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#51 OFFLINE   abarbarian

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 07:55 AM

Thanks folks. The place needs some decorating and altering tlc and the garden needs a makeover. All which will have to wait until I get me dodgy arm back into full use.
Lucky for me I bought a Steam Controller last summer so I can usefully fill in time and do some physio on me wrists and fingers whilst exercising me grey cell, thank goodness for a well stocked Steam Library. :Laughing:
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Posted 22 January 2017 - 08:12 AM

What a disappointment !!

I remembered that Tenby had a great fish and chip shop from when I was house hunting. As the sun was shining yesterday with a clear sky I thought, why not pop over to Tenby, only 6 miles away, get some super fish and chips and take some pics of the sunset over the ocean.

Well the chip shop was shut till February. I stood on the cliff top looking left and no sunset,

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the blooming curve of the bay gets in the way. A whole half hour of me life just frittered away on a goose chase.

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 12:49 PM

If anyone is curious as to what £95,000.00 will buy in the posher part of Wales here are some pictures of inside the new pad.

http://imgur.com/a/sxH4C

Yeah yeah I know it needs a bit of tidying up, give us a chance I have only been here a month an fitting the cat flap took a while. :breakfast:
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Posted 22 January 2017 - 02:45 PM

So that's what, like $117,000? Yikes, you couldn't get much in the US at that price. Looks good! And, of course, fitting the cat flap takes priority (no snark intended).

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 04:50 PM

Very nice.
I see there is a stair lift which is nice for older folks with a 2 story dwelling. My husband and I are fortunate to live in a one story "ranch" type home. I could host all the holidays and not have to worry about our aging parents getting into and moving around our home.
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Posted 22 January 2017 - 06:24 PM

View Postebrke, on 22 January 2017 - 02:45 PM, said:

So that's what, like $117,000? Yikes, you couldn't get much in the US at that price. Looks good! And, of course, fitting the cat flap takes priority (no snark intended).

You do not get much around here either or in any of the nicer and handy sort of places. I could have bought nearly the same further inland into the valleys or up the coast for almost half the price but they did not have the views or the nearness of services. I am pretty lucky and am thankful to me mum and dad, shame they can not be here.

Fitting two more interior cat flaps so his highness can wander at will.

View Postzlim, on 22 January 2017 - 04:50 PM, said:

Very nice.

I see there is a stair lift which is nice for older folks with a 2 story dwelling. My husband and I are fortunate to live in a one story "ranch" type home. I could host all the holidays and not have to worry about our aging parents getting into and moving around our home.

I did try for some one storey dwellings, we call them bungalows. But most were out of my price range and the three derelicts I bid on went for silly money, mind you they had drop dead gorgeous settings and views.

The stair lift, hmmmmmmmmm. Took me a while to figure out how to move it. Made a test run all the way up and down the stairs with an empty chair. Then I took a ride which was very strange due to the corners, most unusual. Tried to move it the next day and it moved nine inches and stopped. I will make time to sort it out someday as it will probably be very useful in the future.

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 07:21 PM

Looks like you did really well for the few quid . Wish you a long and happy sojourn there.
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Posted 23 January 2017 - 07:57 AM

View PostCapt.Crow, on 22 January 2017 - 07:21 PM, said:

Looks like you did really well for the few quid . Wish you a long and happy sojourn there.

If you ever sail across the seas yer welcome to tea and scones anytime. :breakfast:  (as long as you bring a keg of real Dublin Guinness with you)
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Posted 06 March 2017 - 12:09 PM

Saw the specialist consultant at long last last week. X-rays taken and viewed and it looks like my break has healed up nicely. Whooopeee no more worries about another operation etc etc.
Now all I have to do is get all the locked up muscles working again and toned up.

Looks like it will be a decent year no matter what the weather is doing. :breakfast:
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Posted 06 March 2017 - 01:26 PM

Time to get back in the saddle...

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 11:51 AM

Well me collar bone has healedup, I have 99% movement but need some work to build up strength all round. I still have some pretty awful bouts of pain if I overdo stuff. No matter I think all will be well in time and I am being quite dedicated with the exercises etc.
That said I can ride me luverly battered girl again.

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Entrance to the show ground above.

Rode out to the Llandovery Motorcycle weekend show on Sunday which is around a 130 mile trip. Started of in the damp as it rained but stopped before we left. Luckily the rain stayed away and the sun came out so the roads were dry in no time.
Good day out but me right arm was darn tired by the end of the day. The old girl is easing up engin wise and much nicer to ride, not so grabby and power is much smoother and responsive. Well if you can describe an old girl as having power. :lol: Me neighbour who rode out with me was on a 500 Suzuki and disappeared in the blink of an eye when he opened her up on the few straight stretches. He did wait for me to catch up which was nice of him.

Can you spot the Royal in the poster ? no not the bike the real Royal. :w00t:

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Can you spot the barbarian riding in the town ride ? video quality is not great.

https://youtu.be/gAp9iR_IIzs

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 11:59 AM

Last time I had my fat arse on a motorcycle was Christmas of '10. A friend loaned me his spare so we could all ride together to the club Christmas dinner. I'm am sooooo jonesin' for a bike. This has been the longest stretch in 40 years for me to not be riding.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 05:23 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 10 July 2017 - 11:59 AM, said:

Last time I had my fat arse on a motorcycle was Christmas of '10. A friend loaned me his spare so we could all ride together to the club Christmas dinner. I'm am sooooo jonesin' for a bike. This has been the longest stretch in 40 years for me to not be riding.

Yer welcome to ride the royal any time mate. :breakfast:

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 07:26 PM

If I ever hit that lottery, I'll be coming for a visit. I'll rent a Harley to ride with you, but it'll be weird riding on the wrong... er, I mean left side of the road. ;)

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 06:22 AM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 10 July 2017 - 07:26 PM, said:

If I ever hit that lottery, I'll be coming for a visit. I'll rent a Harley to ride with you, but it'll be weird riding on the wrong... er, I mean left side of the road. ;)

I know what you mean. I had to think hard when I visited the states. Mind you you have bigger wider roads over there so more room to recover from errors.
I'd love to see your reaction to some of our fine "C" class roads out in the boonies.  :Laughing:

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 03:20 PM

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Nah... all you bikers look alike to me. ;)

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 06:42 AM

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Nah... all you bikers look alike to me. ;)

Ah but I am a mod on a motorcycle :Laughing:
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 01:36 PM

Well we have an update.

ROYALS 2 v BARBARIANS 0

Not been too bad a summer. Managed a few rides out on the old cycles motorised and manual.

Sun was shining on Bank Holiday Monday a couple of weeks ago so of we went for a ride to New Quay about 50 miles away. Luverly ride with little traffic despite the holiday sightseers.
Arrived at New Quay which has a steep hill road down to the beach, this is the only place to park for free. Spotted an opening between two cars big enough to park in, wheeled the bike in and started to pull it on to the centre stand. As I did so the bike started to fall away down the hill and would have fallen on to the parked car. I made a huge effort to pull the bike back upright but it was very difficult to do. I did feel some strain on my back but there was no sharp pain, just a small tug at the base of the spine.
Walking away I felt no after effects and of we went for sit down fish and chips and a pot of tea.
Riding home my right leg felt as though it was cramping up. Not wanting to stop I rode for a short way with the leg extended and made it home. I felt a bit stiff the next day but spent most of the day and the next day sorting out me sisters pc, so a lot of sitting at the desk.
Woke up Thursday and the leg was giving me excruciating shots of pain every time I tried to move it let alone walk on it. So for three days all I managed to do was get up and down the stairs at the start and end of the day, make two ready meals and several cups of tea or coffee, and the rest of the time I spent trying to find a position standing or sitting where I could get some relief from the pain.
By the following Monday I could manage to stand and walk for a couple of minutes before the pain kicked in again. So at least I could fill a kettle , make a cup of tea and take it to the front room without having to sit down between each action.
Five days later, today, I can manage to walk without a stick and have made it the the supermarket but I still have to keep on sitting down as if I stay on my feet too long the pain washes in again.
Typically we have had some very nice days this last fortnight unlike the previous month of almost constant wind and wet. Also I was due, after waiting for almost five months, to go for a driving test for the Welsh Ambulance so I could become a voluntary driver with them. Luckily they have made another appointment for me in ten days time.
The doc came to see me at home and has given me some new pain killers as the dihydrocodein wreaked havok with my internals.it appears that I have nipped or trapped a nerve somewhere in the small of my back, possibly the sciatic nerve but it could be one of several.  So here I am happily spaced out as I have been for the last ten days on Gabapentin. Which is much kinder to my internals but makes me drift of frequently and makes it hard to concentrate.
So if I have not been so active or my posts have seemed odder than usual that is the reason. Looks like it will take quite a few weeks for me to recover and I have to take it steadily as it is quite easy to cause a relapse.
The really bad news is that I should be busy planting bulbs and sorting the garden out for next year. That ain't going to happen for at least a month if at all. It does depend on how quickly and well I heal up. After the terrible weather which has held me up in the garden and the high winds me garden is not at its best. I never got netting up for the sweet peas. The nasturtiums went wild and took over the path. I never got to plant on the carnations and pinks. The tomatoes and greenhouse never got sorted, but I have been eating home grown toms for a few weeks and it looks like I will be for a few more. The raised veg border went wild and was sort of a disaster. I did get quite a few mange touts, then peas, some french beans but not many, radishes,a few various salad greens, some luverly young spinach and I may get a couple of coloured beetroot. So not a bountiful harvest but at least I have a bed ready for next year.Oh and I had wild and cultivated strawberries too, very yummy they were and there will be even more next year.
all is not doom and gloom though as I have some perennials that look as though they have established and I have two beds that will be better next year. Not quite what I had planned but then thats the way with plans.
Here are a few pics of the garden from when I moved in to today.

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 07:07 PM

Codeine based medications always make me sick to my stomach. After my 2010 hospital experience, Codeine, cortico-steroids, and Aspartame (artificial sweetener) are ALL on my official allergen/do-not-administer list at the hospital and all my doctors' offices.

Fortunately, I don't have issues with pain; just the normal over-50 stiffness and aches occasionally. I'm lucky. I have many friends with chronic pain. It's not a fun thing to deal with, I wouldn't think. :(

Keep hangin' tough, Erik. It's worth it. Just enjoy all you can everyday!

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 03:14 PM

Glad you're improving. I had just a taste of what you're experiencing after my mother fell earlier this summer. A neighbor helped me get her up (can't do it alone), and a few days later I started some fairly strong and persistent back and leg pain. Kind of thing that's bearable during the day but keeps you awake at night. Saw the chiropractor once a week and did the stretching exercises she advised and it did finally improve. But I did absolutely nothing in the way of weeding or cleaning up in my yard, so aside from the mowing and some bush pruning done by someone else, my yard got zero maintenance this year. Let's hope next year's better for us!
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 07:36 AM

View Postebrke, on 16 September 2017 - 03:14 PM, said:

Glad you're improving. I had just a taste of what you're experiencing after my mother fell earlier this summer. A neighbor helped me get her up (can't do it alone), and a few days later I started some fairly strong and persistent back and leg pain. Kind of thing that's bearable during the day but keeps you awake at night. Saw the chiropractor once a week and did the stretching exercises she advised and it did finally improve. But I did absolutely nothing in the way of weeding or cleaning up in my yard, so aside from the mowing and some bush pruning done by someone else, my yard got zero maintenance this year. Let's hope next year's better for us!

Sorry to hear about your woes too, hope you make a full recovery.

The doc thinks I have trapped or strained some nerves in the top of my right leg/pelvic/lower right side of the back. I asked him about chiropractic relief and he gave me a detailed explanation of the possible damage and advised against chiropracty. He did advise gentle movement and not to sit in the same position for any length of time. I have a folder with several hundred yoga style exercises from my Chinese health arts days and have been trying some of them out with some measure of success.
The secret is as with almost all things in life, steady as you go. :breakfast:
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