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.