Saturday, 26 March 2011

White Smoke At The Vatican

Three months ago, we hung a bird feeder in our garden outside our kitchen window.  We eagerly anticipated our first visitors.  Considering that it was two days before Christmas and there was snow on the ground, we did not think that we would have long to wait before our feathered friends were lining up for the tasty treats.

Imagine our disappointment as the days and weeks passed and still we had no birds at the feeder.

Finally, the wait is over - almost three months to the day, I spotted our first bird and what a treat!  A male Cardinal was our first visitor.   I had only ever seen them from a distance but I must say that his colouring is magnificent.

Then a couple of days ago a female Cardinal arrived.  She had a little more trouble balancing on the perch, as it was a windy day, but she seems to have perfected her technique. 

Note: I wish that I could claim to have had the patience and the time to catch them on film, but I am not responsible for the photographs.  We have bug screens on our windows, hence the fine mesh which is visible on these pictures.

Friday, 25 March 2011


The calendar may show that spring officially started last weekend, but the scene that greeted us on Wednesday morning told a different story.  On Friday, the temperatures hit 18 C and there was not a flake of snow left on the ground.  Five days later, it was back to winter.
Back to shovelling snow from the driveway and footpath, back to winter boots and gloves.  Is there no end to winter?

Sunday, 20 March 2011

It's In The Bag....

The last couple of weeks have been difficult at times, but I'm pleased to report that I was at a birth in the early hours of Friday morning and things went well.  In preparation for home births (I've attended three, but not for any of my own clients); I've been accumulating equipment.  So much in fact, that I'm seriously wondering whether I need a bigger car.  The list seems endless....three oxygen cylinders, birth stool, birth instruments, medication, resuscitation equipment, intravenous supplies, warming pad etc etc

Finding the right bag was top of my list of priorities and I'm happy that I chose these.  Not only do they look good, but they have lots of useful pockets for storing my bits and pieces.  Now I know that they are in the bag, but the real question is where....?  I'm certain that in time, I will remember where I put everything!

Friday, 11 March 2011


I try to maintain a positive outlook when it comes to my blog, so I hope that you will forgive me if I am a bit self-indulgent and write about my week.  Aside from the fact that I'm feeling unwell with a heavy cold and sore throat, I need to vent some of my feelings.

I've been working at the practice for ten weeks now and my introduction was not what I had anticipated in the sense that there was little orientation and by the second day, I was left to get on with the job.  I can't really go into details (and I certainly don't want to bore you), but after a meeting this week, I am seriously questioning my decision to accept this job.

After many months of battling against the odds, I made it through my bridging course and I felt ready to start work, but circumstances (mainly the lack of jobs) meant that there was a significant delay between my finding a position and actually starting work.

I knew that the transition was going to be challenging, but I was not prepared for the feeling of anxiety that seems to pervade my waking (and sleepless) hours.  I am wondering how I am ever going to survive this first year of practice.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

A Winter's Tale

My life seems to be one long winter's tale at the moment.  After a very rainy Saturday when the temperature reached 8 C and the snow was melting rapidly; we awoke to a winter wonderland on Sunday.  Now much as I like to see pristine white snow, there is a limit to the number of times that I want to go out and shovel the driveway and I think that we have had more than our fair share of the white stuff this year.

Anyway, a good read is the perfect antidote to bad weather and I had an opportunity to curl up with A Winter's Tale for a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon.  The main character is Sophy; who unexpectedly inherits a manor house in the Lancashire countryside; complete with live-in staff and assorted relatives.  It is an enjoyable read and one that is filled with little domestic details about the treasures that she discovers in the house and how she sets about its restoration; but it is also about the intricate relationships which unfold between Sophy, her cousin Jack and her head gardener Seth.

As a firm supporter of my local library, I enjoy the sense of anticipation when I request a book and this definitely lived up to my expectations.  As time is short at present, I am limiting myself to borrowing one book, rather than coming back with a stack of them as I would have done in the past, but I'm requesting books based on recommendations instead of going in and browsing the shelves.  Have you read any good books lately?