Saturday, 21 January 2017

Old age stinks.

I woke up this morning and as I got out of bed realised I had the most excruciating back pain.  Now I do have lung problems, but the rest of me seems to work ok.  So where this came from I know not.

Hey ho.  I was determined to go for my walk.  The DP was not happy with this.  But I did a shuffle.  Independence rules.

Whilst taking this photo I was doing some stretching exercises using the railings on the esplanade.  And also greeting these very large Newfoundland dogs.

I managed a few more steps.

And then gave up and came home.

We spend a fortune on bird food..  I went down the shedudio.  And was greeted by this lot.

Waiting to be fed.

And they were.   Even tho it was agony for me.

Bending, lifting, Jeez.

Hope its gone by tomorrow.  I want to crack the mile.  

Friday, 20 January 2017


Me and my kids.  Some years ago.  Drinking. Smoking.  Which I believe I did through all my four pregnancies - in moderation of course.  But things change.  No smoking or drinking during a pregnancy nowadays.  I remember the glass of Guinness while breastfeeding too.  Frowned on now.  

So today I welcome my 6th grandchild.

And his brothers meeting him.

All alcohol free.

Although I am not.  Celebrating with a glass of red that everything went well.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Thursday - sunny.

This is me all ready for bed.  And waiting for any scrabblings in the cavity wall which will indicate the hole filling has not worked.  We waited till the scrabble early morning indicated, we hope, exit rodent.  So far nothing heard of it getting back in.

Also showing my new hair do. I am going purple next time around.  Anyone read "Practising Wearing Purple." poem?

As if you cant get enough this was me yesterday on the way home after my walk and yet another glorious day weather wise.

Looking like an American golfing lady I think, and also very smug.

Today's beach photo.

And more of my favourite Oystercatchers.

Tonight the DP is at his Photographic Society so I can watch what I want.  And have probably seen before.  New Tricks.  Taped, cant stand the adverts.

Afternoon, more on the drawing board.

Please note drawing board means not finished and probably be ruined.

Weather forecast is for more sun and warmer than Englandshire.  Bring it on.

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.