Jessica Excell

Joan Porter will be 85 at the date of publication. She was born in Kilberry on the west coast of Mid-Argyll, and moved to East Loch Tarbert when she married. Here Joan and Bill brought up their four daughters. The verses began life as stories about the countryside creatures whom Joan knew as a youngster. Over time, the stories turned into verses. Joan did not write them down until she became a supervisor for the Tarbert playgroup. Husband Bill always wanted to see the verses published, but life always took the family on to the next step and Joan was too modest to pursue it herself. Now Bill has passed on, and Joan lives in sheltered housing in Bearsden Glasgow, where she is surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The book came into being thanks to Joan's daughters, who wanted to celebrate their mother's life and make sure her verse was published. The verses recollect their very happy childhood.