Saturday, September 29, 2018

Well...that was a month, stepping from the very pedestrian pavement directly into the fast lane of my return to work. I was tucked up in bed most nights by 10 p.m. and up at 5.30 each morning. What didn't help was some 'abdominal problems' midway through the month requiring an urgent doctor's appointment. Happily, now sorted and I feel reasonably hale and hearty. I had a few glasses of Laphroaig last night to celebrate my birthday (today) and payday so today will be a quiet one. The gardening and modelling can wait until tomorrow. A gentle early morning stroll with Mrs C. along the river to clear my head and watch the swans, then some shopping and I made a nearly full English breakfast plus fresh brewed coffee to fortify the inner man.

My current build is a U.S.N. F4F-4 Wildcat circa early 1942, a plane I have long wanted to build and this kit was going very cheap and it included the Photo etch parts for the engine, cowling and cockpit.

Tiny metal parts, superglue and fat fingers are not a combination designed to promote calm. The kit is 1/72nd scale so small to start off with but so far a thoroughly enjoyable build.  I don't have much time now for building so I now set aside a few hours each week as quality modelling time where I can escape the world and immerse myself in each build.

The job is going well and I am enjoying it. A great team, very busy but a much more relaxed atmosphere and we are treated as adults and professionals. A lot of driving  which I expected but after the sterile and artificially lit hospital wards this really is a breath of fresh air. Working as a lower band 5 community nurse I am building up a caseload of the bread and butter work with only a few complex cases as they go to the band 6 nurses, most of whom I had working as students with me when I was a band 6 and 7 nurse! It is odd being the newest and most junior member of the team yet having more experience and qualifications than the others. Happily I am paid at top band 5 which combined with my pension isn't a bad deal. I also like the area we cover and know it well having worked here previously. All in all I am happy and my intention is to stay here for the next few years until I do finally retire. Now for more coffee and some birthday Toblerone.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Just a quick blog to let you all know I am well. Three weeks at work and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience. Great work crowd and many of them I know from previous incarnations and I am gradually settling in. Just the I.T. issues to sort out and access the important stuff to enable me to record the actual work. It is very relaxed compared to my previous job environment although it is extremely busy.

I have been gardening today as little time to get it tidied up until the weekend. Sherlock helping me out as I cleared the raised bed and prepared it for the next lot of planting, which I have yet to decide. I also cut back some other plants preparatory to the winter shut down. I also discovered this in the garden...

Possibly left by Sherlock who stayed out last night but our part-time visitor might be responsible...

Yes, he's in the house whilst my own cats are all outside in the garden!
As I said, a quick update only and I will return to regular posting soon.