Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Rats - or mice?

For some time there has been a scrabbling in the wall cavities.

Sith our sole cat ( we have had up to 7 in a past life)



Who is now 13 and has always been a wimp takes little notice.  So there is no point shoving him into the cavity.

The scrabbling is usually around 5.45 p.m. and then 6.45 a.m.  The DP maintains that rats are nocturnal.  So last night we blocked the holes, when it was dark, that he found in the garage.  Then I panicked as I heard scrabbling in the sitting room, after the blocking of holes, so it obviously could not get out.  I detest rats but do not want it to die a lingering death, there is the smell.....

So we are not sure what to do next.  The DP wants me to get a Rentokil company or similar.  Huh.  We have got rid of rats before without paying. This was in a previous house.  But that did involve blocking every hole and then the DP killing with a 4x4 plank the one that appeared drinking out of a toilet in the early hours.  No more rats but the DP took a while to recover him being a pacifist.

Today I took myself off as the DP had done the same.  He was off North with a packed lunch.

I did my usual .67 of a mile on Fraserburgh prom.

No surfers today.



Low tide in the morning.  The Kessock Burn doing its own sculpting as it enters the North Sea.



And lots of sea birds having fun.

I had a delivery of some mugs for my shop (Buchan Birds and Beasts.)





These are done by Photoshop.  I get nothing from them - but they are an ace company.  My original paintings on to a mug which is dishwasher and microwave ok.

Did some painting.  So much to do.....

Then went back to the beach to chill.  Beautiful sunset reflected on to the beach and the real thing on the way home.  Makes you forget you are old, stiff, and have an infestation of some sort of rodent.




Now I am having a glass of wine.  And hoping all is silent from whatever it is.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Hard to believe

That this is another Winters day.


With the added bonus of watching the professionals.





I did my walk but it took a lot longer !  They were incredible.

I did have a moments panic.  I thought my eyes were playing me up.




The white thing you can see in the sky to the left of the boat turned out to be a drone !  The chap controlling it was filming the surfers and could make it stay still  So my brain is thinking birds cannot do that - till it clicked!

I had a cataract op last year and now have 20/20 vision in that eye but am waiting for the other one to be done. ( And for anyone ready to tip off the DVLA I am okay for driving.  Indeed I have throughout been passed for driving.)  Its not an unpleasant operation - although I could have done without the blow by blow account from the consultant while it was going on.

Anyroads I finished another painting. 






Sunday, 15 January 2017

Britain - never get bored with the weather.


So today we have mist.  Bit of rain, washed all the snow away.  

Big surf though.




They make it look so easy.



During my walk I found a Tesco trolley also looking seawards.


And quite a lot of fish boxes.  Some of which I loaded up and put in the bin.



Down on the shore line as the tide comes in.... Oystercatchers.



Oystercatchers.  Just love Oystercatchers.


What will tomorrows weather bring.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

A winters day.


We have had snow on and off most of the day.  Bitterly cold .



The garden birds getting extra rations!

The DP had already been out in the morning to the Loch of Strathbeg, our nearby RSPB bird reserve.  But he came with me for my walk.  So the photographs are taken by him.


Not the most glamorous walker!


And still they surf.



Up on the mountains the hares have their winter coats on too.


T his one is just changing.

But none of these - yet.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Friday the 13th.

Today was supposed to be the day the electricity was to be off from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m.   While 'essential repairs to overhead cables'  was carried out.  Well thank goodness that was cancelled - at the last minute  We had a telephone call late yesterday afternoon.  

The Dawn Patroller went out for the paper.  He never goes anywhere without his camera.




Over to the left of this last picture is where I walk !


We have had a fair bit of snow too.  The sun came out in between the blizzards and the snow went. From the dining room.  


From the sitting room.  That sky is 'a white out' - a blizzard on its way!

But it is now snowing - and freezing.  

I havent even been down to the shedudio.  I had so many clothes on I could hardly move but was still cold.  The wind was so strong I was scared to go out.


I decided to go through my filing system and prune it.  Along the way I found details of the electricity company we left in 2015.  No final invoice.  So I emailed them.  And guess what - they owe us.  Over a hundred quid.  I should have charged interest.  How can these companies get away with this.  

We recently changed again and guess what I also had to prompt the ones we left, also over a hundred quid.  Apparently their new accounting system has a gremlin in the refund department.  And how come in the middle of winter we are so much in credit?  So we poor pensioners have been paying way over the odds every month.  Our new company seem to have their sums right, but how do the others get it so wrong?  We are now paying half a month than in 2015.

Looking forward to SPRING.



But - not such a bad Friday the 13th of January.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Winter finally hits.



The wind whipping up the spray on the waves.




Why don't surfers get hypothermia?

I nearly did.



These photos were taken around noon  I had been to meet a friend for coffee at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses earlier.



This is a painting I did some time ago, the view from the table we were sitting at.



And there is me, an old photo, but thats the view the other way.  The painting was titled 'The Best Seat'.  The photo shows why as the table in the window is where we sat.  Either way a stunning view. 

Home for painting in the afternoon.



And it snowed.

Forecast is for even stronger winds tomorrow.  Roll on Spring.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Monday - a good day for some.

Another beautiful day.



I went for my walk this morning.  



Bird watching as usual.  Good excuse when hanging over the railings getting control of breathing.  If I take the camera out I dont get asked , "Are you alright ?"  It is lovely that people ask.  But when it isn't necessary, they see the camera and don't worry !

So above you see a Redshank in the water taken yesterday.  Then it is a case of spot the Redshank on the rocks by the caravan park.  (Clue look left.)

In the afternoon I was attacking the work in progress pile and - at last - drum roll - the first of 2017 completed.