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About - Kevin W Gelder
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Aspiring Garden Designer | current healthcare admin | ex-teacher

About

Hello to all those who love trips around Britain, or the odd jaunt overseas; to those who like the simpler pleasures in life and the beauty of the natural world; to those who enjoy outdoor spaces, ancient places and quaint little villages.

We’re sure to get on brilliantly if you can appreciate beautiful flowers, stunning scenery, old-fashioned values and good food. I’m as thrilled by old halls and country cottages as sightseeing in a new city.

On this site, you’ll find:

  • Thoughts and insights into where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to
  • Simple photos (usually on my iPhone) from around the UK and further afield
  • Elements that we can all take away from different places and events as inspiration

Subscribers to my little blog are always welcome!

Why create this site?

This is not my first foray into the blogosphere. I’ve dipped in and out three or four times now, and have previously gone a certain length of time before deciding that I no longer like my domain name.

This time, I’m keeping things simple: using my name, and writing about what makes me tick.

I have an underlying panic disorder which for a long time I was loathe to admit, and which for too long held me back. I’m now getting to grips with it and regaining control of my life.

Life is just too short to let anything hold us back!

That’s why my focus has shifted for this particular blog. I’m experiencing the world once again, and I’d love for you all to come along for the ride.

This is my diary to be shared.

Bio

I live in Yorkshire, but currently spend a lot of time over in Cheshire too. Right now I’m saving money by living my mum and dad, and our adorable cocker spaniel Troy (I chose the name – mythology geek alert!).

I work for a local hospital, but nothing as fancy as being a doctor, surgeon or nursing staff.

I’ve also just started work experience at a prestigious local garden design firm, and am loving it. It’s something I’d love to pursue longer term.

Here are some more nuggets of information about me:

  • I’ve just entered my Thirties, and so far, they’re going pretty darn well!
  • My introverted childhood was mostly spent reading in the garden, playing in the garden or writing in the garden
  • My parents and I had annual holidays in north Norfolk, and I still believe Britain can offer some spectactular breaks
  • Past work includes: garden centre assistant, community centre clerk, secondary school language teacher
  • I love gardens and gardening, although I don’t have my own garden at present (my dad is at his wit’s end with all my plants and pots dotted around, ever-increasing in number)
  • I also enjoy to cook, bake, walk in the country, and am a member of the National Trust and Royal Horticultural Society
  • Oughtibridge School taught me simple pleasures, Bradfield School taught me strength, King Edward VII sixth form taught me individuality, Lancaster University taught me social skills and Sheffield University taught me the courage of my convictions
  • For me, the key to subduing panic is threefold: (1) breath control; (2) caffeine avoidance and alcohol limitation; (3) remembering to seize the day while reminding yourself negative moments always pass (and quicker than you expect)

If you’re intrigued and fancy following my journey, please do subscribe, and more importantly, share your thoughts and experiences with me in the comments sections!

If you’d like to email me directly, please do so at kevin@kevinwgelder.com