Monday, 30 November 2015

Bye bye November.

I am glad to see the back of it.  

Although it did have some good moments.

A new Grandson.

His big sister had a birthday.

Fraserburgh became very excited at the arrival of.....

Whooper Swans moved in to the field across from our house.

It snowed a bit - inland - Delgaty Castle.


 There were some high winds making good surfing.

Kinnaird Head was lit for the Museum's 20h anniversary.

And at the end of the month I finished my 3rd or was it 4th course of antibiotics.  Now instructed not to go out , be anywhere near people, put some weight back on, get fit, for quite a while.....
So roll on December I leave you with an interesting fact.  Did you know if you are over 60 you cannot buy over the counter Thrush treatment .


Monday, 16 November 2015

Christmas ..

For the first time in my life I am actually sorted for Christmas.  I am not going to share with you what I have sorted as those who are more directly concerned might see.  

However.  The Dawn Patroller and I decided to replace our very wonky standard lamp in the sitting room as a Christmas present to each other.

Every time I switched the wonky one on I feared there would be a crackle and a fizz and I would be no more.

The Dawn Patroller was therefore on a quest to find a suitable replacement.  Visiting various emporiums and returning with photographs.  Which I deleted.  Apart from......

......This one was very
much on the top of the list.

Bit different. No animal had been harmed. Deer drop their antlers every year.  BUT it was rather a lot of money.

So, the eventual purchase was made and we were both pleased.

And we do not have to wait till December 25th. 

So this evening we sit bathed in the glow and feeling good.  

Until he said, 

"Its very War of the Worlds isn't it?"

The Dawn Patroller now known as  the Grinch.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Aurora Alert!

What a dull and dismal weather type day yesterday was.  It never really got light. It rained and it was cold.  I never even ventured down to the shedudio.

In the evening with curtains closed tight and blanket round knees in front of wood stove.  Then in came the alert.

Now most Auroras take place in the early hours of the morning.  But this was 9.30p.m. Great excitement.  The Dawn Patroller set off to Cairnbulg where it is darker.  We have no street lights where we live, but our neighbours insist on security lighting such as you normally see round a prison.

On the left the orange glow is the bonfire still burning from the night before.  The white light is the Beacon warning shipping of rocks.  And above the clouds the Aurora has commenced.  Above that are the stars.  After such a dank, depressing day, who would have expected this clear beautiful evening.

Taken from a different angle showing the stars.

The house you see is called 'The Lookout' and as its name implies looks out over the sea.  The slight orange glow to its right are the street lights of Fraserburgh.

The Aurora continued for some hours.

The one above by our Aurora watcher and alerter, Lesley Jennings. Top two by the Dawn Patroller.   Lesley somehow manages to remain outside and awake until all is over.  

And let us all know when the show is on!  

By the time I had spread the word ( from the warmth inside) a lot of people managed to see the Aurora for the first time.   Which pleased me as I am sure some of my friends thought I was making it up......

Saturday, 7 November 2015

November Nuggets.

Still unseasonably warm but a frost promised tonight inland.

Fortunately the annual return of Pink Footed Geese has occurred.  Here again to overwinter in their thousands.  We hear them calling as they leave their roosting ground and return in the evening.

Also come to stay with us for the winter are thousands of Whooper Swans.

 Photo by John Duncan.

When the night sky is clear enough ......

Photo by Lesley Jennings. Lesley lets us know when there is to be a visible Aurora Borealis.  I was snoring my head off at 1a.m.  when this was happening.....

There have been the usual Firework Displays.  And Halloween Spectaculars.

 Aden Country Park.  Photos by the Dawn Patroller.  There was a spooky performance throughout the woodland, trees were lit up. Awesome spectacular. Then the fireworks.

Tonight is our nearest village Cairnbulg Harbour Bonfire  Or Bondie as they are called here.  There was a childrens competition to make a guy.  They are all on top of the bonfire!

 November nuggets to warm you.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Artistic Licence.

How lovely to return to my sanctuary.  Classic FM on the radio. Bird feeders full just outside.  And then to finally want to pick up a paint brush.

This painting of a seal cub was done some years ago.  Grey seal pups are now popping up/out around and about on our beaches.

I had it framed. But I was never happy with it.

Obviously no one else was happy with it either as he remained hanging on the wall.

So I had the frame taken off and put his eye right.

Much better.  Frame to have put back on . Fixed.

Would that in real life it was so easy.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

New Beginnings.

Given myself a good shake.

Following a whole month of ill in bed.  This followed my having the flu jab. I have had it before I have it every year So why three days after it did I get flu?  Not a live vaccine they said. Well it was alive in me  Now dead.

So lets get on with living.

This young man joined the family yesterday.  Despite being physically a long way away I can assure you I was involved!  

And breathe.  

Which I now can do.  

Tomorrow I may make the few steps down to the shedudio and pick up a paint brush.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Attendance Allowance

A friend suggested I should apply for this.  I have never claimed a benefit in my life other than child benefit many years ago.

She also said it would help towards the  payment of the cleaner and gardener we now employ.  The cleaner comes once a week and goes through the part of the house we inhabit like a dose of salts.  The 'gardener' comes when he can and before the grass needs a scythe.

So I down loaded the form and the advice on how to fill it in

Which you need.  Never ever have I come across a form which is so unuser friendly.  But I persevered.  Then I became so severely depressed with the stuff I could not do and required an attendant to help me with I almost added suicidal to the list. As it made me think of all the things I could not do but got just does doesnt one.  Bright light I bought a golfing peaked cap. This cuts out glare from above. The sky. I can still draw and paint, drive, use the computer. 
 I make sure I am facing the person I am speaking to and listening to.
No good on the phone tho!

Osteo arthritis
Loss of hearing.

One just copes doesnt one.

Help with dressing/undressing.  I cannot do buttons so I dont wear anything that has buttons.  I cant do zips.  So I 'forget' they are there and wear a baggy jumper. Osteo Arthritis (OA)

I cannot open jars, bottles, cans.  So I do not eat or drink anything from them.  Fortunately wine bottles I can manage....(OA)

Cooking smells make me choke.  I do not cook. (COPD)

I need the zimmer to walk anywhere, shops, doctors, etc.(COPD)

Thats if I can get in as still so many shops including my opticians do not cater for those in wheel chairs or with wheeled zimmers.

I cannot read small print.  So food labels , drug labels and instructions I just chance it.(Cataracts.C.)

Make up?  God knows what I look like after the morning plaster on of. (C)

Still managing the loo.  Shower, I like to have someone around but can manage on my own so long as they are in ear shot if I fall over the bath edge getting out, or cannot turn it off.
(C & OA)

And so it goes on.

And on and on.

If I were a dog or a cat I would be down the vets and now planted under a tree.

The attendance allowance is mainly about personal care.  Which I had not really addressed.  One just bumbles along.  Adapts. When one has to fill a form in and focus on what one can no longer do it is horrific.

My sight. The optician can no longer prescribe glasses so I am on the waiting list for the operation for cataracts. Fortunately I passed the part that says I can still drive.

Hearing.  Not much of a problem for me but drives every0ne else mad as I have to ask them to repeat , repeat, repeat.  Now on another waiting list for an audiometrist (?).

Osteo arthritis.  No cure. Progressive. 

Hypertension Controlled by drugs.  

Sense of humour just gets me in to trouble So for now has disappeared. May be back blogging but not for a while. 

Bear with me. Apologies. But thats why we blog. Letting it all out.