Judy Arden (formerly Thornby)

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Fun facts:
I could describe myself as a retired teacher, but I don’t feel retired. Anyway, my partner Mike has banned the word ‘retired’ from our vocabulary and describes us as self-employed with a variable work rate. Even though I’m not teaching anymore, I’m still learning and have thoroughly enjoyed having the time to put my books together.

I like to be occupied with a variety of activities such as gardening, walking, reading and swimming. I am also a puzzle enthusiast and always make time to tackle Crosswords, Sudoku and the like.

I enjoy baking and have reached a reasonable level of competence with my coffee cake, any type of cheesecake and different tray bakes. It was always my ambition to own an old style tea shop specialising in home baked cakes before I was drawn towards teaching.

As a bit of a minimalist I had no interest in starting any form of collection, until I was beguiled by Victorian/Edwardian poison bottles. I’ve built up quite a collection. I like the variety of shapes and sizes and the cobalt blue, emerald green and amber coloured glass. I’ve probably got the collection bug out my system now so don’t think I’ll be starting a thimble collection any time soon.

I would say Puerto Pollensa in Majorca is my favourite holiday spot, apart from the flying bit. Having an early morning swim in the clear warm sea followed by breakfast overlooking the beautiful bay, soaking in the hot sunshine, is not a bad start to the day.

More about Judy:
Judy Arden (formerly Judith Thornby) is an experienced former primary teacher and specialist in learning support. She has taught pupils with a range of abilities over 25 years, gaining a diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties in 1999. Being enthusiastic about promoting literacy skills, she has written the ‘Boost Spelling Skills’ series for top Infants (KS1)and Junior pupils (KS2). The books are also beneficial to older children who do not find spelling easy. Judy is also the author of ‘Boost Creative Writing’, a three-book series published by Brilliant Publications.