Traffico3 added a topic in Practice ForumLong time agoLong time ago. Well that's true. How true the saying, 'time flies'. I used to be a regular contributor to this site. Mark. Might I compliment you for having kept it going and at the same time improving. I raise my hat to you, Sir.
I was really shocked when typing in the header to this forum, I found that I was still signed in. Looking around. I note, Maurice is still with us. Artists Rifles and perhaps many more old friends. Dave Elcome was a friend. Would be nice to hear from him again.
Please believe me when I say, I am not looking for sympathy. No violins etc. Since losing my wife. 9.6.2010 I have often thought about getting another caravan. However as some will understand. Heartfelt memories take a long time to fade. Then there is the vast hike in storage costs, add to this the daily campsite cost.
The New Forest has always been my dream. However, take a look at the cost per night. Since the forest has been deemed a national park, the greedy hands have come forth.
Friends. It is truly great to still be able to chat with folk like you. Thank you. Mike.
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Traffico3 added a topic in Touring and TentingJust a friendly Hello!Hi Folks.
Seems ages since I last logged onto the site. Probably due to the fact that I no longer have a caravan.
My youngest daughter Amanda, took me down to visit the eldest daughter, Kerry and her family, the other weekend. The grandson, Josh. Is into British Cycling. He had some meet at Cowshot, not far fro East Boldere in the New Forest, where Kerry and family live.
It was strange. As soon as we left the Marchwood road, and began to cross the heathland toward Beaulieu estate. Memories began to fill my mind. Yes, the forest held many memories along with many friendships, that Val and I had built up over the years.
My first ever visit to the enchanted forest, was just before I left school in 1954. WOW! Even I didn't realise it was that long ago. In time, I met Val. Truly love at first sight. We married in Sept. '61. Each year we visited the forest. Until the summer of 2009. Our son-in-law used to tow the caravan back to Mrs. Stevens storage farm. This time, Val handed the keys to James and said. It's all yours. We won't be needing it anymore. That was around September 2009. Sadly in June 2010, Val failed to regain consciousness from major heart surgery. Suddenly fifty wonderful years came to an end.
During our caravannig holidays in the forest. Many spent at Roundhills. We made some good friends. Sad to say. One couple. He was a Lt. Col. Retd. and his wife was a former Teacher with MA degree. She passed away, and the next season. Allan was really missing her. They and the family came down each year, from Huddersfield. The rest can be read in the archives. There was also a husband and wife team fom Jersey or Gurnsey. Her nickname was, geety, I think.
It was surprising to find many service personnel camping. There we made new friends. Having left Roundhills, due to a very nasty woman camper. We found a spot at Bull Hill. Only around eight vans. Here I we made friends with an elderl couple. He and I immediately hit it off. He was I believe a Professor in Natural History. Right up my street. He'd been surching for fungi. He mentioned that he was rewriting or updating the natural history record on fungi.
OK. I used to be a traffic cop. Sadly health caused a career change. I the resorted to my trade as as a horticulturist, with deep interest in natural history. Then in 1984, government cutbacks etc. 'Tarzan' Mr Hestletine decided that my post with the MOD, could go. Thankfully, I managed to leave on medical grounds. Having recent recovered from a spell of sick leave. I was diagnosed with having gross degenerative disease of the spine. Hey ho! although not much. The old pension has come in handy.
Please forgive me, if this tale has bored you. Perhaps upon recollection. All those memories, over many years. Yes. My friends. Even memories made and cultured outside the tent or caravan. Those memories are worth their weight in gold.
Thanks for listening. Please feel free to get in touch.
Let's hope the rain soon stops, and you can carry on camping.
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