Sometimes even a writer is lost for words

For about a year before I retired I’d been mooting the idea of treating myself to an old classic convertible. I had one years ago (An Emerald Green Triumph Spitfire which I loved but traded in for a caravette when our then dog Bodie became poorly which I used to take him on a last holiday to the Lake District).

Today my fab son in law Dan took me into an old barn on some excuse and said ‘Happy (early) 60th birthday’ pointing at something. It appears he and my lovely daughter Benita had bought me this Rover convertible in British Racing Green and he had spent months stripping it down and restoring it.

With the engine running and John Lennon coming through the sound system I was left speechless. I’m totally humbled but very very proud to have such a loving, thoughtful and generous family; although Dan still needs to finish off the car (put the seats back in) he had no option but to show me the car today as he has to move it out of the barn as the farmer needs the storage space. After the past few weeks I’ve had the surprise was a wonderful tonic; thank you so much Dan And Beats. X x love daddy x x

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Thank you for reading. liking and supporting my website x

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A brief pit-stop…

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Just a brief pit-stop between preparing for a job interview on Thursday to say hope you are enjoying the sunshine. Thank you for your warm messages of support and the ‘likes’ you have been putting on my posts, they really are uplifting. Whatever the outcome of my interview I’ll let you all know. Fingers crossed xx

Trevor Morpeth, a true blessing in my life

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I spent years searching for him and wasn't disappointed 
when I finally did.It was like finding a piece of my own 
life's jigsaw that made sense of the whole messy picture. 
Charismatic and funny he took away a lot of the 
heartache I had carried around through not knowing what 
I desperately needed to know;  strangely his need to tell 
me was as strong as my need to listen to his every word. 

Before I met him he was my father's brother - the father 
who for fifty years I had mentally castigated and crucified 
for the disgraceful way he had treated his family. When I 
left - my father became Dad, a man who I could look up to 
and be proud to be called his son: and my Dad's brother 
became my uncle. My only uncle. Uncle Trevor. Someone who 
to me was almost like an older twin brother.

I was blessed to have spent time with my Uncle Trevor and 
loved our similarities - the cheekiness of his facial 
expressions, his sense of humour, his broad accent. When I 
walked into his home he almost collapsed thinking I was my 
Dad screaming 'Bloody hell it's Charlie!'. When he realised 
I wasn't we both fell about. 

I will be at his service on Friday in Geordieland, tucked 
quietly away somewhere among the gathered. It will be a 
flying visit for me, such is life, not just to pay my 
respects. But also to say thank you (with love x).

 

Happy Christmas to all my readers x Alan

HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all of my readers over the past year and thank you for your support; the graph below shows where you all come from. The countries in BOLD are ones that I have previously visited although there are many more (e.g. Seychelles, Guernsey) but I haven’t had readers from those countries yet. When I continue with my Royal Navy page I’ll be writing my memoirs of my travels.

Meanwhile with retirement about a year away I look forward to visiting places I haven’t been to yet and all of those in low case type below are on my bucket list. So if you live somewhere I haven’t been yet please do let me know what I’m missing. Cool Yule x Alan

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