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MY LIFE IN CHESHIRE | RACHEL BURDEN

We caught up with Rachel Burden, Radio Presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast with Nicky Campbell to talk about her life in Cheshire...

How would you describe yourself?

A radio fanatic; an early riser; and a mother, a role which is akin to being head of a business only with non-compliant employees.

Where is home? And work?

Home is in the Cheshire countryside between Knutsford and Macclesfield, surrounded by potato fields. Work is in the heart of MediaCity. It’s a great place to work and I’m a proudly adopted Salfordian.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

Firstly, a statistician. I was never entirely sure what this was, but I liked the sound of it. This was followed by an opera singer. I fell in love with opera at a very young age, I loved the stories, the drama, the music and everything about it. Unfortunately, my singing was not up to par for this career choice!

So, when you're not working, where do you love to be? 

Out in the countryside and the local fields of Cheshire. I enjoy long family walks on Sundays, which usually involve a stop at The Dog in Peover, for a beer or Sunday lunch. I love Jodrell Bank and I’m mesmerised by the telescope. It’s a landmark and if it’s in view it means I’m almost home. At some point, I would like to travel the West Coast of America, hire a classic car and tour the wine regions. I’ve been lucky enough to visit America through work, but never explored it properly.

You're certainly very busy. How do you spend your free time?

The best way to spend my free time is with my family and have get-togethers with our extended families, too. Board games and cards feature heavily and things can get very competitive. We also love to spend time in Mortehoe in North Devon. We enjoy the peace and quiet and spend time exploring the rock pools or boogie-boarding in the sea.

Who or what inspires you?

Currently it’s Tiffany Dufe and her book Drop the Ball. It’s a must-read for anyone bringing up children and running a home. Tiffany teaches us how to deal with today’s constant need for activity. She encourages the management of time so that you can spend your time enjoying your life, building relationships and developing equal partnerships when it comes to the household chores. It’s brilliant and I’m constantly recommending it to my friends.

Tell us a secret or a fun fact about yourself?

I can play the piano. When I took my grade 8 piano examination, I achieved the second highest mark in the country...I think this was a fluke.

Who or what would you put in Room 101?

Social media, ipads and iphones. I have a love/ hate relationship when it comes to these things. What’s been your biggest life lesson? I’ve learnt to slow down and take time to appreciate what you have and the health of those you love.