New Tricks

Going back to school isn’t only for children. I don’t think we’re ever too old to learn new tricks (despite any sayings to the contrary.)

This month, my fabulous older sister gave up her extremely lucrative career as a mad scientist to move half way across the country and go back to school. Next month, she starts an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.

It’s a huge move and I’m madly jealous. I’d love to study writing full time.

Sadly, it’s not going to happen for me. Mainly because I like my life the way it is too much and right now, I live in Spain a long way from the nearest university.

But I love learning new stuff and I’m always signing up for online courses. Usually some sort of how to write course and lately I’ve studied:  Creating Conflict, Deepening POV, Improving your Platform and many more.

Recently, I’ve been branching out and have signed up to learn computer programming (in an attempt to conquer my technophobic tendencies) and a course titled: The Violent Universe: exploring the deadliest places in the universe, from black holes to supernovae. Can’t wait for that one to start.

Pool  2On the less cerebral side, when we first relocated to Spain I learnt loads of new skills. We moved into a somewhat dilapidated farmhouse and neither I nor my husband had any experience in construction (I was an accountant!) But we learnt as we went along and did all the work ourselves including building the swimming pool (and it’s still holding water ten years later—something that surprises me every day.) We also learnt to pick almonds, dry figs, make wine, drink wine (actually I was already pretty good at that one.)


My latest learning experience is barefoot trimming –probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever learned—at least physically. I have a mare called Gencianna, and I recently made the decision to have her go barefoot. After years of shoeing her feet were a mess and the last year has been a process of rehabilitation. She’s coming on really well but once she’s good, she will still need trimming every few weeks and I’d like to be able to do that myself. The most difficult part is learning to understand the hoof and know what needs to be done, but I have a fabulous woman teaching me and I’m loving the process of learning something totally new.


So what about you? Are you learning anything new right now? Or is there anything, however frivolous, that you’d really like to learn?

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About Nina Croft

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

One Response to New Tricks

  1. You’re kind of amazing, Nina. 🙂 I love learning new things too. It varies, according to my whims and what else is going on in my life. At the moment I am really taken with local history, but I have also studied medicinal herbs, soapmaking, jewelry making, and a number of other things which required a great deal of storage space in the basement. 🙂

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