We slept on the sofas and awoke (Sept 15th) as we wended our way between Ithaca and the mainland, heading for Patra on the Peloponnese. We had a rendezvous with granddaughters on the Ionian islands (hence the trip), but the ferries had stopped running directly to the islands as the season was over, hence going via Patra
Bill : early morning at Milan station on way to Brindisi. We'd arrived on the sleeper from Paris and been treated to a most welcome espresso and pastry by Sylvain whom we'd met and spent the night with (in the 6 berth compartment!) We stretched our legs walking round the front of the station just before sunrise and I actually saw a rabbit dart between bushes and railings!
Shan Oakes was Green Party candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough in 2015. She previously stood for Haltemprice & Howden for 2010 and in the 2008 by-election coming second out of 26 candidates.
Shan lived in Beverley from 1975. She taught English at schools in Hull and Beverley. This was followed by eight years championing child welfare, parent partnership and special needs for Humberside County Council and City of York education departments, and further work in the York Community Safety Partnership.
Shan then spent two and a half years living, working and learning a great deal in Uganda. She is a co-founder (with Bill Rigby) of Voice International, which promotes sustainability through education. In her MSc dissertation
(Education for Sustainability) Shan argues that diversity is fundamental to sustainability.
Shan works with organisations such as Friends of the Earth Transition Towns, the Earth Charter UK. Shan and Bill run an eco holiday house in York. They moved to Knaresborough in 2014 to be nearer some of their 11 grandchildren - who are a wonderful window into the future.