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Silent Sunday – 3rd July 2011

Silent Sunday


Silent Sunday! 26th June 2011


 Silent Sunday

>Being Mrs P!


Panda Loving!
My boyfriend gets called Panda by one of his best mates because his favourite animals are giant pandas.  When we got together, his mate started calling me Mrs. Panda, which got shortened to Mrs. P. which he still calls me by (we’ve been together three and half years me and “Panda” *lol*)
He’d never seen one before, but longed to.   When we went on holiday to Madrid in February of this year (2010) we went along to it’s theme park.  However once we got to the gates we seen a sign for Madrid Zoo… with a panda on it!  That was it.  We had to investigate!  He lit up… he dug out his iPhone 3GS and with great excitement showing on his face he turned on the “data roaming” function and “Googled” Madrid Zoo.  There it was.  Pandas… in Madrid Zoo and it was right next door to the theme park we were now in!
So we did the theme park rides as quick as we could, which wasn’t difficult.  Many of them weren’t open due to the time of year.  We then went to Madrid Zoo.  
It was an amazing zoo!!  The first thing we did though was buy a map, find the pandas and head over there!!
His face when he seen the a panda for the first time!  Don’t think I’ll forget it!
I fell in love too… with the Giant Pandas!  Was already in love with the Panda loving dafty.  The way the pandas rolled around… reminded me of kittens or puppies in their mannerisms!  So big though, yet so fluffy looking! So cute!!  Gotta be seen in real life to fully appreciate these glorious animals.
Here’s a couple of photos of us with one of the pandas – the female Hua Zuiba.  
Hua Zuiba was born at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on September the 16th 2003.  Her name means Beauty Mouth in Chinese.  Hua Zuiba’s studbook number is 576.  Her mother is Cheng Cheng is 297 and her father, Ping Ping is number 377.  She came to Madrid Zoo, with a male – Bing Xing, on September 8th 2007.  A few months after Madrid Zoo moved into the new purpose built modern zoo in a new spacious setting on the outskirts of the city.
Unfortunately I dropped my camera and broke it in the zoo so we had to make do with the iPhone as a camera!
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This post was inspired by The Gallery.  A photographic workshop.  This post was for the subject of “Creatures. Click the badge below to see what it’s all about!  

>Still Life Femur


This is the femur component of a total hip replacement. It is an Exeter stem.

This photo is a tiny glimpse into the job I adore as an operating theatre nurse with orthopaedics being my main base and specialty.

This is the hip implant on top of one of the metal theatre trollies, and I love how it turned out!

My boss when he gave it to me said “Here’s a present for you, it was refunded by the rep as the attatchment had a fault… nice ornament for you?!”.

to which I replied with thanks, and that I’d get it tattooed where it will inevitably go when I’m old and needing my hip replaced 😉

This is a few hundred pounds worth of implant here… what shall I do with it?!  Frame!? LOL! 

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This post was for The Gallery photograph workshop!

The theme was “Still Life”.

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>The male in my life


This is my boy on his first day of school in September 2009.  He’s six, and could’ve started the year before, but I chose to have him start when he was six.  It was such a big day for him!  He was looking forward to it for months before hand… so eager to be a big boy!  
That day was big for me too… another milestone passed with no major complications having arised as a result of Daniel’s Occult Spinal Dysraphism – the rare neurological disorder that he was born with.
It was so strange when the realisation hit me – I had a child in Primary School…!??
There is just me and the wee man living in this house.  The male in my life.  My one consistent.  There will always be “Louise and Daniel”.
with love from 
Louise and Daniel
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This post was for The Gallery.  Week 11.
The theme was “men”.
Click The Gallery below to go check it out! 

>U-G-L-Y you ain’t got no alibi… you UGLY! You UGLY!


This week over at Sticky Finger’s The Gallery photograph workshop blogaroo, the theme was ugly.  Tricky one!  However when I started to think about what really WAS ugly in the world, I thought of one of the things that freak me out… mould and “foost” (fusty yuckness stuff!).  That lead me to think of, drum roll please……
I give you, my minging just emptied wheelie bin!!!

Oh my goodness it makes me feel quite icky looking at it…
There’s no way on earth I’m ever going to CLEAN it though… god no no no!
You may think “But you work in operating theatres and see and touch many a disgusting thing….!”.  Yes you are correct.  But I cannot and will not ever touch mould.  Got it!?  It just FREAKS ME OUT!  I know it’s irrantional, and hell, penicillin stemmed from mould or whatever, but I don’t care.  There’s something about it that makes me feel all shuddery with revolt inside!  

If ever something falls down the back of the black bag in my kitchen bin, and I don’t notice and it gets a bit mouldy – the bin goes in the wheelie bin! I’ll buy another before I will clean it.  Though lately I’ve tried leaving said kitchen bin out in the rain overnight with the lid off… this SOMETIMES will make the mould/foost flush away when I empty it, if so way-hey saves me some cash on buying another, but if not – then it’s into the wheelie bin it goes!

I’m weird.  I know.
Louise xXx

>The River Ness is the view from my home.


I was excited when I seen the prompt for this weeks The Gallery.  The prompt was “Outside my front door”.

 I live along the River Ness which flows from Loch Ness though my city of Inverness.  I went along the river to meet a couple of friends for a walk around the Ness Islands.  These are two islands in the middle of the river, connected by footbridges.  I took my camera to snap a couple of shots for The Gallery.  I didn’t get my favourite buildings BEFORE the Castle on my walk, as I was as usual, running late for meeting near the castle.

Clicking these photographs will let you see them in a larger size.

This is Inverness Castle, which I can see in the distance from my kitchen window.

This is Ness Bank Church, built in 1901 in the early gothic revival style:
The following two photographs are of our unfinished St. Andrew’s Cathedral, which is also on the banks of the River Ness.  It was built in the 1860’s and consecrated in 1874.  The second picture, I took with a special setting on the camera, and I quite like it, so included it hoping someone else would too!
The next couple of photographs were taken on the islands in the middle of the River Ness.
The last one there of the trees was included for the fellow Twilight fans, as this picture reminded me of Forks when I seen it.  Does it to you? LOL.
Okay and last but not least, a picture taken on my iPhone of some river visitors in front of my house!
And oh, and another extra (sorry!) – just because I love this picture!
This is what kinda views I get along the river when it’s foggy…

Well that’s The Gallery done and dusted for another week!  I was late this week in putting mine up due to the flooding down in England totally flooding the exchange my internet service provider uses, so I had no internet at all for a couple of days.

Check out The Gallery and see the other posts (and perhaps join in?) by clicking the linky… HERE!

>This picture is who I am.


This picture is who I am.
I am a mother, girlfriend, daughter, sister, grand-daughter, sister-in-law, aunt, step-daughter, I am a friend. 
I am a graduate, I am me as a whole person and I love my work as an operating theatre nurse, and as the glass states…
I am flipping mental.
This is who I am.
I am me, in my weird wide world.
(Click photograph to enlarge it.)
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This posting was for this week’s The Gallery.
The theme was “A picture which reflects who you are. It doesn’t have to be a self-portrait if you don’t want to. Just something which says: Me.”

>Colour… "and it was all Yellow…"


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This photograph was chosen from my photograph collection to submit as my first The Gallery blog post. This is a photograph workshop blog you can find here.
The topic was “Colour”.
This is the silhouette of the statue of Flora MacDonald, the Jacobite that helped save Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden. This statue is situated at Inverness Castle, here in my home city in Scotland. The sun is setting behind her, and there is a trail from an airplane above her. This was taken by myself in January 2007.
I love this photograph. I have it enlarged and in a frame on my livingroom wall. I’m not even too sure why I love it so much, but as soon as I took this photograph I knew it had to be framed and on my wall. I also painted my livingroom wall a pale yellowy colour that ties in to the colour of this photograph very well!
L x