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A walking stick, a pizza and new tiger stripes

Updated: Aug 11

My back locked up the other day. I had to walk to the local supermarket and back, bent double and only managing pigeon steps. It was awful and took ages. I felt like a crippled old man. I then resolved to get a walking stick. I tried calling the GP surgery. It took a few attempts, but eventually got through by the second day. I even managed to get an appointment! Unfortunately, the GP was unable to help, but suggested trying the Red Cross. I contacted them. They told me that I would have to buy one at a well known chainstore. I can’t afford to do that, so decided that I would forage for a stick and fashion one. Then I thought to ask the St. John ambulance lady who had helped before. A couple of days days later, I had a ‘phone call telling me that a walking stick had been sourced. The next day, Linda from Seaview brought it over to me. Since then, I’ve been fine. Typical. Still, at least I have a walking stick which I will no doubt employ before too long.


I had a lovely lady stop by. She said that she was on her way to the supermarket and asked if there was anything that I needed. I thanked her and said, “As it happens, I was just thinking about heading to the shop.” I gave her a small list and a means to pay. She refused to accept any money and insisted that she wished to cover the cost.


Later, a couple of lads stopped by asking whether I would like a pizza. It was a beautiful hand-made pizza and delicious.


I managed to give myself a black eye by walking into the open window at the back of the caravan. The window was wide open as the weather was hot and still. In fact, everything was open! I was working on the tiger stripes and didn’t look where I was going. Dope!



It had taken a while to redo the stripes. As you will remember, I had rebuilt the damage to the rear of the caravan.* I redid the run off with fibre glass for a better finish, then primed and painted. I also repainted the orange on the back.



I next painted the tiger stripes.



Once I was happy with the new stripes I sanded back the woodwork and restained.



After that, all that was left was to clean the lights and reflectors.




*see entry Damage repair

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