Christine Perrott is a retired senior lecturer in teacher education and lives on the New England Tablelands in the regional city of Armidale, NSW, renowned for its education facilities at all levels. Her profession involved research into classroom practices and resulted in publication of many articles and reports as well as a book in 1988 with Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Classroom Talk and Pupil Learning, which is a practical classroom guide for primary school teachers.
With her husband Roy and their two sons she once occupied a family built heritage listed, early 20th century, attractive (and cold) residence on a rural property, ?Chevy Chase?, just outside Armidale where super fine wool, cropping of wheat, oats and barley were the main activities managed by Roy.
She is a keen beach and estuary angler, an interest developed on holidays with Roy and continued with their boys at the family beach house near Coffs Harbour, NSW. This resulted in many trips together in retirement to Far Northern Australia.
Classical and fine music and film are other passions as is reading, especially Australian novels and sagas and biographies. An addiction to cryptic crosswords rules a lot of time each day. She loves her garden. Another occupation is highly skilled garment knitting.
A recent renewal of travel overseas often conflicts with her volunteer activities as well as her Nanna duties.
Her expertise in modern technologies is deficient, limited to word processing, e-mailing, Google, and using a basic mobile phone and small digital camera when travelling. All those i-things are too baffling for her.
After the period outlined in the story in this book, Christine and Roy were privileged to enjoy a further three years together with Roy succumbing to a series of strokes in his 81st year.