Marjorie Macleod Abbott and Anne Shand – formidable women

cleodie  anne

I never met her, but by all accounts my maternal grandmother (l) was one of a long line of formidable women. By formidable I mean tremendous or capable, and certainly mean it as a compliment. Not keen on Marjorie she created Cleodie from her middle name – it’s also my middle name. She had a sailing boat called The Cloud… hence the name of my pottery.

My late aunt Anne (r); her daughter, was another. An operations research scientist of incredible brilliance, she taught me many things, most notably that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Perseverance is key.

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