We have had quite a lot of interest already and we are exploring the option of a BBQ or Curry on the Saturday night. The gist of the weekend is just have a get together, a few beers and a bit of banter. If anybody wants to bring along a musical instrument and entertain us that's fine. I know some people have old military vehicles, it might be nice to see them.
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Good evening everyone,
A long day after another night tossing and turning. I was up early as a result and headed out to Help for Heroes, I needed to collect a new bucket after one has disintegrated with the effects of the sun and use! I also picked up some new leaflets after the deluge they got last Tuesday night, everything had fused into one. I also managed to get a shower, much needed it was indeed. I did manage to get some breakfast in Downton, each day I'm feeling a lot stronger again. Its not been a good year health wise and I hope it gets better soon.
I then headed to Tramper to collect a replacement jacket, thank you Liscombe, and some leaflets from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission about the Living Memory Project. Talking of which, it can't have escaped your attention that tomorrow is the centenary of the Somme, more than one million men are thought to have been injured, died or missing by the end of it, the bloodiest battle in the history of man I believe...
I head back to Tramper again tomorrow, they are designing some mudguards for my scooter, I'm looking forward to this as my feeble efforts aren't very good, the downside is having to listen to THE MUSIC (A-Team) whilst they do it, if you believe that you will believe anything ;)
I have to do a long run on Saturday around the Romsey area and that is pretty much the New Forest side of Hampshire completed, I then head for Stockbridge, not sure where after that, I suspect the Basingstoke and Aldershot areas.
Good afternoon everyone,
Only a short update today, I'm not quite 100% after being woken in the early hours by stomach ache, a day of struggling through iy and its associated problems.
I still headed out, I wanted to finish the New Forest and I managed to get back to the cats just after the rain started! Feel like going to bed...
Tomorrow is set to be wet all day so I won't be going far...
Well its been a long hard day but thoroughly enjoyable, it was nice to meet up with people I hadn't seen for a long time, infact twenty six years in one case! A bit of catching up was in order. I had a mooch around the stalls and tried to find a web belt and pouch that I can keep the daily essentials in when I'm out on the road, no joy there but I did manage to get some replacement literature after everything I had was soaked on Tuesdaynight/Wednesday morning.
Tomorrow I head back to West Wellow for a couple of days, I want to get a couple of minor bits sorted on the scooter and then I don't know which way I'll head, I'll think about that later...
I'm back in Bearwood, Bournemouth as I'm being taken to Tank Fest at Bovington tomorrow by Neil "Chuck" Berryman who I'm staying with this weekend.
I was taken out yesterday by Marie-Claire Wheelan and we managed to cover a lot of ground including a couple of churches that thwarted me last time I was in the area, I think we did around two hundred graves and memorials. I've no idea how many miles we did, it was a lot! I was shattered last night to say the least, the reason there was no update. She also kindly left me a couple of rolls and some cat food this morning, thank you again Marie-Claire.
I headed out this morning, a little later than I intended, I was up late, I headed out through the New Forest to Beaulieu and a cuppa, it was a mixed day weather wise, I got warmed by the sun and wet with the rain. It was going to be a long run so I stopped at the New Forest Caravan Club site for a charge and "comfort break". I headed out again and was not far from my destination when a lady in car decided overtake when there was a traffic island in the road, it was the closest I've come in 21,000+ miles to being taken out I had to do an emergency stop to avoid being hit, I didn't even get a wave of apology! A grey car HF63 FHY. I pulled over and had a five to ten minutes sitting and calming down, I was still shaking when I got to my stop.
I will speak to the police about it.
I'll hopefully post an update tomorrow night.
Well a surprise tonight, I have WiFi access! I moved the trailer incase the stroms in France cross the channel, they are but look like they will miss me, but it meant I can do this update :)
Yesterday was a short jaunt through the New Forest to Hythe, I do like the New Forest, just not its roads, they are terrible in places and I have to spend more time looking at the road surface than the route in front of me...
This morning was a shock, heavy drizzle, not on the forecast I looked at! Spoilt my plans for the day to say the least, I did manage to get to Marchwood and do the graves and memorials there.
All being well I'll get to Lyndhurst, Beaulieu, East Boldre and a few more I can't remember tomorrow.
Apologies everyone for the lack of updates over the last few days, the joys of depression.
I'm back in West Wellow for a few days before heading back to Bournemouth for the weekend, its Tankfest weekend in Bovington and Neil Berryman is kindly taking me to see some big boys toys in action.
My stop at Sandyballs was a welcome break, I do push myself both mentally and physically and having the fall in the churchyard at Brockenhurst was the triger for some very restless nights and the culmination was a triggering of my depression which is never far away. I have been writting a bit about depression and how it affects me, not an easy thing to do and I'll probably put it online at some stage.
One of the nice things from this week was finding a new memorial window being fitted in the church at Brockenhurst, it was the location of an ANZAC hospital in World War One. I have a lot of photographs of the information boards and will try and get them online at some point.
Thank you to all my Facebook and Twitter follows for words of support, I've seen the emails flood in even though I haven't been online.
Not a lot to report, I did go back yesterday and find the grave of Colonel Mansel-Jones VC, I can be a bit stubborn like that. I didn't fall this time either, a bonus! I was also privileged to see a new memorial window to the ANZAC's of World War One being fitted in Brockenhurst Church, it is being dedicated on the 29th of June if I remember correctly.
Today was an enforced rest day, sunshine and thundery showers, a day spent crunching data...
An early update today as I'm expecting a visit from a man with a bit to repair my huddle tonight :)
I wasn't expecting to get out today, I headed out first thing this morning and soon turned round as it was getting wetter the closer I got to Brockenhurst! I sat around with the cats killing time and son the sun put in an appearance so I headed out again. I first of all headed along the roads not knowing how bad the cycle track access would be. Other than a camper van parked so I couldn't see the cycle sign it was fine, and saved a lot of grief on the roads where 40mph appears to be minimum speed you are allowed to do!
Whilst in Brockenhurst I went to the local church where there is a dedicated Commonwealth War Graves Commission area, beautifully looked after as always, I wandered around the rest of the overgrown churchyard trying to spot other service graves and a VC grave, I wandered carefully off the path in the area where the VC, wading into the jungle I wasn't careful enough, I couldn't see where I'm putting my feet and slipped off the edge of a grave edging hurting both knees
The trip back was a bit better as I stayed on the cycle track almost to Burley. Tomorrow weather permitting I want to do the Milford-on-Sea/Lymington area.
I was asked earlier why I repeat things twice on social media as in earlier the statistics for the Isle of Wight, well I have two different groups of followers, those that use social media and those that don't and I don't want to have to write two updates each time, once is hard enough!
I managed to get to the Queen's Head in Burley inbetween the showers which was a huge bonus, the forecast isn't looking very good for the rest of the week, I'm not sure how much I'll get done...
It being wet today the three of us sat inside, it has meant that I can catch up on some of the backlog of images, the statistics for the Isle of Wight are:
On the next spell of wet weather I'll try and sort out what milage I did.
I've been talking via email to my contact in the Commonwealth War Grave Commission today about the Living Memory project, it is to remember the 300,000 war dead in this country, I suppose I'm doing my own bit, most people know about the Western Front and the cemeteries associated with it but do people know about the 12,000+ graveyards and cemeteries in this country? We have the centenery of the Somme next month where 19240 men died on the first day (I hope I remembered that correctly) and more than 70,000 men are still missing.
I will have some leaflets about the Living Memory project very shortly if you would like one or you can find out more here http://www.cwgc.org/about-us/cwgc-projects/living-memory.aspx
Its been another few days of te usual plodding around finding graves and memorials then heading back to the cats, I've a large backlog of images that I'm trying to catchup on, for the memorials I need access to the internet so I can get the nearest post code to the memorial, this has been part of the cause of the backlog. I should have some statistics for the Isle of Wight in the next few days, memorials only as the graves come under Hampshire.
I need to say a big thank you to WightLink for transporting the three of us on and off the island free of charge, also to the other customers and staff who were very generous as we waited to load.
Tonight was a bit of a shock, as I'm only in New Milton for one night I'll sit in the car park and run the lead out instead of struggling under the canopy and blocking the bike rack - the heavens opened and it was toorential for about five minutes, I'm now under the canopy...
Tomorrow I move to Burley and having seen the forecast for the week I'm not sure how long I'll be there...
I finally have internet access and hope you can see it over the terrible, loud music from four miles away! The Isle of Wight Festival has started...
Well the hasn't been a lot to report from the last few days, I've been plodding on and its been very hot, a bit cooler today thankfully. I've been thwarted by locked churches yet again, it will allways be a problem with the way society has become, metal thefts etc :(
I've moved from the Caravan and Camping Club site at Adgestone who kindly hosted me for two nights, a loverly peaceful spot, to The Orchards in Newbridge, I stopped here two years ago, well a tiny bit more than that, they have again let me stay whilst I cover the West and South-west of the island. Smudge is off exploring and Missy is terrorising the local wildlife, oh and a couple of dogs that walked past innocently...
I need to cover Ventnor to Freshwater over the next couple of days, I suspect Ventnor wil be a hard day as the hills are very steep in places, slowly, slowly climb the hill ;)
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