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.

Saturday, December 08, 2007


This blog is going to be all about my wife and soul mate Sue. She would be the first to admit that academically she is a bit lacking, mainly due to the fact that she missed over 18 months schooling. When about 10 Sue had an accident injuring her knee/leg quite badly, needing her to be in plaster from toes to groin. Sue at the time lived about one and a half miles outside a small village near Bidford on Avon in Warwickshire, their house (Tied) was across four fields accessed by a very rough track. At home were her Gamekeeper father and house wife/book keeper mother and a younger sister. In order to get to school each day they cycled across these fields then left their bicycle's by the cattle grid and caught a school bus the five or six miles to school. In those days most people didn't own a car and Sue's family were not the exception, therefore they could not get her to school daily.
To make up for this she is very adept at many other skills, these include, Passing both her car and motorcycle test at the first attempt. At home she has set her hand over the years to carpet laying, painting, wallpaper hanging, curtain making/hanging etc. also an extremely and much sought after cook as a job for twenty three years. Her hobbies include Lace making, dress making, knitting, Crochet, and a five year stint as a florist/floral arranger. She is also a fairly competent photographer and Fisher women,winning at sea fishing, several NFSA medals and winning several ladies competitions, now turning her hand (with me) to Coarse fishing, picking it up very quickly. During the Winter months she dabbles with painting, mostly in oil, also occasionally in water colours. Some of these (I think they are quite good) I will put on a future blog. For now I will show the ones she does as a quick relaxing time, these, as she puts it are "cartooney" pictures and are not easily criticised as they dont contain real people, Animals etc. She intends printing these off to make into personalised xmas cards. Look at the following photo's see what you think?.
Do please click on any photo to enlarge.


Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

Absolutely wonderful paintings, such a delightful portrayal and observation of the local wildlife. She should be very proud of her work! Great stuff!
Anyone who got a Christmas Card with one of those images will be ecstatic!

2:26 pm  
Blogger Haddock said...

Those are really rather good. I do envy people that can paint. Personally, I never got past the matchstick men stage at primary school. Your wife is a talented artist.

8:35 am  
Blogger Jeanette said...

G'Day Bob. Wow Sue is one talented lady I just love her paintings. Im can only draw stick figues also. Ohh How I would love to recieve a xmas card that was hand made..

12:42 pm  
Blogger bigbikerbob said...

Hi all, Thanks for the visit.I will post a few more of the wife's paintings on a later blog, if any of you want to see any more before then drop me your e-mail address.Sue says to say thank you for the kind comments.

5:29 pm  
Blogger Martin Stickland said...

WOW!!! They are great, what a clever wife you have Bob. These will be ideal for Xmas cards and I am sure all your friends etc would treasure and keep them.

Well done that girl!

9:42 am  
Anonymous dave said...

those painting r so gorgeous keep on doing them they are so great

6:43 pm  

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