Barrow Voice has recently gained a new addition to the editorial team, Lindsay Ord, who came to the village 18 months ago, from Durban, South Africa.
Lindsay told me that when she and her husband, Les, were preparing to come to the UK, friends warned her about the winter. Les had grown up in Yorkshire, so he had experienced some harsh winters. On arrival, they bought thick coats, strong boots, a snow shovel and salt for the ice. What happened? Winter 2015 was one of the mildest on record!
Lindsay agreed to respond to the 60 seconds questionnaire. Her comments are here for us to enjoy.
How long have you been involved with Barrow Voice and what do you like best about the magazine?
I have been involved for a year. It’s a different pace from the daily newspaper on which I worked, but I enjoy that. I like the sense of community in the magazine and how it portrays life in the village.
What was the most memorable issue for you?
I thought Winter 2016 was a good mix of stories, showcasing what was happening in the village at Christmas, as well as the talents and interests of local people.
If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
Flexible... and I don't mean in my joints!
Do you have any pets and if so what do you have and what are their names?
After a lifetime of cats, dogs, hamsters, goldfish et al, we are having a pet holiday - though we are starting to miss the patter of tiny paws.
If you were marooned on a desert island what 5 things would you take with you and why?
It would depend on how long I was there for - and I would prefer a deserted island to a desert island as there would be more food and water.
But here are my five picks: A solarpowered satellite phone (how could I not speak to my family? And I could be rescued sooner); a Swiss Army knife, matches, a container to catch rainwater, and a notebook and pen to keep a diary.
How long have you lived in Barrow and why did you decide to come and live here?
I have lived here for 18 months. I grew up in Durban, South Africa, and when Les and I retired in 2015, we decided to move to the UK to be hands-on grandparents to our granddaughter Grace, 5. Our daughter Catherine had been in the UK for 10 years and now lives in Barrow with Grace, husband Will and step-daughter Bo, 13. Our son Andrew chose to stay in Durban - he likes hot weather - but visits us regularly. We are enjoying life in Barrow.
What would be your ideal holiday?
A week at a resort in the spectacular Drakensberg mountains in South Africa.
Do you have a day job? If so what do you do? If not, what did you do?
I am a journalist by profession and before retiring, I was Lifestyle Editor at the Daily News, the daily afternoon newspaper in Durban. I have also written for a few magazines.
What is your motto for life?
Always look at the bigger picture.
What are your hopes for the future of Barrow Voice?
I would like Barrow residents to continue to send in ideas and contributions. There are probably many interesting stories that we don’t hear about. Remember, if it is interesting to you, it will be interesting to others too.
I thanked Lindsay for completing the 60 seconds questions but before concluding there was one other question I needed to ask her. As we live so far from our nearest coast here in Leicestershire I had to ask whether she missed the sea. She replied,
“It was lovely living near the beach and the sea but now that we are here, I don’t miss it...strangely enough. Though the next time I put my toes in the Indian Ocean, I know it will be special.”