Scotland and its beauty 

A five day break to Scotland with some very special people who I love dearly. Lots of things to grab you attention and to allow you to drift into a day dream of retiring to the beauty that is Arygle and Bute area. As I wake every  morning to a stunning view even though the crane seems to get in the way it is still marvellous. I have loved every moment, even when the key got lost and we had to drive back to find them. The breath taking scenery has been amazing and just allows you to escape life for a moment. Having a son who has appreciated the beauty has really enhanced the time here. I am a lucky lady to have fallen in love with a Scotsman.  

    
    
    
    
    
    
    

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Community spirit is alive and kicking out there!

Today 3 of my family members had a lucky escape from a fire that ended up destroying all their belongings. My Niece and her 2 boys (2 years and 4 months), were alerted by the smoke alarm and safely got out of the house.

Sadly their belongs were not lucky and everything they own has be destroyed from baby bottles to beds to children’s toys. My mother has now posted the news article with a request for help on Facebook to find some essential items to get them through the next days or so. Amazingly she is wading through many responses of people wanting to help and giving donations of nappies, clothes a cot, offers of everyday items. It really shows that community spirit is out there and these are just ordinary people (some with not a lot themselves) wanting to help. I am so grateful and heart-warmed at all the kindness. My mother is doing an amazing job of sorting out collection and saying thanks. Well done BRIGG and surrounding areas for being a fabulous community. I live further away and feel comforted that you are supporting my family.

http://www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/BREAKING-Firefighters-called-house-blaze/story-27464531-detail/story.html

 

 

It knows I though it was a Red Squirrel as now its being very blatant in its stealing of my Apples.

Brave and Brash Grey Squirrel. The subject is closed now and never to be re-opened (well unless it does tricks). Its very brave now even looking at me as I take the picture. Well Squirrel watch needs to be over before my family form an intervention group. What a day of hope to be dashed that its an every day GREY one. Well thank you x P1090394 (2) P1090419 (2) P1090423 (2) P1090425 (2)

Not a Red Squirrel :( However, a sneaky Grey Squirrel :)

Well the Red Squirrel Survival Trust have confirmed that said Squirrel is not a RED one.

Email Reply

From: info@rsst.org.uk
Sent: ‎Monday‎, ‎20‎ ‎July‎ ‎2015 ‎14‎:‎53
To: maxine allen
Sorry to disappoint you but its a grey.  There’s a red tinge to the fur but the ears and tail are unmistakeable.
Many thanks for sending a picture.  You’d be surprised how many people don’t.

Kind regards,
RSST

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I am slightly disappointed as at 2.15 pm to day I got these lovely snaps of him/her.
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09:40 on Monday 20th July in the Year 2015 and I am still on Squirrel Watch!

Oh dear, 4 emails sent (so some work) and now this is how bad its got 🙂

FullSizeRender (2)Camera is at the ready, I am now positioned so that I can move like a gazelle if required (maybe an exaggeration). Think of way to coax the little mite onto my shed roof so that I can get a better shot (not self indulgent for conservation purposes). Still no reply from The Red Squirrel Survival Trust.  Think may actually name him/her. This is not an obsession I have decided its an Interest (sounds so much better). Now must get back to marking work for the Health and Social care Diploma so that I can get back to Squirrel Watch later.

11:56 no sighting but that is mainly due to the pile that is mounting on my sofa, I do have a system that I am trying to focus on but I have to confess I am still intrigued by the squirrel and whether it will be back by the end of the day. Lots of annoying pigeons doing battle but I don’t feel the need to photograph those. Right back to the marking it is (shame can’t have a glass of vino to get me through the marking). Well here is hoping for squirrel watch to produce another sighting. Even the cat is getting in the way. Oh and come on RSST get back to me please.

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Squirrel Watch

Morning of 20/07/15 I find myself obsessing over a little creature that I found in the trees behind my house yesterday. I was lucky enough that he/she decided to come back and visit yesterday evening.  So what do I find myself doing this morning instead of getting my 10 year old ready for school? I find myself sat with coffee in hand at my back window staring out at the said trees for any glimpse of he/she visiting again.

Yesterday I even sent an email to The Red Squirrel Survival Trust asking them to verify if the said squirrel is a red one. Oh what has my life come to that I take more time on Squirrel Watch then I do checking that 10 year old has boxers, matching socks on.

Pictures of yesterday evening watch  in case you are as obsessed as me and can’t start your day with out a squirrel fix.P1090241 (2) P1090246 (2) P1090259 (2) P1090275 (2) P1090278 (2)

Update at 08:07 no sighting today as yet. I have to tell myself to work today and not look out of the window with camera in hand. 

09:13 spotted the little mite but not quick enough with camera, now must move away and do some work, not sure squirrel watch is a valid excuse to take time off. 

Positive Delay for care funding.

After last week and the pay-rise saga for the MP’s I feel this is a positive step. However, lets think about it a 10% pay rise was given to MP’s if that was passed to the care industry then there would not have to be the following cuts at all. Please read.

http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2015/jul/17/care-costs-cap-delay-government-urged-to-resolve-funding-crisis