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Friday, 16 June 2017

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Happy Friday Everyone!

So as I mentioned last week I went back to the UK for the weekend to party with the Badass Dad Clan at the clubhouse with my brothers in the White Wolf Brotherhood Motorcycle Club. What a fantastic thing to be a part of! One of the best parties I've ever had, great atmosphere and full of genuine good people

Badass Dad Clan Meets White Wolf Brotherhood
It was amazing to be back in the UK for a few days and see my brothers, one of the hardest things to deal with for me since we moved is being away from the club.  I don't very often post things about my association with the club but here is a picture of me at the clubhouse bar. In the UK the club became my life, I was one of the founding members and was voted in as President when the last President stepped down. Every week we were out and about, going on rides, visiting other clubs and partying at our own clubhouse and the brotherhood side of the club is second to none, being away from it all kills me. A few of us have started the Alicante chapter now but I loved being around my Essex chapter brothers and having a laugh like we used to.

Wolfpack Forever, Forever Wolfpack!
You can see a bit of it in the photo above, but whilst I was in the UK I picked up another bit of ink from my favourite tattoo studio. This time I opted for a realistic compass, it took 4.5 hours and I am so happy with it! I guess now I will always know the direction that life is taking me in :)

My Moral Compass


When I got back there was something else very new and very purple that had materialised outside our chickens corral, a gigantic thistle. I guess I didn't notice it growing up being lost in a sea of green but it is so beautiful now that it has flowered, a giant thistle about 1.5m tall with a flower head the size of a fist

Purple and Proud - Thistle

On a totally unrelated note I have just released a new patch and for the very first time a pin badge too. I LOVED the Addams Family growing up and thought they were the ultimate in cool, so I suppose it was inevitable that I would pay homage to them sooner or later.

"They're Creepy and They're Kooky, Mysterious and Spooky...." (try getting that theme tune out of your head!)

Addams Family Pin Badge and Patch
And as if they didn't look cool enough like that, they really stand out when the sun goes down....

Glow in the Dark Pin and Patch
Boom! What? Glow in the Dark? I must dash now, I think I'm going to surround myself with them and turn off the lights to bask in the spookiness hahaha

Hope everyone has had a fantastic week and wish you all a wonderful weekend :)



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  1. Looks like a lot of fun in UK and: wow, what a famous thistle! A weed, but their flowers are so beautiful...
    Enjoy your weekend

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    1. Did you know that One of the great things about thistles is that every single species is edible, so this is great news for foraging beginners!

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  2. I expect you enjoyed your reunion all the more with you living abroad and are already looking forward to the next one. 😊

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    1. It really hammered home how much I miss being around the club on a daily basis but i suppose it does make it more of an event when we do get together :)

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  3. I just wanted to write the same than Crimson Kettle ! It's nice to go back from time to time otherwise it will become a routine and that's not good at least for me, some people like routine !

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    1. I agree with you, I don't like too much monotony

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  4. I know what it's like enjoying a lifestyle abroad, but missing aspects of the home country. It looks like you had a great reunion and made the most of your time in the UK. Then it must have been good to see small changes when you got back such as the thistle and resume your creative work. The glow in the dark patch and badge are fun.

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    1. Aw thank you, I'm glad you like the Glow in the Dark stuff :)

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  5. I bet it was great fun meeting up with your old club friends and being part of it all again even if just for a short while:)

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    1. It was fantastic, my only regret is not staying a little bit longer

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  6. Looks like a fun reunion! Beautiful photo of the thistle. We have fields of those around here. Such pretty flowers for being weeds although the bees do love them.

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    1. One of the great things about thistles is that every single species is edible, so this is great news for foraging beginners!

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  7. Awesome post, Tricky! Love that you got to go back and be with your motorcycle group members! It's hard to leave a group we love when we move. Loved seeing the Confederate battle flag...it represents strength and honor and bravery! Not many people realize that! Loved the thistle!

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    1. Thank you so much for continuing to visit us for Five on Friday despite me being the worst host ever! all our love to you and yours :)

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  8. It was an awesome post Tricky until I saw the Confederate flag! What has that do with a British motorcycle group? Here in the States, we are trying to disallow the flying of that flag because of its unsavory associations. Strength, honor and bravery are NOT the words that come to mind when I see that flag! So, I'm afraid Tricky, it's good bye.

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    1. I'm sorry that the flag has offended you, I didn't even notice that it was in the background of that photo until people pointed it out in the comments of the post, in all honesty the flag means nothing in the UK as we are not taught about the civil war at school (which is worrying when you think about it) It will be a shame to see you go, especially over a flag being hung at a bar I was drinking at, but if you feel that is what you must do then I respect your decision.

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  9. Loved the Confederate Flag. For me, it stands for the courage and honor of my ancestors. And for traditional values like family. When I see something like the comment above, I think of those individuals who can't tolerate any view but their own. We had eight years of that here in the states but it's over now.

    Always good to see old friends and associates. Must have been a little strange being back in Britain.

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    1. very strange, so much has changed in a year, not to mention I've only just gotten used to driving on the right side of the road it seemed alien to ride on the left again!

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  10. Harry, as a 65 year old Africian American woman, born and bred in the fine State of Virginia, I think my view may very well differ from yours. I can tolerate your view but not the actions of individuals that hide behind said flag! And traditional values like family? How many of your family members were sold while that flag blew in the breeze?

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    1. And you are right in your comment above, the rebel flag has nothing to do with a UK bike club, so I feel I must clear up why that flag is even in the clubhouse just to set the record straight. The motorcycle club is called the White Wolf Brotherhood and although you can't see it from the corner of the flag on show that flag has a pack of wolves in the centre of it. it is as simple as that. nothing malicious, nothing sinister, just the fact it has wolves on it. I typed in Confederate flag wolves to find a link and this is the exact one that you can see in the background of my photo: http://www.micetrap.net/flags/Rebel_Wolves_Confederate-Flags.jpg

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    2. How many Native Americans were slaughtered under the flag of the United States? But that doesn't seem to bother you, Ksnunshine52. What actions of mine are you talking about? My great grandfather fought in the Confederate Army throughout the Civil War. He didn't care about blacks, didn't own any, and their existence as slaves made it difficult for him to exist as a small farmer. Do you think he was fighting to preserve slavery? He was fighting to keep Northern troops out of his state, away from his home. You know nothing about Southern culture. Either you didn't grow up in Virginia, or you are espousing a view based entirely on your own prejudice.

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  11. Thanks Tricky for the explanation! I appreciate you taking the time to sort it out for me!

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    1. an old boss of mine used to say "there's no such thing as overcommunication"

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  12. oh holy moly! this PC crap has totally gotten out of hand! i'm canadian - we helped get slaves across the border! but a flag that actually represents someone's history and culture - a someone who never had slaves and whose ancestors fought in the civil war being crucified on Tricky's blog just demonstrates just how much this crap has gotten out of hand! ksunshine52 were you sold? i don't think so. the chances of your older family members being sold are probably high. but the truth of the matter is that a lot of african american slaves were sold out of africa by their own people.

    and guess what? my family members, most of them from england and east europe were slaves too - except they were called serfs or peasants and i don't blame the entire continent of europe for what happened hundreds of years ago. stop blaming. stop shaming. stop trying to make people feel bad. and stop doing it on Tricky's blog where he is a true man with a true family and trying to raise some good children for our future. just stop it.

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    1. that penultimate line bought a tear to my eye! thank you Kymber, you are a loyal friend and an incredibly pure soul, all out love to you and Jambaloney x

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