Good morning everyone,
Yesterday was a good day, out and about around Morriston doing graves and memorials, there were two unrecorded churches with nine new memorials between them. I did struggle with one of the graveyards, all the headstones were in Welsh, I did learn a bit of Welsh when I first went to school but not to the extent of these. Some of the boys from the Regiment are going to help me translate some common words I find on headstones in English. I was a long day, out by 0815hrs and then back in by 1630hrs, to be honest a lot of it was sitting around waiting for churches to be unlocked.
The weather yesterday wasn't brilliant, today is even worse! I don't think I'll be going far today.
I am feeling a little better over the last day, suspect being away from the flat is doing me some good, I've not heard anything from the council. I haven't heard anything back about the kitten in Manchester either...
Good evening everyone,
Well those of you on Facebook will know its been a hell of a weekend at the flat and now Missy and myself are parked up at my sisters.
Being away from the flat was a bit of a relief and for the first time in eleven days I went out looking for War Graves, found three, one still eludes me though. Over tea tonight we all had a look at what kittens are available, nothing close (I want a Maine Coon cross) though we did find this little boy in Manchester at a price I can just about afford
I have dropped them an email to see if its still available, the downside its in Manchester :(
Hospital tomorrow, I need to order some new bits for my leg...
Myself and Missy spent the night in the garage to try and get some peace and quiet, we didn't get much, at around five this morning people stated hammering on the door of the upstairs flat, ended up calling 999 as it sounded like they were trying to force the door!
It finally quietened down at around eight. The council are trying to sort the problem out but they have legal procedures to follow, moving would be awkward as my flat is adapted and I need a garage for the scooter and trailer, this combination is few and far between.
I'm afraid I haven't been very well this last week, I was in a very bad place last weekend and needed to see the doctor Monday morning as a matter of urgency. I was given new tablets to try, these were to help with the depression, ease the pain I live with and help my nerves with the trouble I am putting up with upstairs.
My body didn't like them to say the least! Sickness, the "unmentionable" and dizziness, it felt like I was drunk! I stopped them on Wednesday when Neil Berryman came down to see me I managed to eat a proper meal for the first time last night. I also had a psychiatric assessment on Thursday, should be starting some counseling shortly and I'm back in the doctors Wednesday because of stopping the tablet.
Tonight I am off out for a curry with family and friends, should be a good evening.
A short one tonight, managed to get an appointment this morning with the doctor, new medication (Duloxetine) and refered for counselling...
I'm afraid updates will be few and far between for a while, I'm really struggling at the moment and need to get to see a doctor hopefully tomorrow. I shall try and continue with he memorials and graves. Sorry.
I'm sorry its a short update tonight, I'm not feeling to good mentally.
I went out the other day and photographed graves and memorials in Cockett and Fforestfach, a strange one was that a chapel in in Fforestfach was locked up completly, the gates, everything, I've only come across this a couple of times before and they were Jewish Cemeteries, this wasn't one.
Looking forward to Wales winning tomorrow ;)
Well the weather has been the all over the place, yesterday was a wash out completely, today started nice and bright, we had breakfast and headed towards Cockett and Fforestfach, we were soon having to find shelter, the rain came down in stair rods! It eased off and we headed for home to dry out.
I was sent around sixty images yesterday of graves in Morriston Cemetery, thank you Will Johnson, these are now on the system. Once I get a decent Wi Fi connection I can upload these.
With the way the weather is I've been playing catchup with some of the Navel memorial names and the Non Combat Death graves in Haslar Royal Naval cemetery, I've also been busy programming my website so that things can be automated, with 326885 casualties in my database automating things makes things a lot easier.
Well I'm hoping the weather will be improving in the next few days and I can get out and about again...
Well the weather has been a lot better this weekend, I headed out yesterday to Clydach, it ended up being a bit of a washout day as it were, the churches were locked and I only found three out of the seven plus graves that I needed to find. All the likely looking graves weren't war graves. I need to go back as I missed the Hospital by accident, it is a War Memorial Hospital.
Today was another nice day, improved by the rugby, I headed out to visit three churches, the first one was still having a service and was having a meeting after, I saw two memorials just inside the door so will have to go back.
The second church was a bit more education, the pulpit was a memorial to men of World War One and World War Two, then the bit of education, in 1941 a land mine was dropped by the Germans and it hit the roof, it exploded and did some damage, the repairs are still visible, I was told that none of windows were damaged in the explosion. On the windows, its is the only church in Swansea with glass made at Swansea Glass...
Tomorrow is again meant to be wet :(
Its another terrible day here with the weather, I'm sitting here with rain running down the window...
I managed to get out with Missy on two mornings this week after the forecast was wrong, I couldn't get in the churches as they were locked. One of the bits that has occured is that I have now hit the twice as many new memorials as I have previously recorded ones. I looking forward to this weather improving so I can get out and about again!
One bit of bad news, I can't go to far from Swansea as I've had a hospital appointment come through for the 30th March :(
I need to point out the area I live in isn't bad, just a couple of bad apples as it were in the area. This morning I had to call the police at 0545hrs as it sounded like someone was trying to break in!
This week is not looking very good weather wise, in fact the view from my window is no existant so travel will be curtailed, hopefully the weather will improve so we can get out and about again.
I collected Smudge's ashes this afternoon from the vets.
Yesterday was a quiet day due to the weather, a trip to Tesco and back...
Today was a cold thirty miles back out to Pontarddulais then Pontlliw, after lunch at Mums. I had to sort her computer and laptop out. One of the things from today was the fact that last night I went to bed straight after Death in Paradise, this purely due to the noise from upstairs...
At around 2235hrs I was woken, I thought it was the usual suspects - no, it turns out that it was a "petrol bomb" thrown at a neighbouring flat, I think I've gone back to Northern Ireland in the 70's and 80's!
Tomorrow night is a curry night with friends and family and a quiet day...
All I seem to have done over the last few months is apologise for everything , I've got to do it again - sorry everyone for not having been online for the last seven days, I couldn't face it!
Smudge, 2nd October 2003 - 18th January 2017
Missy has been prowling the flat calling, mewing and looking for him.I've got a huge hole in my life, he will be back with us in a week...
Today was the first day we've been out to find graves and memorials, Missy was desperate to meet people and have a fuss. We covered thirty four miles, visted two churches three churchyards and one cemetery, on the graves side it was a frustrating day, the cemetery was out of my reach because of the terrain, two of the other cemeteris were accessible but couldn't find the graves as they were in family graves.
Two little bits of joy today, my first Snowdrops and my first Lesser Celandine.
I need to say a big thank you to SSAFA and my Regimental Benevolent Fund for sorting out a new cooker for me.
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