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Torbay Weekly

Well, it’s been quite the week weather wise and as I have always said Torbay really is the best place in the world to live, and when we also get the weather, you could be anywhere in the world with the beaches, the harbours, marinas, boats, ships and, of course, the nightlife.

The one thing I have always loved about Torbay - pre-Covid - is no matter what time of year, there is always something going on, both for young and all.

Just pick up a paper and look at community events that are going on year round, just wonderful.

Now me? Apart from what I do with the Purple Angel dementia campaign, I also love my gardening and I also like to think I am a bit of a fisherman - coarse fishing that is, not sea.

I love nothing better than to spend the day at Town Parks Fishery in Paignton on the Totnes road catching carp, which can be up to 26lbs - and that’s not a fisherman’s tale!

I used to go mackerel fishing like all the rest but sometimes there is so much motion in the ocean, as they say, my spatial awareness is all over the place because of my dementia and I really didn’t fancy going overboard.

But I would recommend it to all as it’s so much fun, mackerel fishing that is, not going overboard!

While I am fishing with my long-suffering carer Peter, bless him, my very, very long-suffering wife Elaine has a respite day as it really is so important for her and all carers  to get some time to themselves and regroup, as they say.

Well, last week as I went fishing, my wife Elaine and her friend decided to go kayaking at Broadsands beach and I have to admit, I was worried.

Look at it this way. Just cast your mind back 40-plus years or so, and if your gran, or grandad had said they were going kayaking in their 60s and over, what would people have thought?

I know I would have been horrified, and yet today nobody blinks an eyelid, which is just wonderful.

They said they had the most wonderful time, went quite far out and saw the cliffs and the wildlife.

I was so incredibly proud of them both but especially my wife, who has always been a top class swimmer and was a top class high diver in her youth - a little known fact but don’t tell her I told you.

All our children and grandchildren think it's wonderful and, of course, have asked me when its my turn. Err well, we will have to see on that, I told them, but you never know, maybe a few months down the line and a few stones lighter, if you know what I mean.

Living at the seaside is the most incredible thing to do. The sea itself, if respected, is a huge, free playground for all to play in.

When younger, learn to swim - an absolute must if you live by the sea - and there are so very many things to do, learn and see as you are growing up and older.

The memories you make are so precious, believe me as one who is slowly losing his memory, they really are the most precious of things.

The beauty of it is it matters not how old you are, a great time is always had in Torbay.

In the words of David Bowie: ”It's cool growing old as you turn into the person you should be.”