Good evening everyone,
This not having wifi on the laptop is a pain, I have access on the phone but I'm not a teenager and can't write essays on it with my thumbs, its more a case of tongue sticking out of the corner of my mouth and prod with a fat finger!
This was to be a short hop to Yeovilton of about ten miles, I was feeling grotty and groggy with the cold so I had a lie in, probably a good job as it was rather misty and I don't feel safe in fog! I started to lift eventually and I was able to potter off. On arriving at Yeovilton there was an initial bit of confusion at the guardroombut it was soon sorted out.
Missy drove me bonkers overnight, a robin was singing most of the night near the trailer, there were two stray cats mooching around all this meant Missy was in attack and kill mode and made me fully aware of this, add to this the usual problems of a cold I was shattered!
It was a cold, bright day and I was wrapped up and heading out on the road, still feeling rough but determined to get some work done, I'm always fearful of disturbing church services but my luck was in, the first church I visited had the heaters on and I'm guessing a service later in the day, the second church was in full swing so I went to the memorial hall, recorded that as it was new and then back to the church, service finished photographs done and moved on, it continued like this for the rest of the day.
I got back to the cats shivering and shaking, I think the cold was reaching its peak, I had a sleep and felt a bit better, still went to bed around 2200hrs though.
A bit of light rain overnight and Missy behaved. I had to lock the cats in the trailer this morning as the MPGS were patrolling with dogs and they are not the sort to sit back with their tail between their legs when Missy jumps out at them!
I headed out just after 0915hrs and it was a grey forboding day, I hadn't seen a forecast but I knew it was going to rain at some stage. I only had six churches and even less graves to do today, it should have been easy, well it was until the rain started! It was the kind of moderate persistent rain that finds every nook and cranny it can get into and it did!
I move on to Tesco Shepton Mallet tomorrow and hope it is gong to be a drier day.
Good afternoon everyone,
Afraid I've not been up to much, the dreaded man flu has struck and has knocked me for six. I think the furthest I've been in the last couple of days has been Tesco. I will hopefully shift it soon and normal service can resume. I have to move to Yeolvilton tomorrow.
Good afternoon evertone,
Just back in from todays run and some good news, Britax PMG are sending me two amber flashing beacons for the scooter and trailer, after this morning it will hopefully get people to see me, whether they will give me anymore room waits to be seen. The incident with the Range Rover passing between 6-12 inches of me and then cutting me up was horrendous, i was left shaking and feeling physically sick it was that close, probably the worst I've ever had!
I need to head back to Somerton, I've had a tip off of an unrecorded memorial at the site of the old Cow and Gate factory that was hit by a single bomb killing civilians, I still need to photograph a window in the church. The two memorials in Yeovil I couldn't find yesterday have been located along with two unrecorded ones, thanks Chrisfor digging around for this.
I might try and do the Somerton ones tomorrow...
Having an easy day today, popped into Yeovil to find two memorials and failed miserably. An interesting journey in, wish I'd had the GoPro with me, both involved mobility scooters, first one was driving down the wrong side of the road against the traffic and the other was driving through heavy pedestrian traffic at eight miles per hour! I finally caught up with him and reminded him that it is a maximum of four miles per hour, "I've been driving this for 28 years and I'll drive it how I like!" he replied, I'll not put what I said to him here...
Smudge has been very clingy this morning, snuggling up with me and purring at every opportunity, I don't think there anything wrong with him.
Good evening everyone,
Not a lot to report, its been an easier couple of days, I only had to find one memorial in Glastonbury, I did get to check the Catholic church as there was a morning service just finishing, it was then back to the cats and potter around doing some admin. The rain last night was a tad heavy to say the least, I was glad of a good pair of boots they way the car park started flooding!
Last night was interesting, two or three of the teenage car occupants that speed around Glastonbury and Street decided to try and hit each other and their girlfriends, it sounded like someone didn't follow someone else...
Today was a fairly easy jaunt to Yeovil, I'll be here for a few days whilst I finish off whats left to do in the area.
After last nights failure to get an update online I have done a video version
I apologise as this is going tp be short update.
I had a call from my mother yesterday and I need to get some bits srted with my flat so instead of Glocestershire and Oxfordshire it will now be the old Glamorganshire for the start of the year.
I got back last night after a long day on the road to find as I downloded the images they had disappeared off the card, I spent a frustrating evening trying to recover them and failing.
Tonight I have to prepare a video for the police as again on the A372 I had some near misses, one passed my at 50-60mph and gave me about 2 feet!
Good evening everyone,
I'll start with Ilminster Tesco, besides it being a wonderful store and the staff looking after us brilliantly it has a large pedestrianised area where I have to plug in, this means I can put Missy on her flexi-lead to explore the bushes and Smudge can be let off to wander safely. Smudge being off the lead has caused much merriment at times, two mornings on the trot he followed me in store and sat on the mat by the security pedestal and patiently waited for me, staff thought it was wonderful and the looks on some of the customers faces were a real treat!
Not had a good time with the scooter, two punctures in two days, no more for a while please. Another problem I had yesterday was being hit in the eye by a very small beetle, it discharged something whilst it was in my eye which stung like nobodys business, my eye watered for a good two to three hours after, again,, no more of that please.
Today was a steady drive out to the northern edges of the Quantocks to cover ground I couldn't do last year, I headed out along cycle route 3 along the Bridgwater canal and everytime I came to an overbridge it was fun, my little flashy light would catch the edge, reverse back, move closer to the water, not a happy bunny, I had a brain wave just lower the seat backwards! That made life a lot easier. The hills wern't to bad either, I had expected them to be worse looking at the contours on the map. I had hoped to head out tomorrow to get a lot more done but having been in more than half a dozen churches today that are preparing Harvest Festival celebrations I don't think I'll be getting much done, I think it will end up as a days admin...
One thing I will add, I'm feeling absolutly shattered at the moment, its not helped by the council road sweeper going up and down sweeping outside the pub at 0550hrs this morning :(
Hello, good evening and welcome,
Apologies for not getting the update out last night, by the time I'd finished writing the article for the British Legion it was late and I was shattered.
This morning I finished off the charred area, well and the Ilminster area as well so I head for Bridgwater tomorrow and I'll be stopping at the Malt Shovel again. I have a number of memorials to catch up on and find out as far as the Quantocks so not sure how long I'll be there.
One thing that never ceases to amaze me and they also get a buzz from it is finding new memorials especially church crosses that are unrecorded, today as I passed the Church of the good Shepherd in Chard I spotted across in amongst the trees it was to World War I and again recorded, I can understand a little bit if I going to church and find lots as when it was last visited by a recorder it may very well have been locked. An interesting fact I learned today as well was that after World War I there was very little money around for memorials so that it would take the butter cross from the centre of the town or the village change the top and put it in the churchyard as a memorial to those that died I suppose an early form of recycling...
The temperature is really dropped noticeably over the last few days and think of getting my cold weather gear out shortly, anyway hopefully an update tomorrow night.
Good evening everyone,
Saturday was a long hard day covering some of the steeper ground with Peter Finn, it was also the anniversary my injury, 25 years since it happened. I didn't finish renaming images until gone 2230 hours, by then I was shattered and the Wi-Fi on the campsite that I was staying at died a death, still wasn't working last night either.
Yesterday morning I pottered out to cover some of the bits and pieces I had missed last was here, mainly because churches were locked. I also had to go find Battle of Sedgemoor Memorial that was in the middle of nowhere, good bit of off roading for the Tramper. It was also Smudge's 13th birthday, happy birthday Smudge.
I haven't run with the camera on the scooter for a long time, I started again this morning as some of the driving recently has been frightening, certain police forces are now the last few weeks pushing a campaign where if you pass within one and one half metres a cyclist and the cyclist has video evidence then they will prosecute you that should apply to me as well, I mean drivers must pass me and give me one and a half metres space. This morning's run was only 12 miles from Langport to Ilminster and I had free instances of drivers passing me very close and at one stage very fast at same time! Not all drivers are bad it's just a minority as usual that cause problems for everybody else. I have put a video compilation together and it should be available below.
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