Hi, I’m Jennie. It’s great that you’re here. Let me tell you a little about myself and the GinGin & Roo blog.
I’m lucky enough to live in Cornwall with my two daughters – GinGin and Roo – and their daddy, Jon. We love playing outdoors. Whether that’s a day at the beach or a stroll in the woods, we love to be outside. We love reading. We love playing board games. We love exploring nature. And I quite like Gin.
We’re slowly making home improvements to our 1970s house. Make that VERY slow progress!
Officially, I’m a doctor. Not a medical doctor. I can’t diagnose your illnesses – I mean I can have a good guess – but I’m not that sort of doctor.
I have a PhD in History and, once upon a time, I used it properly in academia. Yep, I used to be a university lecturer who specialised in early modern British history. I held posts at various universities in the UK. I had stuff published. And I was well-known in my field of expertise.
A couple of years after having our first baby – GinGin – I decided I wanted to spend more time as a mummy and made the very painful decision to leave the academic world behind. I took a job as an A-Level lecturer at our local college. It was definitely challenging, but gave me much more family time.
Then our second baby – Roo – arrived! I felt I’d missed too much of GinGin’s childhood and I didn’t want to do that again with Roo. So after taking a year of maternity leave I returned to my job at the college, but only two days a week.
Photography is something I’ve done my whole life. And so I do a bit of wedding and family lifestyle photography too. You can find out more about that side of my life if you click here 🙂
To be completely honest I started the GinGin & Roo blog by accident. It began over on Instagram, where I wanted to document GinGin and Roo’s childhood. I often went over the character limit in my descriptions and realised that I needed more space to write.
So this blog was born. I write about GinGin & Roo. Their exploits. And their adventures. But I also write about other “mummy blogger” type stuff: parenting tips, family life, living in Cornwall, succulents (I love succulents!) and places to go with kids in Cornwall.
One of the things I miss most from my academic life is writing. I mean I miss research too. And publishing. And conferences. And networking. But I REALLY miss writing. The blog is a place to satisfy my need to write.
You will also find this is the place where I share short stories, tips on writing and maybe even some social media building experiments 🙂
I hope you enjoy the blog and keep coming back for more. Why not follow us on Instagram too for daily (or almost daily!) behind the scenes updates.