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.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

DORSET STEAM FAIR (40th) Part 3.

The 40th Dorset steam Fair was just so vast, so vibrant. The gorgeous smells of cooking everywhere. Other fairground smells, burning coal, steam,oil and all around people with smiling faces enjoying themselves even though the day was overcast. Its a long time since we've been anywhere with so many people yet not a sign of trouble or bad tempers, just people from all walks of life enjoying themselves. So here then is part three, a mish mash of pictures to try and capture the wide span of happenings around the site.
The first picture is of an Austin 7 saloon from 1928 (below) this one is a local Dorset car.
Please click on any picture to enlarge it and see the fine exhibits close up.
Below when i was a child we would have called this ride the "Ginnie Horses", it was always considered by us boys as a sissy ride for girls and smaller children.
Below, an exhibition of stationary working engines.The engine in the foreground is driving Milking cooling equipment.
This Fantastically well preserved "Canadian Pacific"Steam Railway Locomotive of the"Merchant Navy class 4-6-2). The Engine was built in 1941, and was delivered to the show on a huge low loader then a 60yard (50mtr) length of track laid, and the engine fired up and rolled off the lorry, as seen here.
This was the great sight that greeted us as we entered the show from the Disabled car park. We had to wait at some barriers while 4 or 5 of these lovely machines took up their places. Sorry to any expert reading this I missed the make or Model.
These next few pictures are perhaps more me than a lot of others. I was a little disappointed at the condition and cleanliness of some motorcycle exhibits, but i was solemnly told by an expert that those in that condition were "unrestored and original", Oops.
There were over 140 motorcycles on display here. Below a nice "Triumph Trident" 750cc from 1974.
This lovely BSA" Gold star 500cc " from 1956 has been used recently in classic scrambles.
This I remember well(below) a friend of mine had one of these brand new. A well restored and fairly rare 1961 "Ariel Leader" 250cc. At the time i had an old "BSA" and other mates had a "James" and the fastest of our machines at the time a "Velocette Venom"although it took so long to start the damn thing we had usually disappeared in the distance before it fired up.
A real oldie here (below) a vintage "Ariel Square Four" 1,000cc, built in 1938, this at the time was the "Creme de la Creme" of fast bikes.
To finish this blog, here is another video clip of an Organ playing. These sounds echoed around the showground all day. I have a soft spot for them and had to sit for a few minutes at each one.

Two Red Indians and an Irishman were walking through the woods.

All of a sudden one of the Red Indians ran up a hill to the mouth of a small cave.
'Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!' he called into the cave and listened closely until he heard an answering,

'Wooooo! Wooooo! Woooooo!
He then tore off his clothes and ran into the cave.
The Irishman was puzzled and asked the remaining Indian what it was all about,.

'Was the other Indian crazy or what?'
The Indian replied 'No, It is our custom during mating season when Indian men see cave, they holler

'Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!' into the opening. If they get an answer back, it means there's a beautiful squaw in there waiting for us.
Just then they came upon another cave.

The second Indian ran up to the cave, stopped, and hollered,
'Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!'
Immediately, there was the answer.
'Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!' from deep inside.
He also tore off his clothes and ran into the opening.
The Irishman wandered around in the woods alone for a while, and then spied a third large cave.

As he looked in amazement at the size of the huge opening, he was thinking,
'Hoo, man! Look at the size of this cave! It is bigger than those the Indians found.
There must be some really big, fine women in this cave!'
He stood in front of the opening and hollered with all his might

'Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!' Like the others, he then heard an answering call, 'WOOOOOOOOO, WOOOOOOOOO WOOOOOOOOO!'
With a gleam in his eye and a smile on his face, he raced into the cave,tearing off his clothes as he ran.

The following day, the headline of the local newspaper read................



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been in 'hog-heaven' reading your latest, Bob. Thanks you.
The old '38 Ariel and the '54 Zephyr bring back memories of a less than 'cautious' uncle, who had a flair for risk (speed).
Great memories.

12:03 am  
Blogger Old Lady Lincoln said...

Funny joke. Love the little yellow vehicle that has the butterfly painted on it. Happy week-end.

5:10 pm  
Blogger Shammickite said...

I had a boyfriend who rode an Ariel Square Four!
Loved the video of the organ. Do you remember the name on top... was it Anderton & Rowlands?
There was an organ just like that who came to CM Fair every autumn, then went on to Barnstaple Fair. We knew the Rowlands family quite well.... wonder what happened to them?

9:41 pm  
Blogger Gwen said...

Hi Bob&Sue.
I had heard the joke beforebut still had a giggle.
We called the ride the Merry-Go-Round as kids,they were usually at
Fairs,and a place we called Luna
Park,will try and get a photo and
send to you.

11:28 am  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Bob, love the old yellow nursery car it bet it could tell a few stories on the miles its traveled.Its not that long ago that I was on a Merry-Go-round with the grandkids.. i think it was the local show..

7:51 am  

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