Friday, 21 October 2016

More old age stuff.

Been a busy and tiring week.  Tuesday I went to a drop in session at the library on cleaning your hearing aids.  Mine were clean so passed that.

Wednesday   The Doppler test.  This entailed a blood pressure cuff on my arm and then on one ankle and then the other.  Apparently all was well.  Apart from me who had to lie flat on my back for the test.  Really do not like lying flat on my back.  Well just occasionally.

Referred back to the gp.  But why?  Quite happy to be told nothing wrong for once.

Thursday I had my hair done.  Just tiring in explaining to the young woman washing my hair that I had no plans for the weekend.

Today was the opticians.  Second eye cataract op now due.  Apparently if all goes wrong I have the one bionic eye so can still drive.  But will struggle to paint and draw.

My daily walks have been curtailed as all these appointments were after I do my walk so I was clock watching all the time.

Flying Dutchman. Photo by James Ritchie.  Saw this. My photo was crap.

Weather been brilliant all week. 

Hope it is tomorrow and I do a proper walk.

Too tired to even blog properly.  Forgot on Monday I had my flu jab.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Escaped the house.

 I have been stuck inside the house for 2 days due to 40 mph winds and lashing of rain.  Today was 20 - 30 mph .  So I finally got out to the beach and wind tested the new coat.  Which passed.

The high winds also made the trip down the garden to the shedudio a no no.  But today I sailed down.  

This painting is from a photograph I took a few weeks back.  Its title - "All together now..."  Just makes me smile.  Not quite finished.  (Herring Gulls - Scurries )

This one is finished.  (Ptarmigan.)  Pen, brush and ink.  This is to be our Christmas Card this year.  The DP has added some suitable wording, now I have to create the cards.  I have vague ideas floating re actual costly gifts.  I am usually sorted mentally by this time of year.  Just lack the funds !  As our family increases I try every year to say Christmas is for kids but no-one seems to agree...

Hey ho.  

There is a fantastic potter not far away.  

Millshore Pottery.  Near Pennan where Last Hero film made.  May have to escape soon and get Christmas sorted.  Shop local and all that.  And there are a few items I like too......

Friday, 14 October 2016

I am old.

My new Winter coat.  Allegedly wind proof and waterproof.  I havent tested it out yet as since its arrival we have had gales and rain which the coat might withstand but I wouldnt.

The Dawn Patroller took these photos.  I wasnt allowed out of the car.

We were returning home after a visit to my g.p.  Despite my variety of complaints I do not bend his ear frequently.  Which sometimes pays off.  As he  listens.  He also tells me I am old.  But sifts the wheat from the chaff and scares me to death by ordering future tests for things I wasnt aware were a possibility.  Anyone else had a Doppler Test?

All I said was my legs were behaving strangely.

Nah then we have an author in the family..  My eldest daughter published her academic tome.  

She has also just moved house. Here are her two boys.  Trying out the new home and new floor.

Then we have visiting these two.

Next week and are currently trying to bomb proof the house. Wee boy just started walking.

This grandson has a cold so is banned.

And between you, me and the gatepost there's another one due early next year.

I am old.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016


From the photograph taken from my ground floor bedroom window you can see my small front garden, the gate, which no-one ever uses, and the lane.  Across from which are the blackberries.  And these two collecting the blackberries.  Into buckets.

I had to be held back from shouting "Hoy."

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Proper Dawn

Now that Summer is almost over we have a proper dawn.  In that the Dawn Patroller can go for a walk at a reasonable time (tho not for me) 5 - 6 a.m.

The best time to see, and photograph, the local wild life.

Whooper Swans. Also arrive at this time of year to overwinter here.

Pheasants we have year round.  Although we have noticed this year a reduction in numbers.  And no sign of any young ones.  Hope (?) Ptolemy is surviving this dearth Jessica.

This delightful puss we viewed at a later hour while having dinner.

Although the same colour as our Sith, Sith was snoring in the sitting room.

My time for going oot and aboot is after lunch.  It generally takes me at least two hours to come round and get washed and dressed.  Up at 8 the DP brings me breakfast, toast, rhubarb and ginger jam.  A Cappucino.  So after lunch is when I go out, drive to the beach and record the wildlife.

The long way back to the car.  I sometimes wonder how I do it.

Tonight we have lit the wood burner but have had to also switch on the liquid gold burner.  It is freezing.  Tomorrow will be misty.  But when I venture out sunny, warm and no wind.  Proper Dawn !

Monday, 26 September 2016


The seasons seem to belt round so quickly.

Last night, and more tonight, of the Northern Lights.  From our dining room patio door.

A few months ago, in June, it never got dark.  We are now getting darkish at 7.30 p.m.  Just on 10 p.m. the lights begin to dance in the night sky.

Or just make everything spooky.

St Combs Cemetery.

The Pink Footed Geese are arriving and will soon number many thousands.

I am still walking every day.  With the chariot.  We do the .59 of a mile.  

And get a lot of encouragement.

So here are a few more pics of what I see.

Oyster Catchers.

A Fishing Boat.

Great Black Backed Gulls.

And Sith who decided to leap to the top of the fence. And then couldnt get down.

Whatever the season.  There is always something to laugh at.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Overdue update.

This is me today.  

The Dawn Patroller is now officially my full time carer.  I have had to own up to not being able to care for myself.  Not an easy task.

Attendance Allowance is not means tested.  This means my miniscule work pension and my state pension are not taken into account.  The chap we employ to cut our grass and trim the hedge which if untrimmed leads to road traffic management/road blindness etc is now sorted financially.   The Dawn Patroller can only do so much and cutting the grass is not an option.
  First I was turned down as I could 'obviously look after myself..'  Perched on a bath shelf while the DP washed my back, etc. etc. I dont think so.  

 We asked for a reconsideration.  And sanity returned. We got the Attendance Allowance.

My daily walk, weather permitting, carries on.

Cheered on by the Herring Gulls.

Over the last few weeks my car was hit, whilst on the drive, I have therefore had to pay for the body  repair.  

We started our North East Open Studios trail and at the first one one of the artists coughed in my face without holding a hand or a tissue over her mouth so I then had pleurisy.  

At the moment I am half way through a bottle of red wine.  So there you go an update.