Friday, 19 September 2014

Matt from Thanet Star

Just spent the most of this afternoon with Matt from ThanetStar  trying to sort out my wordpress website . We failed, I aim to build a website with a wordpress plugin but it proved to be more of mission than either of us had anticipated. I have known Matt via the Internet for all the time I have been blogging about five years but we have only just got to spend time together recently. His Thanet  Star blog is one of the original news blogs for the area . It never fails to amaze me how little I know about websites compared to people  who know whats what. But even  a seasoned Pro like Matt was unable to sort things out  for me. Back to the drawing board for me

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

West Bay Bacon Sandwiches

Mid morning it was by the time had been in the shower and finished my bathing. To late for breakfast to early for lunch. Being such a nice day we decided on eating at the snack bar at Pegwell. Nothing against eating indoors but being in the wheelchair makes me very self conscious so late last year we decided against it except in extreme circumstances. We drove through to Pegwell only to find the snack van not there. This sort of ruined the plan's!
After fifty seconds of debate we settled on West Bay cafe. Nice sea or beach view sheltered and if you get the right spot it is a wonderful Sun trap. The tide was fully in so a sea view, we passed a dozen or so Turnstones sitting on the edge of the prom waiting for the tide to recede so they could carry on feeding along the now water covered shore.
There was a fair crowd seated outside the cafe. People doing crosswords and others debating with their mates. A couple of builders grabbing a late breakfast and then us. We bagged a table in the sunny corner and Heather  parked my by a wobbly table and went into order. She returned with two steaming hot milky coffees and inspected the now steady table. I may be in a wheelchair but I can manoeuvre an obstinate table into submission.
The bacon sarnies turned up and very nice they were too. The only downside was cheap super market white bread but that didn't stop them disappearing toot sweet. Having finished we had a stroll along the prom towards Westgate. We got as far as rounding the headland and decided to turn back, the chalk cliffs had been sheltering us from the breeze and although we had packed cardigans in the car we hadn't thought to bring them with us. I had only managed to count eight ships so on the journey home we came along the sea road and we increased the total count to thirteen and one of those was a magnificent three master which when I returned home I discovered was heading to London. I will post some information about it but this is being posted from my kindle and the stuff I want is on the laptop. I am wrapping up now to get some shut eye.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Dreamland on television BBC news

Great to see Margate and Dreamland on the news tonight. I am not sure I hold out much hope of Dreamland being reopened for next year  but they say it will be so who am I to argue. The rides they have refurbished look good so we will be in for a treat when it is all ready click here to see the rides being restored

UKIP Thanet South and my Sandwich Walk

Red Cow Pub from Market Car Park

The Butts

pretty view

We went for a walk yesterday, I use the term walk loosley as I am in a wheelchair  so I was pushed and Heather the one doing the pushing. The walk was in Sandwich which is not high on my list of disabled friendly destinations. I have encountered more dropped curbs on but no dropped curbs off in Sandwich than anywhere else. So if any local town planners reading this please note what goes on a dropped curb must come off a dropped curb. Sandwich will be and is in Thanet South and in all probability be Nigel Farrages seat after the next election. Having now been a Thanet resident for over thirty years and spent part of that time living in Thanet South I was surprised at how large the area is on the map.
Map taken from one of Michael Childs blog Posts

My usual haunt in Sandwich is along the Quay and the wonderful walks out over the marshes. If anyone from the council reading this any chance of cutting back some of the overhanging branches and trimming the errant stinging nettles (ouch). I have often posted about our walks and family picnics in that area near the Secret Gardens, such a silly name ask anyone in Sandwich where they are and they explain in great detail. Worst kept secret ever if you ask me!
This visit we parked in the Market car park and headed past the Red Cow Pub and eventually ended up on the Buttsand we walked from the middle to both ends. It was a walk I had never done before and I wish I had. I knew about the existance of the Butts from previous visits but had never walked along the beautiful area until yesterday. The Butts form part of the medieval protection and boundry of the Cinque Port of Sandwich. I am not going to write the history of Sandwich here other than to say the Butts were where archers went to practice shooting long bows and that is how the walk we took got its name.
I had my camera and Heather kept stopping for me to get the ideal shot of something or another. I must say the childrens play area by the cricket club was busy with skate boarders on proper facilities, knock knock TDC where are our two new skate parks. Yesterday was great, we managed to find a new walk one we will be doing again and I had someone with me able to help negotiate the lack of dropped curbs, I would have been miffed having to turn round and go all the way back. I have in the past on Sandwiches narrow pavements had to reverse for what seemed miles to get back to a dropped curb I had got onto the pavement from, GRRRR. Town Planners please think about us wheelchair users.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

sea mist

I had a hospital appointment today so on the way to Canterbury we drove from Zion place along the seafront. This enabled me a chance to test my ships theory. And on this occasion my theory was proved wrong, I couldn't see that we'll as there was a sea mist on the horizon but I did manage to count seven ships their short of my theoretical number of ten. I counted again on the return journey but it was still only seven. When I logged on I had a look at marine traffic dot com and saw that there was loads of vessels out there hidden by the mist. Margate sea front had been busy  and there was several people in swimming when we got back to Margate at five o'clock. I am now exhausted after an eventful day so good luck to all I am going to sleep.