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.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

40th DORSET STEAM FAIR (Finale).

So here we are at the Steam fair Finale, I expect most of you by now are thoroughly bored with these blogs, so all I can do is, say again "You really MUST go next year". Dates are fixed at 2nd to 6th sept 2009.This as the last Blog on this subject means I'm afraid that it contains lots of pictures that I wanted to share and use on these blogs. We are so excited by the thought of next year we are looking to stay at least one night.The site has full Camping/Caravaning facilities plus loads of local B & Bs or Hotels.
Now to the Blog, below we have just one of the dozens of beautifully restored Steam engines. This particular one was originally a steam Fire engine.
Please do click on any photo to Enlarge and enjoy further.
Below this lovely engine was once owned by the famous Rowland family who, are still in the fair bussiness today.

Below this nice "Old girl"started or at least was once local to us at "Exmouth".
Below, The amount of Mechanical as well as cleaning work that needs doing to keep these vehicles in this condition is quite staggering.
"David and Goliath" as these two lovely old engines chugged past side by side.
As I have explained in previous blogs the diversity of this show has to be seen to be believed. So below we have what would probably be known as "Gypsy" or "Romany" style vans. Of this style there were several that were pulled by horses to the site and then used as living quarters for the duraton of the show.
This absolutely stunning example (below) was just one of the ones that the owners used for living in.
Below they must have been really snug but perhaps a bit dark when the stable type door was closed up.
Below "Gypsy Rose Sue" or something, and another lovely example of horse drawn van. Enlarge these piccies to see the paintwork detail.
For you Farmers there were all ages and sizes (60) of Tractors parading and working daily in this Arena.
Below, For you Craft and Hobby lovers there were over 150 stalls and exibitions/demonstrations. This "Marquee" was three joined in length totaling over 200metres long by 20 metres wide.
Below and even more things on display in this huge Indoor area.
AND FINALLY below, just as we left it was getting dusk and what a stunning site this made with all the engines fired and all lit up too.

What more can you say, I was impressed, Flabergasted, Gobsmacked what ever you can say it all fits, in all A FABULOUS FAMILY DAY OUT.
Joke of the day.


Your sweetie says, 'Let's go upstairs
And make love,' and you answer,
'Pick one; I can't do both!'

Your friends compliment you
On your new alligator shoes
And you're barefoot.

A sexy babe catches your fancy
And your pacemaker opens the garage door,

'Getting lucky' means you find your car
In the parking lot.

An 'all nighter' means not getting up
To use the bathroom.


You are not to sure that these are jokes?


Blogger Bev said...

Lovely old caravan with beautiful paintwork, and a terrific sight of them all at the end.

That little green traction engine reminds me of one of Thomas The Tanks little friends! I think we have him somewhere.

6:16 am  
Blogger Shammickite said...

Biker Bob.... when I was a child we used to be friendly with the Rowlands family of Anderton and Rowlands fairground entertainments, wonder where they are now. Grandpa Rowlands had the most wonderful gypsy caravan, I've been in it many times, maybe it was the one you went in at the Dorset Fair!!! My friend was Anne Rowlands, about the same age as me... I wonder where she is now, maybe still part of the fair??

3:21 pm  
Blogger Old Lady Lincoln said...

Lovely photos of the old engines and Gypsy carts. Old is jokes were great.

8:40 pm  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Bob. Great photo's Just love the Gypsy caravan and beautiful paint work,,
The steamers look lovely all lit up would have been nice to see them all lit up in person.

7:54 am  
Blogger Martin Stickland said...

Just my kind of event Bob, love the night time shot of them all lined up.

Hope you are both well my friend!


10:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If my dad were looking at your amazing photos he would swear that he could smell the engines! He loves them. This is a really great finale Bob!
Loved the joke.....I'm almost there!

7:00 pm  
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