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Cor blimey, what a last few weeks. The following will hopefully explain my absence.
It started with me playing with my router, I was rounding over the edges of some wood when I hit a knot and it kicked back, thinking nothing of it I went to carry on, it was at this point I noticed the end of my finger wasn't the same as it used to be. I won't go into details, I will just say they thought I might have to have the end of my finger removed, luckily it has healed well and quickly, oh and is still complete.
I was then doing some planting in the garden and after finishing up I came in to find that even though I had been wrapped up I was colder than I thought and couldn't get warm. I decided to have a warm bath, dress in some warm clothes and get the heating on. I enjoyed the bath which warmed me through nicely, however upon exiting the bath I slipped, twisted and put my back out to the point that I could barely move. I managed to get myself together and onto the settee where I ended up staying for about four or five days.
I hadn't been up on feet long and my back was still twinging when we received a fax, it was Gill's Dad telling us her Mum was really unwell, we immediately rushed up to their house and phoned an ambulance upon arrival. She was rushed to hospital and was admitted for a weeks stay. They were able to stabilise her and ran about a million tests, she has been allowed home now, but has to return for more tests etc.
While all this is going on my Mum and Dad were moving back to Devon from Durham where they have been living for about a year.
The furniture was due to arrive on the Monday morning. Late on the Sunday night the phone went and it was my Dad informing me my Mum had been rushed to hospital really unwell and they were running a whole batch of tests.
Finally, two days later I got the call that my Mum had been allowed home with instructions to take it easy, thank goodness.
We began to wonder what else was going to happen, everything was crossed.
It didn't take long before I had to undo the knots I had crossed myself into. A fax arrived with the words come quick scribbled on it. We rushed to Gill's Mum and Dads to find Mum very poorly, not an emergency, it appears she had picked up the Norovirus whilst in hospital. Having got her comfortable and off to bed we returned home, shattered.
The following morning we arrived to find her feeling tired, but much better. Dad however now had the virus, what a horrible thing it is. It only seems to last a day or so and then subsides leaving the victim tired and washed out.
We returned home later that day, that evening Gill started with the symptoms of the virus, sure enough she had picked it up. Needless to say it has gone through the whole family and I am the last to get it. I am at present on the settee, tired out and feeling like a wrung out cloth. It is horrible.
Anyway, hopefully that will be the end, touch wood.

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Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:105.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:23 Feb 2011 - 5:32 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
Title:Waves of Gold
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:14 May 2012 - 2:33 PM
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mikbee  8 Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 3:03 PM

What a tale of woe for you here Andy,
and hope things improve for you.
Kinda puts things in perspective when all I have to moan about is the dreadful weather here !!
A calming shot here though.


In the words of D:Ream, Things Can Only Get Better, Andy. Excellent golden yellow abstract of a flower.


phedro  4 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 3:26 PM

crikey, think you deserve a big glass of something calming - lets hope they dont do something silly like set a minimum price on alcohol...

really nice abstract.

mrswoolybill Critique Team 9827 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1314 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 3:43 PM

What a very beautiful, calming image after all that.
The precise little tip of the left hand petal seems to be looking at us.


A really lovely, calming abstract. I hope things calm down for you from now on.
Tea is a good idea. But you already knew that.


Hope everything gets better and better for you after all that you had to go through! I love the colour and such abstracts, great play of light and shadow and curves. Smile


Impressive macro.



Excellent shallow dof and gorgeous colour. Just my kind of flower image.


Very impressive focus-- this is a marvelous image--- so carefully focused, colors are superb!


Poor you, that really is a tail of catastrophes! On a happier note, it's a lovley image!


I not sure what to say...
Very nice effect...
Not got time to read ifo today..
Looks like flower petals...
Nice controled image...


17 May 2012 - 5:02 PM

norovirus SadSadSadSad Hospitals are such breeding grounds.............

Hopefully everything has now passed well and you are feeling better........

Really like the blaze of yellow and selective focus here.


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