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.