I have lived in Northumberland, almost on the Scottish border, for over 15 years now, though it still feels at times as though we only arrived recently. Before that we lived in southwest Scotland for about the same length of time, so I lived one side or other of the Border for over half of my life. I grew up in the Highlands, so I'm comfortable with feeling marginalised!

As we moved here my husband was retiring because of ill-health, so he does the cooking, shopping and walks the dogs; I work mostly from home but travel to London once or twice a month, and regularly to visit my elderly parents in Devon, so I seem to be constantly on the move. A sensible daughter would move closer, but we love it here in the north and coming home is always something to look forward to. I'm always greeted enthusiastically by both dogs and chickens.

Here on Cat Musings I mostly talk about home and garden, with forays into flowers and folklore when time allows. I also blog about books at Geranium Cat's Bookshelf.

Phaea, the original Geranium Cat, was the subject of one of my early posts. Now we're a dog family instead, but it's nice to celebrate her here.