Thursday 30 April 2015

Cataracts post - an apology.

Before you can start the driving test you must demonstrate that your eyesight is good enough to be able to drive safely. You do this by reading a clean number plate of the old style from a minimum distance of 20.5 metres (approximately 67 feet or 5 car lengths).

Tree Sparrow.


House Sparrow.

I can correctly identify both these birds for the same distance.

Had I not been visually able to drive the optician would have ( surgically ) removed my  car keys.  And further I hope never to be so irresponsible or to be accused of such.

Apologies for inflicting my exaggerations on you all , albeit to raise a smile, but also to   cheer me in the possibilities of  one day losing my independence.

Wednesday 29 April 2015



Not so beautiful.

 Hey ho.  Whatever next.

Will  be able to see with new specs prescription.  Though shouldnt actually be driving as I cannot read a number plate at however many metres.  But why would I want to do that?  New specs come week to ten days.  

Should also be able to see t.v. then.

Wonder if my hearing will improve.  As I should then also be able to carry on lip reading!

Operation will be carried out as worsens and/or my quality of life is threatened.  No way am I losing the independence of being able to drive.  

I will give clear warning when to avoid the roads in the North East of Scotland.  


Sunday 26 April 2015

April Showers.

Started at 3p.m. and still not stopped.  We now live 3 miles from the coast and never, ever, had this much snow.  This after a week of wearing t shirts and sandals. 

Exciting int it?!

Saturday 18 April 2015

Quackers in the North East of Scotland.

Whoever described the Scots as dour really got it wrong.

For a couple of weeks now the DP and I have noticed these yellow plastic ducks appearing on fence posts on our way into Fraserburgh.  Obviously well fixed as it does get a tad windy up here.  Was it a treasure hunt?  Or what?????

Apart from being a wee bit distracting driving along as one had ones eyes on the side of the road checking for ducks it really brought a smile to ones face.

My travelling has been to the various clinics I attend for the different bits of me leading to blood tests etc.  Each clinic focusses on one aspect.  They never look at you as a whole person.  
Lower your cholesterol.
You need to put weight on.
Being depressed is part of COPD.
Do not take any of your drugs next whenever we are testing you for diabetes.

So for me the sighting of the ducks was just wonderful.

Then the ducks went viral on facebook.

They were not just up and down our country lane but all over around Fraserburgh.

Can you find all the yellow ducks?

 Save Fraserburghs Yellow Ducks  facebook page was set up as rumours went round someone was removing the ducks!

It would appear that some person, anonymous so far, bought 200 of the ducks and decided to adorn the countryside to make people smile.

Well it worked. Big time.  Now we are hoping to somehow use the ducks to fund raise in some way for a local charity.  Watch this space!  And keep looking for ducks.

And finally I came across a medical person who looked at me as a whole person.  Who told me to eat what I wanted, drink what I wanted and LIVE.  Changed my medication told me to forget about all the testing until I was rid of chest infections and got to a weight where I could fight them on my own.  With her and the ducks my depression went.

I just might buy her a yellow plastic duck.

Tuesday 7 April 2015

April? What happened to March?

Well March was spent mostly in bed groaning and coughing, but enough of that...

More family visitations over the Easter weekend.  Eldest daughter and two grandsons.

The weather has been incredible.  Warm, no wind, sunshine from dawn to dusk. 

St Combs beach is good for rock pools, golden sand , and seals.   But none this day. ( Not good for Zimmer frames, even with wheels.) (The new header to the blog shows Killer Whales off the beach here, last year.)

Takes 3 to build a sandcastle.

An excellent rock pool find - Long Spined Scorpion Fish.  Good job they didnt pick it up or touch it.  Grandmas are good for some things, I have been asked to do a painting of it.

So what was Grandma doing while they were all off with the Dawn Patroller visiting Museums, Aquariums and many, many play parks?

Painting of course.

The above is Fluffy.  Been dead for 20 years.  Owner (ex?) well pleased.

Mountain Hare from a photograph by Adam Caird, who liked my painting so much of his photograph he posted it on his facebook site!

And I watch the birds while waiting for the paint to dry.  There were 2 Redwings in the garden outside the shedudio.  Now that is a first.  The DP was quite miffed he had missed them.  (There are some kudos for an old infirm Grandma. Ha!)

Working title for the above is rather rude, "P*** Off." But thats me.

I am painting, painting, as we are coming into the exhibition season.  You are seriously going to get bored my friends.

Hope the weather was kind to you this holiday weekend and you have all had a good time.  I really do not want you to P*** Off.