Ever since I was a little boy I have been fascinated by sailing boats. I always wanted to be a sailor, never realizing the age of sail had long gone. For 46 years my father’s pride and joy was a 1930 built spritsail punt that I was practically born into. Later on, the boat itself was our floating mobile home across the lake district during trips that would take several weeks, prevailing wind and weather determining our way.
As I grew up I went to sea during my holidays on board charter vessels. I was on the two-masted schooner Eendracht during the Tall Ships Race, followed by Southampton-Cork on board Johanna Lucretia. My childhood dream came true when I made two trips on the Norwegian fullrigger Sørlandet, standing at the wheel across the North Sea under all 20 sails.
My musical awareness arose later than my love for sailing. In our family archive there is a sound recording featuring me as an infant singing lullabies on my mother’s lap. I have always been fascinated by birdsong. I took up singing in 1975 when a new church choir was formed. One of my friends at school was a keen classsical pianist who went on to study at the conservatory.
My writing career started with learning five languages, Dutch being my mother tongue, English, German, French and Frysk (Western Frisian). So far, I published one poetry collection, in 2022 with Dutch and English poems.
My first collection of poetry entitled ‘Where my pen lies, I am at home‘, can be purchased online via my website https://peterbouchier.wordpress.com/2019/06/20/mijn-eerste-dichtbundel-nu-online-te-koop-my-first-poetry-collection-on-sale-online-now/
. The second half of the collection contains English poems, written by me.
My professional career was that of of a town hall employee