AN Edinburgh grandmother has written her first book at the age of 83.
In her autobiography, Eileen Waters largely chronicles her near 50-year happy marriage to George Waters.
Online dating sites are the norm nowadays but back in the 1950s the then Eileen Brown met the love of her life on a blind date at a ball in McEwan Hall.
Eileen and George went on to marry in 1954 and had two children and three grandchildren.
Now a resident of Edinburgh’s Strachan House care home, Eileen has been working with her carers and daughters to create the memoir and is the first resident to complete her book, which has been published in hardback form.
Starting with her childhood in Darlington, County Durham, and her upbringing there, it goes on to tell how she moved to Edinburgh and that first encounter with her future husband, the story of their life together and watching their children grow up to start families of their own.
Eileen fondly recalls in her own words “finding true love” through a blind date and memories of their time together.
The couple both attended Edinburgh University at different times, and later became successes in their respective occupations.
Eileen was a speech therapist and went on to teach at Moor House speech school for a year after she graduated in 1950.
She then taught in Fife’s Markinch School and later in corporation schools in and around Edinburgh.
George, who was older than Eileen, set up his own dental practice in the couple’s first home in Boswall Parkway, where he remained for the rest of his career.
George was a resident for seven months at Strachan House before Eileen joined him, in May 2011. Eileen talks about her time at Strachan House with various anecdotes, meeting up with old friends at the residence and the many new friendships she has developed.
“I’m thrilled to see the finished book and thankful to the wonderful staff at Strachan House for helping put it together,” she said.
“It’s been wonderful going through all the photos and recalling some wonderful memories of days with George.”
She added: “I’m very happy it is all in one place now for my family to read, too.”
Strachan House staff work alongside all residents and their families to encourage them to talk about meaningful life stories.
Strachan House general manager Fiona Moncur said: “We are so proud that we have helped Mrs Waters and her family put together this fascinating life story.”
George died at the age of 92 and is greatly missed by his wife, family and everyone at Strachan House.