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Silent Sunday – 3rd July 2011

Silent Sunday


Silent Sunday! 26th June 2011


 Silent Sunday

>Scottish Summers


Wow I’ve only just submitted a Gallery entry – NATURE (click it!) and now the new one is up LOL!  As soon as I seen the theme of PLAYTIME, I just KNEW what picture it HAD to be!

It took this picture a few days ago, for my blipfoto account, and named it “Scottish Summers”.  This is how the kids roll round here… rain?!  BAH!  It’s STILL PLAYTIME, they just get their jackets on and out they go!

Lets face it… this is Scotland.  If they didn’t go out and play in the rain, they’d not get out much to play would they! 😉

Scottish Summers

Happy “Summer” everyone!  I bet you’re seeing more sunshine than we are up here in the Highlands!

Louise xXx

>The Gallery – Nature


This week the Gallery’s mission was to get us to show a photo or two of our wonderful NATURE!

I’ve been going through the gazillions of photographs that I’ve taken and the first one I’d like to show you all as is one of me and a fellow blogger enjoying nature.   This photograph was shot by my 6 year old son who is following in his Mummy’s footsteps of being a photography lover!  It was taken a couple of weeks ago, during our trip down to Cheshire to visit – and stay with – Livi aka Princess L (find her blog HERE), the photo was taken on our last day when Livi was showing around her home town in all it’s beauty.  I love this shot not just because it was taken in a beautiful setting, but because also of what it represents.  A friendship, that blossomed through Twitter and ended up in me and my son travelling from the Highlands of Scotland to Cheshire to finally meet up!  This is us by the river, and it was a gorgeous little spot of nature!

Nantwich til 26th July! 018

The next up are these eyrar of swans!  Yep apparently that’s the collective name for these beauties.

Seen these last week, along the River Ness which flows through my city.  The most I’ve ever seen together before then had been three – this time there were FIFTEEN!


and last up, this gorgeous sunset shot I took a few weeks ago… this is a view along the River Ness up towards my house – which is along the banks of the Ness.  I took this photograph from one of the pedestrian bridges across the Ness.

River Ness Sunset

And last but not least… TREES.  I love trees too Tara!

Here’s some acorn trees.  These trees are on the Ness Islands, which are islands on the River Ness.

Ness Islands Trees

Apart from the photograph of me and fellow Tweeter and Blogger – Livi, the other three pictures were all taken within a 20 minute walk from my house…

What a gorgeous world we live in!

Louise xXx

>Wordless Wednesday… Town House Joy


>Ready for Night Shift…


Ready for Night Shift…
I just laid out stuff to pack up for my night shift tonight.  This what I’ve got thus far…
1 can of Relentless Origins
1 litre bottle of Orange Juice
A container of Bran Flakes
1 tin of baked beans and a couple slices of bread
2 packets of crisps
2 pears
1 apple
1 cup of soup (chicken)
a heap of tea bags and couple of packets of coffee (not that I like the stuff but just in case…)
1 book – The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (an Eclipse Novella) by Stephenie Meyer
1 iPhone
1 iPhone charger
Yes that will do!
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I work in the operating rooms of my local hospital.  We are often rota’d onto night shifts, and the majority of us do 7 nights on/7 nights off.  This means for the next 7 days I’ll work two weeks worth of hours – 75 hours, and next week I’ll get a whole week off!  There is always an orthopaedic speciality scrub nurse on nights, and this week – that is me.  
I do enjoy night shifts… I’ve always been a night owl, even in primary school staying up half the night reading – much to my parents dismay! Boy they tried to get me to just go to sleep, but I would wait til they were sleeping and the light would just go back on… sometimes til 6am when Dad was getting up for work!  So therefore… night shifts don’t bother me in that way. 
They are however stressful for me in getting childcare… a whole week to figure out who will mind my wee fella, making sure that person has uniforms etc for Daniel… it’s a mission!  I’ll often have to wake early and collect him from after school club then someone will collect from me before I start my shift at night.  
Night shifts can be hairy too… you never know what will rush through that door on nights.  You have to work tighter as team on nights.  Team work is vital.  Nights can be emotional.  You can work all through the night with hardly any “down time” and be exhausted by the morning, both physically, mentally and emotionally.
When we’ve not got cases, there’s other things to do.  We stock up the theatres, we make sure all the theatres have all the trays of instruments etc that they require for the day set up by the day staff, and if they’ve not managed to do it, we’ll get them set up for them.  We clean and we tidy.  There’s nightshift “tasks” that we do every night too like putting the scope machine on a high clean/rinse with no scopes in it to clean it and other things.
When we’ve finished these things.. it’s down time.
Nights are great for learning more about your co-workers… it’s rare that for the whole 7 nights you’ll be rushed off your feet.  There’s often a lot of down time.  This time is great for learning more about the people you’re working with, their lives, their personality, what makes them tick… and that I love!  
We will eat food… talk… laugh… maybe watch a DVD… read books, play games consoles/iPhones etc that have been brought in.  
Saturday night there is a tradition to buy in a takeaway meal as our treat for nearly being finished the weeks worth!  Everybody looks forward to the Saturday night takeaway… you need something to keep you going if you’ve had a rough heavy week of shifts.
So here’s hoping it’s a quiet set of night shifts about to begin…
but if not, I don’t mind too much – I love my job!!!

>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! 

>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.”