Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Nae a good day.

Quite an effort for me to get up and going today.  Eventually managed to wash and dress.  Should have done the Pulmonary exercises.  Tomorrow.

Very cold.  Cannot believe I sat and got colder without remembering at 9.30 a.m the heating goes off.  In between realising I did all my ablutions and washed hair without realising.  I then switched the heating back on.  No hope is there.

At lunch time the DP shot off to see the Firecrest.  Wee bird, disappeared by the time he got there.  But I realised that I would not be going down the Prom as I was feart to go on my own.  By the time the DP got back I was down the shedudio.  He fed my birds.  Then went back up to the house for his very late lunch.

It continues to be very cold.

I am trying to paint, pen and ink or whatever and being aware of the negative spaces.

 Not there yet by any means.

Monday, 11 December 2017

A new week and a new pill. What Joy.

So this morning I took the new pill, apparently this does things to my bones.

Ibandronic acid 150 mg may reverse bone loss by stopping more loss of bone and increasing bone mass in most women who take it, even though they won’t be able to see or feel a difference. Ibandronic acid 150 mg may help lower the chances of breaking bones (fractures). This reduction in fractures was shown for the spine but not for the hip.

So there you go.  The word I worry most about is 'may'.  Do they not KNOW?  If not why have I been given it.  Anyway - so far I have had none of the side effects listed.  I am no more depressed than at odd occasions I am and not nauseous.  Nor have I noticed any crumbling of bones.  So an improvement on the weekly pill.  I have to take this one monthly.  So 11th January marked on the calendar for the next one.

We did not have any more snow overnight.  But what we have had got more crisp.

I drove down to the beach this afternoon.  Fortunately the DP said he was coming too.  Because the whole car park and the Prom was a total sheet of ice.

The DP got the chariot out and brought it round to the driver side of the car.  I got out grabbed the chariot and headed for the railings.  One hand on the railings and one on the chariot I managed to move along a bit.

I managed to get a wee bit further.

Ah the Gull gang.

Here I come!  Made me smile.

Spirits uplifted.  

However, I then noticed a man and his dog.  The dog has twice as many legs as I have and it was struggling to stay upright.  At that point I returned to the car.  Had I not had the DP to put the chariot back into the car I would be down at the Esplanade still.

Here are some pics from the DP. A Rook on the Esplanade.

In our garden, a Chaffinch.

A Blue Tit.

A Coal Tit.

All looking forward to a better day tomorrow. 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

A Winter's Tale.

As with most people our snow continued during the night.  As we were eating our lunch we espied a snow plough/gritter.  Hooray!  I was allowed out.

When I arrive at the Prom and park.  Display the Blue Badge.  I then put into the pockets of my coat, mobile phone, in case, inhaler.  In the other pocket goes the camera.  I then get out of the car, stagger round to lift out the chariot from behind the passenger seat.  Use the inhaler.  Put on woolly hat and gloves.  Lock car.  Walk to the railings.  Get control of breathing.  This entails in through the nose, out through pursed lips.  It didnt work today.

Still below freezing the lungs did not want to know.

Managed a big smile to the surfer.

Who joined his mates.  

The Oystercatchers were enjoying the sun light.

As was I.

And a lone Black Headed Gull.

I decided to get back into the car. 

Back home and down to the shedudio.  The small birds were zooming in to the feeders and quickly zooming off and away.  Aware of predators looming.

This Robin has been very clever in getting onto the feeder!

This one is in the more usual place on the ground.  We have at least 3 Robins in the garden.

There is the shedudio, arrowed, in todays evening sunset.

More snow forecast overnight and into tomorrow.  

Despite the lung suffering today I aim to have another crack at visiting the beach tomorrow.  Stay safe everyone.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Super Saturday - possibly for some.

This morning.  Hmm. It continued to snow, or hail, all day.  The wind had dropped here, 3 miles from the coast.  But when the DP went to get the paper to our nearest local shop/post office, on the coast, it was still very windy on the coast.  

Our roads haven't been treated so I was forbidden to go out in the car.  

The man with the Labour Party leaflets was snowed in at Macduff, although that is on the coast but the roads out of Macduff to Fraserburgh were impassable.  So the leafleting was cancelled.  I think Super Saturday in the Broch has been a success, I do hope so.  Father Christmas was delivered by the Lifeboat anyway.

Tomorrow, according to the forecast, the wind will drop and it will be sunny, although still temperatures below freezing.  I just hope we get a gritter lorry then drivers struggling to get up the slight slope at the t junction by us will get a grip.  And so will I.

Sparrowhawk having breakfast in our garden.  One less Blackbird.  All the other birds fled, this Blackbird just froze on the ground.  It didnt work.....

So my walk today was down to the shedudio.

Watched the birds feeding.

Pen, ink and watercolour in 40 minutes, a Turnstone.  Enjoyed doing it but not one of the best!

My new pill, Ibandronic Acid 150mg tablet, has to be taken monthly.  I have made an executive decision not to take it tomorrow as I really want to go out and therefore not be felled by any odd side effects.  Gives me something to look forward to next week. .....  Bring it on.  

Friday, 8 December 2017

Caroline no longer Sweet.

So the wind howls.  The snow has snowed.  The Hail has bounced.

My friend Muriel Dyga took a  photo from the Prom.

The main road from Fraserburgh towards Aberdeen.

Tomorrow is one of the monthly Super Saturdays.  This is a special one when Father Christmas arrives on the lifeboat.  Then tours in his sleigh.  And ends up at a local hostelry, the award winning Cheers Bar in the town.  And why not.  This year there was to be a free ice rink.  As the weather worsened it was to be inside a Marquee.  Well that was obviously not going to survive the wind speeds of Storm Caroline.  So .....

"Super Saturdays HQ would like to say a huge thank you to Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners for coming to our rescue and allowing us to use their fish market. A massive thanks to all the staff at the fish market for their help and cooperation. The fish market has never sparkled so much. You did a great job preparing it for us. It's yet another great example of the town pulling together."

The fishing boats cannot go out to fish in these winds, so there are no fish being brought back to the market.  So it is empty.

So the ice rink is now in the fish market, opened by F.C. and away we go!  There has been a shuttle bus set up which goes back and forth.  From the harbour up to the town centre so all the town shops still benefit.  If nothing else this has brought the community together.  Wonderful.  Hope it doesn't smell of fish.  But then who cares.

The DP will be there handing out leaflets from the Scottish Labour party.  The dreaded Universal Credit is coming to Fraserburgh.  What a state we are in.  Food banks for working people.  Shameful.  I was born in 1949.  This my first experience of food banks.  Unbelievable in 2017.  The Labour Party is trying to help and advise.  Our Tory M.P. refuses to respond to my emails.  

This is his response every time.  Are we living in a democracy?  I dont think so.

Thank you for your email. Please accept this automated response as acknowledgement that your email has been received. I hope you will find the information below helpful.
There is a strict Parliamentary rule that MPs can take up matters only on behalf of their own constituents. If you are a Banff and Buchan constituent and have not included your full name, address and telephone number, please resend your email with this information.

Which he already had.

I receive a large number of emails and letters each day and will deal with these in the order in which they are received. Wherever possible I will aim to reply within 10 working days.

If your email relates to a wider political issue on which an organised campaign group has asked you to write to your MP, this may take longer particularly if this is not on a matter specifically related to an issue experienced in Banff and Buchan. 
After much consideration l have reached the conclusion that Early Day Motions (EDMs) have, to some extent, become devalued as there are now so many of them. I do not therefore intend to sign even those with which I have the greatest sympathy.

Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

I give in.  Well, for now.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Caroline is staying with us

until Sunday.  

The wind speed went up to 105 mph before the holder of the instrument recording lost his hat and then his glasses.  This was at the top of Kinnaird Head Lighthouse today.  To see the full and funny video go to The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, facebook or web page.

On the 13th February 1989 a wind speed record of 142 mph was recorded from the same place.

The wind is still howling round though it is now down to 30 plus.  Hate the wind.  It will be Sunday before I can brave the elements again and I am already stir crazy.  I have a meeting tomorrow afternoon so might be able to go look at the sea.

Stay safe.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Sweet Caroline.

Storm.  Is on her way.  Trains cancelled and buses and schools closed.  Must be quite a storm this one.  Due to hit tomorrow, although the way the wood burner is roaring it may have already started.

This afternoon I went to the beach.  Still high tide.  Not much wind today but a bit blustery.  But I coped.  I took the video as above and was taken by surprise by the fly past of Oyster Catchers.  That could have been a brilliant video but I did not have a film crew with me.  And it took me too long to realise I should have followed them rather than continue looking at the sea!

The DP was off in the morning to not see the elusive to him Firecrest.

Then to stock up on bird food for the garden birds.

I was away to the Promenade.  Will not be able to do it tomorrow due to the storm.

With the cloud formation one wonders what it portends.

Today's sunset.  All calm.

The Christmas lunches have begun.  So the first one I gave my apologies to was Wednesday Art Group's which was today.  I have been forbidden by the medical lot to get another chest infection.  Crowded , warm rooms are verboten.  Huh.  No Secret Santa this year then with something I didn't really want.  I am turning into Mrs Scrooge.

However I have now got to the letter R in my Christmas Card list.  There is hope I will get through all the angst of Christmas and Storm Caroline.  I shall report back tomorrow.