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.
If you’d like to work with me, or GinGin & Roo, then pop your details in the boxes just below this pic of us and I’ll get back to you 🙂