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I am a normal ( in the loosest possible term) Dad from the North East of England. I have a few interests such as BTCC Touring Cars, Football, photography. My favourite hobby though is to just relax and chill out. I suffer from stress, depression and anxiety and possible PTSD. I am coming to terms with it these days where its not something I need to hide from people or be ashamed of. I also suffer from chronic back problems and live each day in pain in varying degrees. I am the sort of person that wants good for other people and always tries to help if I can. I can be really soft natured and sensitive, which sometimes surprises people when they meet me.

What a disappointment

After months of waiting, myself, Paul and Rob went to Donington Park to watch the BTCC. Great, I hear you say. Well, yes, apart from 2 days before I put my back out yet again. This time, all I did was turn round and felt it go. It goes as easy as that. Once I did it just brushing my teeth.
Anyway, I was still able to walk, although slowly, so I decided to still go. After all it was Donington Park, where I had wanted to go for the last few years.
Paul turned up at about 05.15. We packed the car, just. Wasn’t much space left. Then set off on our journey.
After stopping at Woodall Services in Yorkshire, we arrived at Donington Park. I helped get the tent built
After doing that we decided to go to the track for free practice and qualifying. I had only got a few yards from the tent when my back gave way again, forcing me to drop my camera bag and chair. Rob went back to the tent and got my hiking stick and Paul carried my stuff. It took ages for us to walk the short distance to the track itself. I kept having to stop because of the pain. We walked, slowly round the paddock area and checked put the infield, then headed for Redgate corner where they sat me down to be more comfortable. Paul and Rob went off to take photos down the Craner curves.
At lunch time we went back to the tent for food. I decided to stay back as I didn’t think I could cope with the pain much more.
After having a good night sleep on my airbed I was awake at 06.00 and decided to stay up. Later on after Paul and Rob woke up, we all had breakfast and I decided I would stay back at the tent again. Paul and Rob would of rather I went to the track but understood when I explained how I felt. At one point I stepped in a divot and had to grab Paul to stop myself falling back. Hope I didn’t bruise his arm.
It was a long day by myself.
At the end of the day they came back and packed everything away and started the journey home. We, again stopped off at Woodall services for a McDonalds this time. When we got home, I was so pleased.
I have to say that Paul and Rob were brilliant. They were so understanding about my pain. I felt like I spooky the weekend for them but they say I didn’t. I am so thankful to them.
It’s certainly one trip away I won’t forget.
Our campsite

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Our hols continued

We’ve been having a great time so far. G has been to the kids club, also living it up on the dance floor each night.
We have been to the swimming pool each day. It’s been lovely. G loves being in the pool and always complains when it’s time to get out.
Yesterday we went into Berwick. A town on the border of England and Scotland. I haven’t been for years. I got so scotch meat pies from a highly recommended butcher. Can’t wait to try them. I may get some haggis to go home with.
While in Berwick, we all went to this cafe we found down a side street. For anyone in uk, you may be able to picture this. It’s the type of cafe you would find in most towns in the 70s and 80s. No frills type of place. Price lists on the Walls we on dayglo card. It’s like we had stepped back in time. A greasy spoon type place. The food was lovely. I much prefer these type of cafe’s rather than the trendy over priced modern bistros etc.
This is the exterior.

This is the interior.

And finally a couple of shots of Berwick main street.

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First day at Haggerston Castle

Arrived at Haggerston Castle caravan park to blazing sunshine. It was nice to relax after the stress of packing and getting sorted. The caravan we have rented is amazing. It’s like a house inside. A good size living room, a nice kitchen, a bedroom with 2 beds for G and a doble bedroom for myself and D with an en-suite. Even before unpacking we had a cup of tea on the decking and enjoyed the peace and quiet.
At night we went to the show bar and watched a live band who sung loads of 80s song so I loved that. I was singing my head off. The reps did a little show called party in the dark. Basically the lights were turned down and all the kids danced with their light up toys and glowsticks that they had bought while the reps danced on stage dressed head to foot in glowed items like flashing wigs, flashing glasses and necklaces etc. It looked really good seeing all the lights moving around. The cynical side of me couldn’t help but think that it was a good scam to get the kids to buy these toys to join in the dance.
All in all, a good first day was had by all at Haggerston. Georgia slept like a log. D and I didn’t have the best night sleep due to the type of mattress on the bed. But still, nice to be here.
This is the view from our decking. Georgia was feeding ducks this morning.

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Just been to the docs for G’s sore foot. Looks like she just has a case of tendinitis. She’s been given given a course of medicine to take for 2 weeks. Glad it’s not a plaster cast job.

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Just before our hols

A few days before our holiday and I am having to take G to the doctors to have her foot looked at. Over the last few days she’s been complaining of a shooting pain on the underside of her foot. None of us can think of when or where she hurt it. Let’s hope that it doesn’t turn into a trip to the X-ray unit as well or worse still, a plaster cast. She, actually all of us would be gutted for her as she is so looking forward to her hols.
I will keep you updated.

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