Hiya, Bienvenue, Ceud Mile Failte

or plain old Hello, welcome to my blog.

My name is Evelyn. What’s my story? Well I was born in a wee place called Stirling in central Scotland, and brought up in an even smaller place by the name of Alloa, a few miles down the River Forth. I still live in Alloa, although there have been detours to Glasgow, Dundee and back to good old Stirling. For most of my working life I have worked in museums, historic sites, and shops and this continues to this day. I work as a tour guide, and also spent many years working as an Education Officer for a historic conservation charity. I love sharing history and art with people. I am happily single, but my goodness I would love to have a dog or a horse…if anyone would like to share one let me know!!!

I have a passion for history, family history, art, walking, and our beautiful scottish countryside. These are the kind of things that I like to write about because in their own way, they help me deal with the diffiuclties I’ve encountered in life. I hope that other people will find my posts interesting and thought provoking. I’m very interested in spirtituality and mindfulness as well so you’ll probably find me havering(there’s a good old Scots word for you!!!!!!) about that too.

When I was in my mid 30s I was diagnosed with the intrusive thoughts type of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I’m also prone to depression and anxiety. A breakdown a year ago forced me to take time off work, and I found expressing myself through art helped me to make wonderful new friends and slowly build my confidence. I made it my mission to become as well as I can again and though there’s still a long way to go in learning to manage my conditions I find expressing myself through art and writing extremely helpful.

I chose the name Woodlike2 because there are so many things I would still like to do, even though I’ve reached the grand old age of 40. I would like to: raise the profile of mental health problems and help the fight for better services and understanding; write an historical novel; understand politics and become more involved; walk from Land’s End to John O’ Groats; puppy walk a guide dog; live in a caravan in the woods; go riding again; go sky diving; become an archaeologist; study physics; see a ghost…. There’s so much still to learn…

So there I am. It’s been the best of times and the worst of times in recent years. I believe I have a duty to be the best person I can be. I try to be empathic and understanding of others. I have a strong social conscience and in my youth I was a bit of an eco-warrior, but I’m not the firebrand I used to be!I do believe in compassion and forgiveness, and treating all living creatures with respect, but I’m no longer dressing up as a tree for public protests. And I’m afraid my vegetarian days are long gone.

Favourite book? Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott. Favourite tv programme? Emmerdale the best soap ever! Favourite film? Sorry, I don’t have one. Favourite person from the past? Read my blog!

So that’s me: a slightly hippy, not entirely mentally healthy, history loving, arty,  countryish, middle aged (yes, the more I say it the easier it is to read), lifelong learner with a love of a decent coffee shop, and an ability to channel my inner Braveheart at a moment’s notice (although that’s definitely not my favourite film).

I hope you enjoy my posts.


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