Hello Out There! It has been a While

Last Update: June 10, 2020

Well Hello EVERYONE out there in the lovely WA multiverse. How are you all doing?

It has been ages since I posted here on WA and in fact I have not logged on for over a month.

Lock Down has been a very strange time for me in the UK. I have had my usual mixture of illness and work.

I am furloughed off from my actual day job until at least JULY which came as a bit of a shock to my system. Of course my wife saw this as an opportunity to give me loads of work to do.

I have completely painted the outside of the house and then removed and replaced all the decking at the rear of my garden. It is fair to say I have been busy.

I lost my dog kidney Disease back in March and this knocked me a bit because, he was my best friend.

Last week I actually rescued a new dog through Kent Greyhound Rescue.


His Name is Podge and he was part of a pair of brother who were bred to race. He is pictured here with my youngest son Sam. I don't know what happened to them but, both brothers had their rear legs Broken at the Hock. Podge is with me now and his operation was quite simple. Unfortunately this was not the case for Rodge as his injury was much worse and the operation cost £3500 to fix his leg and he will need expensive ongoing treatment. If, you want to donate to his care then there is a link on my pet site.

It Is Strange

I always find it odd. The reasons that we used to stop us from being productive. Over the last year I have given out much advice and support to all of my friends and contacts on WA and yet I still let life steer me away from my goal. Before, I knew it I went from 3 posts a day to 1 every couple of weeks.

I am normally a very positive person

This is very true I am normally a live wire who gets things done but, this year kind of ripped the world away from me.

Hopefully you have all found ways to stay positive and keep working.

I have a MTB Site

You may be aware that my main niche is MTB and my website is now getting over 100 hits each month. As I was off work I decided to do something that I had never done before and build myself a bike from scratch.

This bike may not look like much to the uneducated eye but, it is very special. This is a steel framed DM trailstar and it has lots of custom parts. It goes very fast over rough terrain and I was so proud of myself for building it from frame up. I now almost have enough spares to build another bike.

It is nuts how much time and money I have invested in this bike. I stuck with a hard tail frame as I am very heavy and I love the rough ride.

Although I have not been on WA for a while, I have been there in the background working hard on all of my projects.

Keep your eye on the Prize

It is very important that we keep our goals in sight. We nee to aim and know what we intend to do. Hopefully I can now start to concentrate on my online business and maybe even drop a few posts on here as well.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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Mark1957 Premium
Hey Mark, after reading your post I just had to go and scroll through your blogs to read the one about you losing Dasher.
It's obvious you love(d) him and I'm so sorry for your loss. We've been through it a few times over the years and it's always a dreadful time.
My Jack Russell, Ruby, is 10 now and though she's still a little fire cracker I dread the day when we lose her.
We've had Bedlington/Greyhound crosses before and they're lovely dogs so well done on going down the rescue route. Personally I don't understand the idea of paying thousands for designer breeds when the rescue shelters are full of pups looking for a home.
Oh, and welcome back to the platform...here's to chatting more again.
Cheers mate, have a great day!
Mark
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mstewardit Premium
I agree. We should rescue when we can. Every dog I have had even as a child was a rescue dog of some kind. They play a massive part of our lives.

Cheers

Mark
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Mark1957 Premium
Us too Mark, I'd much rather make a donation to the rescue centre alongside paying their fees than line breeders' pockets.
Mark
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Welcome back, Mark! I have spoken with a few others here about your absence in private and we were hoping you didn't catch COVID-19 or worse! Yes, life has thrown all of us a bit of course, but I'm glad to see you have righted the ship and are getting on with things!

Jeff
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mstewardit Premium
Well Mr Jeff. My friend was really bad and we know of many who have not made it. We think we had Covid but Luckily mine was very mild.

I just stopped for a while and I don't know why. Hopefully I can get cracking on WA and my sites again.

Always great to hear from you.

Cheers

Mark
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JeffreyBrown Premium
I hope so, Mark, you are truly an inspiration!

Jeff
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Linda103 Premium
Welcome back Mark. I think lockdown affects us all in different ways. Does sound as though you have been busy though.
Building a bike from scratch sounds like a major task, besides house painting and renewing decking, not to mention another dog.
With everything else done now you are clear to get back to your sites and WA.
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mstewardit Premium
Hopefully I can get my head back in the game. I am having trouble with concentration at the moment which is part of my condition. I will knock out some WA blogs to get back in practice.

Good to hear from you.

Mark
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JrzyGrlBJ Premium
Mark,
It's great to see you back on the platform again. Jeff and I were wondering what happened to you.

Welcome to Rodge and Poge! It is a noble thing you did to 1) take both dogs and not leave one behind and 2) take them with their injuries. Most people would not do this. They just wouldn't accept the responsibility or the cost involved. I tip my hat and my ❤❤ to you for doing the selfless thing.

Welcome back to WA World!

Barbara
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Well said, Sis!
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mstewardit Premium
Unfortunately I only have Podge. The Charity would not let me take Rodge because of his injury being to bad. He went to a foster Mother who is nursing him. She has fallen in love with him and she sent me a message sayig she will keep him. We are going to meet up with the dogs later on. I am fund raising for the Charity as they are picking up the costs for both injuries.

These two 1 year OLD pups are only just learning to be pets.

Great to hear from you..

Mark
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JrzyGrlBJ Premium
That's still very good of you.

Love to Poge from Wingman Chance. Hope he gets better soon.

Barbara
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gnoose Premium
Uh-Oh! He's Ba-ack!

Mark, welcome back my friend, your presence was sorely missed.

Tough times to be sure, and it's understandable about your absence. I truly am glad to hear from you and that you are well.

I'm sorry for your loss, but glad that you rescued a loving soul. Podge is beautiful and I know that two hearts have come together. Your bike looks great! Not all gems are diamonds, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Good job on a super bike.

Stay well my friend. Nice to have you back
Greg
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mstewardit Premium
Great to hear from you my friend. Times have indeed been tough. Things can only get better.

Mark
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