Good evening everyone,
Well yesterday was but a short hop from Clevedon to Nailsea, as I was leaving I was given a note left at Tesco by a customer, Could I call in at the Clevedon Air Cadets tonight, they meet at 1930hrs and a phone number. I put it in my pocket and got eady to move off, as it was a pre-arranged move I couldn't change at such short notice. Anyway six cold miles later, minus three centigrade was the warmest it got to during those six miles I landed at Nailsea Tesco and looked for the kids rides, there were none, ok wheres the electric sockets, I found them twelve foot of the ground! I found Matt the duty manager who came up with a simple idea, run an extention cable out the night door!
I phoned the leader of the Air Cadets and apologised about not being able to come and meet the Cadets, not a problem, they came to me! A mad hour of photos and questions :D
Once parked I headed out yesterday to do the graves and memorials in and around the town, I'm glad I did, I woke this morning to this
So I rolled other and had a lie in :)
We didn't stir until eleven, I must have needed the sleep to stay in my pit for that long and I nooded off this afternoon! Its been a boring day of seeing if it will lift I I can get out and do some photos, it hasn't and if anythig its getting worse this evening!
Lets see what tomorrow is like...
Good afternoon everyone,
I'll start with the petition I shared this morning. If a War Memorial or grave is damaged it does come under Criminal Damage, I have however come across a memorial that was bulldozed by a council and I have also had an occaision when a chapel was being converted to a house all the tablets were thrown in the skip! So those of you who have already signed thank you, for those that haven't and would like to sign the link is https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/167972
I'm still struggling with the depression, there is no ryme or reason to when it occurs, yesterday was an ok day, this morning started ok, within two hours I was in a very dark place wondering why I bother, I feel ok again now. I can say with all honesty I HATE IT!!!
I should, weather permitting, finish Clevedon tomorrow and then head to Nailsea on Thursday.
Yesterday was another bad day, my emotions were up and down like a yoyo before I had even gone anywhere!
My first job of the day was to ride 11 miles to find Henry John Patch, better known as Harry Patch, the last Tommy. He was my, and many other peoples link to World War I.
During the run out yesterday I used Cycle route 244, the Two Tunnels route and it really is through two tunnels! One of them is a mile long and at a couple of points has music playing, a strange experience to say the least. On the way back to the city centre I retraced my route and as I started the second tunnel a gentleman on a pushbike shouted at me "Not Allowed", I can only think that he thought I was a moterbike...
On getting to the city centre it was manic to say the least, the Christmas market was being setup and people had parked cars and vans on the pavements and drop curbs, I was getting very frustrated as I couldn't get where I needed to go! I eventually managed to get to the Abbey and start recording everything, there wasn't as much as Winchester Abbey thank goodness.
Today was a shorter run but a lot more work, I started off at a church I need to go back to as there was a service on and then on to Haycombe Cemetery which has a modest War Grave section, what it also has is two large mass graves to the civilians thats were killed in World War Two by German bombing raids on the city. All of this took a few hours to do. A nice surprise was finding the Commonwealth War Graves Commission working on the graves and getting them all spruced up and replanted. It was also nice to be able to say thank you for the work that they do.
Having lost three days to the weather my stop at Keynsham has been longer than I expected and I'll be here one more day to cover the churches I couldn't do on the way here before heading to Clevedon, hopefully the sockets at Tesco will be working this time :)
Because of Storm Angus we have been confined to the trailer for the last two days, that means that other than going to meet a photographer from the Bristol Post I been nowhere and done nothing, probably the safer option!
The forecast for the next few days is for it to improve, I hope so I could do with getting out.
Good evening everyone,
I've had a couple of very bad days mentally, feeling a bit better today. Thank you for all you comments on Facebook.
Some have suggested I share my feelings online, I can't do that as they are not pleasant at all! It was also suggested that I do to much, I do and it is intentional, its the best way I have found of trying to keep the depression at bay.
Well Imanaged to get to Keynsham and it was very wet on Thursday to say the least, in fact its rained everyday so far which is slowing me down a bit. I managed to start Bath today though there is a lot to do here.
I'll head back in tomorrow weather permitting.
I need to start with an apology, my depression has decided to rear its head again, its showing itself in the early hours of the morning and I'm generally feeling ok by late afternoon. It does have some horrible consequnces and feelings. Those of you that suffer from depression will know what I mean. It does also mean I struggle to do things like the update or remember what things I have to do.
I went out over the last three days, the weather hasn't been brilliant which hasn't helped the feelings, Monday I headed in to Frome and managed a bit before the heavens opened and I got wet. Tuesday was a trip to Berkley through the lanes past all the debris that has been dumped, the lane was also blocked by the council because of this further on but I was able to get through, it was then back into Frome to try and find the bits I'd missed the day before, I got back just before the rain started. Today was a trip back to Frome Cemetery as all the pictures I took yesterday were over exposed, today was a particuarly bad morning with the depression and a Post Office delivery van that had obstructed the entrance to the cemetery got a good mouthful, well he did laugh because I couldn't go anywhere!
I ended up at Radstoke and thought I'd try the cycle route back towards Frome, if I'd known it was so accessible I'd have used it on Saturday with the trailer on, it was nice to see a Roe Deer grazing at the edge of a field as I travelled.
I think today is my last in Somerset as it is now, the memorial numbers are.
Tomorrow I head for Keynsham Tesco, changed my route again so I can try and do some memorials on the way.
A short update today, I've just done my first church service in quarter of a centuray at least, I normally do a service at the roadside memorials, sitting in a church singing hymns was rather strange...
Anyway thank yous said it was marchback to thecentre of the village with the other vetrans, its been an emotional few days, I think I'm going soft in my old age!
I'll start by saying thank you to everyone who commented on Facebook this morning about the cats, but I will need to explain to those that read my website blog what happened. This morning Tesco Midsomer Norton got a call from a lady complaining about the cats being on leads, the lady on Customer Service explained that the cats were fine and they went everywhere on there leads etc, the lady wasn't happy with this and came out to ask me to talk to her, well I tried to get a word in the waterfall of words that came my way, when I did it was simple, call the RSPCA. I haven't seen or heard anything from them...
Last night was a bit of a low point mentally for me, I've no idea what brought it on and I was ok this morning but it was hard work to keep going.
Today being Armistice day I headed down to the cenotaph in Midsomer Norton rady for eleven o'clock, there was a good turnout of around sixty peopleincluding some local school children. There were some mutterings as the cars wern't stopped during the short service, I can understand why, it was hard to hear the chaplin over them! Today was also a day of me not doing a lot, its probably the first day for a long while that I haven't taken a photo of any description, I did however fix another puncture and patch a bit on the trailer where I had a leak the other day.
Tomorrow I head for Beckington near Frome ready for rememberance Sunday and to cover the ground around it, I also have to meet the local press there...
Yesterday was a long hard day, mainly because of the teperature and the wind, the batteries on the scooter just like torch, car and other types are affected by the cold. Because of this I had to change route plans to Midsomer Norton and take a longer route but one where I would go through areas where I would be able to get a charge. Being careful about my power meant I could stray of the route much to do churches and graves on the way.
I arrived in Midsomer Murders (Norton) and the Tesco staff were expecting me, it sounds daft as I all ways pre-arrange the stops but messages don't get passed on. Last night was fun, two lads with BB guns sat near myself and Peter and then two push bikes stolen from near to us, to be honest I thought it was the same lads that rode in on them.
This morning was a tired get up and go, the morning shift didn't know about me being there and were a tad loud at times :'( When I did stir I wasn't my usual bright cheery self, I was feeling a "bit off colour", I still headed out but stayed fairly local, saying that I still managed to do fifteen miles! I managed to get my head down for a snooze this afternoon with Smudge cwtched up with me, Missy was being a tart and wanting to say hello to everyone outside! Its amazing what you hear when the side is shut and people don't realise your in there... After the nap I did feel better and managed some food. Its sarted raining tonight, hopefully it will clear by morning so I can do some of the villages.
I nearly forgot, I've had the War Memorial Data through for Wales, it looks like it is hugely under recorded, its also in the old pre 90's countys so I need to plough through it all and change data before I can even start!
Friday I will head down to the Cenootaph at eleven o'clock and then Sunday I will be in Frome for the service, just need to sort out where it is...
Another few days plodding on trying to get into churches and trying to spot war graves in a large cemetery. One of the things about Weston-Super_Mare cemetery is the fact that all the people killed by enemy action, its next to the CWGC plot, it was nice that they are remembered like the military dead. There were a few again not recorded by the CWGC.
I suspect that last nights post about the PCSO's and the swan was a wind up, well it wasn't, two PCSO's came in to the pub and spoke to Mike about what to do if the swan seen on the A371 (apparently having ago at people) comes near the pub, it really was a Hot Fuzz moment. It cheered me up after the terrible result in the rugby!
Tomorrow I head to Midsomer Norton, after that it will be Beckington near Frome.
Good evening everyone,
Well today was a bit of a crappy day with some good news.
It started with me getting going a bit later than I would have liked and heading out to find two memorials in Bleadon that I couldn't find yesterday, on the way to the church (less than a mile away) I picked up a puncture in the worst wheel possible, the front, Its the one wheel I can't change on my own, the front needs jacking up and the pin that goes through needs two people one to line up and the other to push the pin through. Not a good start! It also had a knock on for what I could get done for the rest of the day...
I found the two memorials I couldn't find yesterday and then the next church at Loxton had three memorials as recorded and I couldn't find one of them, there was an up side, the one memorial on display appears to be unrecorded.
I pottered on and was late back to the cats and didn't get everything I wanted done :(
The Good News
The staff and volunteers at the Imperial War Museum War Memorial Register collected a national award for contributions to the national register of UK war memorials and the names they commemorate.
The award was granted by RememberWW1, a not-for-profit campaign that celebrates the huge effort made by volunteers in inspiring others to commemorate the centenary of the First World War: http://ow.ly/r00P305LSWj
Thank you to whoever nominated us and thank you for the award :)
I did find an interesting bit of street art today.
Good evening everyone,
Well I'll start with the statistics for last month.
Days since I started: 1305
Amount raised with Gift Aid: £68,169.77
Amount raised without Gift Aid: £66,850.52
Miles last month: 722.51
Miles so far: 24258.76
Its been a few days of doing the usual travelling around finding the graves and memorials, I've just found my first church that I can't get near, St. Nicholas Old Church in Uphill is on top of a "mound" and has a steep slope and then steeps up to it, did have a look around to see if there was a better way to get to it, there wasn't :(
I had to be at Birnbeck Pier to meet Heidi and the team that are starting to restore it as it, it is 150 years old next year. I managed to only get in one church (so far) in Weston-Super-Mare, its the same old problem of churches being locked to protect them.
Tomorrow I want to do a long run if possible, though I do have to be in Hutton to photograph a memorial in the village hall early afternoon, its being opened especially for me to do it.
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