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.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


On a recent car ride we found this lovely little bit of Peace on earth.
Here then is the place to spend a few wonderful quiet days camping.This Site is here in the middle of Dartmoor, ideally sited for Walking/Hiking on Dartmoor.Warning, dont bring a big Caravan though, firstly due to the tiny Dartmoor roads and secondly because there is no electric hook ups and thirdly you will have difficulty finding a very large flat area, (as pictures will show). If you really want to get to grips with the real Dartmoor then look no further. The famous village of Widecombe is but a 5 minute car drive and the friendly Rugglestone Inn ? is a short walk away.The Elderly owners will not bother you at all during your stay, usually saying hello sometime after arrival (pitch where there is a gap) and saying good bye when you call in to leave and PAY, YES you are TRUSTED to pay on DEPARTURE, what a wonderful change.
This then is the Entrance board that greets you, notice prices per person, children's reductions according to age.

Here then are a few pictures of the site (over 3 fields).The owners house is in the background of this first picture, its on the other side of the road 40 yards away, NOT the house opposite !!!.

You notice the lovely little stream that runs through the whole site and keeps the kids happy for ages. If you camp close to the Stream you are sure of a warm welcome from the resident Ducks.

Toilet/Shower block is shown in the background and is uphill.

This next picture shows the second field (+toilet block) with a large flat area.

The next one is looking toward the entrance.

This picture shows just how steep parts of these fields really are.

This picture shows the main entrance area.

These are pictures of the lovely little stream that meanders through this site.

And this one of the last field.

Lastly, another stream picture.

There are basic showers, plenty of Hot water for washing and dishes etc.Lovely trusting owners.Beautiful surroundings with Buzzards wheeling overhead, Robins and Chaffinches popping in for crumbs and Skylarks high in the sky above.
There is a small shop on site in season, selling Bread, Eggs, Milk etc.
So then that is Cockingford, Basic...Yes.
No electric hook ups......Yes
Want to visit .....YES YES YES.
Telephone Tel: 01364 621258
Postcode TQ13 7TG
Joke of the Day.
Don't know if this is just a sick coincidence or if I'm getting paranoid, but....

2007 - Chinese year of the Chicken - Bird Flu Pandemic devastates parts of Asia

2008 - Chinese year of the Horse - Equine Influenza decimates Australian racing

2009 - Chinese year of the Pig - Swine Flu Pandemic kills hundreds of pigs/humans around the globe.

It gets worse........

Next year......
2010 - Chinese year of the Cock - what could possibly go wrong?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Beauty of Dartmoor in pictures.

This then is a blog all about Devon's wonderful Dartmoor. These pictures were taken recently on a trip up to the Postbridge area, mostly around the Bellever Forest region.
Apologies about the amount of pictures here but we are just off back to the Caravan for a week, so this was a quickie.
Please do click on any picture to enlarge it.

Sue demonstrating just how narrow some of these road bridges are up here !!!!.

Thanks to all you who are still reading this blog, even though i don't blog as often as i should.
Joke of the day.

Men Are Just Happier People--
Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack.
You can never be pregnant.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks and engines. A ten-day vacation requires
only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

Your underwear is £8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.

You never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
Everything on your face stays its original colour.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one colour for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a moustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.
No wonder men are happier.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

As Promised.

Here then are a few photo's and comments from the few days spent at Cofton Country Caravan/Camping park, Dawlish. (This blog seems to be turning into a camp site reviewer, mmm not sure thats what I wanted it to be.) As a few of you may remember we spent a few days there last year, in fact in similar conditions, ie trying out tenting equipment close to home before venturing off into the unknown. Next week were of to Buxton in Derbyshire for the real McCoy, in the shape of our Annual CX-GL National Motorcycle Rally.
Cofton is a very large site with lots of amenities for all the family.These include a Bar/Restaurant, two swimming pools, Childrens Zoo, Donkey rides, three or four childrens play areas. A really well stocked shop and five Coarse fishing lakes, holding Carp to 20 lbs+ and Roach,Bream,Perch, Crucians, Ghost Carp too. These all fish very well.
Each area has its own Toilet/Shower block which have gentle music playing in them, each are cleaned twice daily. Every day the on Site Chip shop is open from 6 pm till 9pm.
This first picture shows the heated swimming pools with the shop/Bar area's.
This is a view with the well stocked shop on the left and Bar area in front, with loads of outdoor seating too.
This is one small part of the clean, warm feeling Bar/restaurant area.
The picture below is of one of the 5 fishing lakes on site. This is looking from the rear of our tent.
This area was called "Lakeside hard standings", thats the car and our"Raclet Quickstop" folding Camper on our Peg.
Inside the Camper, beds made up very invitingly!!!!.
This last picture (should be two) shows two more fields at the farthest point from the Reception/Bar/Pool area's. Caravan storage area in bottom left hand corner.
All in all a very good large family site, with something for all the family to do onsite, including a games room. Offsite the Towns of Dawlish,and its famous sister Dawlish Warren are just down the road. Teignmouth/Shaldon just 5 miles, Exeter 14 miles and Torquay around 12 miles away. The wonderful Dartmoor is again only 30 minutes (20ish miles) away. Only downside I can see is perhaps due to its size it will get very very busy during School holidays.
Joke of the Day.

An Englishman is having breakfast, in Paris , one morning (coffee, croissants, bread, butter and jam) when a Frenchman, chewing bubble-gum, sits down next to him. The Englishman ignores the Frenchman who, nevertheless, starts a conversation.

Frenchman: 'You English folk eat the whole bread??'

Englishman (in a bad mood): 'Of course.'

Frenchman: (after blowing a huge bubble) 'We don't. In France , we only eat what's inside. The crusts we collect in a container, recycle it, transform them into croissants and sell them to England .' The Frenchman has a smirk on his face.

The Englishman listens in silence.

The Frenchman persists: 'Do you eat jam with the bread??'

Englishman: 'Of Course.'

Frenchman: (cracking his bubble-gum between his teeth and chuckling).

'We don't. In France we eat fresh fruit for breakfast, then we put all the peels, seeds, and leftovers in containers, recycle them, transform them into jam, and sell the jam to England.'

After a moment of silence, The Englishman then asks: 'Do you have sex in France ?'

Frenchman: 'Why of course we do', he says with a big smirk.

Englishman: 'And what do you do with the condoms once you've used them?'

Frenchman: 'We throw them away, of course'

Englishman: 'We don't. In England , we put them in a container, recycle them, melt them down into bubble-gum, and sell them to France .'