Having had a glorious week in the Lake District 2 years hence, we booked a house near Derwent Water, this time to take the entire family. The weather forecast did't bode well, but the reality was pretty good; the only rain of note falling at night. The house: Skelgill Farm, nestled under the shadow of Catbells and was superb for climbing straight up on to the fells, The views were stupendous! The photos show Lynn and I at the top of Dale Head - a stiff climb, and Barrow - a not so stiff climb! The family photo is in the front garden of Skelgill House.
Last year a friend called Martin sold a 24ft Cornish Crabber sailing yacht on ebay and delivered it to its new owner - in St Petersburg! This year, to help raise money for one of his daughters to go and do some charity work in Africa, Martin decided to give a talk on this mad voyage So, what else to do but to motor to Dittisham aboard Lucy M and make a night of it. We also took the opportunity to bend on the sails.
I retired from the Royal Marines Band Service in 2007 having served for 33 years as a musician, eventually becoming a Director of Music and running my own band. After retirement, I took my family sailing in the Philippines with a view to sailing back to the UK via Australia. However, for many reasons our plans changed and after 9 years living in Dartmouth we have now moved to Totnes.I am married to Lynn and we have four children. Daniel and his wife Sara live in Portsmouth; Hannah is married to another Dan and they live with our grandchildren Sophia, Isaac & Elijah in Topsham. Lydia is currently studying in Lancaster and Julia is Studying Art at Totnes, due to attend University at Falmouth in 2016. I teach music in the local school and work part time for the Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority, driving the yacht taxi. Between this, directing the local orchestra, various musical performances, involved with the local church and helping train the local Ten Tors team, life can be very busy.