Best Wishes — Fan Of… #83

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This week’s Fan Of… is best wishes & being home. A massive thank you to all you awesome folk out there around the globe sending me your best wishes 😃

For those of you that follow me, you’ll know about my recent unscheduled visit to the hospital. It all started last Wednesday with what I believed was a simple stomach ache. Come Thursday morning, it was still there but not really any worse. It was my day off so I’d already decided to head to Cumbernauld Park to boost my autumn photographs, & a bit of a sore stomach was not stopping that. Still no real issues, until lunchtime, & my first inkling that all was maybe not as it should be.

Horsechestnut leafs
Horsechestnut leafs
Cumbernauld House Park
Cumbernauld House Park

At midday, I decided to phone work & let them know that I wouldn’t be in for my 5 o’clock shift the following day & then everything (including my pain levels) started to accelerate. Within the next 3 hrs, my wife filled out the patient questionnaire on the NHS Scotland Website, was prompted in a huge red box (seriously, you can’t miss this big red box) to call an ambulance immediately & I was blue lighted & nee-nawed to Monklands hospital & there diagnosed with suspected appendicitis.

I put up a quick blog on Thursday evening (from my iPhone — ain’t technology a wonderous thing), just to let you guys know I’d be off the scene for a while.

In Monklands Hospital
In Monklands Hospital

Friday was a day of being prodded & poked by various knowledgable looking people, a CT Scan, & a lot of blood tests. Apparently the norm for appendicitis is an age bracket of 20-30 years old; since I’m kicking down the door of 50, they wanted to make absolutely sure that there wasn’t something else going on.

1730 rolls around & I’m off to theatre, a new one for me. Now time didn’t just accelerate, it disappeared. I’ve never had a general anaesthetic before, so wasn’t aware of what it was like. To my mind, it seems like a switch was flicked off, & some time later flicked back on. The anaesthetist had told me to think about something good as I was going under, so I remembered back to the Jurassic Park ride in Universal Studios, Hollywood, that my wife & I went on so many times, & in particular the theme music. I was humming this in my mind when I went to sleep, & was still humming it when I woke up again, wierd 😲

Friday night was pretty uncomfortable & sleepless & Saturday afternoon I was discharged & back home. In all, I went from a sore stomach, to being back home with no appendix (and an increased sense of smell–what the?) in a little over 48 hrs (did I mention they shaved my left thigh 🤣).

I’ve still a long way to go before I’m back to normal. Although the procedure was done using keyhole surgery, it is still very invasive & I have 3 entry wounds to heal (I’m held together with upwards of 20 clamps at the moment).

I’ll be taking it quiet for a while & hope to start getting back to normal with more regular Fan Of… & Water Water Posts in a couple of weeks (sometime in November).

Again, a massive big thank you 🙏 for all the support & best wishes from you guys, makes everything a bit better when you know you’ve got folk rooting for you.

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Sun Through the Trees — Fan Of… #82

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This week’s Fan Of… is Sun through a trees & branches. I love the eefct you can get with the sun coming directly through the branches & sometimes create a deliberate flare.

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Sun Through a Lensball — Fan Of… #81

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This week’s Fan Of… is Sun through a lensball. Whilst out recently with my lensball, some of the shots were towards the sun, resulting in some great sparkles in the lensball.

Sparkle in a lensball
Sparkle in a lensball

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Holes in Trees — Fan Of… #80

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This week’s Fan Of… is Holes in trees.

Whilst on my recent trek around Palacerigg Country Park (Fan Of… #79), I came across this tree with a hole through the trunk at a convenient height for me & snappy.

I, of course, decided that it might be interesting to take some shots of the open moorland through it.

I then noticed that it was probably the right size to sit lensy in (what a surprise 😂) and get a few more shots.

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Palacerigg Country Park — Fan Of… #79

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This week’s Fan Of… is Palacerigg Country Park.

This is an area of countryside to the south-west of Cumbernauld, Scotland. It contains areas of open moorland, interspersed with patches of woodland. Within the park boundaries sits Fannyside Lochs (Fan Of… #44), & a visitor centre (will be in a later post). There are quite a few stables around so there were some horses to talk to as well 😂

These shots are from my recent trek around the park, with very varying conditions as you will see, & plenty of opportunities to play with my lensball 😃

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Kobo nia — Fan Of… #78

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This week’s Fan Of… is my new Kobo nia.

After many years of being Kindle owners, my wife & I have made the decision to move over to Kobo for our e-reading. Our Kindle Fires, which were more of a tablet than just a reading device, were starting to need recharging every couple of days. We looked at the Kindle Paperwhites but decided that they were quite expensive for what they are (2-3 x the cost of the Kobo). There also look to be some very good deals on books with Kobo, & you earn points every time you buy a book, which adds up to money off future purchases; so, Kobo it is.

Kobo nia

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Wildflowers — Fan Of… #77

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This week’s Fan Of… is wildflowers. Although we’re coming to the end of summer, there is still plenty of colour out there in nature. These shots were all taken last week on our visit to Palacerigg Country Park.

Heather
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Fannyside Lochs — Fan Of… #76

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This week’s Fan Of… is Fannyside Lochs. My wife, Susan, & I went for a walk in Palacerigg Country Park, in which sits Fannyside Lochs; gave me a chance to play with my lens ball 😉 The Loch’s a great place to visit, quiet & peaceful, with just the sound of the wind to accompany you 😃

Fannyside Lochs through a lensball
Fannyside Lochs through a lensball
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Controversy — Fan Of… #75

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This week’s Fan Of… is controversy, in the form of Marmite Rice Cakes.

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New Home Studio — Fan Of… #74

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This week’s Fan Of… is my new home studio. This set up turns a humble table into what looks like a a swanky, loft style white wooden floor with exposed painted brickwork behind it. Some of you who follow my blog may have already seen the backdrop in use for one of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenges — Wilting Beuty & Sneezing Lilies.

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