My name is Patricia Richards-Skensved, preferably Tricia rather than Trisha and definitely not Pat. The “difficult to pronounce name” in the double barrel is from my time married to a Dane and has had many variations over the years – some examples are Skinsled, Skensford, Skensvid and so on, although I haven’t yet been called Smorgasbord. Anyway, I now live in London with a Scotsman who also likes to walk, although he’d rather be heading up Monroes in the Scottish Highlands than tramping around the coast of Britain. I moved back to Britain in 1998 but my daughter still lives in Copenhagen.
What I do
When I am not walking or singing or swimming I work in a Further Education College in South London teaching English to people who want to learn it. These include asylum seekers, refugees and European immigrants and I have just recently started training would be teachers. I am also an examiner which means I can work in Denmark once a month – this gives me a chance to speak some Danish, eat smoked herring and rye bread and visit family and friends.
Why this walk?
I love the sea, enjoy walking and really need an activity to calm me down! The idea came to me one morning back in 2011 and searching the net I found I was not the only one – there is even a couple with two small children trying to do the same thing! And that’s how it started……..