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.
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!
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!
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.