Peter Hartley was a Fine Art restorer specialising mainly in the conservation of paintings from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries and he took early retirement more than ten years ago. He has always been fond of foreign travel, having visited over sixty countries around the world and all seven continents at least twice. Keen on rock-climbing and mountaineering, mainly in the European Alps in his younger days, a spectacular fall (three thousand feet in vertical distance) from the top of an ice-bound Mount Fuji in spring 1985 and the ensuing brain haemorrhage put paid to this. He continued to tramp up easy mountains in better conditions, including Mount Whitney, Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, Mount Kinabalu and several 4000ers in the High Atlas. He has always been fond of wild, lonely and often desolate places (eg Spitsbergen, the Faroe Islands and the Outer Hebrides of the UK). An interest in cryptic crosswords eventually supplanted the peak-bagging, while more recently (and unexpectedly) writing poetry has taken over. He had a book of his verses published as On a Boat to Barra in March this year. View the poetry of Peter Hartley published by The Society of Classical Poets here. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here.