Being born and raised in Southern Africa gave me a wonderful opportunity to wander about the bush and instilled a real love of the outdoors. It took me a while to appreciate the wonders of the British countryside, but I wouldn't change it for anywhere now.
Why did you join Ramblers?
I joined Ramblers with my wife for the sheer pleasure of walking in congenial company and not having to worry about the route!
How long have you been a member?
I have been a member for just a year after my retirement from teaching History.
Where is your favourite walking destination?
I love the Derbyshire Peak, with a special affection for Monsal Dale.
If you could walk anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
I look forward to walking the Alps at some stage.
What is your most memorable walk?
Attempting to walk up Jebl Toubkal in the Moroccan Atlas was a great thrill, even though I realised that I was being a little optimistic in trying it.
What is your most treasured piece of walking kit?
I am in the throes of changing my boots and I dread saying farewell to my comfy friends.
Have you ever got lost on a walk?
My family frequently remind me of my misreading of a map which led to getting stuck in a bog at the northern end of Clatteringshaws Loch in Galloway.
Who would be your ideal walking companion(s)?
I could not think of better walking companions than Broxtowe Ramblers; who know when to speak and when not to and whose care of each other is never officious.
How do you relax?
Reading is good for relaxation, but walking is great as well.
What is your favourite meal?
My wife's Macaroni Cheese always hit the spot.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Being able to spend hours sitting in the members pavilion watching Nottinghamshire play cricket ( especially when they lose ).
What music would you like played at your funeral?
John Cage's 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence seems appropriate for a funeral, failing that, the Ying Tong song seems right.
Sum up your personality in three words
3 words ? Curmudgeon, Open and ...Optimistic.