Teadrinkinggrey-haired gardener ?

In the news this morning, to assuage the view of an out-of-work grey haired fifty something, a guy posted a video of himself doing a workout and was offered multiple jobs.

However, the words used to describe the stereotype offended me. I am many things. A mother of five, an MA student in my second year, a gardener; I run a gardening business, an editor; I voluntarily edit for a journal daily. I am also a #teadrinkinggrey-hairedgardener as the #Radio4 news reader’s stereotype went. Are you? I know I am. But what does this stereotype look like?

Cheesed off with stereotypes.

For the past three years I’ve cycled 4000 kilometres a year. I’ve written a play, a novel, six short stories and carried on with the work of being a mum. I’ve assisted in Special Needs schools, and helped run three businessess. This year I started my own gardening business. I also run 4 blogs, and produce voice for a YouTube channel as Hermione Wilds:


I’m just an ordinary fifty something.

I too am looking for part time work. Please reply to this blog if you like what you see and hear.

Thank you,


Published by hermionelaake contributing editor O:JA&L

Currently, whist working on long fiction, I write short stories, poetry, essays and blog weekly. I appeared on Blog Talk Radio, 2016, interview across continents with Susan Wingate. See my twitter account: herziloph, pinned tweet; Award nominee, Jointly-published and Indie writer. Nominated for the Avon and Authonomy First Lines prize, 2014 and the H. G. Wells Grand Prize for Fiction, 2013. My flash fiction is published with Open: Journal of Arts and Letters.

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