I’d like to welcome Trisha Ashley to share the beauty of the season with us. Trisha Ashley was born in St Helens, Lancashire and studied architectural glass at Swansea Art College. Since then she has supported her writing habit by taking on a diverse series of part-time jobs, including working for a leadlight maker and plumber and painting portraits.
She has now given up her fascinating but time-consuming hobbies of divorce and house moving and settled in North Wales, though her only claim to the area is a Welsh grandmother. The combination of her Celtic creative streak and her typically Lancashire dark sense of humour in adversity has made her what she is today...whatever that is.
Trisha writes occasional articles and stories, has many years' experience of manuscript assessment (she is part of the storytracks team) and has judged short story and novel competitions.
Favourite Holiday tradition?
Decorating the Christmas tree with all the old fragile glass ornaments and strings of tinsel, and also making endless brightly coloured paper chains.
Favourite Childhood toy?
I used to play for hours on end with a box of plastic animals – everything from chickens and cows to elephants and rhinos. I liked the horses best, though.
Favourite childhood game?
We played all the traditional board games at Christmas – Ludo, Tiddley-winks, and Snakes and Ladders…also dominoes. My grandfather used to cheat at dominoes, he’d hide them up his sleeves.
Snowball fight or making snow families?
A proper snowman, with a scarf, carrot nose and coal eyes.
Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing
Sledding. When I was a little girl we mostly slid down the local park hill on tin trays or pieces of cardboard carton, with the occasional home-made wooden sledge.
Favourite holiday song?
Bing Crosby and "White Christmas", I think, for the ultimate cosy Christmas feel.
Favourite holiday story to read?
I don’t have one, but at this time of year I like to catch up with a lot of reading – my TBR pile is so huge it’s heading for the ceiling like a speeded-up stalagmite.