History – Tina’s
I am a free-lance writer and have had work published as internal company documents and in magazines – the magazine I contribute to the most regularly is The Dolls House Magazine which is a brilliant read for any fan of miniatures and is packed with projects, ideas and features, some of them written by me.
I have a long association with animals and have kept dogs, cats, ducks, rabbits, fish, gerbils and hamsters at home as well as being involved with the care of a wide range of animals when I worked for Wyevale Garden Centres – the centre where I started out my career with the company had a large and busy pet department. I currently am “mum” to Stan my lovely terrier with attitude and share my home with him, several fish, a group of gerbils and the human elements of my family. Our newest family member is Tommy the puppy who is a border collie cross we rehomed for The Border Collie Trust.
- Kenny – number one son (in age stakes anyway) 26 years old and an engineer, he has a very exciting job with a motor racing firm. He is a keen rower and captain of Trent Rowing Club in Burton on Trent. http://www.trentrc.org/
- David – Twin brother of Kenny and only younger by 15 min. Self employed computer guru – runs a successful business in IT offering everything needed at home or work including web hosting and lots of other stuff that I nod and smile about but fail to understand! http://www.mulgrewenterprises.co.uk/
- Cathy – My beautiful daughter – still at school and doing well – loves art and writing and I predict she will become a much better writer than me! She loves Danny Phantom and is currently very much into fan fiction websites.
- Steven – my baby boy (now bigger than me!) tall, confident, funny and VERY cool. He loves making things, he would say building stuff, and he is great at computer games – he even writes his own which I find amazing!
In the past I worked far too hard! I held senior head office roles with two companies – the longest and most significant being Operations Manager for The Garden Centre Group. I had to stay away from home for long periods for work and missed my husband and children as a result. A couple of years ago I realised a dramatic change was needed and by Jan 2011 I had totally given up working for other people and headed back home for good. I now sleep in my own bed, talk to my kids every day ( they don’t listen!) have great dogs and love life. I write every day and have had lots of stuff published – the next target will be a book! As a child I said when I grew up I wanted to be a writer and now I am a writer so perhaps now I am a grown up!
I do a lot of voluntary work for The Border Collie Trust and I am their volunteer coordinator, tasked with pulling together a team of volunteers to assist them with their work rescuing and rehoming border collies and border collie crosses through out the UK – currently they rehome around 400 to 500 a year. If you would like to get involved helping out with this work then let me know – you can get involved anywhere in the UK even if you can only spare an hour a month you will still be welcomed.
Foot note – I have also given up smoking – yey! – for over a year now!