Good evening everyone,
I'm struggling a lot at the momment with my mental health, if you didn't see Mind over Marathon last night on BBC One, it may be worth watching to see what I and many others go through.
With everything going on with anxiety, stress, physical problems and the many other bits and bobs I'm questioning myself as to whether I continue...
Good afternoon everyone,
I had forgotten that I was supposed to be collecting in Mumbles this weekend until my calendar flashed it up on my phone this morning, however the council haven't sent my licences through, in a way I'm glad, I had an extremely bad night full of nightmares and I'm feeling shattered!
Headed down for breakfast at my favourite cafe and I intentionally left Missy at the trailer as it's busy down here.
Good afternoon everyone,
Well the weather has been glorious the last few days, I've been killing time waiting for forms to arrive, I'm hoping they will be here Monday and I can escape the flat!
Friday was the fourth anniversary of my travels around Great Britain, I also had a couple of mates stop of for a Chinese and a few shandies, a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Good evening everyone,
It's been another couple of hard days but other than South Wales Police HQ's memorial which I'm waiting for permission to photograph Bridgend and the surrounding area is about done. I'm still waiting on phone calls to be returned on three churches which need to be checked but these can be done as I go backwards and forwards.
I had a bad couple of hours this morning, travelling the lanes to wick listening to the birds I end crying for no reason, I have no idea why but can only guess it's the depression or PTSD.
I head back to the flat tomorrow, there should be a lot of paperwork for me to complete I'm hoping, apparently I've been on the wrong bit of the War Pension since 2011 and not getting all the money I should have, I also have to get the PTSD diagnosis on the books as it were, I'm not very good with paperwork so hopefully Neil Berryman will give me a hand with it.
One bit that did bring a smile to my face was seeing a lamb being born, took me back to my teenage years in Gladestry
I also hope that it will be a quiet weekend at the flat...
Well I was awake early this morning, a rude awakening as the caravan next to me decided to put his bed away just before six.
I've pushed myself hard to day, there's a lot to find and photograph, as if I needed reminding that the Falklands war kicked off yesterday one of the first memorials I found was to Gareth Nicholson from Laleston...
It was then on to Tesco, drop Missy and the trailer of and into the town centre, again phone calls, get access and move on. Again lots of new memorials...
One thing I did notice just before leaving the camp site was the state of my mascots
Yesterday afternoon I went out "curb crawling" and managed to photograph these:
Good evening everyone,
Well its been a very busy week with people trying to run me off the road, hospital, doctors and mental health appointments. I'll start with the latter, I have been diagnosed with Post Truamatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), I did meet a lady in Scotland when I was doing the coast that suspected I did, if I remember correctly she worked in mental health. Not sure what happens from here...
Last week it was as if somewhere a swith was flicked and some drivers went into stupid mode, three times in two daysI had vans pass me with less than 1.5ft, one within 6-8in, I am not happy with that as it puts my life at risk, I am just a vunerable as a cyclist, I will point out that I have amber flashing lights and high visibility clothing so no excuse for not seeing me. All three incidents as I had them on camera where passed to the Police, the camera is mounted front central of the scooter so its hard to appreciate ho close they come.
The first case on Tuesday is being treated as Driving without Due Care and Attention. Whilst travelling to Porthcawl I had a call from South Wales Police, I had the initial thought it was an April fool, they told me the two incidents on Thursday were just a case of being passed very close, for those of you who use Twitter search for #opclosepass. There was one other bit to the second incident the driver threatened me verbally and physically. I pointed out the first incident is being treated as an offence, they are reveiwing the second two again...
For those not on Facebook here are the videos:
Well I can honestly say that it is nice to be back on the road, yesterday's run to Porthcawl was pleasant, the weather was nice, the route was almost half off road and reasonably flat. Last night turned wet, very wet! I had a message from my old driver David Flannigan at just before 0530hrs, he was worried about me and Missy, We were fine :)
Today was a nicer day than forecast I did manage to get in a couple of churches, most I couldn't even when phoning the number on the boards. I will head out in the morning...
Its been a busy day, mentioned on FB earlier, Police about the van near miss, Help for Heroes sorting out bits and bobs, Veterans Agency for my pension, Band of Brothers membership, fitting my repaired pannier rack kindly repaired by INA Bearings.
Feeling shattered now,Besides INA Bearings I need to say thank you to my brother-in-law, Dorian who organised the repair of the pannier rack. I've just finished painting it and sitting down.
Tomorrow I've got to collect my pescription and see mum and then hospital, another busy day...
Its been a quiet few days waiting for hospital appointments. This morning it was a mental health assessment with Vetrans NHS Wales, I now have to join the waiting list, this is around six months. It was nice to have a natter with Llinos Smith whilst I waited for the appointment, raised my spirits after a bad night with the legs.
The weekends weather has had a dramatic effect on nature, flowers popping up everywhere, birds singing, all nice to see and here.
I have another busy couple of days, Help for Heroes and the council coming to see me and then my last hospital appointment and then I can head to Porthcawl on Friday (I hope) and get on with what I enjoy...
One bit from today was a near miss, I've put it online here https://vimeo.com/210460885
Well its been a glorious couple of days and as was mentioned on Countryfile its time for adders to start appearing, I was out on the last two mornings looking for them. They are not everybodys cup of tea but I find them to be a beautiful animal. I didn't see any but the flowers and insects including Bloody-nosed Beetles.
I did manage to photograph some of the Harbour Porpoise the other day though I didn't get any photos of the baby. I did manage today to find an memorial that I had been looking for for a while, there used to be a memorial to the Mubles Lifeboat Crew that lost their lives on the Santampa tradgedy off Porthcawll. At first I couldn't find it, on speaking to one of the crew I went back and found it, a lady was stood in front of it the first time :)
Good afternoon everyone,
Wednesday, was a bit of a stressful start. Tuesday night I had plugged the charger in, made sure it started to charge and went in the trailer, the scooter hadn't charged! The plug had come loose over night... I had enough power to get to Swansea Tesco, i got a charge there before heading for home.
I was visited by the council and had to do a statement for the court. I also wanted to renew my Blue Badge wait expires whilst I'm away in august, the earliest that it can be done is six weeks before...
Today I'm collecting in Swansea city centre, Missy causing much merriment as she goes for a wander ;
Good evening eveyone,
Well yesterday was wet, very wet! I normally stay undercover, not yesterday, I woke to a message from from KnowHow, "We will deliver your washing machine between 1200hrs and 1600hrs", panic, first I knew about it. Waterproofs on and head for the flat.
The washing machine turned up at 1315hrs and was down for delivery only, second panic of the day had hoped it would be delivery, install and recycle the old one! The lads on the van did it for me, £10 and a small case of beer, thank you lads :)
So its a big thank you again to SSAFA, the Royal British Legion and KnowHow. Another thank you needs to go to the lorry driver who drove through the big puddle next to the path I was on and soaked me! If I could have seen the name on the side I of your wagon I would have complained to your company, I had so much water in my eyes I couldn't see it properly, I did say a few choice words very loudly.
Today was a different start, bright and sunny, I was up early, I had an uncomfortable night with the legs so was glad to stir. I headed for Port Talbot, an hours ride down the road. It was a rough start in Goytre cemetery, some of it is steep, one grave stood out, an unknown Airman from the Second World War, not often I come across these.It was then down to Taibach and the churches, parks and schools, I ended up with twelve new memorials.
Four memorials in St Thedores Church had been in Glan-yr-Afon School, the new school was built (so I told) they no longer wanted the memorials, I find it sad that they no longer want to celebrate the former pupils that made the ultimate sacrifice for the pupils of the future. The church is seeking permission to install the memorials in church, I hope they are successful. Another one I came across after a tip off, I do like do like a good tip off, was in a junior school, it is being closed and demolished next year, their is some concern with staff as to what will happen to it.
Tomorrow I head back to the flat and a mountain of washing...
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