Todays updat is a video update...
Good evening everyone,
Other than popping out to photograph some graves and memorials its been admin, admin and more admin. Neil Berryman has offered to help with the images and getting them online, the slowest of all the processes!
Whilst out yesterday morning I bumped in to a gentleman from my Regiment, Andy Tancock, now working in Warminster, we both served at the same time but different squadrons.
Back to the admin, I documented forty plus new memorials for the Imperial War Museum, I'm amazed that so many are unrecorded, I guess they are known at a local level but not nationally...
Anyway time to plod on.
Honiton to Exmouth
Internet at last! I think getting online in Shetland and the Outer Hebrides was easier! Anyway trying to catch up is a nightmare, as all my information about graves and memorials is online I can't even work on these...
The run today was a pleasant if a tad damp to start with, a quick shower as I left. then the sun returned. The flowers in the hedges are really starting to look good...
One of the things I struggle with is remembering everything that has happened in a day, saying that one thing that happened yesterday with live with me for a long while: I was heading out to find food and internet, I had to head up a steep, long and windy road, I had a few cars stuck behind me as there was no where for me to pull over and let them past. Suddenly there were sirens, I wasn't sure if they were in front or behind, nightmare, they were behind, three police cars trying to get past, not a hope! I eventually found a gap in the hedge and dived in, problem was it was on a bend, I managed to stop a car that was coming down the hill so the police could go, I then let the cars that were stuck behind me go. If any of the cars or police officers are reading this, sorry.
As I was leaving this morning a Police Officer was heading in to Tesco, I asked her to pass on my apologies as well. An embarrassing few minutes...
I've got to kill time in Exmouth ready for Tuesday when I'll be being filmed most of the day for a short Virgin Money Giving documentary, for those that normally ring or text me my phone will be off for most of the day. With having time off I headed to Tesco Exmouth to see if I can do a days collecting, yep, Monday ;)
A mixed few days with the heat, the charger (new) and dodgy cables. Today was forecast to be very warm so as my charger was due to be delivered and the fact that I was offered the chance to collect in the lobby I opted for the shade!
I have had the poppies on sale that my mother and her friends have crocheted, the money from these goes to the Poppy Appeal only. Smudge is wearing one...
Not the best photo as he wouldn't sit still!
I was taken out for dinner last night by Alan and Pauline Rowe to the Hare and Hounds, I was truly spoilt rotten, thank you :)
Most of you will kno that yesterday I became an 'Officially Amazing' Guinness World Record holder for my bimble around Britain, I've added a link on the website home page to the record.
Good afternoon everyone,
Not a lot to report other than the lanes round Seaton are terrible in places, the new signs and bucket stickers do seem to be making a difference. I met a freindly cat the other night, Flopsie, she lives at the King's Arms in Seaton.
Yesterday I met up with Seaton Royal British Legion in the town centre for a picture with the press, they treated me to a cuppa afterwards as well, thank you.
There is some wonderful flora about at the moment, the two pictures below are from this morning...
Its amazing what you find in some churches as well...
Goood afternoon everyone,
Its been pretty much a glorious week, the only fly in the ointment has been the sea mist when it rolls in, the temperature plummets!
I've managed to get a lot sorted in the last few days, new jakets and spare boots from Liscombe, new signs and stickers for the scooter and buckets:
Ive been wanting to get this done for a long while, at least now when I'm out on the road without the trailer people will know there is a reason to me being stupid.
In March I was invited to London by the Royal British Legion for a thank you dinner etc, I politely declined as I was heading to Devon to meet up with family, I'm also not very good at these things! I received an email this morning from the Royal British Legion.
"I also wanted to let you know that our reception event the other week was a lovely evening with many of our 2014 fundraisers attending. As part of the thank you speeches, we were delighted to announce that you were our top Individual Fundraiser for 2014 - congratulations! Our Director of Fundraising made a speech to everyone about your achievement and journey so far, and Fiona from our team collected an award for you on your behalf – see the photo attached!
We are keeping your award safely with us at HQ. Please let us know where you would like us to send this to you?
Many thanks once again for all of your support and congratulations for your achievement so far. Looking forward to hearing more updates from you in due course!"
Not sure I deserve, I do this because I want to and to say thank you to three of the charities for helping me in the past.
Tomorrow I get my nose back to the headstone and meet up with some veterans in Seaton...
Two years ago today I set off on a trip around the edges of Great Britain, being a bit daft I decided to include the islands, well we are a nation of islands, I didn't get to all because of the weather at the start but I have done quire a few. Five hundred and ninty-six days and 12,186 miles later I finished it, well the first part of it...
Since Friday I have spent time with my family near the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon, as is normal for me I did to much one day, still paying the price now :)
The warm weather is having a wonderful effect on the plants.
Primroses and Celandines
I had a message the other evening from Hazel Athey that it was to be a Blood Moon the following evening, I got the camera ready and managed to get a shot but it doesn't look very red...
Saturday I head to the Seaton/Axmouth area...
Ludwell to Middlemarsh,
Hello, good evening and welcome,
Three years ago today or tomorrow Missy was born, Thirty years ago today I arrived at Cambrai Barracks in Catterick to start my Army life...
Today started wonderfully bright but not warm, its finishing cold and slightly damp. Some news on the charger - the insurance will not cover it, bit of a bummer as Mrs B. put it, thank those who have sent me some money towards the replacement, it is appreciated, as normal when I get stuck its always in the middle of nowhere and expensive!
A thank you I missed last night was to Nina, she ran me to Salisbury to collect the replacement charger, she has also spoilt the cats rotten.
I crossed the border this morning and was welcomed to this, hate to think what he had done:
The place I'm stopping at tonight has some deer and geese (Missy wants them!), one of the deer is called Henry, a wild Sika that likes a tickle.
A new charger is plugged in, charging slowly, but charging...
Just had an email back from the insurance company that the policy expired on the 25th, I've not had a renewal notice though, checked by by my mother and sister, post that is...
Last night was a tad breezy to say the least, Smudge got out at about 0100hrs but came straight back!
Now the scooter is on charge I can move on, Middlemarsh tomorrow...
One thing about where I'm staying, they allow dogs, cats and sometimes chilblains, the latter if they are well behaved, www.grovearms-ludwell.co.uk
I didn't want to stir this morning, a bit of a rough night with the legs again...
Yet another long day, not quite as long as yesterday though. I had a long run out to Corton to start with, I'm glad I didn;t have the trailer with me, I had to use the Tytherton Byway, rough but not really a problem until near the end when it became mini mountains and valleys! The Tramper coped wonderfully, better than me at times! I also had to run the gauntlet of the A303 and A350, not nice at all with fast lorries and cars...
I ended up heading intentionally going across country using the lanes to the Codfords, another location where the Australian and New Zealand troops were based and inevitably graves. I chickened out of using the A36, other than for fifty yards to get to the Codford's, it meant I missed out Fisherton, I'll get there but by safer means one day.
I headed back after finishing in Wylie, a good climb up past Bilbury Farm where I had to call in and let them know about a problem with a Ewe that was stuck, interestingly it was marked on the map as Bilbury Rings, turned out to be an old hillfort, its amazing what you find in the lanes!
Other than that and staying dry, apparently not everywhere in the Salisbury are did!
I'm supposed to be heading to Old Sarum tomorrow via some graveyards, I had hoped to stop at the Harvester, part of Mitchell and Butlers, not happy by the sound of it and apparently up a steep hill! Having been past it in the middle of January on the way to Amesbury I'd call it a slight hill! Guessing they don't want to help...
Will find out tomorrow.
Just realised I forgot a bit!
I found a peasant that had been hit by a car, it was dead, I managed to get the tail feathers out, Missy loves them, she thinks the bird is still attached!
The video: https://vimeo.com/123026108
A long very hard day again, nine graveyards/cemeteries, not sure how many graves or memoials today, a lot....
I was able on the way home to photograph the Fovant Badges, these date back to 1916 if I remember correctly.
In the centre of the picture is the old range/butts and where the chalk comes from , the camp was in front of the badges. A bit more history, there is another badge further to the west that is in need of restoration apparently, I have been told where, if I'm back thatway I'll tryand find it...
Another bit I was told about was where the cinema was, the steps are still there...
It was nice today to find today to find some wild Daffodils in a churchyard, I'll be blowed if I can find the picture though!
A quick update on Wiltshire as I come to the end before heading to Devon, on that note West Devon Council have granted me a blanket licence to collect whilst on the road.
Mere to Tisbury
A very peaceful night last night at the Walnut Tree in Mere, positively pleasant :)
Today, as you will all know was the day of the partial eclipse, I did get to see it thanks to the cloud, it was a ghostly quarter moon, well sun if you know what I mean...
I pottered out this morning and had to contend with some rough lanes to say the least! I stayed in the middle as it was the smoothest bit, when I met a vehicle it was interesting to say the least!
Other than that an easy day, Katrina has sorted tonights stop again, thank you :)
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