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Wednesday, 3 November 2021

WOYWW 648 - Check in time again

In a variation the wise words of our Julia..

         Its kinda all about me! 

And that is exactly what I have needed, so, since I last touched base with you all, a few things have happened, I kind off broke again for a bit, some touching things, and a personal goal realised. 

I have layers and walls like most, and sometimes, unintentionally, they come down.

Work has been a great distraction, but next to family, music has been what has been getting me through those dark moments, favourite us songs, are now reserved to when I can process them, these songs I let-in when I can handle them.
To add context,  a verse from my favourite song of all time.

Its too late to be there
When a life is lost, It brings you to your knees
And I need a moment, to gather my thoughts
About our loss
How Indescribable it seems to be.

This song is 'Nova' by the band 'The Fallen State', one of the songs played at Sharon's funeral service.

The all about me bit :) 

So, for those that have not been following on social media, or missed the last couple of posts, or forgot, its a thing I do it all the time, so I had been taking motorcycle lessons. 

Long story very sort, Shaz refused to go the back of a bike with 2 wheels, I had one for a couple of years before we got together and I felt it time to get a full licence, so, there was 4 things you needed to accomplish in order to gain a full license. 
CBT, Theory test, Module 1 & Module 2.

It was the dreaded Module 1 that I was hung up on as I kept putting my foot down, well I managed to pass that on the 29th of September with just one minor fault picked up, 1km/h below the required speed limit for the avoidance test.

Well Monday this week (01/11/2021) I had my module 2 and I only went and passed it first time, and yes I am immensely proud of myself for doing so too :) 

Happy hublet

So a huge shout out to RMT motorcycle training in Redditch for their patience and training.

So back to the music, and the later bit.

The music scene like many others have been struggling over the last 2 years, so the first chance of supporting them and going back to concerts I was all for it, with the aforementioned band being top of the list, although a couple of concerts have been had before the one mentioned below.

Sunday night, the day before my mod 2 bike test, the band 'The fallen State' was playing about an hour away in Cannock, it was the last gig of the tour, I had bought tickets for the family to attend and attend most did, some had the dreaded lurgy (I still have man flu, I kinda forgot to mention that bit, I am still very much full of flu) but 6 of us poured in.

So 4 bands played that night, all for just a TENNER! with the fallen state headlining, 3 songs from the end and the band slows things down, being at the front i can see the set list, and know what song they are about to play next, I have a lump in my throat and dry mouth already.
Then Adam (the lead singer) dedicates the song to Shaz and another that is a local to Cannock, you see, ever since we first saw them as support we connected with the band and the music, so they too where close to us both. 

A thank you goes out to Rae Robinson for taking the video and for allowing me to use it.

With mobiles phones out with the torch's on we all song our hearts out, and me right at the front doing the same, but with tears streaming down my face.

You will see in the video my younger brother made his way to the front to pop an arm around me,
Love you bro, it only broke me a little I promise x 

With Halloween just gone, it would be rude not to share a picture of our Shaz at the Halloween crop from 2015

Head over to our  Julia's for the latest gossip and desk goodness over at the stamping ground 

And finally....


Helen said...

Well done on the bike test, now just take care!! great footage of the concert, and as I said on FB, what a lovely touch to dedicate the song to Shaz. Hugs to you. Helen'#3

Annie said...

I was so thrilled to hear you'd passed your bike test Doug....well done you. You will have good days and bad days but do your best to focus on the good and enjoy all the things that make your smile.
Annie x #8

Mary Anne said...

Congrats on passing your test, and sorry about the man-flu. The sounds just the ticket - a night out with family listening to your kinda music can only raise your spirits. And lovely to Shaz in her native garb LOL! Who can help but think of her during this season? I always do. And Wine? yes please!

Mary Anne (1)

BJ said...

Well Done on the Bike test, go you. BJ#15

Lunch Lady Jan said...

How everyone reacts tog Reid is so different and it’s not surprising that you got some major fallout - I am just grateful that you have close family around you who have helped enormously. That is worth more than any trillions of £££. So I’m chuffed for you that you passed the motorbike test, absolutely blooming brilliant, and that the concert was so moving too. Well done mate.
Hugs from me and Gordon
LLJ 5 xxx

The Hardy Stamper said...

Thanks for sharing the video Doug. The lyrics to Nova are very poignant and moving. Huge congratulations on passing your motorbike test too. I love the photo of Shaz with that lovely smile. xxx

Twiglet said...

I wonder how many = like me = nearly pressed that wine button!! Brilliant news on your bike test - what an achievement. Lovely tribute and stunning photo of the beautiful Shaz - she will always be with us Doug and I am sure she would be singing along to the band. xx Jo

Neet said...

Congratulations on the bike test - you look chuffed to little mint balls on that photograph, and rightly so. Good to see you achieving something that made you happy.
Take care of yourself with that flu - it can turn nasty if you do't look after yourself.
Hugs, Neet 12 xx

Shoshi said...

Congratulations on passing your bike test, Doug. Shaz would be proud of you. I'm glad you got to the concert too, even if it was bitter sweet. As for the funny, my computer never offers me wine lol!

Shoshi x #18

Sarah Brennan said...

Well done on passing module 2 first time Doug. Watched the video and was so moved. Great lyrics and so good to have it dedicated to SHaz (and Tony). Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #4

Spyder said...

Well done on getting your test done! I passed mine first time, years ago, hubby took 3 times! And I hadn't riden a bike in years! Great Video. Good to see you're still going forward.Shaz will be proud! Keep Strong, stay safe! Happy WOYWW ((Lyn))#24

Caro said...

I was so thrilled to read that you managed to pass the bike test first time. Well done and enjoy the fun of the ride. How wonderful to dedicate the song to Shaz, so special. Happy Belated WOYWW. Take care and stay safe. With love & God bless, Caro xxx (#16)

Julia Dunnit said...

The power of music is amazing, to comfort and remind, and even when it’s hard and hurts, it’s still almost necessary to go through it. Love that The Fallen State made that gesture, sure does mean so much when people know the road you’re walking. Brilliant news on the bike test, I think the pic says it all! It’s a complicated business isn’t it, getting a bike license. I had no idea. Hope the flu is easing off by now, hate having to function when you feel grotty, but it sure is making the rounds. Take care. Loving the updates, sad, high, whatever!

Kathyk said...

Congrats on the bike test success, Doug, glad to hear you enjoyed the live music opportunity too and TFS the great pic of Shaz too


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