Good evening everyone,
I occaisionally post when I have a mental health episode, for those that suffer they know what its like, for those that don't I hope you never do, but I hope below will explain it a little bit. This wa a particuarly bad one.
I need to start with an apology, I'm afraid I'm not very well at the moment, my head is not behaving its self as it should and is causing some concern for some very close friends. I've no idea what triggers these but I can say it isn't pleasant. If I had wanted to I couldn't have written this an hour ago, I posted on Facebook last night "I've realised I'm not invincible", I think that was the start of this episode, I'll not go into the details but what goes through my head isn't nice to say the least. I was lying in my pit this morning shivering and crying, I posted that I was cold and tired about 0630, when I posted that I had no idea I was going to hit an even lower spot! I'll not draw you a picture...
I've not been right for a couple of months and without the help of a close friend I doubt I would have got out of hospital. I apologise if I've been a bit off with people during this time, its hard to have a smile on your face when feeling so low.
I'm heading to the Forest of Dean for Christmas, I'm hoping to get on a campsite there for the, as I call it, the Silly Season - sit outside a Tesco for a few days and you would know what I mean! I would like to thank Carolyn Hinton and her famil for inviting me to Christmas dinner, I'll try not to be too much of Bah Humbug.
Right, this is a big thank you to the small group of people that have kept me going over the last couple of days, I'm sure you can work out who you are.
Good afternoon everyone,
I'm having to write this offline as the WiFi where I'm staying has been broken and I can't fix it for them.
Its been a mixed few days, snow, rain, strong winds and a little bit of sunshine. I was glad to see the back of the snow, that stopped me almost in my tracks for a few days! The cold has in some ways been worse, getting through the cracks and chilling parts of me that shouldn't be chilled!
I had to take Missy to the vets on Tuesday, she was wanting to use the litter tray more than I expected, a check by a vet, and some crystals to wee in to and thirty odd pound later were on our way. The crystals looked lost in her litter tray...
Overnight it rained and during the night Missy had moved the litter tray whilst using it exposing one corner to the rain, its happened before but not at an important time like this! Watered down wee...
I'm sorry to say my brain had a wobble on Tuesday night, the old PTSD kicked in and I haven't been very well over the last thirty-six hours, I can only say I functioned, both myself and Missy have slept a lot during this time.
Tomorrow I head for Chippenham for the weekend, I want to get some memorials in the area finished off before I move to Old Sodbury on Monday.
Good evening everyone,
Well I'm hoping to be discharged from Hospital this weekend, I can only hope. My foot is apparently healing very well though there was a kick in the teeth tonight, they are going to keep me on insulin, I'm hoping this won't affect my travelling...
I'm looking forward to seeing Missy next week and apparently ashe has been upto some real antics!
Last night was an intersting night, one of the male patients decided to attack the nurses, at one point with a pen as a weapon, he managed to hurt 2 nurses, I stepped in each time and managed to stop him, he did try and turn on me without much effect, security arrived after the first event but left to sort out another problem, they eventually arrived back after the fourth event and stayed most of the night. I've now been asked to write a report for the Ward Sister.
Some people may find a small part of this update up setting.
Its been a quiet week this week, two visits to the doctors, I'm now on two different types of antibiotics, they are to be taken one hour before or two hours after food, this is causing a slight problem for me, I'm only realy getting one meal a day. On the plus side the antibiotics seem to be starting to win...
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The second visit to the doctors this week was to have wounds and dressings checked, of the seven on my legs six have healed and with the help of the nurse twisting my leg I was able to see the extent of the injury to my foot, its a 2x1 inch open wound and is rather angry looking. The nurse washed it out and was being very gentle with it and surprised when I didn't whimper, moan or have a sharp intake of breath! I had to smile and tell her I've not been able to feel the leg for twenty-six years :)
The other side of the infection is the insidious creeping through the body, I've been sleeping terribly, waking up dripping in sweat and shivering at the same time! Another not nice part is I'm not allowed alchol, it will react with one of the antibiotics. Strangly I don't miss the evening side of the drink, its when I go to bed, I normally go to sleep and will go through for four to five hours and then wake up with the pain and discomfort, I've been going to bed and struggling to get comfortable, tossing and turning. Las night was a particuarly bad night, headed to be at around 2230hrs, the last time I looked at the clock it was 0136hrs and I was at really low point...
I have another two appointments this week with the doctors, Tuesday and Wednesday, I'll let you know more after those...
Its been a quiet couple of days. I was joined today by Peter Finn again and we attended the Service at Tidworth, it was well attended to say the least, as I'm borrowing the Help for Heroes mobility scooter I have to think far more carefully as to where I can cross roads as its wheels are a lot smaller, we ended up across the road and struggled to hear what was being said due to the amount of traffic passing.
We soon headed back to Tedworth House and had breakfast, I thought I wasn't feeling to bad, wrong, I'm afraid I ended up sleeping most of the afternoon and feeling cold at the same time, not good, sorry Peter, not very good company this afternoon.
There was a little improvement in my leg this morning, I need to keep an eye on it though...
Today is a very emotional day, lots of tears, not because of it being Armistice Daybut because of the infection in my leg, I've not been sleeping well and then finding out that some jobsworth had decided to kill the Lynx in mid-Wales, the only things that were under threat around Borth were the rabbits and rats!
Anyway, other things, I actually had two nights of this week and ended up playing Triveal Pursuit one night folled the next night by Articulate, as you can imagine it was a bit rowdy and occaisionally lewd. A thouroughly enjoyable couple of evenings.
I manged to get the scooter down to Tramper so that it can have major service whilst I'm here at Tedworth House, its the logical way as it were.
I hope to be able to attend Tidworth Memorial tomorrow for the service, it will depend on my leg, I suspect I may be back in the doctors again Monday morning.
Well I've arrived at Help for Heroes Tedworth House and am looking forward to some peace and quiet and some mental and physical treatment, I also need to register at the local doctors to get my medication checked, I've also found what appears to be a burst blister on the leg I can't feel :(
I've managed to get some photos of memorials done over the last few days, they have been scarce in the last month since I recieved all the data from the Imperial War Museum. I've gone through more than 15,000 records so far and found myself intrigued as to what were the most common fifteen place names, no surprise that they are nearly all Church of England churches...
I hopefully lose the scooter this week to get it serviced, this means I'm going to be house bound until its all done, I'm not sure how long it will take either.
I've decided to put a poster together after being inundated with food and treats for Missy, she has also put a bit of weight on! ;)
I'll start with the statistics for September and October, they are combined as I forgot to do them at the start of last month.
September: 399.11 miles
October: 265.03 miles
Total mileage: 30697.20 miles
Total raised with Gift Aid: £75,417.42
Today was a long hard day, a run from Thornbury to Chippenham, I had to stop for a charge in Tesco Extra at Yate, thanks to them for that.
I actually had a day off on Saturday, other than doing an article for a newsletter, it was strange to say the least. Sunday was a first since this time last year, I collected in the lobby of Tesco Cam, I'd forgotton how tiring it could be, anyway between Quedgeley and Cam £288 was put in the bucket, thank you everyone.
I'm now booked in at Help for Heroes Tedworth House from Saturday, I want to get the scooter down to Tramper to get it serviced, I've worked it hard over the last four and a half years, I was told at the start of this year that I have put it through twenty years use in four years! I wonder how many times the wheels have turned in the 30697 miles...
I'm hoping to do Rememberance Sunday in Tidworth at the new memorial. ;)
Good afternoon everyone,
I am still plodding on with the data, it could be a couple months yet before I finish it all!
It's been a mixed week for me, I'm still edgy after Evesham so when somebody bumped or moved the trailer in Quedgeley at 5:45 in the morning I was up missing was going on, there was nobody there but there was a bike padlocked the railing beside the trailer so it could have been that.
I moved from Quedgeley to Eastington and the campsite where Missy could try to catch and kill things, she didn't, and I could get a much needed shower, it's also the campsite that my brother uses during the week when working up here I was able to see my nieces for the first time this year.
I moved from the campsite to Dursley Tesco and things have changed here since I last stayed, the electric boxe is padlocked, the kids rides are taken in at night and the entrance gates are locked. I was even offered drugs in the early part of the evening I some use, that was after they put money in the bucket.
I head to Thornbury Tesco on Monday, weather permitting, fat my next stops are old Sodbury, Chippenham, Devizes, Tidworth, Salisbury and then Downton that's it for the next few weeks.
I'll go back to the data to give you an idea what been doing, in the partial list below there are some entries that are highlighted yellow to denote that the are duplicates of another memorial, then there are some that are highlighted in orange that denotes they need to be doublechecked to see which are duplicates. The list is only available my blog website not on Facebook.
All Saints' Church
SU 86659 93074
A E C R Viscount Wendover
Board / Plaque / Tablet
All Saints Church
C R Watkins
E A Shaw B H G Shaw A G Shaw
High Wycombe All Saints Church -Screen
Church Fabric / Fitting: Reredos or screen
High Wycombe Boer War
R G Gregson-Ellis
Society of Royal Cumberland and Odg
SU 86000 93000
SU 86700 93200
Bryants Bottom Methodist Church and School
High Wycombe Methodists
Wesley Methodist Church (I)
Wesley Methodist Church (Ii)
Royal Grammar School
Royal Grammar School -
Royal Mail Sorting Office
Queen Victoria Road
SU 86759 92847
High Wycombe Postmen
St John The Evangelist Church
SU 85926 93175
St John The Evangelist
SP 87800 92900
High Wycombe Baptists
Wycombe Gen Hospital
Queen Alexandra Rd
SU 86400 92700
High Wycombe and Disctrict Memorial Hospital
Hospital / Clinic
High Wycombe and District
SU 84100 92200
Lt Youens VC
SP 68600 28700
All Saints -
SU 90152 97467
TQ 01284 75947
St Michael's Church
SP 86400 95500
Men of Hughenden-
St Michaels Church -
St Nicholas Church
SP 64600 07400
2Lt E V Stanley
St Nicholas Church -
St Peter's Church
SP 76900 05500
St Peters Church -
Iver / Love Green
Junction of B470 and Thorney Lane
TQ 03929 81175
Thorney Lane North
TQ 03000 81000
Mid J B H Whitshed
St Margaret's Church
Church Rd (A412)
SP 02400 83300
St James The Less Church
SU 92498 79006
Lt J H Moriarty
St James The Less -
St Mary's Road
TQ 00469 79531
Capt W Swabey
Col C Morice
Langley of Remembrance -
Roll of honour or book of remembrance
Lt C R Taffs
Lt Col W P Rigden
Lt D H Field
Maj C B Harvey
TQ 01661 84257
Army and RAF Film Units
SP 87500 45000
All Saints Church -
TQ 00300 99300
Horse Ridden By Gen De Villebois Mareuil
Latimer - Boer War
SP 91661 53588
Church of The Assumption
SP 72700 37900
H R Gore Brown and Capt E A R Gore Brown
S J V Lester
Lee Clump / Lee Common / The Lee
SP 90600 04400
Church Lane, Off A413
SP 70523 39826
St Nicholas -
St Mary Magdalene Church
SP 91013 32457
Pillar / Column
Tpr A J Woods
SP 86050 03553
Little Hampden Church -
Little Horwood / Wood End
SP 79187 30612
Little Horwood Memorial Hall
Hall / Institute
St Mary's Church
SP 79100 30800
St Marys Church -
SP 89400 98900
Good afternoon everyone,
Well I've been holed up for a week due to the weather and thanks to Tesco in Churchdown I was well sheltered from both storms and heavy rain!
This will be a short update I'm afraid as I have not been anywhere and have working on all the data I've been sent. Missy has been spoilt rotten by staff and customers got more treats and food and than I know what to do with. She regularly has her photo taken but one morning she was photographed by someone from the Gloucestershire paper without me knowing and they posted it online with a short story. It also made people come looking for for her.
The next few weeks you are going to be working on the data again trying to get it sorted, it has meant that have been a bit more collecting of pennies as well.
Good afternoon everyone,
Apologies it's a short update this week.
I have enjoyed this last week to a point, I have slept a lot, one of the side-effects of depression and I'm not sure if I picked up a bug or eat something that may be sick three days, just had my first food since Wednesday.
It's also been nice to have some peace and quiet stopping in Tesco and pub car parks is never quite. I've managed to get a lot of admin done again this week, still a lot to do though as usual.
Tomorrow I had to Churchdown Tesco where had trouble last time the community champion will let me stay, we shall see what happens when I get there, not sure if the the wins will affect me tomorrow from the ex-hurricane that is heading our way, I hope it doesn't affect any of you too much as well.
I arrived yesterday at Cheltenham racecourse, I had thought that I had go via Tewkesbury with a charge on the way, and crossing the river in Evesham I saw a sign that said Cheltenham 16 miles, no-brainer really, look at the map and change the route.
I find myself craving peace and quiet and the bitter solitude the moment, although saying that my days Tesco were reasonably peaceful, it was the night times the staff starting and finishing shifts talking. I'm also still a bit on edge after what happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning, on that note, the police phoned me about is this morning. I also noticing a bit of a pattern since this flareup started, I'll have bad patch and then one maybe two days feeling okay, no idea why or what is happening with my old grey matter.
It's thanks to Zia, Mark and a gentleman that I met in Evesham, ex-Royal Logistics Corps, that I can stay here until Saturday morning, if I'm frugal and careful with money this week I should be to stop Saturday and Sunday, Sunday is the last night caravan site is open it will then be Church Stoke Tesco, well that's if the community champion will let me stay this time!
At the moment I'm not doing many miles as staff in the office of sent me all the data for England, that means that I've got more than 68,000 records on my system for memorials in England Scotland and Wales, and I have to go through the make sure the data is correct, there are no duplicates and those that are marked as being in a redundant building get added to a different table and then removed from the main table, it's all head work and hard work! Besides doing the double checks on data I still plodding on the whole the place name data, that stands at more than 38,000 records so far...
Today is obviously a good day for hot air balloons as we have had to set off from Bishops Cleeve today, one this morning and one just.
Before so it's the time of year when the fungi are appearing, I found some fly agaric on the beach trees in the cemetery the other day, a nice little find as I haven't seen the species for a few years.
Going back to the place name data I found the following when I was going through the names...
We all know where to go now ;)
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