Bio: Childhood holidays bring happy memories of caring parents, brother and sister, travelling by train in the 1950's to play on beaches in Margate, Devon and Cornwall. As a teenager swimming club and school swimming, hockey and athletic clubs, took me to other English counties. Leaving school, out of over100 applicants I was fortunate to be accepted into the British Petroleum secretarial training school. In addition to an excellent education the BP sports club enabled participation in athletics, hockey, sailing and swimming, my main interest. I won all the ladies breaststroke races in Paris and Hamburg during the four years I represented BP England and my first flight at 16 was to Paris on a BP inter-country sports trip. In my twenties I married and moved to Walton on Thames where we raised two lovely daughters. I extended my Amateur Swimming Teachers qualifications to become an Advanced Swimming Teacher, Swimming Coach, Diving Teacher and Tutor, of the Amateur Swimming Association. This led to weekly hiring of the Bishop Wand School in Sunbury swimming pool where, with two other teachers, 'Diane's Swimming School' offered lessons to children aged 5 to 12 years. After 5 years, weekly lessons extended to the Cranmore School pool in West Horsley, where small groups were taught according to ability rather than age. Several hundred children learnt to enjoy swimming a variety of strokes, and water safety, over a period of ten years. Times were changing, electric typewriters and fax machines were the norm and my girls were teenagers. I returned to full-time office employment with Fine Fragrances & Cosmetics Ltd as Export Sales Executive where my knowledge of the Middle East - where I had lived for a year in my twenties - helped the company expansion. I travelled to exhibitions in Bologna, Birmingham, Hong Kong and Moscow and was proud to be chosen as one of three company representatives to attend the first company presentation of H.M. the Queen's Award for Export ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Walking, dining and wine tasting are of special interest while my life-long love of gardening takes me now to historical houses and gardens. To keep fit I swim regularly and walk with Benji, a miniature schnauzer, who occasionally gives his views in the blog. Awaiting finalisation - a memoir about Life in the Middle East in 1968. The blog allows me to share more recent travel experiences and keep you up-dated on Benji's exploits.