I'm Fiona Taylor

Coffee addict, dog lover, canal boat owner, history geek and book worm ……

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“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder


When I was a child in the 1980s, one of my favourite times of the week was Thursday evenings. This was when the mobile library bus trundled into the remote village where I lived in Surrey. In all weathers I would wander up the country lane at 5:00pm sharp, and head to the village square where the bus would be parked. The bus was around 30 feet long with wooden shelves lining the interior holding hundreds of books of all genres. I would run my fingers along the spines of the children’s books and inhale deeply the musky, rusk like smell of the paper books. My favourite author at this time was Laura Ingalls Wilder and her classic series of House on the Praire. 

Once I reached 18 the bright lights of London beckoned and I left my village and the mobile library behind. I graduated from LSE, and then spent several years travelling. My love of reading continued and I harboured dreams of writing a book but I lacked self belief and instead worked in various roles including assistant editor for a trade magazine (my claim to fame is that the magazine appeared as the guest publication on Have I got News for You!), trainer at a women’s prison and a short lived career as a stall holder at music festivals.

After the birth of my two children I moved to Dorset in 2006 and fell into a life of domesticity. In 2010 I became a proud owner of a black, bouncy labradoodle, called Mutley, who is at his happiest when he is chasing waves on Weymouth beach.

 In July 2018 I had my fiftieth birthday and this has spurred me on to make some sort of literary effort. For inspiration I looked for authors who had published at the age of 50 and over. It did not take me long to discover that my favourite childhood author ,Laura Ingalls Wilder, published her first book at the age of 65. So despite being on the shady side of the slope, in November 2018 I published a non fiction local history book and in June 2020 I am to self publish my young adult book The Sheltering Tree. 

Reynard The Fox is my well loved 60 foot long wide beam narrow boat. I first brought a boat back in 2001, when the London canals were quiet and an oasis from the hectic day to day living in London. It is now moored on the River Lee and I am often found on a summers evening on the bow with a glass of pinot in one hand, a book in another, watching the swans float by.

In 2014 I began writing a blog called Weymouth Walks which is a series of historical walks around Weymouth and the surrounding area. My favourite walk is the Civil War Walk which is a leisurely stroll around the harbour , Brewery Square and finishing at the Boot Inn for a pint!

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