What an excellent morning, sunshine, fresh air, kedgeree and a cuppa. You just can't beat it.
Well, you know how I enjoy telling you all a good story, I have decided to dial the time back 20 years for todays. This was a little naughty, but at the time there was no choice and is funny to look back on.
It all started one night when I was at work, I used to be a nightshift mechanic at a waste company in the midlands. I was in charge of the Coventry depot that had 16 wagons from skip to large 8 leggers (slang for wheels). I worked closely with the Birmingham depot and vehicles had to be run overnight from Coventry for larger repair jobs to be done and servicing as my depot wasn't kitted out for this kind of work.
This one night I arrived in Birmingham with one of the 8 leggers for a service, I also needed to see one of the welders about some work he was doing on one of Coventrys bins. couldn't find him so I asked one of the other lads, funnily enough he was looking for him also. We both went in search of the illusive welder. We started to check some of the containers outside. The other lad opened the door on one and just as he did the welder arced up and we were both caught by the blinding flash of the welding arc, this was because the container was like a mirror inside from all the rubbish sliding from it.
Anyway, everything seemed fine, I spoke o the welder and the rest of the nightshift went without a hitch until around 6am.
I suddenly started to feel the gravelly eye coming on, it was then I realised I had arc eye, having experienced it before I new what was happening, I just didn't know at the time how serious.
I eventually arrived home and by now my left eye was screaming. Gill grabbed the car keys and off we went to the hospital.
At this point I had best point out Gill was on L plates.
The hospital anaesthetised my eye and then examined it, I had blisters on my retina, lovely. They put some antibiotic cream in my eye and then fitted me with a huge white patch, before we left I was given a supply of antibiotic cream and instructed to put it in both eyes to make sure of no infection. Now looking like a one eyed pirate we headed home.
A short while later I put my cream in and then it started, gravelly eye in my right eye. Gill grabbed the keys once again and off we went to the hospital. Once agin I was anaesthetised and checked, another blister had formed on the right retina that wasn't there in the morning. It was also noted that I had severe burns around my eyes, no eyebrows or lashes were present, they had been melted.
All the creams were applied and yet another patch was attached to my face, now with two patches I was actually blind, I have to say this was a frightening experience.
Another problem then arose, Gill was a learner, I was blind and the qualified driver and there was no-one I could call to help us out. We didn't have much money back then so a taxi was out of the question.
There was only one thing for it, a disguise. Luckily back then the trend was for women to wear rather large sunglasses, so I donned Gills glasses and tucked the patches in at the sides. Gill was and is a very good driver and had had plenty of lessons with both myself and BSM so I had every confidence in her ability, the problem was from a legal point of view.
We began to head home and I instructed Gill that at every junction she had to tell me when we had arrived so I knew. At the first junction Gill told me and I sat there turning my head left and right with Gills huge glasses on, blind as a bat and praying a police car didn't come up the road.
Gill asked me what I was doing, I told her that if I looked up and down the road it would give the impression that nothing was wrong, it was then she pointed out the flowery design on the arms of the glasses which were being worn by a well built fella, 6ft 5in with tattoos who was bent double in the passenger seat of a mini with two large patches over his eyes and that if no-one thought that there was nothing wrong with that vision they must have been as blind as I was at the time.
We finally made it home, much to our relief. It took me a week of recovery and my sight was back, the burns still remained for a short while after.
We laugh at it now, but at the time it was quite scary.
Todays upload is from a trip with some friends to the Robin Hood tree which is along the route of Hadrians Wall.
A great day out with friends and some excellent photography oppurtunities.
I have uploaded a couple of extra versions, one of which was a poor sheep that had died , whether it had been attacked or not I don't know, but as it was literally just bones it amde for some interesting photos.
Hope you like todays uploads, any comments as always welcome.
|Camera:||Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!|
|Lens:||16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||6 Nov 2011 - 1:39 PM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/4.0|