The Life and Times of this Old Git

Location: Teignmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

I'm married with two grown up children and four grandchildren, My wife of 47 years is Sue and we are the same age. My two children are Pamela (blogging occasionly under and Roy,who was recently Paralysed from the waist down due to an Absys on his Spine. My 4 grandchildren are (oldest first) Gavin, Hayley, Thomas,and Zoe. Sue and I are both retired and we're disabled too, her with a badly Arthritic back and spine, me with lung (COPD) and Heart problems.I have always loved Fishing (all sorts) Sue started fishing with me about 8 years ago, now she really enjoys it too. We both love m'cycles and m'cycling, Sue owns and rides her own bike which is a Custom 1981 250 Honda.I own a 1979 Honda CX500. We are both members of this motorcycle club ( view or join our club on or see my blog post Dec 2007 blog "Getting old, never", of course we're badly resticted now due to our illness, only riding in really good weather.Just over three years ago we lost our best friend and Baby Mojo the border Collie, Gone but never forgotten. Please feel free to use any of our photo's but do let me know you have used them, thank you.

Monday, May 13, 2013

All the latest.

Hi again, So now its over 4 weeks since my failed Hip replacement. I am now booked in for my new appointment this Friday, fingers crossed.
News from the last few months, we changed our car at Xmas time,again we went for the latest model Diesel Citroen C4 grande Picasso, this model has a 6 speed gearbox, air conditioning, auto folding wing mirrors, Sun roof etc. Main problem is i don't exactly like it half as much as the older model.
On the home front my Grand daughter (17) Zoe is well Pregnant (not married) and is due to have a boy in late May. Our motorcycles are in the garage at the moment waiting for their annual safety MOT test, fingers crossed. If they pass this we should have them back on the road in about a fortnight, not much good to me mind you, as i'm not allowed to ride/drive for 5-6 weeks,bugger.
I should just about be well enough to help put on our 2013 (5th) Honda bike rally in N Devon in a month.
We have settled down nicely in our new (second hand) Caravan. We spend a lot of time here during the spring/summer months. Its a 19.5 feet Avondale Rialto 5 berth, with a medium sized awning to give us extra space.I will post pictures soon.
This post was loaded from my laptop which i'm afraid has few pictures jokes etc,

Joke of the day.
...Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life...

As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country.
As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and,being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.
I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.
I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around.. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.
And as I played Amazing Grace, the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head    hung low, my heart was full.
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothing like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Apparently I'm still's a man thing.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

What a real Pain.

Hi again, So at last i got the appointment i have been waiting over a year for.My Hip replacement was scheduled for last Tuesday at Torbay Hospital, Devon.We arrived in the middle of the night (7am) then had to queue for 2.5 hrs to see the Anaesthetist who scared us silly (again). We were then sent into a waiting room (12 of us) where one by one all our details were taken. This took 1 more hour, i of course was last again (what a surprise).From there we filed slowly through to a Surgeons office, to be marked ready for the Op.While in there the Surgeon apologise profusely and said "because you have to go into the ICU (itensive Care Unit) after your procedure it looks unlikely you will be operated on today because of a lack of bed space in this unit", (its now 11.00am)adding ".It is just possible though that things could change by 1pm" (some body gonna die or what? sh*t). Then back to the waiting room whare my INR (blood clotting levels, Diabetes COPD etc were checked as i had no Warfarin for 5 days and no Medication at all that day.1 pm came and a nurse gave me a gown and told me to go and get changed as a bed was now available. Then was led down a corridor (arse exposed to the wind) into the room from where i would be called to walk to the Op theatre. After waiting a further 2 +hours (3.15 now) a Surgeon came in saying "I'm afraid there is no bed available after all" as you can well imagine after 7 hours and 15 mins stuck in there i was ecstatic, over the moon and i told him so with expletives like oh shame,damn and blast, well i never (you now the score i'm sure.So here i am home again, wating for at least 2 more weeks as first my INR has to be back in line ready to stop it again 5 days before going in (i'm just so happy and gleeful as you can imagine)

Joke of the day (certainly need one)

 Its time to quit drinking when.....

A drunk gets up from the bar and heads for the bathroom. A few minutes later, a loud, blood-curdling scream is heard from the bathroom.
Then, nothing. But, after another minute or two, another loud scream reverberates through the bar. The bartender goes into the bathroom to investigate why the drunk is screaming.
What's all the screaming about in there?" he yells. "You're scaring my customers!"
"I'm just sitting here on the toilet minding my own business," slurs the drunk, "and every time I try to flush, something comes up and squeezes the hell out of my nuts."
The bartender opens the door, looks in, and says, "You're sitting on the mop bucket you idiot!!"

Thursday, February 07, 2013

49 Years

Well.....who would have thought it? certainly not either of Sue's parents as, according to them "We were too young" and neither of them thought of me as someone "for their Daughter" If they were alive it would be a surprise i'm sure. We were very young nearly 19 (both) but we thought we'd got it right and so its proved. We have certainly had our ups and downs. good times and bad but were still "hanging in there".
We would love to think that we can both enjoy the next year together to reach our "Golden" neither of us really believed we would.
Then Feb 1964
 Now 2013
 We look .........just a little different  lol.
Friday 8th February 1964 at 12 midday at Stratford on Avon registry office.

Joke of the day.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Well i never!!!

Hi, Last Autumn Sue and i decided to go to a local bike club (Taw & Torridge VJMC) show at "Atlantic Village" Bideford, N Devon.We have a young friend Scott who is a member of both this club and our own CX-GL MCC club, he was the person that told us about this show. We arrived on our bikes at around 11am and had a walk around some really nice bikes and a natter to a few of their owners. While there we had a cuppa with Scott then walked around the shopping area for a couple of hours.Before leaving we popped back to the show area to say cheerio to them all. There was a chap walking around taking pictures with a nice looking Camera, so Sue started to chat to him, it turned out he was a reporter/columnist in the local Bideford newspaper.Then it was time to go as we had nearly 40 miles to go back to the Caravan.Back at the bikes as we started putting on our protective clothing, helmets etc the reporter approached us again, this time admiring our bikes and chatting to us about them. After 10 miutes or so he left us and we drove off. Several weeks later Scott got in touch with us saying that we had appeared in an article in his local (Bideford) newspaper.
This is the article as it appeared.
Click on the picture to enlarge it.(to make it even bigger click again)

This article isn't exactly as told to him but then what newspaper article is actually 100% accurate.Also he didn't make notes so it was from memory.
These were our bikes as of October 2012.

Joke of the day.

Modern version of a famous historic event

Nelson: "Order the signal, Hardy."

Hardy: "Aye, aye sir."

Nelson: "Hold on, this isn't what I dictated to Flags. What's the meaning of this?"

Hardy: "Sorry sir?"

Nelson (reading aloud): " England expects every person to do his or her duty, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion or disability. 'What gobbledygook is this for God's sake?"

Hardy: "Admiralty policy, I'm afraid, sir. We're an equal opportunities employer now. We had the devil's own job getting ' England ' past the censors, lest it be considered racist."

Nelson: "Gadzooks, Hardy. Hand me my pipe and tobacco."

Hardy: "Sorry sir. All naval vessels have now been designated smoke-free working environments."

Nelson: "In that case, break open the rum ration. Let us splice the main brace to steel the men before battle."

Hardy: "The rum ration has been abolished, Admiral. It's part of the Government's policy on binge drinking."

Nelson: "Good heavens, Hardy. I suppose we'd better get on with it, full speed ahead."

Hardy: "I think you'll find that there's a 4 knot speed limit in this stretch of water. It's an environment protection initiative."

Nelson: "Damn it man! We are on the eve of the greatest sea battle in history. We must advance with all dispatch. Report from the crow's nest, please."

Hardy: "That won't be possible, sir."

Nelson: "What?"

Hardy: "Health and Safety have closed the crow's nest, Sir. No harness; and they said that rope ladders don't meet regulations. They won't let anyone up there until proper scaffolding can be erected."

Nelson: "Then get me the ship's carpenter without delay, Hardy."

Hardy: "He's busy knocking up a wheelchair access to the foredeck Admiral."

Nelson: "Wheelchair access? I've never heard anything so absurd."

Hardy: "Anti-discrimination requirements, sir. We have to provide a barrier-free environment for the differently abled....."

Nelson: "Differently abled? I've only one arm and one eye and I refuse even to hear mention of the word. I didn't rise to the rank of Admiral by playing the disability card."

Hardy: "Actually, sir, you did. The Royal Navy is under-represented in the areas of visual impairment and limb deficiency."
Nelson: "Whatever next? Give me full sail. The salt spray beckons."

Hardy: "A couple of problems there too, sir. Health and safety won't let the crew up the rigging without hard hats. And they don't want anyone breathing in too much salt; haven't you seen the adverts?"

Nelson: "I've never heard such infamy. Break out the cannon and tell the men to stand by to engage the enemy."

Hardy: "The men are a bit worried about shooting at anyone, Admiral."

Nelson: "What? This is mutiny!"

Hardy: "It's not that, sir. It's just that they're afraid of being charged with murder if they actually kill anyone. There are a couple of legal-aid lawyers on board, watching everyone like hawks."

Nelson: "Then how are we to sink the Frenchies and the Spanish?"

Hardy: "Actually, sir, we're not."

Nelson: "We're not?"

Hardy: "No, sir. The French and the Spanish are our European partners now. According to the Common Fisheries Policy, we shouldn't even be in this stretch of water. We could get hit with a claim for compensation."

Nelson: "But you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil."

Hardy: "I wouldn't let the ship's diversity coordinator hear you saying that sir. You'll be up on disciplinary report."

Nelson: "You must consider every man an enemy who speaks ill of your King."

Hardy: "Not any more, sir. We must be inclusive in this multicultural age. Now put on your Kevlar vest; it's the rules. It could save your life."

Nelson: "Don't tell me - health and safety again! Whatever happened to rum, sodomy and the lash?"

Hardy: ""As I explained, sir, rum is off the menu! And there's a ban on corporal punishment."

Nelson: "What about sodomy?"

Hardy: "I believe that is now legal, sir." 

Nelson: "In that case. kiss me, Hardy."

Friday, January 25, 2013

None for us.

Hi, Well it seems just about everyone else has had more than there share of Snow but.......not us here in Teignmouth. On Tuesday night at around 10 pm it started snowing very heavily (first time for us)and at around 12.30am it had started to settle well, In the morning around 8am i woke and looked out of the bedroom window, lo and behold Rain, heavy Rain, no Snow anywhere in sight. later in the day we decided to try a bit of shopping at our new Morrisons store (quite impressed) on the way we could see on the very top of the hills above Shaldon, a little snow. Later going toward Newton we culd see Dartmoor was covered (8 miles from us as the Crow flies) all over. Well anyone who knows Sue will tell she is a Snow addict, like Bees to Honey, so of course i had to take her up.It would also hopefully allow us to get to Dartmeet to feed the Birds at the Bird tables there, i wouldn't think anyone else would have been therein that lot. The Weather at home when we left was 3c so i new the Moors (over 2,000 ft higher) would be a lot different. Normally i would probably not have risked it but i recently bought myself a couple of Winter helpers.A set of Snow Socks (Asda direct £35) they get cracking reports and supposedly improve grip over ordinary tyres by at least 300%.They fit around the Tyres/Wheels with elasticated bands and are supposed to be fitable in under 5 minutes the pair. Also i bought 2 aerosol tins of Ice grip Spay, again its supposed to improve grip with just a few sprays of the tyres for a get of Jail if stuck.At around 11am off we went.
 Here we are about 2 miles onto the moors, the main roads are'nt to bad but the smaller roads are still dodgy,Temp 1c now.
Please Click on any picture to enlarge it.

We are now almost on the top near Haytor, and the main road is fine, reasonably clear although the Temperature has now dropped to 0c

We reached Dartmeet and the Car park was very icy, we were the only car there.So we fed our Birds, all the feeders and trays were empty so i think they were glad to see us.Within 5-6 mins we had about 10 Long Tailed Tits, 5 Chaffinches, 4 great Tits, 5-6 Nuthatches + Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Marsh Tits and Blackbirds all viaing for the food (there was loads there.
These are the Bird tables we built, there are 3 plus Fatball feeders.
The second picture shows a family of Long Tailed Tits (pctures through Windscreen)
 This picture is of our friendly Great Spotted Wodpecker, he usualy goes to the fatball feeder but today he was feeding on seeds and Suet pellets we scattered on the floor, mainly for the Yellowhammers, Chaffinches,  Robins, Dunnocks..

On the way home we passed several Dartmoor Ponies that were rooting in the snow and eating tree shoots.

Joke of the day.

man and a woman were sitting beside each other in the first class section of an airplane.
The woman sniffed, sneezed, took out a tissue, gently wiped her nose, then visibly shuddered for ten or fifteen seconds.
The man went back to reading his book.  A few minutes later, the woman sniffed and sneezed again, took a tissue, wiped her nose, then shuddered violently once more.
Although assuming the woman might have a cold, the man was still curious about the shuddering.
A few minutes passed when it happened yet again. As before she took a tissue, wiped her nose, her body shaking even more than before.
Unable to restrain his curiosity, the man turned to the woman and said, "I couldn't help but notice that you have sniffed and sneezed three times, wiped your nose, and then shuddered violently. Are you okay?"
The woman replied, "I am sorry if I disturbed you. I have a rare medical condition. Whenever I sneeze, I have an orgasm."
The man, more than a bit embarrassed, was still curious. "I have never heard of that condition before," he said. "Are you taking anything for it?"
The woman nodded. "Snuff."

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Our Diet

Hi all, Not had many peeping at my last post but hey i was gone a long time.
To bring you up to date.
We (Sue and I) have been slowly losing weight now for around 5 years. My max weight was a staggering 23st 12lbs, Sue started at 12st 10lbs. Up until just before Christmas i was down to 17st 3ilbs and Sue at 10st 10lbs, which we were quite pleased with (so was my Dr) Over the festive season we both managed to put on around 6-7 lbs which has got to go again.
Our Diet over the last 9 months or so has been quite easy to stick to and was as follows.
Morning breakfast, No added Sugar Muesli with a little sweetner for me and Soya milk, with mashed Banana for Sue.(Occasionally Porridge)
Lunch/Dinner/midday meal - Consisted of Homemade Soup and a slice of Multigrain Bread, followed by a piece of Fruit
Evening meal was/is any meal that was reasonably low in fat with lots of Vegeatables when possible.For a change a Salad or Homemade Chicken Curriy and Basmati Rice.
Sugar free Jelly with added Fruit, or Milk Pudding with Sweetner and Skimmed Milk, or Stewed Fruit ie Apple, Rhubarb, Plums etc with Sweetner and Low Fat/Sugar fake Cream, or Low Fat, no added Sugar Yogurt (Irish)
Some evenings we would succumb to a couple of Multigrain Ryvita's with Cows Extra light cheese spread.
This diet was on a alternative day menu which was all soup mid and evening one day then back to the above on the next. Any extra's were as low Fat as poss, which included the Alternative frying oil Flora Quisine (very low in Saturates) low fat Marge, Decafe Tea,No Sugar etc.

Tomato Soup recipe
1 to1.5 lb (500gr to ikg) large ripe Tomatoes sliced
3 Large Onions, finely chopped,
1/2 a Red Pepper (we prefer the sweet type) chopped.
3-4 cloves of Garlic chopped.
approx 1 tbsp Flora Quisine
4 (Tesco) Tomato Pasata's (32p ish)
I low salt Chicken Oxo cube
2  "  "   "  " Vegeatable "  "
1X 3" to 4" inch long piece of Tomato Pure (from tube)
1 Lge (Old) Potato chopped roughly
4-6 button Mushrooms, roughly chopped..
Salt & Pepper to taste  (you could add a few Herbs if liked)
We add a pkt Tesco Alpro Soya single Cream (250gr) you could add full Cream Milk or Cream.
Add Water to thickness required
You will need a Lge pan here (ours in 3 Litre)
Place Onion and Garlic in a pan with the Flora, fry until soft and going clear. Add the Pepper fry for a further 3-4 mins. Add all the other ingredients and bring to the boil, then simmer for 30 40 mins until all are tender finally adding Soya milk or Substitite.
Put everthing into a Blender a little at a time, serve and enjoy. this will probably make enough for 6-8 people.
We put 2 person portions into plastic containers and Freeze them for future use.

Joke of the day.

After nearly 50 years of marriage, a couple was lying in bed one evening, when the wife felt her husband, begin to massage her in ways he hadn't in quite some time.

It almost tickled as his fingers started at her neck, and then began moving down past the small of her back. He then caressed her shoulders and neck, slowly worked his hand down, stopping just over her stomach.

He then proceeded to place his hand on her left inner arm, working down her side, passing gently over her buttock and down her leg to her calf.

Then, he proceeded up her thigh, stopping just at the uppermost portion of her leg. He continued in the same manner on her right side, then suddenly stopped, rolled over and became silent.

As she had become quite aroused by this caressing, she asked in a loving voice, 'Honey, that was wonderful. Why did you stop?'

To which he responded: 'I found the remote.'

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Back for a moan.

Hi all, This has been a very long time coming but i feel its time i posted for several reasons.
The first is that the comments section on my last set of posts are being used as a chat room (I think). I'm not really sure because its either foreign or in code. When i i contacted blogger about it they said "That's easily solved, enable the section making the commenter use an identity before posting" well as a lot of you know i have always been against that sort of thing and i wont comment on blogs that ask you to do this.
My own Current PET hate is the use of Blasted Mobile Phones every where.The younger generation are probably most guilty of this but it certainly isn't exclusive to that age bracket.They are used in just about every place in today's society, i have seen/heard them used in Buses,Trains,Taxi's,Pubs, Restaurants,on Beaches, in Public parks, and the Doctors Surgeries and Hospitals, even though there are signs up asking you to "Turn them off".while in these.The pub on New Years Eve was awful with them going off every minute. When you looked around the place people every where were peering into there laps with Thumbs going like fiddlers elbows.I think probably the final straw for me was after consuming 4 pints of Diet Coke and 1 pint of Lager i needed to get rid of some of it. On entering the Gents i headed toward the urinals,i stopped dead,Lo and behold someone sitting in one of the cubicles was laughing and holding a real conversation while about there ablutions, i just couldn't believe it.As far as i'm concerned the best place for them is in the little room, flushed away.I just can't understand why no one can say "I will call you back later"
Personally i have one that i have owned for 8 years, i bring it in the house to charge to or three times a year. It is for use in Emergencies ONLY, ie i take it fishing, just in case (my heart complaint etc) As far as i know hasn't got aps? or anything else,its 51/2" long and fat so i can hold it and dial too!!!! perfect.
OK probably enough (My grand kids would certainly say it is)
Here then are a few pictures from our new years eve outing (i hope)

Sunday, May 06, 2012


Hi all, I think this blog has now reached the end of the road, i have attempted to relist my blog on the new site (god knows why after 5 years) but having tried a new account , resetting my password twice, i am now met with i need a mobile phone (why?) which i havn't got and have NO INTENTION of getting, also they want a second e mail address which again i do not have, so looks like all will be removed at the end of May.
Thank you all for you commemts/support over the years, even though my blogs were infrequent of late a few stayed with me.
Hoping to see you all out there somewhere, keep well. Bob

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Decisions decisions.

Hi, Long time no post lol. Well now its nearly time to change our Car (every 3 years) but what to have next??? There are certain things we need to consider when changing, like Engine size, Diesel/Petrol, MPG, Car overall size (Sue), Interior size, Seat Configurations,good looks (to us) and of course the big one PRICE. We thought we had made up our mind recently (a Mercedes Benz B Class) but prices changed and put paid to that.So we are trying to put together a top 10 list but again things change in the car world.
Here are the first few of our choices,
The Citroen Berlingo VTR+, 54 MPg loads of space, 112 BHP kinda cute looking too.
Here is Sue's favourite, the Chrysler Orlando 2.0 ltr, 48 MPG,Full flat floor, rear seats fold right down.Sensible price.

Here is the Volkswagon Touran. 1.6Ltr, 50+ MPG, plenty of room but seats dont fold flat.
Below. Then this one the Peugeot 5008, 1.6 ltr, 54 MPG, Fully folding rear seats, really full specification inc, Parking sensors, Sunroof, Air conditioning, etc.
Below. The Nissan Quashqui +2, this is one of my favourites, good price, 50+ MPG, Really nice interior, good specification, folding rear seats, 7 seater.

Now our current car The Citroen C4 grande Picasso VTR+. a really good all rounder which we have used and enjoyed. Only problem is we would like perhaps to have a change.

. The last one the Peugeot 1.6 Partner Teepee Outdoor, very similar to the small Citroen but slightly cheaper and not so well appointed.

 So all these cars work out at around the same prices except the Berlingo, which is a lot cheaper but not so great looking, we still haveabout 10 weeks before we have to order maybe we will add more to our shortlist before then.

Joke of the day.

Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to
require a hip replacement.
The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.
The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then.
Why the different treatment for the two patients ?
The FIRST is a Golden Retriever.
The SECOND is a
Senior Citizen.
 Next time take me to a vet !

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Our latest Hobby.

Hi, Sue and i have recently started collecting and growing Cacti and Succulents. I have always had a yearning to have a few but Sue was not so keen, at Christmas my Daughter Pam was struggling to find something to buy me, so when we all visited a local garden centre, i showed interest in the Cacti there her problem was solved.
Here are just a few we have now.
This is the original Christmas present
Please do click on any picture to enlarge it.

Joke of the day.

A government warning on TV said that anyone travelling in icy conditions should take: 
Blankets or sleeping bag 
 Extra clothing including scarf, hat and gloves,
24 hours supply of food and drink,
 De-Icer + 5Kgs of Rock Salt,
 Torch or lantern with spare batteries,
 Reflective Triangles, 5 gallon jerrycan of fuel,
 First Aid Kit, + Jump Leads etc

 I tell you i felt a right prat on the bus this morning.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

2012 Classic bike show.

Hi, I'm afraid this blog will again be about motorcycles, particularly older Motorcycle.
Before i start this blog perhaps i might update you all on us. Sue is now nearly 100% (for a Crinckly, lol), first time for years, As far as my health goes nothing has changed.I went to see the Surgeon about my Hip last week, he didn't even look at it but said i will see you in 3 months you need to lose more weight, bloody marvelous, i have lost exactly 5 stones in 5 years!!!!. I wouldn't mind if he gave me a goal but nothing.
Anyway had a great day at this show, met lots of friends, afraid i had to use Mobility Scooter as it covered 6 Aircraft sized hangers. Sue bought herself a new Crash Helmet and i bought some riding Gloves.
No Joke of the day as i forgot to include it before these pictures so blogger wanted to put it on top.
Post again very soon   Click on any picture to enlarge it and  see more detail.
Below an early Honda 305cc Dream.
 A Red 1980 CX500B

 I really love these Honda CX's made into Cafe racers, especially the Red one.
This is brand new Kawasaki W800, i know it looks like an older bike, ie Triumph Boneville but thats exactly what they hope, as there is quite a big market for Classic looks with the Japanese finish/quality and reliability.I would really love one of these.
A racing Honda CBX 1000 6 cylinder.
A beautiful Honda 750cc