More about TeriAnn Wakeman


I admit to being largely a product of my experiences.

My step father was a tool and die maker (high level machinist) and had a machine shop in the garage. I grew up occasionally helping my step father in the machine shop on weekends along with my mother and my little sister. I learned how to use tools before I learned that girls were not supposed to be capable of using tools. So being mechanically helpless is not one of my better tricks.

I grew up with a large family vegetable garden and still grow my own whenever I can.  Adding to that I've raised most small livestock from rabbits and ducks to dairy goats, sheep and pigs.  I've picked up a lot of related skills along the way that range from fence stringing and barn building to cheese making.   All this adds up to someone who is very self sufficient and loves the relaxed country life.

When I am not working I divide my life up among my interests. At home I love to cook, garden, write, pursue the intricacies of Aladdin lamp collecting and reading. I spend way too much time adding to this web site.

My Tr3 at TriumphestWhen I'm not at home I'm generally out driving windy mountain roads in my 1961 Triumph TR3A or out on long camping trips in my 1960 Land Rover Dormobile and taking landscape photographs.

Gypsy style Land Rover travel and camping with my dog and camera is one of my joys in life. I'm one of those people who believe that destinations are optional and not necessarily desirable.

Well, OK. I do somehow arrange my trips to go through small out of the way towns that might have an antique or second hand store not picked over by Aladdin lamp collectors. And I do somehow manage to end up at winery tasting rooms.

One of my major pursuits in life is pursuing the perfect photographic image, no matter where it takes me. I never expect to find it, but obtaining it is not what is important.

More about me:

My personal values statement - The standard I set for myself and try to live by

Sayings that have meaning to me

How watching TV changed my life

Personal photo album

Some moments I remember vividly:

Driving in my first car

The worst storm I was caught out in

Taking a picture in Monument Valley 1999






Short takes of the view below the surface:


Personal Heros:

  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Amelia Earhart


"Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people" Eleanor Roosevelt

    "How can life grant us the boon of living if we do not dare to live?"


Movies I watch time after time and not grow tired of (my comfort movies) :

  • Casablanca
  • The American President
  • Dave
  • Young Einstein
  • High road to China
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Harvey
  • Sleepless in Seattle
And I'll happily watch most romantic feel good comedies

Don't get me wrong, I also enjoy adventure and fantasy movies , just not the same ones over and over  and I'm a sucker for movies that deal with concepts of non linear time.  And I do NOT do horror movies.


Things I like to do outside my home:

  • Browse photo galleries
  • Go for walks
  • Travel to see what wonders lie over the next mountain and around the next bend
  • Browse through antique stores
  • Browse arts & crafts fares
  • Visit wineries
  • Shop at the farmer's market
  • See a movie
  • Visit museums of history, historic reenactments and displays


Even though I can not carry a tune, I've always felt that life is a series of song cues and often sing when I'm alone and happy or  just content.   Unlike most people, my dog never seems to mind my singing, even when I can not remember the words and make them up as I go along. 

Here's some of my favorite songs: [Lyrics]

  • San Francisco - Scott McKenzie
  • Love hurts - Heart (Reminds me the aftermath with a big blowup with my family when I went my own way)
  • Going Up the Country - Canned heat
  • Magic Man (Reminds me of when I met Karl)
  • Our House - Crosby, Stills Nash & Young
  • Look what they've done to my song - Melanie (Dealing with the impersonal powers that be in life)
  • Tender Lady - Margie Adam  (Sometimes I'm just sad & in need of a good hug)
  • No other name - Peter, Paul and Mary  (And sometimes I feel just all alone and separated)
  • And of course just about everything by Fleetwood Mac

Sometimes I think my life might be summed up in Desperado by The Eagles but my aspirations are more in the direction of Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones.

"There's no time to lose, I heard her say
Catch your dreams before they slip away
Dying all the time
Lose your dreams
And you will lose your mind"

Favourite recording artists: Fleetwood Mac, Crosby Sills Nash & Young, Simon & Garfunkel, Santana, Scott Joplin, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles


Favourite drink:  A nice hot cuppa tea with a spot of milk mixed in.  Well, OK those who have seen me put milk in my tea have said that I like tea in my milk. My average at home morning usually includes at least a quart of tea but when I'm on the trail and away from the bathroom I limit myself to 2 cups in the morning and a cup of herbal tea in the evening.  Though when I'm traveling alone it is not unusual for me to stop for afternoon tea.

Also favourites:

  • Milk
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice with lots of pulp
  •  With a meal, a glass of Red wine - Chianti Raffino or classico reserva, Cotes du Rhone villages, Roja reds, Syrah, zinfandel, Chateauneuf du Pape, Malbec,  petite sirah, Carignan & Cabernet Sauvignon
  • With a meal, a glass of  White wine - German style riesling or gewurztraminer
  • About once a month or so a glass of thick Scottish style ale. A six pack often lasts me about half a year.

Comfort foods:

My most basic comfort food  remains the first thing I learned to cook on my own and usually cooked when no parents were at home during meal time -  Kraft macaroni & cheese with a dash of garlic powder.  Sometimes with a pork chop mixed in. I know its not very good for me so I try to avoid it  unless I'm deep in the blues.

My other comfort foods usually start the same:  sweat together fresh mushrooms, onion and coarse chopped garlic in extra virgin olive oil.  Then diverge from there into several different dishes.                               




   TeriAnn Jennifer Wakeman

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