Friday, 23 February 2018

Yesterdays blog.

I did post yesterday.  Which some of you saw and commented on, thank you.  In the light of day this morning I deleted the post.  I feel very strongly about the Lighthouse Museum.  But it is a personal thing.  Best kept out of the public domain.

Today the DP and I were at a meeting of the Fraserburgh Art Group.  Our Annual exhibition is in October this year.  Our face book page is 'Fraserburgh Art Summer Exhibition' FASE, but last year we had it in October, Tattie fortnight.  When the schools in this area have two weeks off, when in the olden days the kids would be herded out into the fields to pick potatoes, tatties.  No longer are they herded out but they still get two weeks off school, so up here a very short February half term to balance out.  October was very successful for us.  So this year we are doing it again - in October.

The other success, last year,  was the Community Challenge.  We had so much bunting with pictures, painted and photographed of 'My Town' totally amazing.  Schools, Community Groups and individuals all contributed.

This year the challenge is, 'Fraserburgh Flyers.'  Butterflies, Sea birds, Garden Birds, Pterodactyls!!  These images will be hung from ceilings, balcony and stairs of Dalrymple Hall.

Dalrymple Hall viewed from the Harbour.

This is the other side.  Its full title is Dalrymple Hall and Arts Centre.  

Fascinating history.  Donated to the town.  It has had the Beatles. A flourishing cafe, sadly no longer.  Three Art groups meet through the week.  Fraserburgh Junior Arts perform a Summer Show, Annual Panto, various cinema projections - all just released films.  Annual Flower Show.  Dance lessons.  And us.  Buzzing.

After the meeting the DP and I drove down to the prom.  It was freezing cold and very windy.  I stayed in the car.  He went off to photograph the new doings at the Kids playpark.


Oystercatchers, of course.

And a dog heading for Australia.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Beautiful Day.

The DP was on a birdwatching jaunt today.  The start was at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, in Fraserburgh.  So we arranged to meet for lunch so he could do the eye drops.

I had a very close relationship with the Museum.  As a sender of guests when I did B&B, as a volunteer when I retired, and organiser of Kids Activities there in the school holidays, and latterly as vice chair of the Board of Trustees.  

How disappointing it was to visit the cafe today.

This is the cafe.  Amazing views over the sea.  This place used to be packed at lunch time.  Offering hot and cold food, freshly cooked with local produce.  Today we had a choice of soup, and sandwich.  Latter cold, no toasties.  Soup looked like something a dog had regurgitated.  There was no smell in the place of anything being cooked at all.  

To get to the cafe is up a winding stair so I asked if the stair lift was working, which is within the museum, and I have operated it many times.

The path of the stair lift.

 Today I was told I had to be accompanied.  By a member of staff.  I do not know who was more embarrassed, I do know I made it quite clear that people with a disability do not take kindly to have their independence of pressing a knob removed.  I also had to get this person to take me down again, apparently this is the order of the new Manager.  To my shame it was I who gave her the job.

How sad that this wonderful place is apparently going down the hill.  Outside were a crowd of bird watchers eating their sandwiches and not able to get a hot drink to 'take out' which always was on offer.  So money lost there. The cafe in its heyday kept the museum going financially in the quieter months.  I doubt it is now.  There were two other couples in the cafe, and none of us looked too thrilled.

I then went for my walk.  What a beautiful day!

Eyeing up the surf.

Just before I left the Oystercatchers swooped in.

Lobster boat, bringing home the 'trunks'.

Back home I failed to light the woodburner in the shedudio.  Six attempts.  Total failure. I am sulking.  But apart from the Lighthouse Cafe it was a beautiful day.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018


Still too scared to wash my hair.  Did some exercises but dare not lift any weights.  But what about hoiking the chariot into and out of the car?  I have been zooming up and down Google.  Apparently within 2 days in India you can be back at work.  Whether that is lifting weights I know not .  No -one actually says how many days before you can resume normal life.  Including pulmonary physio, the weights I use are 1.5 lbs.  I really do not remember any of this for the first Bionic eye.

Took myself off to the Prom.

Fair bit of wind.

My favourite dog.  

Back home and into the shedudio.  Out of the window is the pile of branches from the now totally removed Lilac Bush/tree.  I think we should leave said branches as this afternoon they were aglow with colour from the birds.

Using the branches as cover and sunbathing too.  There is nothing else in that corner of the garden.  We may well move some of the mole hills down there and plant some wild life friendly seeds and leave the branches too.  I have plans for  a wildlife pond which this garden lacks, and every previous garden we have had has had one.... Watch this space.

Back inside.  Sith Cat decided to sit on the new chairs.  Taken a while.

He then decided to try the other one out.

We are now on day 2 of our road closure.  

We are the yellow blob.  Today we had an oil delivery, our bins were emptied, and my neighbour across the field came home from work down the red bit.  No sign of any activity to said road.  And farmers are zooming up and down moving bales.  I give up.  Being scared.

Monday, 19 February 2018

A Dreich Day.

Raining and never stopped.

This morning I spoke to the Eye Clinic.  

Can I wash my hair, the only way I can wash my hair is leaning over the bath and using the shower head?  

Yes so long as I do not get water in my eye..... Still thinking about that one.  

Two. Can I restart my Pulmonary Physio exercises which involve weight lifting, albeit only 1.5 lbs. NO. No weight lifting for some weeks.  Wasnt til I had finished the phone call I thought of the chariot.  Lifting it in and out of the car, and repeat and repeat.  Which I have been doing since the cataract operation...... Whoops.  Think I will just carry on.  (I do not remember any of these instructions following my first delivery of a bionic eye.)

Wet.  Misty. 

Seriously worried about getting rain water in the eye.  Despite sunglasses.  (I am sure everyone who saw me thought I was totally mad.)

Coming in to the harbour, out of the wet gloom, the Orkney Ferry.  Looking decidedly rusty.

Presumably going into the harbour to be spruced up somewhat.  Not sure what they do in the Orkneys while it is down here.

Back home the garden birds were feeding up.

Yesterday we had the return of the Grey Partridges!  

Thrilled to have them again. Hopefully regular visitors and babies too.

My sanity returned by my sojourn in the shedudio.  Painting.  Still wet.

Finding the walls round the stove are not getting hot the DP is now re-hanging some paintings.

All good.  And a better weather forecast for tomorrow!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Update of not a lot really.

The sign has already been knocked down (but our 'new fence' is still standing!)

Mondays and Thursdays is when the DP goes shopping.  So now I am worrying as to whether he will get back home tomorrow.  I have tried to email one of our local councillors but I am told the email address is wrong despite being on all websites and I copied and pasted.....We are perilously low on oil and logs do they deliver?

I went for my walk.  The tide is still high when I go so no sea birds on the shore.

One of the large fishing boats returning to harbour, although it does appear to be heading for the caravan park!

Some different views of the beach - at high tide.

With a different slant, some of the inlets close to the edge.  Pretty.

My eyes appear to be now coordinating with each other.  

Well they don't look too cockeyed so far. 

 It is a bind having two lots of eye drops, 5 minutes apart, four times a day.  But I am not complaining. Much.  

I am going to phone the clinic tomorrow as I really would like to wash my hair, and resume the pulmonary physio exercises.  One is not supposed to get water/shampoo into the eye.  Lean over so to do.  And lifting weights is a definite no no. So will be checking on how much of a no no these are.  I do not remember any of this from the last time.  Hey ho.

One of my daughter and her daughter both achieved a yellow belt at Karate today!

Meanwhile the DP does battle with the garden making more dead branch piles.

A thug of a Lilac, which we have now decided to actually completely remove.  And there is another at the other side of the shedudio.  If he can get out and return he is to purchase an incinerator as the last one disintegrated.  Did us good service though.

So there you go - not a lot really.  Nitty gritty of life as we know it.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Thanks for telling us!

When: 19 February 2018 to 23 February 2018
Exact location: TR A90 at Lakeview House to U19B at Cherry Cottage 
Details: Carriageway Repairs 
Diversion: TR A90 to B9033 near Greenburn, B9033 to C17B at Gowanfold Crossroads and C17B to U19B 
PDF map: Diversion and closure map - C17B Cortes - Inverallochy Road (PDF 768KB)

A sign has appeared by our house.  Saying the road will be closed from Monday to Friday this week.  It appeared on Friday.  No chance of contacting anyone at the Cooncil by the time I saw it.  Am I to be marooned?  Unable to get out.  Would you not have thought a letter to us and other occupiers affected, there arent that many of us.  What about the farmers getting out , Postie getting in and Dustbins being emptied.  Totally gobsmacked.  Our road is mostly single track with passing places.  I have not noticed any major issues, unlike most of the main roads and town centres with huge damaging pot holes.  Why us?  Its about 1 and a half miles long the road.  We are Cherry Cottage by the way.  I have logs being delivered and possibly need an oil tank delivery when the DP checks the tank.  

Just beggars belief.

Sorry, I had to rant.  An old aerial photo of the road.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Socialising can be very tiring.

For some time now I have been avoiding going out for coffee, lunch, meeting people.  During the flu season I would have been stupid had I gone into cafes, shops, whatever as the sound of the nurse saying "Just do not get a chest infection" rang in my ears.  So apart from my daily walks in the clean, fresh, sea air I have not been anywhere.  Even avoided shops.  Now that is a sacrifice.

Our friends run the Dunes Golf Centre.  Also the very popular cafe.  It was time to return.  If I get a chest infection now it is not going to prevent the cataract operation, now done.

Lovely to be welcomed back.  So chatting away to our friends and the lovely waitresses was so pleasurable. 

While we were sitting having our meal I espied with my new bionic eye, masses of birds in the field.

Curlews!  Even the DP was impressed with my spotting of them.  Although when I first saw them coming in to land I thought they were crows.  The sun was behind them - ok!

 After which I went for my walk, while the DP went off home to do more domestic things.

The tide was just on the turn, not enough beach for the sea birds to land.

Ah, the Lone Surfer waits for the surf.

Back into the Shedudio.  Out of my comfort zone doing a landscape....

The woodburner was behaving so well I had to remove clothing.

The Pheasants battling still.

Right, back to Socialising can be tiring.. I am totally shattered.  So much so I am here doing the blog, waiting til its time for the eye drops and then bed.  The DP reminds me I need to breathe to talk.  And there is the problem!  Hey ho.