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...
Good morning everyone,
Yesterday was a day lost to the weather and the rugby, I won't dwell on that...
One bit i forgot on Friday was a visit to a cemetery, well it was more of a perplexed visit, I could see it on the map and the wall surrounding it, i just couldn't find a way in to it!
Today is a bit miserable and grey, I'm sitting in McDonald's having a coffee killing time waiting for church services to finish.
A request for help.
Does anyone fancy helping me by contacting the local press and media to get what I do out there and help get some pennies in the bucket? I have found from past experience that phone calls work best.
Good evening everyone,
First of all, Happy Saint Patrick's Day to those of you from the emerald isle!
Well yesterday ended up being a busy day, a move to Neath Tesco then out on the ground looking for graves and memorials in Briton Ferry, on getting back to the trailer there was an email from the IWM with all the Scotish data in it, last night was spent going through it all correcting spelling mistakes in town names. I'll be continuing with it again tonight.
Today was a day going around Baglan and Aberavon trying to get in to churches, I ended up with fifteen new/unrecorded memorials, I do have query one with HQ as it could be described incorrectly. Its started raining this evening and I'm hoping it passing through and not in for the weekend...
Its been a few days of doing nothing and killing time but today is a different matter! The new cooker was installed today, arranged by SSAFA and paid for by my Regimental Benevolent Fund, thank you both.
Today was a glorious day, well once the mist had burnt off, we headed in to Swansea, got what we needed and headed back. I had lunch in my favourite cafe in Limeslade Bay, just before that I popped along the coast path, its an old spot for Cetacean watching for me. I spotted Harbour Porpoise (there proper name) feeding close to the rocks on the incoming tide, there were 4/5 including a baby. This along with some of the bird and insect life cheered me up a lot. After lunch I went back to watching them feeding for around an hour.
I headed home and found Help for Heroes had emailed me about the recent mental health problems I've had since December (I was diagnosed with reactive depression in 2007), I filled in the survey and within an hour they were phoning me and going through what has being going on. I also have an appointment on the 28th March in Swansea...
A bit of a surprise today, the council contacted me about doing a witness impact statement for the courts about the problem with the noise upstairs, they also want to istall some sound recording equipment apparently, I'll wait and see.
Tomorrow I head back to Neath Tesco to cover the Briton Ferry and Port Talbot areas.
Good afternoon everyone,
Well its been an brilliant weekend of rugby so far, Wales winning last night and the Swansea versus the British Army this afternoon, the the Army won, the final score was 22 to 7.
I'm back in the flat for a few nights whilst I get some work done in the kitchen, once thats done I can get the cooker delivered and fitted, I can make myself a celebration tea of beans on toast. I'm also hoping its going to be a quiet time with the flat upstairs...
I had Help for Heroes contact me Friday to see if they can help me at all, they are opening a new drop in centre in Treforest, bit of a way from me but will get there. I also had an appontment come through on Friday for a counseling appointment in Swansea, its the proverbial three buses :)
Before heading home before Christmas I was warned that Wales is hugely under recorded, well I think last week proved it, fifty six new/unrecorded memorials in five days, I think I mentioned the other day that Sewen was a totally unrecorded town.
I think once the kitchen is done I'll head down the Gower and get that bit done...
Well it was a bit of a rough night with the legs last night, Missy didn't help matters by sleeping on my legs! I've intentionally had a bit easier day today. It started in the Neath Antiquarian Society getting photographs of documents relating to memorials then it was plodding out the miles to church's and chapel's, making phone calls to get access to see what is in there...
I need to go out this evening to check two buildings and that will be it for today, another ten new memorials for the system.
A short update tonight as I'm tired, it been a hard couple of days.
Monday at Llansamlet was interesting, Tesco is having a major refurbish and there is a lot going on there, it was also was noisy until the small hours due to new materials being delivered. Tuesday morning was a rude awakening - I was being fenced in! I had to move to Neath Tesco after a couple of tweets to Tesco it was soon sorted.
I had another first today, my first ever unrecorded town, its not finished yet, ten new memorials for Skewen so far.
Another first tonight, my first Falkland Island coin in the bucket :)
Tomorrow I'm in Mechanics Institute that was designed by Alfred Russel Wallace (one of my heroes).
All it's nice to be on the move again, not far, Tesco Llansamlet,this gives me chance to cover the north and east of Swansea. A little frustrating today due to the lack of obvious phone numbers at church's and chapel's, all but one didn't work, I can only guess the person that put the number u has changed it or moved on...
The weather for a change was dry until lunchtime when showers started, the evening they are a lot heavier and longer! Missy seems happy to be back in the trailer as well, this weekend was the first time we have been apart since I got her, my sister and her family spoilt her, she even slept on an apparently at one point in the bed!
I spent the weekend in Aberdare with Neil Berryman, a fellow QDG, t was a weekend of drinking and watching TV interspersed with doing minor jobs, a damn good weekend to say the least 😀 Tomorrow will be a pottering day as Wednesday I have to be in Skewen to access some of the church's.
Happy Saint David's Day everyone,
I'll start with the last couple of days - they were wet and cold!
Ok, today, a local day as it were, running round sorting bits out, one of the things about Social Media is that things can be posted very quickly and people can know whats going on very quickly, the opposite of this blog...
Whilst running around today I had a near miss on a pedestrian crossing, luckly I had the camera on and running...
If you look at the otherside of the crossing you can see the Green Man is on, I'm just glad my scooter doesn't take off quickly as I suspect I'd be in hospital now! The driver wasn't hanging around either! This is also outside a nursary and a school...
Tomorrow I want to go down to the flat before I head off to Aberdare for the weekend.
A couple of bits for the future:
The Army is playing the All Whites (Swansea RFC) at St Helens Swansea on the 11th March at 1330hrs, looking at having a get together at the match followed by a curry if anyone is interested.
On the 23rd March I have a licence to collect in the City centre, if anybody would like to help me with this I be very grateful. If the weather is terrible I won't be collecting, I have enough health problems as it is ;)
I also have a license to collect in Mumbles on the 15th and 16th April, again if anybody could help me and the charities it would be brilliant, again, weather dependent.
If any ex military want to help, beret or blazer or both please.
Its another horrible day, no graveyards today due to the weather, just churces and chapels. From what I photographed today ther were three recorded and eight new memorials. For the first time since starting this phase of the trip I have found more new/unrecorded memorials than were already recorded.
One of the first this morning was on Garngoch Common, a hard bogey walk to it, a few woodcock flushed on the way, it was a stone commemorating the Battle of Gower, New Years Day 1136, it was then on to Fforestfach and trying to find churches open, you would think they all would be, nope, still need to go back to do them.
I do need to say thank you to my sister's family, Clare, Dorian, Rhianon and Catrin for looking after myself and Missy during this rough weather we are having. Its also enabled be to cover the north of Swansea.
First of all thank you everyone who messaged me on Facebook or emailed or sent me an SMS message with birthday wishes. For those of you that sent me money towards a new kitten, thank you, the money is being kept safe by my sister until I find the right one.
Yesterday was a tad breezy to say the lease though not as wet as I expected, Doris Day was an eventful one, again, Facebook and Twitter followers already know about this, I got stuck between a car and a wall, I totally misjudged it, the car was leaning towards the road and I hadn't looked at the tyres, I couldn't go back or forward, I ended calling the police, twice they asked for the registration of the car, they couldn't get there head round why I couldn't get off the scooter...
Eventually two lady Police Officers arrived and my first words to them were "I bet this is a first for you?", well it was for me as well. They PNC'd the car, registered across the river in Carmarthenshire I think they said, I think they said it SORN and no tax and insurance as well. My immeadiate response was get it towed! Apparently its not as easy as that...
Eventually an old friend and a lad I was in college with managed to bounce the car sideways enough so I could move forward and out, I was getting cold sitting there. A plus side to getting stuck was twelve new unrecorded memorials.
Today was a different day altogether, down to the flat washing on, shower meet council (got nowhere!) meet some good mates for Friday breakfast, back to flat, washing out, next load in - washer won't turn on. Tried again, nope its died, can anything else go wrong this year, it feels like I'm having my own 2016 celebrity die off. On the plus side the sun was shining and the Lesser Celendines are flowering, that means its warming up - alledgedly. I popped into town and picked up a couple of new toys for Missy before heading back to my sisters and a bit of maintence and sorting out in the sunshine. I fitted replacement air horns, new lights on the front and the new Britax beacon to the rear of the scooter, I just need to fit one to the rear of the trailer now, not sure how to do that one yet.
Anyway hopefully another bright day tomorrow to help cheer me up.
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...
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