Sunday, 24 January 2010

Winter Sky

I have just realized that I have only posted twice in the entire month of January. This is hardly surprising, as my life has become so busy recently that I don't know whether I am coming or going. For the past few months, I have felt like I am being pulled in two directions, with my work commitments and my studying. The news that I am to be fast-tracked has forced me to re-evaluate my priorities and in the process, I have upset a few people. I gave my notice at work about ten days ago and in less than a week from now, I will be walking out of there for the last time.

It is with a sense of excitement tinged with apprehension that I now face an uncertain future. I will be heading north-east of the city to Lindsay to start a three month clinical clerkship, which means that I will be working as a midwife under the supervision of a preceptor, but expected to take a leading role in the care of the practice's clients. I will be on-call day and night for the majority of the placement and I will be under constant scrutiny to see whether I live up to the expectations of the profession.

Last Friday, we went up to Lindsay to view some apartments, as I have to move to the area. The visit also gave me a chance to meet some of the midwives, including my preceptor. I did find a small apartment, which is far from perfect, but it is warm and in a quiet area, so I will just have to make the best of it. Anyway, I suspect that I won't be spending that much time at home in the coming months and when I am there, I will probably be too exhausted to even notice my surroundings!

These photos were taken on a previous visit as we were driving home at sunset. They are a bit blurred because they were taken out of the window of a moving vehicle, because there wasn't anywhere safe to pull off the road for a spot of photography! I like the look of the pristine white snow lying on the fields ~ even a week later, they still looked the same.

Monday, 18 January 2010

It All Started With A Cup Of Tea

Ten days ago, I met my friend Enza for afternoon tea at The Old Mill Inn. We both agreed what a civilized way it was to spend a couple of hours on a cold and snowy day. At the time, although I knew that I was going to be busy in the coming weeks and we talked about my course; I had absolutely no idea as to how hectic my life was about to become.

I received a call last Tuesday informing me that I have successfully challenged the winter term of my course (interesting, as I never actually applied to challenge it!) and that I am to be fast-tracked in my bridging programme. What this means is that in just three weeks from now, I am going to be starting a clinical placement at a midwifery practice in rural Ontario. Between now and then, I have to find somewhere to live and move about an hour and a half's drive from the city...oh, and I forgot to mention the clinical exams I have to pass before I go out on placement.

So if you don't see or hear from me for a while, I do hope that you will understand.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010


January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.

Happy New Year!

The days seem to have flown by since Christmas and it has been a week since I last posted. I hope that everyone enjoyed the festive season. We had a green Christmas, but as the nursery rhyme says, January brings the snow.... and it certainly has.

Actually, we don't have much snow, but we have been contending with extremely cold temperatures with wind-chills in the minus 20 C range. Even the shortest of walks has proved to be a test of endurance.

This lunchtime saw the temperature hovering around -7 C with only a -14 C wind-chill. Positively balmy really! So I took the opportunity to go for a short walk.

The last of the berries not discovered by the birds. If the snow remains on the ground for long, I am sure that these will soon be gone.

Heading back home to the warm for a welcome cup of tea.

Wishing you all health and happiness in 2010.