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July - /unfinished/-

31 - Broken sleep then up around 9am! 22+C in and out. Blue sky and sunny. . .walked BGdns. Seemed to develop an increasingly painful lower back as the day wore on, for no apparant reason?? Ended up taking two annadin tablets during the day, but with little benefit! Eventually carried on through the crowds down around the harbour and on out to the small park past the breakwater to sit around for quite a long while - and take the occasional photo of passing boats for a Brixham-Fishing Facebook post. Although that group is undoubtedly where I post most of the many pictures I take, because it is a 'closed' group, there sadly doesn't seem any point in putting links to those posts here. Shame - cause some of those pictures ARE pretty damned good 'I' think. Can't resist including a thumbnail example here, of the sort of shots I go for from that little park when I'm sat up there. This is trawler Barentszee heading out to work for a few days. I'm SO used to seeing such views every day, I sometimes need reminding of how amazing they are. . . starting to head back (carrying bottles of litter plucked from the hedge next to the pavement overlooking the breakwater beach view etc!) I spotted a lifesized rhino artwork installation thingy. (Facebook post link)

rhino/

sat on a seat near the old coastguard station for my coffee, and as is my habit, had Bella sit up on the seat next to me.

Bella ate loads of holidaymakers left over chips

drank a glass of red wine and tried to sleep but couldn't! . . .drank/TVd/PCd the night off. . ate a bag of small sausage rolls with crisps, a banana, jaffa cakes and some chocolate . . . to bed around 2am.
30 - Got to sleep 'eventually' then up around 9:15am when woken by Mum calling! 22+C in and out. Sunny. . .walked BGdns late and back via teh store . . ate a large sausage roll with crisps and coleslaw . . . Mum called in with just a few donations. PCd and helped her do a 'donation in lew of flowers' on the funeral home website re Auntie M. . .back to sleep until near 7pm . . . guitarred/TVd/drank the night off. . ate co-co pops with cream, jaffa cakes, and half a fruit pie followed by a little chocolate . . to bed 'whenever?'.
29 - Broken sleep then up around 10am! 22+C in and out. Sunshine and showers. . .walked BGdns. Eventually on down to the harbour to situnder the old fish market roof for my coffee.

AMAZING violin busker in the high street

Youtube Video Link 1 of 3, Link 2 of 3, Link 3 of 3

. . . PCd for hours messing with the busker video and after a long frustrating battle with the PC with 'lip sync' problems etc, eventually managed to get the three files uploading to youtube. . .

quickly cooked and ate two cheese burgers . . . DF called in for coffee and arguments etc . . . drank wine . . PCd

the busker wanted is name off!?

PCD until early before finally to bed only to then not be able to sleep, tossing and turning for absolutely ages!!


28 - Broken sleep then up at 9am. Jeeze - how come I'm sleeping so much all of a sudden-ish!? 20C in 17C out. Grey . . . walked BGdns and eventually on down to the harbour as some drizzle set in. Sat under the old fish market roof for my coffee and for Bella's 'breakfast'. . eventually straight back home through town . . . cut my hair etc . . . PCd and posted a bunch of recent pics to a couple of facebook pages . . . TVd . . drank wine/guitarred . . . cooked and ate a large bowl of buttered mixed veg and four chopped fried sausages followed later by a few creamy co co pops . . . TVd until to bed around 2am.
27 - Broken sleep then up around 9am. 22C in 19C out. Grey and a much cooler feeling breeze. . . walked BGdns and eventually back home via the store for supplies and then the pet store for frozen tripe supplies and a rawhide chewy thing for Bella. . . vacuumed . . . PCd/drank wine. Ended up dashing out into the front garden with the camcorder around 3pm when I spotted a couple of unusual aircraft in the sky meeting up and getting into a loose formation off to the south past Berry Head. Some sort of old propeller driven aircraft lead the formation as they then both did a single counter-clockwise pass over Brixham/Torbay towards Dartmouth (Naval College) etc. It was all over very quick and I missed getting the camcorder onto the leading old prop aircraft, but I DID manage to get a snip or two of the jet which was following it. An old de Havilland Sea Vixen I believe. :o) . . . PCd and posted a snip of the aircraft video to a facebook page . . . guitarred/TVd feeling quite acceptably tipsy enough to comfortably 'lose' the rest of the day! . . . ate half a fruit pie with clotted cream followed by a pack of jaffa cakes . . . to bed before midnight.
26 - Up gone 10am feeling awful! 22+C in and out. Bright but mostly overcast. . . walked Bgdns real late. Sat around for quite a while drinking my coffee etc before eventually heading down to town. . shopped for a few supplies and then straight home . . . ate a whole pack of sausage rolls with crisps . . . returned to bed until almost 7pm! . . . TVd/drank wine . . . ate fruit pie and cream. . back to bed well before midnight.
25 - Up around 9:40am!! 22+C in and out. Sunny. . . walked . . drank wine and ate two cheeseburgers in buttered/mayod baps with coleslaw . . napped . .

. . . TVd . . ate a little of something or other. Can't recall. . . spent much of the evening listening-in at length to the CRTs and a rescue helicopter trying to save a person who'd fallen over the cliffs (six hours earlier?!) near Daddihole plain. Despite all the lengthy rescue efforts, news reports later confirmed the guy died. :o( . . eventually to bed after daylight!
24 - Broken sleep then up gone 9am with a headache - and feeling tired and aching as usual. 22C in, 19C out, bright but grey. . .walked BGdns and eventually on out to the small park past the breakwater to sit around some more. An increasing light drizzle eventually saw us head all the way back to the cover of the old fish market roof. Pretty crowded under there with people taking shelter and people already sat in my usual place, so there was nowhere to sit. . started to just head home through town but ended up stopping to sit and shelter from the drizzle and drink my coffee in a church-hall doorway. Joined under there by P on his mobility scooter for chats for a while before eventually heading home once the drizzle had eased . . TVd/aimlessly PCd while monitoring radios. The local CRTs were called out to Berry Head. A german shepherd cross type dog had gone over the cliff! It did not survive the fall. How heartbreakingly awful for the holidaying family. Upset me a great deal just hearing about it. :o( . . . drank wine, guitarred/TVd another night off. . ate a bunch of kipling almond slices followed later by four sausages, two small buttered baps and a tin of sausages in baked beans. . . ended up watching a film 'Containment' until around 2:30am before to bed.
23 - Poor disturbed 'sleep' then up gone 9am after really almost no sleep at all. 22C in, 19C out, Grey. . .walked BGdns and then eeventually on down to the harbour to sit near the old coastguard station for quite a while with my coffee . . bought a replacement kettle for mum as she'd requested and then a few supplies before lugging it all home in my rucsack. . .exhausted. Ate garlic sausage and mayo sandwiches, crisps and a banana . . . napped until just before 7pm. . .shopped for a few supplies in the local store and then popped in Mums to drop off the kettle etc. . . TVd . . . ate fruit pie and cream and a couple of kipling almond slices . . . to bed before 1am.
22 - Up around 8:30am. 22C in, 19C out, sunny. . . walked Bgdns, down to the harbour and then headed home via the local store for a few supplies . . .ate a ham and mayo sandwich with crisps . . . napped . . . TVd . . . ate fruit pie with cream followed by biscuits . . . TVD/PCd until very nearly 5pm before to bed!!
21 - Poor broken sleep again then up around 8:15am. 22C+ in and out, sunny. . .walked BGdns. Just sat around for ages again before eventually heading down to the harbour. Didn't hang around - bought a few supplies and then straight home through town. . .ate ham cheese and mayo sandwiches with a large amount of crisps . . slept until around 7pm . . . TVd . . .ate three quarters of an apple pie with cream followed by a pack of jaffa cakes . . . to bed around 1am.
20 - Poor broken sleep again then up around 8:30am. 24C+ in and out, sunny. . a big search going on with Teignmouth and both local lifeboats, helicopter Rescue 924 and CRTs. White hull blue top 15' power boat found submerged on beach off hopes nose. . 09:23 all stand down. Casualty has been located safe and well presenting himself to a police station!

walked BGdns - with my guitar! Sat around on the seats, in the gun emplacement and on the grass for hours.

Some guy doing Pokemon nonsense on his mobile - and 'serenaded'!

. . . napped . . . PCd fishing boat pictures . . . drank wine . . . cooked and ate a pot of buttery mixed veg with a bit of corned beef mixed in followed by a quarter of a fruit pie with cream . . . to bed whenever.
19 - Poor broken sleep again (uncomfortably hot) then up around 8:30am. 24C+ in and out, sunny. .headachey. :o( . . walked Bgdns and just sat around on my usual lower seat and then the grass for hours . . back via the store for a few supplies and then the pet store for frozen tripe supplies. . . ate corned beef and mayo sandwiches, coleslaw and crisps . . . napped . . . TVd/guitarred a little/drank wine. . . ate jaffa cakes . . . back to bed by 1am.

stopped taking the anti depressants. My 'chemistry' HAS definitely changed - they don't bloody work for me any more, so what's the point in enduring all the horrendous side effects!
18 - Poor broken sleep again then up around 8:45am. 24C+ in and out, sunny. . .walked BGdns and then on down to the harbour to sit under the roof for my coffee.

Chris Slack , 'the' local photographer, objected to my sitting there on top of the market stall timbers!!!!! :o( Some complete and UTTER nonsense about people sitting there damaging the wood. FFS! I've sat there without causing ANY damage or hassle most days for the last several years,

Really REALLY upset me being 'hassled' like that! :o(

on out to the park past the breakwater . . . . . . . . . bought soap for mum

. . . just sat around smoking feeling very down with full-on S ideation. Doesn't take much does it! :o( . . .ate a large Mum donated iced bun . . . slept to escape my thoughts. . . TVd . . . drank wine . . ate the remaining rice krispies, with double cream and sugar mostly . . .to bed whenever.


17 - Very poor broken sleep then up around 8:15am feeling woozy and awful. 22C+ in and out, sunny. . .walked Bgdns and eventually on out to the small park past the breakwater to sit around for quite a while. Very warm but quite a bit of building cloud made it bearable. Gave Bella a bit of a swim in the harbour on the way back, in the hope of keeping her cool. Back to under the old fish market roof for my coffee, back along to BGdns and eventually back to the store for a few supplies before popping into Mums for a bit. Whilst I was there she took phone call from K that her lifelong friend 'Aunty M' had died !

. . . napped . . . TVd . . . drank wine. Ate biscuits followed later by some coleslaw, grated cheese, crisps , a meat pastry slice and bowls of rice krispies . . . to bed around 1am.
16 - Woken earlier by restless Bella, snoozed on then up around 8:45am. 20C in, 19C out, mostly sunny. . . walked Bgdns, the harbour and eventually home through town. Felt utterly exhausted and ready for bed by the time I got home! . . . ate ham, mayo and grated cheese sandwiches with crisps and a banana . . . slept the afternoon off . . .TVd . . . drank wine. Ate jaffa cakes, three quarters of a fruit pie and eventually some chips. . . to bed around 1:30am.
15 - Woke earlier, snoozed on then up around 9am!! 20C in, 17C out, Grey. . .walked BGdns and then on down to the harbour for my coffee under the old fish market roof - next to a big pile of rubbish (which has been there a couple of days now)!? Turned out to be from one of the shops opposite, so I dared to pop in there to let them know all their rubbish was piled up and blowing around undre there (actually looking REALLY bad for all the tourists etc).

drew out some money and did a little shopping for supplies on the way home through town. . . TVd watching the news about the lorry horror in Nice. . . ate a small pastie, crisps and a quarter of a fruit pie . . . napped until around 6pm . . . PCd and posted a few boat pictures to facebook . . .DF called in for coffee, biscuits and arguments until around 10pm . . . drank wine . TVd watching the news about a possible coup in Turkey now!! . . .ate a small pastie and crisps . . . to bed around 1am.
14 - Woke earlier, failed to snooze on then up around 8:15am. . . walked BGdns and down to the harbour. Shopped for a few supplies in town on the way home . . . mowed and strimmed both overgrown lawns and also trimmed all down next door's hedge out front with the hedge trimmer. . . TVd . . . ate two garlic sausage and mayo finger rolls with a large bag of crisps followed by chocolate biscuits. . . tired and aching, to bed well before midnight.
13 - Woke earlier, snoozed on then up around 8:45am again. Dunno how it is that all of a sudden I seem to be sleeping SO much (but always waking feeling tired out still). 20C in, 17C out, Sunny. . . walked Bgdns. A lot of very large tall sailing ships on the horizon, with a couple of smaller ones moored in the bay. Some sort of tall ship race to Portugal I believe. Sat around for ages taking a bunch of photos when the St Christophe fishing boat went out into the bay for a while.

On down to the harbour and then headed back home via the steep steps and FGn. Bella appeared quite happy and in fine form, acting really like there was nothing wrong with her at all!? . eventually back via the local pet store for supplies of frozen tripe etc. . .PCd pictures to post . . .napped . . . TVd. . . ate chicken drumsticks, crisps, chocolate biscuits and bowls of rice krispies . . . to bed around 1am.
12 - Woken in the night either by some noise or other or by a nightmare!? Unsettling. Eventually back to sleep then up around 08:50. 19C in, 14C out. Grey and mizzley. . .walked Bgdns and eventually on down to the harbour to shelter from a heavy rain shower under the old fish market roof for quite a long while. . eventually back through town. Stopped at the local pet store to buy a 12.99, 15kg sack of dog food to struggle home with over my shoulder. . . drank the day off with some red wine before back to bed for a few hours . . . TVd . . . ate half a fruit pie, jaffa cakes, ham and mayo sandwiches, crisps and a little chocolate . . . to bed around 1am.
11 - Woke in the night almost being sick. Soon back to sleep then up around 08:40 headachey. 20C in, 19C out. Breezy and sunny. . . walked BGdns and sat around for quite a while, taking a picture or two of a fishing boat and HMS Severn just leaving the bay (after having managed to free her snagged anchor from the submerged wire off the end of the breakwater). .eventually headed on down to the harbour and ended up hanging around for ages taking fishing boat pictures. Sat under the old fish market roof for my coffee. A bunch of police cars went all rushing into the working harbour area all 'blues and twos' so I HAD to go back up to the viewing platform to see what was going on. At length it turned out to be yet another case of some fisherman having put some possibly unexploded ordnance in one of thier bins - although after an hour or so it appeared to turn out to be a false alarm/judged safe. . .back up to BGdns and eventually home after around five hours out again! . . . PCd pictures and posted a few to Faceook etc . . . guitarred/TVd . . .ate a cheap pack of meatballs with multiple bags of crisps, biscuits and half a fruit pie . . . to bed around 1am.
10 - Woke earlier, snoozed on then up around 9am (feeling tired-out and ready for more bed!)! 20C in, 19C out. Damp but sunny spells . . walked BGdns to sit around for ages before eventually in to the harbour to sit under the old fish market roof for my coffee. Watched a limbo dancer for a while

shopped for a few supplies and then straight home through town . . .PCd and uploaded a snip of the limbo video and some boat pictures to facebook . . . napped . . .TVd . . . ate half an apple pie, ham and mayo sandwiches, crisps, jaffa cakes and bowls of rice krispies. . .to bed around 1am.
9 - Woke earlier, snoozed on then up around 9am after only a few hours sleep. 21C in, 18C out. Grey . . . walked BGdns and then carried on down to the harbour. Sat near the old coastguard station for my coffee. Bella was treated to most of an ice cream by a passer by. .shopped for a few supplies and then straight home through town . . . ate two large sized toasted buttered crumpets with grated cheese on top followed by a banana . . . back to sleep . . .TVd the night off as mizzle fell outside. Didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of people over at the happenin from what I could hear. . ate biscuits, half an apple pie and then two buttered baps with a packet of oven heated chicken coujons . .Bella ate a 'reasonable' amount of tripe and biscuit . . . to bed around midnight.
8 - Woke earlier, snoozed on then up around 8:30am. 20C in, 18C out. Misty grey and breezy. . walked with bella across town to the vet to pay the outstanding 10 for her urine test. Carried on down to the harbour to sit and hang around for quite a while, taking the odd boat photo or two . . .

ate two ham, mayo and grated cheese baps with a couple of bags of crisps and a banana . . . napped until gone 6pm . . .briefly PCd and posted a few photos to the Brixham Fishing facebook page . . . DF called in for arguments, coffee and biscuits until around 10pm . . sat out front briefly listening to the music from the hapnin drifting across the valley. . . didn't feel tired (or 'right') and somehow TVd/PCd until daylight before eventually to bed.
7 - Poor broken sleep again, then up around 9am. 19C in, 17C out. Bright but mostly grey . . . walked BGdns and eventually on down to the harbour to sit under the old fish market for a while with my coffee, etc. Headachey and oh so tired. . . just leaving the harbour and I got hit all down my back by a seagull pooping! Just part of the territory living in such a place - **it happens, but first time I've been hit for ages. . . . laboriously emptied all the pockets on my body warmer and did laundry . . . ate a meat pastry slice, mini cheddars, crisps and a banana . . . slept the rest of the afternoon off until gone 6pm but woke with the same damned headache . . . TVd the night off drinking some red wine . . . ate jaffa cakes and a pack of oven heated chicken drumsticks. Bella didn't eat so much today and left much of the tripe/biscuit meal I put down for her . . . to bed just gone 1am.
6 - Dreadful 'night' of hardly any sleep at all for some reason. Just 'snoozed' for a couple of hours in total then up around 9:15am. 19C in, 17C out. Sunny spells. . did the usual morning 'medication thing' for both Bella and I, and then felt so knackered I tried just going straight back to bed! Couldn't sleep at all so ended up back up. . . walked BGdns quite late. Eventually carried on down around the harbour and out to the small park just past the end of the breakwater. Another blue sky sunny summers day. Eventually headed back and then back home through town, stopping to sit here and there along the way for Bella's benefit. . . ate two ham baps, mini cheddars and crisps . . . napped until around 6:30pm . . . drank wine and TVd the night off . . . ate a packet of jaffa cakes, an apple pie and some chocolate biscuits . . . Bella ate some frozen tripe and complete and overall ate a reasonable amount again today . . . to bed around 1am.
5 - Woke earlier, snoozed on then up around 8:30am. 19C in, 17C out. Sunny spells . . Mum called to touch base and let me know that Uncle C died last night. . . walked BGdns. Bella seemed to be acting particularly full of life and ok this morning. Sat around in the warmth for quite a while before eventually carrying on out towards the breakwater. Bella was acting so ok (even at some point ate all the complete dogfood I'd brought with me) , I even threw her ball on the main slipway near the lifeboat station and had her swim a little bit, before then heading up to sit for ages in the small nearby park. Eventually back to the harbour and then back up into Bgdns with plenty of sitting along the way, just to make sure Bella remained ok and didn't overdo things. Ended up being a full-on warm, blue-sky summers day. Most welcome. . Back via the store for a few supplies . . . ate two ham baps, mini cheddars, crisps and a banana . . .napped . . . TVd/guitarred/PCd another day off. . ate a whole mixed fruit pie and a little chocolate . . . didn't feel tired and somehow ended up not going to bed until deep into early with light in the sky. The ALB was out during all that time, towing a dismasted yacht back to safety.
4 - Woke earlier, snoozed on then up around 9:30am!!! 19C in, 17C out. Grey and mizzley . . .walked BGdns and just sat around for ages in the grey turning to light drizzle. Bella seemed quite ok again, so we eventually carried on down to the harbour and sat under the old fish market roof for quite a while (despite having forgotten to bring the coffee I'd made! ). Shopped for a few supplies on the way home through town. Stopped at a seat on the main road around half way home, just to let Bella have a rest and recover if she needed - although she really seemed ok. Even carried on straight up to Mums to drop off an apple pie I'd bought for her to try . . .ate a Mum donated very large pasty with crisps . . . napped until around 6pm . . .TVd another night off . . . Bella ate another good evening meal of exactly the same as yesterday - pork pie, stew etc. . . . I ate the last of the frosties, half a battenburg cake, a couple of kipling slices, a packet of mini meatballs and a little chocolate!! . . . to bed around 1:30am.
3 - Woke earlier headachey, snoozed on then up around 8:40am. 20C in, 13C out. Grey and mizzley . . .walked late and because Bella was really acting mostly 'ok', decided to risk slowly walking all the way to BGdns

breakwater . . . back to under the old fish market roof . . . back up to BGdns

. . .TVd . . .managed to persuade Bella to eat a 'reasonable' amount (for the first time in ages) by mixing up some of her complete biscuit with a chopped up pork pie and some of my stew. . . ate a bowl of stew with crisps and four pieces of bread and butter followed later by half a battenburg cake and some jaffa cakes. . . to bed before 1am.
2 - Woke earlier, snoozed on then up around 8:30am. 20C in, 18C out. Mostly sunny . . .walked up and down the lane with Bella and even played with her ball just a bit, because she was acting as though she had the energy to do so. . . did dish washing chores . . . Mum called in. Bella refused to eat the scotch egg Mum had brought as a treat . . . ate two small sausage rolls, crisps, mini cheddars, banana and jaffa cakes . . . napped . . . TVd . .Bella ate four chicken drumsticks . . . .ate jaffa cakes, multiple bowls of creamy frosties and a small bowl of stew . . .to bed around 1am.
1 - Woke earlier, snoozed on then up around 7:45am. 19C in, 16C out. Grey with occasional sunny spells. . .slowly walked with Bella to the nearby store for a few supplies. Hard to tell but I got the impression she was acting just a little 'stronger' this morning. She seemed to manage the short walk to the store and back without too much trouble at all. Detoured a few yards on the way back to study the timetables on a couple of nearby bus stops.

cut my hair and beard etc . . . TVd/PCd . . drank a glass of red wine . . cooked up a large pot of beef-mince and mixed veg stew. . ate a couple of finger rolls with turkey slices and mayo with crisps . . . managed to persuade Bella to eat a little stew and a couple of chicken drumsticks. . . DF called in for arguments until around 10:30pm . . .ate the last small piece of apple pie and a little chocolate . . to bed around 1am.
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