Who am I?Â Good question …
As you’ve probably already worked out, my name is Adrian. I was born and brought up in County Durham in north-east England, although nowadays I live out at the far western end of Dumfries and Galloway in south-west Scotland.
Iâ€™ve had a rich and varied working life. To spare you all the boring details, the career summary so far includes jobs at two different UK universities (one as a research associate, one as a lecturer); being a software development and support engineer; being a systems designer/architect and hi-tech consultant; being a technical author and editor; and, finally, spending around fifteen years working alongside my wonderful wife running our own art and craft businesses.
Throughout all of that I have also found time for my own creative pursuits. I love music and have played keyboards and sung lead and backing vocals in a couple of bands over the years.Â I also play a bit of guitar.Â Alongside that, I enjoy photography and all things literary – I’m a voracious reader and also do a little writing of my own. Since moving to Scotland a few years ago, I have had the good fortune to spend a little more time working on the creative side of my life, both as a freelance photographer and author.
However, for the last twenty years or more, I have still felt that I was missing something.Â Much as I love music and writing and taking photographs, these things just weren’t pushing the right creative buttons for me.Â I now know what the missing link was – metal!Â In 2018, we moved into a house that used to belong to the local blacksmith and the old forge is still here – unused for maybe twenty years and in a pretty poor state of repair, but it inspired me to attend a couple of workshops and try my hand at blacksmithing for the first time.Â And so, at the ripe old age of 50-something, I’ve finally found out what I want to be when I grow up.Â I’m only starting out and it’s going to take time, but that’s OK.Â It’ll be worth it.
As for this blog, I originally started it around 2006 or 2007 (I think!) under another name (â€œBlog, what Blog?â€). Like most blogs, it largely consisted of long periods of silence, followed by the occasional flurry of activity when I remembered to post something and also managed to think of something to say.Â A few years ago, I renamed it “The Long Road West” and promised that I would be writing more regularly, but I rapidly fell back into my old bad habits and the long silence continued with occasional interruptions once in a blue moon.
So here we are again.Â They say the third time is the charm, but this time I’m just going to call this blog what it is – adrianwaterworth.com. It’s just me. My thoughts, my work, my ideas, the things I find interesting, my journey through life, perhaps even a little of my heart and soul.