And So The Story Ends

Good Morning World and thanks for tuning in to the penultimate post day here on Planet Magnet. After this post there will be only one more and that won’t be for a couple of weeks as I tell the story of my walk along Britain’s oldest Road.

That means this is post number 499!


Quite an incredible feat but one that I suppose I am quite proud to have achieved.

I have always said that I would share my life with you guys for the next 499 posts, after which I would walk the Ridgeway for the Charity HENRY and make my 500th and final post about that very walk.

It is hard to consider the person I was when I started out on the journey. Some people don’t even recognise me as I have changed so much physically, others don’t recognise me because I have changed so much mentally.

Regardless of which is more significant I think we must all agree that since my surgery and subsequent life change, this person…

Back Camera

With My Mum!

Is no longer anything like this person….


If we consider way back when I started this little blog after advice to do so, I was incredibly unfit, unhappy, lonely, I was letting life pass me by and I was disengaged.

No more though.

What a difference 18mths and the help and support of medical professionals and all of you guys here on Word Press who come to read my words every day. Some of you read quietly and fly under the radar and some of you read and comment and encourage. Regardless of which camp you fall into, I appreciate you all so very very much and I thank you all very much from the bottom of my heart.

You guys have made the incredible challenge of 499 posts a possibility and I am so happy that I have completed what I set out to do I think all I need do now is wish myself Bon Voyage, Bon Chance and Bon Temps for the next week of walking. You will be able to follow my updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…..

So until I write and publish the story of my walk, I shall leave you with these words from T.S Elliots Little Gidding (pointed TO me by Osyth from Half Baked in Paradise but here mixed up by ME) and hopefully they will sum up all I have been trying to say…

“To make an end is to make a beginning so always remember last years thoughts belong to last years language whereas next years words await another voice”

So ’till the last time,

Stay out of the fridge.

P.S. Don’t forget to follow this link and donate to my just giving page.

Here Comes Another Winter, Waiting For Eutopia.

Waiting For Hell To Freeze Over*

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here in Planet Magnet. I trust all is well in your world and that the week is barrelling along nicely for you. Here in the U.K, the rain is back (what else!) after five days of sunshine, so having had our summer I figure we start preparing for the winter to come… 😉

Only joking on that font guys, however, Heartland by The, The seemed like the perfect lyric to use given that when yesterday I spoke to a friend of mine (The Chimp from The Lonely Author) he suggested I write what my Eutopia might look like given that I am now over a year past my surgery date and the fact my life has changed so dramatically in that short period of time. That I have become such a different man over the past several years of trials and tribulations. That I am still scared and excited in equal measure of what is to come in my life. That I am surrounded by more love in my life than I have experienced for a long time, yet I feel lonely on a daily basis.

Now I should put a warning here, because if any of you are not in the mood for my truth then I suggest you stop reading now, plus it is nearly 2000 words long so you might struggle a little looking for a quick read….

I am always honest with this blog yet I do confess that am still selective about what I write and today I write exactly how I feel and make no apologies for it.

So where was I? Oh yes, my own Eutopia. Or put quite simply, where would my ideal life be at this moment in time?

I know it might sound fatuous to do such a thing but it is in our dreams that we create our future (or some semblance of it) and it is only by daring to dream do we ever achieve our ability to move on.

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Well The Working Week Is Over.

Morning world and welcome to the weekend.

Saturday is here and we can all do what we want. I choose today to go to my second Tai Chi lesson and learn.

Unfortunately most of my working week was taken up with illness and building furniture so not much in the way of writing was accomplished even though I had promised myself that I would get cracking on the outstanding projects. They will now wait until Monday to come around again because it appears that I am fairly worn out after a week that when I was well enough to be busy, found my time was consumed in some shape or form by furniture…!

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Here Comes The Rain Again

Well you can tell we must soon be approaching the summer here in the UK because the rain has started in earnest and we are once again dodging rain-showers like the professional rain-shower dodgers our nation is. Trust me, a few summers over here and you would all be as professional as we are.

The rain is a pain (to state the obvious), it stops the enjoyment to be had from walking and makes you check the weather forecast each morning to look for the optimal shower free window in which to walk the pooch and get the requisite exercise. The problem with this is that when there is so much more to do than just fit the dog’s walk into the day, it becomes something of a chore because everything else has to either be jiggled around or cancelled completely and as we know, sometimes this is not an option.

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The Sun Has Got His Hat On!

Hip, Hip, Hip Hooray!

Oh yes ladies and gentlemen of the internet, the sun has got his hat on where I live and it is glorious!

It makes life seem so much more enjoyable.

Everything becomes less of a chore and much more achievable and all that has happened is the dark clouds have drifted apart to reveal a sunshine hidden for too long.

When the sun comes out we get a spring in our step, we get some extra motivation and it improves almost everyone’s mood by at least ten fold.  I know from personal experience I am far more likely to be in a much more upbeat mood if I see the sun shining in a brilliant blue sky. I am far more likely to move about the apartment and tidy up, far more likely to put a wash on and far more likely to leave the sanctity of my own four walls.

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