We are Mark and Siubhan, not so freshly arrived in our 50s, we’re rather shocked to arrive here and in absolute denial; but yet our bodies are occasionally inclined to remind us.
Travel has been both our great privilege and passion over the years and a fortunate life has given us the opportunity to see, experience and photograph many great things. Mark’s waistline also bears witness to the fact that we have also eaten a lot of it! We love to eat well and we love to cook. During this blog, Food, Photography & Cycling will be common themes.
People call us adventurous but we’re not; we’re not brave but we are very curious and that curiosity overcomes much of our fear and inertia.
Professionally, Mark has been a Programme Manager/Director running large business change programmes for about half the time – it’s rather intense with 60-70hr weeks, the other half he rests/travels and just generally takes a breather. Siubhan is a photographer that shoots for fun, stock and whatever else comes along that she fancies. She is 80% of the brand of Sam Farina, Mark also shoots as Sam Farina, but that tends to be sporadic due to the work constraints.
No bio of us would be complete without mentioning Aviation and Motorsport. We both flew as PPLs for several years around Europe and the US before Siubhan persuaded Mark to get into motorsport in 2011. The 2014 season in GT Cup was a 50th birthday present, mid-life crisis obviously, but was quite successful with Mark finishing 2nd in class in the championship. Siubhan did the sponsors’ photography for the season and a good time was had by all. Both Aviation and Motorsport have been huge quality factors in our life, not just because of the fun we had in both, but primarily for the fantastic friends that we have gathered along the way.
Most recently, in 2017, at the age of 53, Mark has moved into semi-retirement as we choose to spend more time doing the things we love including cycle touring, travelling, learning music and always the photography.
We hope you enjoy our reading about our adventures as much as we enjoy having them.
Mark & Siubhan Litherland xx