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.

Looking Back Over My Shoulder Pt5

Good Morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet.

It’s Friday!

Woo Hoo!

Yep, the weekend is nearly upon us and here in the UK we are expecting a bit of a corker weather wise so I shall be looking forward to getting out and about and soaking up as much warmth and brightness as the weekend will offer.

However, back to today and it is time to take you on the next part of the journey around the world. Last week I believe I left you in a bar where I was attempting to get out of the oppressive heat and humidity of Darwin. Here I met all manner of characters, including one or two of the unsavoury variety who had left the UK amny years previously rather than face the music for certain transgressions against the authorities.

Enough said there I think!

Heading to the air conditioning of a bar was something I would do on a regular basis whilst in Darwin if only just to get out of the stifling heat, but because of this I was able to meet up with a couple of guys who were looking to go into Kakadoo National Park to get away from the humidity (it’s still hot no matter where you go!) Now over 20 years on I can no longer remember the guys names but I do remember they owned an old Datsun estate car that they were determined to drive it into the huge National Park and see what it was all about.
All of this was quite the adventure for a boy from a small town in Oxfordshire I can tell you. On the way we drove past Kangeroos, Koalas and MASSIVE Termite mounds.

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