1. Innocence. Things were always so much simpler when you were a child and your parents always made sure that you were protected from the rigours of every day life.
2. Swimming every day. We lived overseas when I was younger and we had a pool in our compound. I was there every day and my swimming is entirely self-taught.
3. School. I really liked school. I went to an American school and I loved all the workbooks and text books – they were in full colour and had wonderful pictures in. I loved story time when quite a few of us would fall asleep.
4. Making cookies with my father. Probably one of my happiest memories of my dad. I bought a cookie press some years ago like the one my dad and I used to use.
5. My school teachers. I loved my teachers at school. Mrs Regan was from the Midwest and Mr Steadman my sixth grade teacher was from Montana. They were lovely people. I loved looking at Mrs Regan’s nails – she always cut them into a sharp V and then they grew out into a beautiful shape.
6. Summer holidays. As I went to an American school, we had an amazingly long summer holiday. I went swimming a lot and rode my BMX bike round and round our compound – it was great.
7. Language lessons. I’ve always enjoyed learning new languages and throughout my primary and secondary school, I’ve always been keen to learn new languages.
8. Knitting. I was taught to knit at school by our lovely Geometry teacher, Mrs Gearing. It was our task to try and make a blanket. I’m not sure if we ever did but I did love knitting on Thursday afternoons.
9. My school friends. Yes, I can be in touch with them via various social media outlet but it isn’t the same as seeing them every day.
10. Getting up early. I was mad about writing and used to get up at 5am to write some of my stories. I used to be a prolific writer and was the editor our school literary magazine, Micawber.