I've been in the wrong placelong enough to know I'm in the right place now.
I was born and brought up in the
I went to Rhondda Valley Swansea University and then to the University of Wales,
for my PGCE. My first teaching post was in Hampshire and the last in Cardiff West Yorkshire. For most of my adult life I lived in . England
Cynefin is a Welsh word that cannot be simply translated. It has multiple meanings – the place of our belonging, of our roots, a place where people and nature are interconnected, the place where we were meant to be.
It took a mysterious viral illness that lasted for two years, to bring me home not just to
but to a part of Wales that
my soul had always longed for – the mountains of North
Wales. I came to live in the forest at Coed Hafod y Llyn. This
forest marked the final stage in my recovery. Here I found the fulcrum –
acknowledging that up and down, lost and found are all essentially places along
Each year I spend a month in
and love the vibrancy of the city and the spaciousness of Central
Park. Every summer I camp near The Lizard in and feel pained when I leave the
ocean and the stunningly beautiful coastal path. It is the lively connection
with place that makes it worth living in. Cornwall
Last week I took the opportunity to walk home through the forest from a different direction and on a newly designated path. I reconnected with the pure joy of having a forest to walk home through – right to my front door.