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Well the trip to Weardale didn't occur today, now I received a text from my mate yesterday explaining how he had double booked. Ok, not a problem as the weather forecast was not to good anyway, little did I know that I would look out the window in the morning and get instant snow blindness, alright not that bad, but the garden was pure white with the horrible stuff. I thought then it was a good job we weren't going.
I slowly trudged a sleepy walk to the kitchen to make a mug of life potion, that's tea to anyone who hasn't read my blogs before.
The phone/fax is on a cabinet next to the kitchen door and I noted the message light was flashing, the machine itself was silent rather like an assassin waiting for the right moment to make a noise ruin your day. I decided to see which double glazing or PPI had phoned in the night expecting us to be up at 2am or some other unearthly hour, it's the only time they seem to phone us now, I don't think they liked the answer they got from me the last time it was at a reasonable hour. They definitely feel safer talking to the machine. I hit the button, the usual message of nothing just the brrrrrrrrrrrr of a hung up phone. Delete, the light went out.
Into the kitchen I went and hit the important button of the day, the blue glow of neon became mesmerizing as I watched a kettle boil. I poured the water, brewed the tea, chucked the tea bag, added milk and took the first sip. Bliss, absolute bliss. I headed for the living room and flicked on the tv hoping to catch the end of the England v New Zealand ODI match.
I snuggled into the corner of the settee with my cuppa and the three dogs came and hugged into me, nice and warm. I had just got completely comfy when the assassin sprung into action, ring ring, ring ring. Ooooohhhhh!!!! Who's that, I answered the phone, no-one, nothing just a dead line. Slamming the receiver back down as if to try and prevent it from ever ringing again, I wish, I went back to my position on the settee. No sooner was I comfy than my mobile went off. Aaaaaaaargh!!!!! I don't believe it. The number just said "BLOCKED". Do I answer or don't I. It could be important, I answered it, thank goodness I did. The lady on the end said "Hi, Mr Usher your Mother in Law has pushed the Warden button and unfortunately our vehicle is stuck at another call and in the snow". "I'm on my way" I replied, putting the phone down, dragging clothes on whilst shouting Gill, putting the dogs away and locking up. Within minutes we were in the car and on our way. Bloomin' snow, the 5 minute journey lasted for what seemed to be hours, not knowing what we would walk in to find the distance began to fell further and further.
The car had only just stopped when both of us were heading through the gate and the front door. Mum had fallen in the bedroom and hurt herself, she was now sat in the chair. We checked her over and felt we needed to speak to the medical people so we phoned the 111 number that we have in the area. After speaking to the Nurse and then a Doctor for a while it was decided to get an ambulance and have her checked at hospital. Thankfully after a long day at hospital and a batch of x-rays, blood tests and examinations it was deemed she was fine, just a bit shook up and bruised. She was then allowed to go home.
We arrived home absolutely shattered and ready to just sit and relax for the evening. I finally got my cuppa and am now watching the ODI cricket that I recorded. Please don't tell me the result, it has to be a good one otherwise I think I'll cry.
The light on the silent assassin is flashing right now and can stay that way until tomorrow, then again could that be tempting fate, I'd better check it. Hang on.
Bloomin' PPI, Aaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Todays upload was another from my trip to Northumberland, this time in Seahouse harbour, just before a huge plate of fish and chips was devoured.
"A New Career", the image reminded me of the title. You always embark on a new career at the bottom, or as some people say "On the bottom rung of the ladder". Things rarely go smoothly at first until the experience is gained and then eventually someone else comes along and takes your place on that bottom wobbly rung.

I hope you like this, thanks for looking and for any comments.

Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 Feb 2013 - 11:47 AM
Focal Length:210mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.3
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:A New Career
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:23 Feb 2013 - 11:25 PM
Tags:Career, Concrete, General, Harbour, Ladder, Reflection, Sea, Water
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Voters:Badgerfred · MalcolmM · aniamoore · taggart · gary_d · Silverzone · CarolG · NDODS · AnnChown · woolybill1 · fentiger · mrswoolybill · pluckyfilly · Rende · Brian65 · SlowSong · franken · EAS · jaktis · Maiwand · BlueRoom · nonur · mauriceegan · leontari · AnneWorner · helenlinda · Glostopcat ·
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MalcolmM Plus Member 9238 forum postsMalcolmM vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2013 - 11:38 PM

Well spotted, well taken.

sweetpea62 Plus Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 12:50 AM

A great shot, but I do love hearing your tales..Wink..Lin

taggart Plus Member 1046 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 12:57 AM

The muted colors and and fantastic subject fasciantes! The reflections are perfect--- LOVE this i mage!

gary_d Plus Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 2:54 AM

A really great reflection. - gary

CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 7:01 AM

Wonderful reflections, Andy, and a most fitting title. Glad to hear your mother-in-law wasn't badly injured in her fall. Carol

NDODS Plus Member 44245 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom116 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 8:03 AM

A great image Andy and such a great tale, keep them coming mate.

Regards Nathan

fentiger Plus Member 14915 forum postsfentiger vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 9:12 AM

Just the reflections themselves would make a great abstract Andy.


woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 9:17 AM

Thanks for the good read, Andy. I'm so glad everything turned out reasonably well, even the cricket (well, I expect you know now!)
And I would much rather look at this delightful reflection & composition than yet more snow. I had my fill of that when the very first flake fell back before Christmas and I'm heartily sick of it now.

Last Modified By woolybill1 at 24 Feb 2013 - 9:18 AM
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8751 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1243 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 9:35 AM

Reading the title, I thought for a moment that you had embarked on a new career as a deep-sea diver...
The reflections are wonderful - sharp but squiggly. Just enough movement in the water surface.
I'd personally like to crop the top two rungs off the ladder. Just occasionally I accept that the rule of thirds can work creatively, and I think it applies here. It was only when I scrolled up, to crop a wee bit above the tall narrow rectangle in the concrete that I noticed how lovely its reflection is as a balance to the yellows.
I'm sick of the PPI texts. They are now trying to sell me insolvency, 'Were you aware that you can get out of paying unaffordable debts? Just declare yourself bankrupt'. The devil in me wants to post that onto one of the Wedding Professionals' forum threads about their fees... Wink

pluckyfilly Plus Member 8343 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 10:44 AM

Good abstract on the water, I remember Seahouses from a visit to the Farnse your picture brings back memories! My hubs slipped on the stocks he was in charge of my bag and kit - the filter on my lens smashed, fortunately the lens itself was intact and the rest of the day turned out well.

Superb picture for me full of memories but I wouldn't want to do it again some few years down the lineSmile

Rende Plus Member 837 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 11:36 AM

Beautiful shot with wonderful contrast between top and bottom Andy.

franken Plus Member 123555 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 1:12 PM

Brilliant shot here.


EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 3:20 PM

I especially like that wonderfully riggly reflection and its burst of colours! Glad all turned out well in the end re the Mother-in-Law! We woke to snow too. Been coming on and off all day, then out pops the sun and makes like it never happened!


jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
24 Feb 2013 - 4:00 PM

I love how the reflection distorts the ladder


Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 4:15 PM

Thank you for your thoughts Andy. I reckon you have the makings of a good book here!!!TongueTongueTongue Excellent shot of the ladder. Been there-- seen that.

nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 6:29 PM

I find the reflection super, makes a great abstract.SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

leontari Plus Member 2leontari vcard Greece
25 Feb 2013 - 6:15 AM

Wonderful capture and the reflections are superb.

helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2013 - 1:40 PM

A real beauty Andy SmileSmile

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