Train set...

by The Squirrell 1. October 2014 22:41

My little boy asked me the other day...

 

"Daddy... When I am a big boy and 3, please can I

have a big boys model railway?....I would LOVE one..."

 

So in true "Typical Matt" fashion, I vowed to make the dream a reality...

 

(....And managed to talk my Dad into building one, if I supplied the parts

and £ !!)

 

We have combined talents and created him a wonderful little layout for

Christmas, but keep beady eyes and inquisitive fingers off and out of

the garage / Train shed has been HARD !!...

 

 

 

I hope he likes it !!...

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Goodwood Revival

by The Squirrell 15. September 2014 21:38

Dad and I took ourselves off to the famed

Goodwood revival race meeting this weekend.

 

Sadly I have an AWFUL chest infection, so am out of breath,

lethargic, and really LOW. But I dragged my sorry a*se out 

of bed and loaded up the motorhome and we left thursday

afternoon (intending to stay until Monday to see it all !!)


"Typical Matt" it was all a bit improvised, and less than organised,

but we got our tickets sorted, camping site booked, food stashed,

and off we trotted!

 

After 2 days at it, I threw in the towel and we came

home Sundayas I just couldn't breath, and the walking

was going to put to much strain on my poor old ticker

I felt...(No point getting this far post TX and kicking

the bucket just to see a few extra cars?!!)

 

It was an AMAZING weekend though with some AMAZING cars

to behold.

 

The costumes people wore were almost as impressive! I had a suit

for every day and got a lot of laughs and pictures taken of me !


(Not sure if it was people laughing WITH me or

laughing AT me though?!)

 

Either way I don't care!!

 

Here are just a few pics to give you an idea of what went on...

 

:-)

 

 

 

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Honda...

by The Squirrell 4. September 2014 23:25

Sold the Black bike...

 

Been keeping fit, wrestling this bad boy!

 

:-)

 

 

(Lovely thing, would recomend any bikers amongst you

to try one!)

 

 

My fantastic helper "Helps" me warm it up, and sometime

he "Rides" it up the drive a few feet!!

 

;-)

 

 

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Chester....

by The Squirrell 28. August 2014 00:48

I planned and booked a "surprise" trip to Chester

for Jane.

 

A wonderful city and area in my opinion. We had a

lovely few days there, and I even managed to get her

a "behind the scenes" opportunity to spend time with all

Chester Zoos elephants!

 

My health has been bad, due to a "bug" which has hit me hard.

My suppressed immune system cannot cope with things like it

did, so these bugs hit hard and fast, and it knocks it out of me

a bit, so walking round Chester/Zoo etc was hard going, (BUT ultimately

worth it !)

 

 

 

......Life's there to be lived !!

 

Carpe Diem !!!

 

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Dover....

by The Squirrell 18. August 2014 00:36

My Jane has family in Dover, so we decided to

pay them an overdue visit!!

 

We took in the "Sights" and my heart climbed ALL the steps

to Dover castles main"Keep" !!

 

(Thinks...) 

"Keep on ticking please ticker, we are almost at the top!!"

 

A lovely few days with the family. (And an excuse for Hotel bed bouncing!)

 

 

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Steam day !

by The Squirrell 15. August 2014 23:27

Today the Lad and I went on a "Boys Adventure"!

(And Grampy to!)

 

We did it in "Typical Matt" style, with no prior planning

or organisation skill !........ A spontaneous decision over

his and I's our toast this morning!!

 

He is fascinated with anything steam, so we found a posh

bakers, packed a picnic and found a steam railway to

spend the day with (and ON!)

 

Was a lovely sunny day, relaxing with my 2 favourite chaps!

 

(On the way home Grampy was instructed "Don't let him nap

on the way home.... Or he won't go to bed tonight!".... See the last picture!)

 

 

 

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Steam Fair...

by The Squirrell 9. August 2014 00:08

The lad and I went to a steam rally and modelers 

show over the course of this weekend !!


(My heart propelled me a treat, and stood up to the many

mile we walked, and carried the boy !!)

 

We both satisfied our appetites for anything

mechanical (despite its scale!!)

 

You have to admire the guys who devote many hours (and ££!)

to keeping our mechanical and social history alive AND running!!

 

See what you think...

 

(Bear in mind these are all hobbyists, working out of sheds at home?!!)

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Donkeys....

by The Squirrell 5. August 2014 23:57

Today I introduced the lad to Donkeys!

 

I am eager to get him "Up close" to as many experiences

as possible (Within reason - ie; NO to skydiving!) and

to as many Animals as possible so he learns to

respect them, and not be scared (Unduly) of them.

 

I was very proud Dad as he showed respect, care, kindness,

and appropriate assertiveness all day.

 

Big thanks to Eiss for allowing him the free run of her Donkeys!!

 

(Also note the Helmet I chose to buy him! - Gotta love Joey Dunlop!!)

 

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Gotta Love the UK weather....

by The Squirrell 4. August 2014 23:51

"Tried" to go clay shooting today....

 

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Boys Night....

by The Squirrell 19. July 2014 23:39

After a prolonged absence from some of

my oldest friends, I decided to remedy this

with a "Boys Night" !

 

(Jane signed off the AWOL form and it was ON !!)


After a "Typically Matt" somewhat chaotic dash around

the event was on and building momentum!!

 

I set up a gazebo in the garden (We all know why!!!)

made suitable food and drink arrangements and

invited a few beloved friends for food, chatter, (And a

"Cheeky Sherry" or 2 !)

 

;-)

 

It was a lovely, chilled, evening, tainted with a pang of

empathy for my donor, his friends, and loved ones, who

will no longer be able to boast a similar experience...

 

We toasted my donor, and all held a dignified and respectful

moment to give thanks for our lives, loved ones, and for the 

rekindled laughter of old....

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About Matt.

My name's Matt. I was born with a congenital heart defect which hampered me in my youth, and sadly became a terminal conditon recently, and beyond the (amazing) care of the BRI-Bristol Heart team.

In 2008, my condition deteriorated, to a point I was happy to see Xmas 2008. I had prepared to die.

Then in January 2009, a late night phone call from QEH-Hospital Birmingham changed my world, when they offered me a heart transplant, if I could get there pronto!!

6 months on, after a rocky start, I am still alive, thanks to them!

Read on to see how my new life is taking shape, and my adventures to date!....

 

Matt.

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