I live in a suburb of Wollongong in Australia, a place chosen because it provided the sense of community that was lacking when we lived in Sydney. I'm passionate about my family, my friends, music, art and keeping fit and healthy enough to do the things I want to do. I read anything that's lying around though fantasy and crime fiction are my favourites along with travel books. I don't play an instrument, I have sung in choirs and theatre groups and I volunteer with three of my local music festivals. I love travel, particularly places with history. Lying on beaches never figures in my travel plans but art, food, music and a good story...always. I travel with my husband, we've been married 30 years, my friends and occasionally on my own. We used airbnb when we travelled to Barcelona 2012 and it was great.