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The Antics Of Worth And Gates 331/366

Tuesday was a repeat of Monday but with Gates painting the bannister instead of the front door. 

Worth still had the hiccups.

Smiles were in small supply. Worth decided he would seek a doctors appointment tomorrow. He needs to get the smiles back in through the front door asap.

Groovy Word of the day is “Bounder”.


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The Antics Of Worth And Gates 329/366

Gates dropped Duncan off at the train station and was lucky enough to be there at the same time as a double locomotive that was steaming through.

Unfortunately Worth had not felt well enough to go with them.

Gates came home on fire with excitement. She thought it was simply brilliant. If Gates could be a train driver she would be. In fact Gates’s excitement kind of upset Worth as he wanted to immediately whisk her her away for a meal on a train. He couldn’t and he suspected it was an adventure they would not share.

Next thing Worth got some visitors from Penketh Steve and Petra who were seeing family in Worcester so wanted to call and say hello. It was lovely seeing them and sharing our love of watches.

Not a bad day for Worth then considering he was feeling off colour.


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A Steam Powered Surprise at Malvern Station

I had heard from the Malvern History page on Facebook that a double headed steam train would be picking up travellers at Malvern Station on a day trip to Cardiff on Sunday morning. As this nicely coincided with taking my son Duncan to the station to return to London we arrived a little early to see it. Unfortunately Beastie was too poorly to come, so he stayed in bed while I was in charge of the pictures.

Duncan and I took a good position on the down platform to get a view along the line which is straight to Malvern Link. It was already 5 minutes late and we were chatting idly when suddenly I heard a distant chuff, on the edge of my hearing.

“It’s coming” I whispered tapping Duncan excitedly. We stopped talking and soon after, heard a faint train whistle as the train drew near to Malvern Link. We waited, spellbound, straining our eyes and ears for any sign of the train.

Then, there it was, at first sight just a swirl of steam and smoke in the far distance, getting ever closer as it stormed down the line towards Great Malvern. Then we saw its front light, then the engine itself. It blew its whistle again, just because it could. It had no need to attract attention to itself. 

Then all of a sudden it was rushing past. First the two engines with the drivers and stokers faces tinted orange by the roaring flames of the fire. Then the coaches. Lots of them. So many coaches that the engines were well out of the other end of the station, all steamed up and lit with table lamps and decorated with tinsel. Full of smiling faces looking forward to their shopping trip to Cardiff and maybe their silver service meal on the way home.

We rushed through the tunnel to try and get a better view from the other platform as the line curves to the right out of the station, as it heads towards the tunnel through the Malvern Hills and then out into Herefordshire. By then the next train to Birmingham had arrived and was massively spoiling the photo opportunities from this platform. This was in fact the train Duncan needed to catch so I left him briefly and tried in vain to get a picture of the engines but they were too far distant to be inspiring and also completely engulfed in steam. 

The whistle blew, doors slammed, the engines began to roar and bellow and the lovely train drew off. 

We had just enough time for a quick hug then Duncan too was on his way to London. 

I have had a hankering for a special train ride for a while and this just confirmed what I already felt. I admit, I am now a railway nut, officially. This has to be the single most exciting moment for me for some time, sad I know. If our circumstances were different and Adrian had been with me and said, “Come on, get aboard. This is your Christmas present” I would have been delighted. 

We might have to go back this evening and see it again.


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The Antics Of Worth and Gates 328/366

Worth was less than a 100% fit when he woke so they simplified their plans. Originally they were going to Worcester to The Victorian Market. Instead they opted for Great Malvern which also had a Street market on.

Gates said the market was in the Winter Gardens which nestle below The Festival Theatre. Worth doubted this and to Worth’s chagrin, he was proved right and so was rewarded with a steep climb up to the theatre. Still Autumnal colours abounded in the garden and he got some great snaps on his iPhone.

They rested in the theatre before carrying on. They popped into their jewellers to say hello to the owner and exchange Mille Miglia and other car stories together. He had a Morgan which with three other cars was on display right in front of his shop.


Next was a walk straight up Church Street past the vintage car display until they came to the Bluebird tea shop for lunch. From here they walked around the Abbey gardens where most of the Victorian stalls could be found.

A pleasant afternoon ran into a lazy evening Of Strictly and Modus on the TV.

Groovy Word of the day is “ardent.”


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The Antics Of Worth And Gates 327/366

Friday and Worth got up and went to work. He did an hour before having to give up and come home. He felt terrible with awful tummy pains, alternating between diorhea and constipation.

He got home and went to bed. Gates was out on a spa day with The Elf, so no nurse for Worth. They got home a bit after 4 and Worth had rallied a bit by then. They had picked up Duncan (Gates’ son) so worth dressed and even managed to eat a little that evening.

The Elf left at 6.30 so it was a Chinese takeaway for the others and a pleasant chat around the dinner table. Worth loves evenings like this. On the downside though the hiccups had kicked in and boyso boyso they were really bad. The alternate lifestyle that Worth and Gates enjoyed, was really being attacked right now.

Anyway Groovy Word of The Day is articulate.


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The Antics Of Worth And Gates 326/366

As well as the infusion of chemotherapy yesterday, Worth also takes a tablet form too. There are side effects, such as tingling fingers, tingling toes and tingling mouth. Cold drinks kick it off in the mouth or metal on the fingers such as door handles. The there is the swinging from constipation to the other extreme. 

If you let it, it will get you down. Sometimes Worth suffers this but Gates is always around to pick him up. In this photograph Worth had insisted on checking his bird out. Gates will always play along. She loves it when Worth is larking about, chasing a laugh, hunting down a giggle. Sometimes though he gets tired and she misses her silly Worth. So here he is checking her ears for levelness. Fortunately they are as wonky as ever and Worth is delightfully pleased by this. 

He likes to summon Gates to sit near him, where he can touch her and talk to her and Gates loves the intimacy created. Such little displays are so important and Worth and Gates never want to lose this.

Now Worth is not house bound don’t get me wrong but his world is shrinking so they adapt, have a quieter Christmas but nonetheless they make plans and small adventures. Worth wants to spoil Gates on the shopping front so he gets excited by that.

But enough waffling on. Worth went to work but was tired in the afternoon and was home for a little after 3. He had a snooze and then The Elf turned up, happy, giddy full of the joys of a recent adventure in Amsterdam, while at the same time complaining about insomnia. It made Worth think of his own Amsterdam adventure with Gates. Antics on a plane, a train, a dinner cruise boat and so on, not to forget their ambivalence towards the red light district. Can you be a twee hedonistic Worth wondered?

Worth had rallied and had a bit more energy but a lot of hiccups. The evening passed very pleasantly with a chat and a natter around the dinner table. Worth enjoyed seeing The Elf, who by the way had swanned over to have a spa day on Friday with her Mum Gates.

So Groovy Word Of The Day: Chopsy.

Try to use it once or twice today in ordinary conversation but don’t worry if you don’t as I won’t get chopsy with you.