I worked in Jewellery retail for many years, passing my Gemmology exams in 1993 making me an F.G.A. This gave me a passion for gemstones and all their fabulous colours. Around this time I also learned the art of pearl rethreading, which I still do for some of the jewellers in my local town.
In 2014 I rented out the house and, along with my partner, bought a wide beam canal boat to travel the UK canals and waterways. I registered as a roving trader, so we can now set up shop wherever we think a mooring place is busy enough and take part in organised floating markets. I hope you enjoy following my blog.