three interesting but little-known facts about the author. He wrote a bit about himself and seized the opportunity to extend it to a series of articles. Now … who to pick on next? Ah yes – the wife is sitting next to me: I’ll challenge her! Huh! Anyway, here goes.
Chris and I met when we were both based at S. Martin’s College in Lancaster. Chris was a couple of years ahead of me and very involved in all things “outdoor pursuitish” – mainly kayaking and climbing. Given that I get dizzy on a thick pile carpet, kayaking (it was called canoeing then) was the way in. He wanted someone to do the driving for him at a white water race on the River Leven in the Lake District – and that’s what prompted our first date. What he didn’t bargain for was that although I had passed my driving test, I’d never seen the bonkers gear stick in a Renault 4 and I refused to drive the car!
I was never anything like as good on (or in!) the water as Chris, but that didn’t put him off – to the extent that we took canoes on our honeymoon up to the Cairngorms (well hidden before we set off so we didn’t get confetti in them!).
Oh – and one other thing about me: I was at school with the fabulous Maureen Lipman She was three or four years ahead of me– and she was obviously destined for a glittering career even then! Reflected glory or what?!?