I am so thrilled that you have clicked here and want to know who is behind the camera. I am Anne and my vANNilla name derived from my original blog – the baking blog which is now at vannillarock, there is a cheeky promotional link below. No calories will be consumed if you just look.
I was born in Glasgow in the early fifties, was an economics undergraduate at Edinburgh and then used my degree in banking and teaching. I have four grown up draughts who currently live far and wide. But when you are in guernsey even London is far and wide, if the weather come in and boats and planes are cancelled.
So back to my travels. I have always been a keen amateur photographer but only relatively recently have I had the confidence to turn off the auto button. I am learning something new about taking good shots, processing them nearly every week. It keeps me out of mischief now that I am retired from the day job.
The ‘rock’ part relates to my main home in guernsey- 20+ square miles in the English Channel. Guernsey is closer to the Normandy coast than it is to England, but it is English speaking (thank goodness) is part of the British Isles. It is self governing, meaning it has links to the Crown ( the Queen) but it elects its own government, sets its own tax rates and fights battles every day about why it doesn’t like being labelled a tax haven! We have no VAT, a flat rate 20% income tax, no capital gains or inheritance taxes.
Cabin fever is a problem if you don’t get off a small island, I don’t care how nice it is. Believe me, January and February (and more) wet, windswept months is the price you pay for green! So Arizona is my escape and is my best kept secret. Brits just don’t know Arizona – they know Florida and many have second homes there, but they have no idea what ‘dry’ heat means. The lack of humidity and absence of freak weather is something you just have to experience. That huge horizon, the beautiful dry climate, and the safe, friendly people, make it a home from home.
I love to engage with other bloggers otherwise I am talking to myself …..