I was a qualified Chartered librarian until I retired from public library service in the south of England. Books , particularly real physical ones, are an important interest and I'm a member of a long-established local reading group. Sewing, baking, and crafting are also important interests for me. I try and keep fit by swimming regularly and walking as much as I can. My husband and I bought a holiday home in the Cantal department, in the Auvergne,region in France just after our retirement, which we have spent the last few years slowly doing up, whilst also enjoying the countryside over there.