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Diana walked along the Fife Coastal Path from North Queensferry - beneath the famous Forth Rail Bridge - to St Andrews. While on her way she trod in the footprints of a multitude of pilgrims and famous people through the ages, but she also followed in the steps of ordinary folks of Fife. She 'met' some fascinating characters - from St Margaret in Dunfermline to the real Robinson Crusoe, Alexander Selkirk, in Lower Largo. Diana' heart was captured by the beautiful surroundings along these healing paths. As she paused to have a 'wee blether' with those she 'met, ' she learnt a new way of looking at her world, finding values which gave her a blueprint for the next stage in her life and she was fortunate to discover a sense of peace. The further Diana travelled the more she became absorbed in the history of Fife and her affinity for the area grew. As you read on you may find yourself 'walking beside Diana.' Her experiences might help you with some of the challenges you face in your own life, or they may inspire you to visit the region of Fife and have adventures of your own. Some would call this an allegory but it is certainly a memoir with elements of fantasy. Diana leaves the reader to judge which is which.
Part 1: From Redundancy to Rejuvenation Serendipity! Diana and her husband temporarily relocated them both to Fife. At the same time Diana was made redundant from a life time of teaching. During this time they walked along the coast in manageable chunks whilst Diana reflected the past and possible futures.
Part 2: Letting Go and Moving on In order to live her new life to the full, Diana needed to truly let go of much of her old life. That did not mean forgetting her friends and family but finding a new and deeper relationship with them, even at a distance. As she and her husband threw themselves into community life in Fife, deep down Diana was still searching for her true purpose and with the encouragement of new and old friends alike she ....
Diana Jackson's passion for social history is the bed-rock to all of her writing historical fiction, mystery and memoir. It was delving into her family history which inspired Diana's first novel 'Riduna' set on the island of Alderney, UK, and there is an element of realism in all of her work. She was influenced by the classics from Bronte to Thomas Hardy and as an avid reader too, she just feels compelled to write. A retired teacher from Bedfordshire now living in Fife, Diana spends her time writing but she is also fully involved in community life, volunteering for KinghornLibraryRenewed and KinghorninBloom, which reflect her love of books and the natural world.