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I started painting in 2004 and struggle to get any better at it. Neverthless, I enjoy the learning process and particularly like Plein Air painting using a little pochade box.
I’ve been interested in motorbikes pretty much all my adult life and I’ve owned about 40 up to now. I’m a fairly loyal Honda fan, but I’ve also tried Yamaha, Suzuki, Triumph, BMW and even Moto Guzzi.
I can’t imagine a life without music! I remember buying my first Music-Centre from Woolworths in the 70’s. It was a GEC Soundeck and it was also the start of a very long interest in Hi-Fi.
I started dabbling in photography when I was a kid and the interest stayed with me throughout my life. All very much at an amateur level and never anything serious - but I’ve always enjoyed the hobby.
This is one of my “sadder” hobbies according to everyone else, but I’ve always found them to be fascinating - especially modern combat-sims which are incredibly complex and realistic.
I think it was back in the early 80’s when I began a college course on computing and back then it was strictly green text on a black background, lol. I retained a very strong interest in all things PC.
Another “sad” hobby according to some, lol. But personally, I find it very relaxing and interesting. The boats I build are made from wooden kits and can take years to complete. I favour fishing boats.
My favourite dogs are Boxers. I think you’d struggle to find a better all-round family pet. Yes, they can be boisterous, but they are incredibly funny, loyal, loving and just plain gorgeous! We also have a Shih-Tsu.
In 2006 my wife wanted us to buy a static caravan but I wanted to buy a canal boat . We now have a caravan in Scorton which on the edge of the beautiful Trough of Bowland.
During the non-winter months, I like to go walking with my camera and my dog Ruby. No great expeditions or anything, but a nice long walk up the West Pennines or the Trough of Bowland.