Hi there, let me introduce myself!
My name is Elaine and I have been asked by editor Louise D'Costa to write a monthly blog about my life in Weymouth, Dorset.
I haven't always lived here: in fact, I have lived most of my life in the Caterham area until five years ago. I was teaching full time in a local primary school, but I had always dreamt of living by the sea. I am drawn to it!
So, my family and I made the decision to sell our house and moved to Weymouth: the road we live on, although not directly on the sea front, is within 50 metres of it.
It was here that my creative side began to emerge and I started to look for driftwood on the beaches to make into art. I set up a business from home and now I have an online website with hand-crafted and Fairtrade products. This year I have also joined with a business partner to run home parties, which raise money for charities.
Our local beach didn't have any steps when we moved here, and we had to use a rope to get down to it, but the community got together and raised money to have new steps put in.
Walking on the beach daily I am appalled at what is churned up onto our shores. After every high tide there are more items. There is so much rubbish out there. I am a volunteer to empty the bin and we have declared it a litter free beach. It is much cleaner now the many volunteers attend to it daily.
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