Monday 29th August 2016

Hi again all, what a fabulous day its today, sunshine, no wind, warm. Well we did go to the Great Dorset Steam fair yesterday, but the weather wasn’t quite so good to start with, heavy drizzle and overcast, however, that cleared quite quickly and we had a lovely, but long day day.

It was the first time that we had been for quite a while, and it was certainly smaller than it used to be, or it felt it. The steamers were still there in large numbers but things like the market area had reduced in size and quality!! 😀 As I have a lack of energy these days, everyone from the doctors to Sam and Laura tell me that I need to use my energy where I need it, so the girls hired me a 4 wheel drive buggy for the day, WOW that was fun!!!!! It is only when you are in a wheel chair that you realise how rude people are to the disabled, you somehow become ……….. invisible 😀😀.  A lot of people just stand in the way, or say “sorry, I didn’t see you”, many not even saying sorry!!!!! Anyway, my challenge for the day was to see how many of these rude people I could interact with 😀, I tried to be polite, saying “excuse me” but somehow they became deaf, others needed a little push!!!!!

Anyway, we had a really good day despite that, driving the buggy really was fun and it made life so much easier to get around for all of us. the day passed really quickly, it was nice to see all the showman engines, the working traction engines and all the old vehicles, far too much to see in a day. We had to have the buggy back for 5pm, and that time came around all too quickly, we took it back and then we pondered on what to do to finish the day. There were fireworks in Weymouth bay in the evening, which was an option and the showman engines all get lit up in the evening, a sight not to be missed. Sooooooo we decided to have an extra long day, silly but it would be worth it.

We decided to go home and have a little break or snooze, go down to see the fireworks which were at 9.30, once these were over we would go back to the Dorset Steam Fair to see everything lit up. We got to Weymouth bay at about 9,28pm, great timing watch a lovely firework display, a friend of mine, Roly, was doing them, it made a change to actually see them as in the past I was normally setting them off. At about 9.45pm we set off for the steam fair, we arrived there at about 10.30 ish, from a distance the fair looked fabulous and I was looking forward to seeing things close up close. We only had the push wheel chair and as everything was uphill, I decided to walk to the show ground. It was a bit exhausting, but I need to be able to walk as well, I need to  do this, bits of both, otherwise if you don’t use it you lose it as they say!!!!! 😀

imageThe scene was amazing when everything was lit up, the showman’s engines all lit up and working away, people chatting to the owners, taking photos and more than likely having a “pint” in hand. The atmosphere was just fabulous, something not to be missed, I’m so glad that we went back to see it. We had to join in and Laura had a half of cider and I shared a half of hot mulled cider with Sam, it was lovely. At midnight there was going to be a mass blowing of whistles from the engines, sadly, I was far too tired to stay on and we made out way back to the car park just after 11pm, Sam and Laura did try to push me back in the wheel chair but after about the 10th time of me almost being thrown out 😀, I decided that it was safer to walk back to the car!!!!

All in all in was a fantastic day, something I hope I will get to do again, only time will tell that!!!

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