OVER the years my walks through South Devon and further afield have given me a lot.
I've enjoyed strolls along back streets and urban lanes, admiring history assembled under thatch or slate. And during the quiet exploration I've met old Devonians.
But apart from human contact I look at local housing development to find out how the communities are growing.
Unfortunately serious illness stopped me in my tracks for over 18 months. Today, I remain really grateful for the surgeons, doctors and nurses on the South Devon scene who made my recovery possible.
Once again the urban strolls include superstore browsing, visits to the seaside proms, and main street pubs and cafes. I like to sample the South Devon delights from food, drink and the Bay views, to the blend of old and new architecture, and tucked-away corners most visitors seldom see.
A pasty snack on the hoof or a Devonshire cream tea in a tea garden can set the seal on a casual ramble. During my football years, which ended when I was 56, I played in the South Devon League, Plymouth and District League, Torbay Wednesday League, and Torbay Sunday League.
From the 1950s, through the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and into the early 1990s I got to know many communities from shore to moor, Tamar to Exe.
Today, in my mid-1970s, I continue to meet some of the soccer heroes of yesterday's league circuit. Then I'm happy to add my memories to the game's history and mythology, but I remain open to whatever a good walk has to offer. The changes the seasons lay on a rural landscape or the coastal and suburban scene, are also rewarding, alone or with friends and relatives.