Monday, 27 March 2017

Up and at it.

Here we go.  When you have been ill and lie there in your sick bed you think......



I need to sort the shedudio out.  

As with any sorting one makes more mess than when one began.



Stuff just piles up.  Where it shouldn't be.





An oasis of calm.  For now...



Where do I put the mugs?



Lets take a break.






The makings of a chook (hen).


Cait Sith watching me rather than the birds (or the rat.)

It has been a glorious weather day today.  The DP and I went for a walk.  Until I get the appointment with physiotherapy we have agreed he comes and lifts in the chariot and out of the car.  If they say I can do the lifting myself.... which of course I do when the DP isnt looking.  Ha.

17 degrees centigrade.  "Scotland will be cloudy and cool.."  Yeah.

Tomorrow - up and at it.


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Saving the Planet.


Earth Hour.  Tonight 8.30 to 9.30.  10 minutes to go.  The laptop is powered by battery, not sure whether that is cheating....

I have lost a day.  Thursday night around 2a.m.  I was violently sick.  I am never sick.  Quite cross.  Spent the next day lying down.  Knocked out.

Back upright today.  So glad I didnt miss today as it has been beautiful.  T shirt weather for goodness sake !  Quite a shock to be switching central heating off as soon as I got up and it staying off.



The big boat was anchored in the bay.  The DP said it was because Scotland were playing and the crew would all be watching satellite t.v.  I think he made it up.  I think the supply boat had brought the crew in to do the shopping at Lidl.  Either way it has been there all day.

It has been wall to wall sunshine today.  Down the shedudio later in the afternoon I had the door and windows open.  This helped when I saw the rat as I shouted and it shot off.  I havent lost the knack as my kids will tell you.

If Sith cat is not snoring his head off on 'his chair' in the shedudio and sees said rat he chases it.  I am trying to train him to be on guard.  Altho it may necessitate removing his chair outside so I hope this good weather continues.

I have been playing with some new watercolour paints and so far with this quick sketch I am well pleased.


Redshanks.  The pigment in the paints is all natural.  Like in olden days.  All helps to save the planet.  Not sure about the inks for the legs and beaks tho.  



Thursday, 23 March 2017

A Good Day.



Getting later in the day for my walk on the Prom.  The DP and I were down at the beach just after 3 p.m.  But the tide was just coming in. Which I think is the best time.


And so do the Gull Gang. 

The weather was just perfect.  No wind, sunshine, and nice people with time to chat.


My friend and fellow artist, who bikes everywhere in every weather.

Note the new accessories for the chariot.  My Birthday gift from the y0ungest of my kids. Streamers on the handles.

As you can see from this pic, taken yesterday, when the wind was strong they are also a wind direction indicator!


I am sticking to my new make the back better regime.  At the moment, as it has been for months, I crawl in the morning.  I will have taken 2 painkillers before 6 a.m.  Then 2 around 1 p.m. I have half an hour to an hours nap and then walk.  Much later a glass or two of wine.  This carries me through to the next early morning.  I am also doing a lot of stretching of back.  Still waiting for physiotherapy to tell me what I should or should not be doing, but so far I am just ok.

At the end of the afternoon its down the shedudio and some painting.

One of the neighbouring farms has had a new arrival.




As I said - A GOOD DAY.






Tuesday, 21 March 2017

My 68th and in the sky an Aurora.


68 ? WHAT?

Today is nearly over.  So is my birthday.  


Still can't take proper selfies. (I deleted 7 before deciding to post this one.)

As you can see I am upright.  And Cait Sith, my shadow, is behind me.

This afternoon nap lark appears to be working.  I take 2 of the Co-codamol at around 6a.m.  then around 2.30 after my half hour - to an hour snooze.  I can take 8 a day but really am agin pain killers where possible.  Then its down the shed for painting.  Back up to the house and a few glasses of wine before bed time.  Which so far, altho the pain is still there  it is vastly lessened.  i.e. I neither scream nor swear.


This beautiful bouquet from daughter number 2 arrived with the post.  

I wish I had taken a photo of the packaging!  It was amazing.  A rectangular box which came in through the letter box!  The larger blooms of Alstromeria and Lilies each had an individual sort of envelope.  Once in the water and food added, also supplied, they began to open up.  All totally out of season but hey, beautiful.

Lots of Artist materials, cards, and facebook messages gave me such a warm feeling.  
Capped by a visit from a friend I dont see that often even though we are about 5 minutes away from each other....She rather interrupted my painting jag, but it will all still be there tomorrow.


Another Mute Swan on the drawing board.  

I am missing my walk along the prom but we have had strong winds for the last few days. Perhaps tomorrow?

As regards the deal with this magazine Your Fraserburgh.  They seem happy with one of the pictures supplied for their front page, the ones for the featured artist have all been accepted.  But I am not holding my breath.  No mention of any payment has been made, and to be honest I am not too fussed.  But for it all come to my work being displayed that really would be the icing on the Birthday Cake.  (No, I didnt get one.)(And I wasnt too fussed about that either.  Roast Pork WITH crackling, which the Scottish Butchers do not do but did this time was wonderful.)


Monday, 20 March 2017

Monday Blues.

The Dawn Patroller went off in his car at dawn today.  On a bird watching jaunt with the RSPB, North East.  They were South of Aberdeen today.

I am sure if you check out his blog you will see what they saw.

I like to see what he sees round the corner and up the lane from our house.


One of the first lambs this year.




Ever present Pheasant.





Brown Hare.

And lots of Roe Deer.

As he was away I made my own breakfast.  Went to Tescos for the paper (and some new clothes and a Take That cd.  Which was £2.50. and played for 1 and a half hours.  A bargain!)  It was strong winds outside so I forgo the walk.

Home, made my lunch.  

Had the back healing nap. ?? 

Then down the shedudio.  Intending to do lots of painting.  However a panic phone call from the publishers of "Your Fraserburgh" meant I spent the afternoon trawling through my paintings as the one they had chosen for the front page wasnt working.......  Ye gods.  When do you think I should start discussing payment?  Hey ho.

Glass of wine with a recorded Midsomer Murders returned the equilibrium.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Hopefully a bit of a break (ha ha) through.

Ah - remember the fractured spine and the compressed vertebrae?  I do.  Well the only advice was to keep moving.  Which as I have documented here - I have.

Today was HELL.  I have had days of excruciating pain.  But I battle on.  Keeping moving. But today I just could not do it.  I was hunched, tottering, it hurt to sit to stand, just everything.  Just imagine having a bath, well bathing, perched on a shelf over the bath.  Twisting. Yow.  Washing your hair stood outside of the bath and leaning over. Ouch.  But I did it.

So - instead of a walk, after lunch, I went to bed.  Something that is totally against all my principles.  If that is what life is about going to bed...... I would rather , well we wont go there.

I got up.  I went down to the shedudio.  I hunched and tottered.  Then I suddenly realised my back was not hurting quite so much.  I stood upright.  Straightened the back !  The knife appeared to have gone.

There was one web site I remembered which said to rest,  in bed.  Nothing about hurling chariots into cars and walking and trying to go further each time.  Hmmm.  Probably chancing fate even talking about it.  But I have not needed a pain killer since 9.30 a.m.

So apart from some painting down the shedudio I watched the garden birds.



The Redpolls have returned. (Common Redpoll.)



As have the Greenfinch, although in vastly reduced numbers.  They are susceptible to an Avian disease.




Siskins also returned.  Having a stand off with a Goldfinch... We have many of the latter all year round.

Siskin won that battle.



The shedudio through the looking glass.  The mirror is on the back wall behind the taps of the sink.  I am still waiting for the joiner to come and quote for lining the walls so I can hang paintings....  Also waiting for the fence/hedge people to quote for the boundary hedge/fence.  But thats the North East of Scotland for you.  Manana.

Lets see what manana brings to the back situation.