Joan and her husband, Hugh, now live at Stoneybraes, just up the hill from The Sheiling, the B&B business they ran for 40 years. Her novel, The Land Beyond The Green Fields, was published in 2007, followed by her first book on the joys of running a highland B+B, Heads on Pillows, published in 2009. Her son Neil with his partner, Katrina, and their children, Shane and Fallon, continue to live close by. In 2011, Joan was awarded an MBE for her work in Tourism. She continues working with the Federation of Small Businesses on their Regional Committee, and sits on the board of the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards. She recently stepped down from seven years of writing the popular column, Tourism Matters in The Northern Times and has given up her work with VisitScotland to move on to working with Cats Protection, insisting that cats will be easier to herd than people. Retirement for Joan still seems a long way off!