Heavy snow, it is winter ? A week on from operation!

This time last week I was in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after my bowel operation and after the painkillers wore off and I got home( thanks John for the 200 mile trip) it has and will be a slow progress. Without going into too much details it has been a painful road and will be for a while and another operation ahead in 3- 4 months.  A few adjustments to a my life style due to the operation and the area involved, it is amazing how you take things for granted.  I have to take lots of painkillers I have never been a fan are now routine as are the  three baths plus a day. The weekend was hard but slowly getting better and manage a mile walk a day not far but great to get some fresh air and see the wildlife. Living right on the coast the weather especially just now 4 seasons in a day are incredible and the seas just now are wild. The wind cuts through me as the body is a bit weak and battered and the daily walk is hard going and I  feel the cold like the old man I am. I always go down to harbour and then round the top of the cliffs getting sprayed by the sea at times and watch the waves crashing below and then along the coast not far just about a mile and a half that takes an hour! There can be no rush just now and I am now used to it.  I see the great hills  Ben Wyvis  and further up the coast the classic Morven  like an extinct  volcano rarely visited are daily changing in colour and light and with the snow makes it all look so wild.

Daily views on my wander.

Daily views on my wander.

The Moray Firth has so many differing views as the skies darken and the light changes it is amazing yet we take it all for granted. I have the huge forest of Roseille as well on my doorstep and the huge massive open beach as well, I am so lucky with so much available. The only problem is the amount of “doggy poo” about but I have a plan!

Double Rainbow over Moray Firth.

Double Rainbow over Moray Firth.

If you add to that the birds especially the Herons that I see daily are ever-changing as they battle to survive the winter. My friends have been great so many kind acts to mention but I just need a bit of time to get used to the changes in my knackered body and  learn how to look after it. I even got flowers yesterday, I am one of the few men who loves flowers, a legacy from my Mum.  Patience is a virtue I am learning thanks and sorry for moaning!

Watch the roads and the weather  there is a bit of winter about again just take care and be safe.  My mate Ned is back to finish the house painting for me and I am down sizing so lots stuff going to the Charity shops but I have so much stuff after a lifetime of adventures. I have been inundated with visitors today as well and at one point we had 4 members of the RAF Everest North Ridge expedition in the wee house. One was Dan Carrol Everest summitter and low-key hero!

Dan Carrol - top man Everest Summiter

Dan Carrol – top man Everest Summiter

The photo below is of a Scottish Mountain Rescue Plaque that I was given when down South at RAF Innsworth in Gloucester. It was an awful 2 years on the crazy roads most days travelling and inspecting RAF Camps in the UK and abroad. It was so busy and living in RAF accommodation and being so far from the hills was terrible . I was lucky as I still manage to get out in Wales, the Lakes  or Cornwall with the RAF St Athan and  RAF Leeming Mountain Rescue Teams, it kept me sane. I hated the motorways and pinned for the remoteness of Scotland. One day as life was at a very low ebb the postman arrived with this plaque I had no clue what it was and it was one of the new Scottish Mountain Rescue plaque. They had to be changed as the cross in the middle should not have been Red!  That was only to be used by the Red Cross if I am wrong please correct me? Therefore we had to change all the old badges and post signs. My mate Bob who designed it sent me one and I had a great laugh when it arrived. It is now a family heirloom and I donated some cash to MRT  for it.

Ian kelly removes the family heirloom to the safe till decoration of the Burghead Mountaineering Musem is done.

Ian Kelly removes the family heirloom to the safe till decoration of the Burghead Mountaineering Museum is done.




About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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4 Responses to Heavy snow, it is winter ? A week on from operation!

  1. woody says:

    I have had major surgery several times ,so I have some idea what you are going through,the surgery was needed it was done for a reason ,you will start to feel better soon ,recovery takes time especially when you are not young.Hang on in there matey,I do hope you are feeling better soon ,good to know you have such great friends around you .very best wishes .


  2. Ian Rideout says:

    Hi Heavy,

    Regarding the issue of Scottish Mountain Rescue having to change its badge from a red cross to a green one, you are right in suggesting that it is a protected emblem. The emblem of a red cross with arms of equal length on a white background is the visible sign of protection under the 1949 Geneva Conventions. As such, it is the emblem of the armed forces’ medical services and its use is controlled by governments.

    The British Red Cross is authorised by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence to use the emblem within specified limits. In return for this permission, they monitor unauthorised use or misuse (whether deliberate or inadvertent) of the red cross emblem and similar symbols throughout the UK. The British Red Cross has a team of international lawyers working in London who will use the full weight of both international and UK law to stop any wrongful use of the red cross. Indeed, the inadvertent use of a red cross by Scottish Mountain Rescue was the subject of such a process.

    Many people are unaware of the true meaning of the emblem and its importance. It is first and foremost a symbol of neutral protection in wartime. To be effective, it must be understood and completely trusted.

    Interestingly, there are some mountain rescue teams in other countries who are entitled to use the red cross in their badges. These are Red Cross MRT’s and they exist all over Europe, in fact the UK is alone in that it does not have a Red Cross MRT. It did however until 2013 have a Flood Response and Inland Water Search and Rescue Team. The Glens of Imaal MRT in Ireland are a Red Cross MRT.

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