Sorry if you all thought I’d jumped off a cliff. I might as well have done. I’m having laptop woes and am currently without my machine. It’s like having my arms cut off.
A few months ago my laptop started playing up and to cut a long story short needed a new hard drive. I opted to spend £140 on that rather than £500 on a new machine as I was skint (when am I not skint?!). Less than 3 months later the keyboard started to overheat. I though it would just be one of the fans not working but, no, there’s a problem with the motherboard shorting. Somebody shoot me. It’s currently away at Acer but they may say it’s uneconomical to fix it in which case I’ll end up spending £500 on a new laptop anyway and the £140 I spent in Feb will be wasted. Fuck-a-doodle-do.
However, it’s not all bad news. My lovely computer engineer has put my hard drive in a tower so that I can still get online and have all my software, photos and documents. But it’s not wireless, so I’m currently typing this sat in the hall, on a very uncomfortable dining chair, rather than in my bed where it’s snuggly and warm. It’s just not the same. Not by a long chalk.
So, what I have I been up to in my absence? On Wednesday I drove through to the City to take some photographs of striking Junior Doctors at my local hospital. My Camera Club sets a themed challenge over the summer and this year the theme is ‘photojournalism’. I got a good snap of some young doctors with their placards which I hope will do for my entry come September.
My 2½ month old car started to make a whining noise a few weeks ago, so on Friday I drove 30 miles to the Vauxhall garage for it to be investigated, but did it make the noise while I was there? Big fat no. They think it’s one of the alternator bearings, but until they can actually hear the noise they don’t know which one to replace, so I have to wait until the noise starts up again and go down there that day – like I’ve got absolutely nothing else to do with my time.
As my Dad has officially been diagnosed with Dementia (he has a CT scan in 2 weeks to determine the cause) I’m trying to do things with him while he is still capable and can remember the event. So on Saturday I took him and the dog on a little miniature steam train journey high up in the Fells (that’s mountains to anyone not from Cumbria 😉 ). We had a gorgeous day. There was still snow but it was spring-like and sunny and afterwards Bertie and I had a walk down by one of the Lakes. Here are a few snaps of the scenery (I haven’t been able to look at the other photos I took on the day as I’ve been computer-less until now!). How lucky am I to live in such a place, with stunning mountains all around and lakes, rivers and countryside inbetween?:
So, now I am back online I’m hoping to do some posts in the next few days, inbetween my optician appointment, my orthotic appointment, going out for lunch for my parents’ wedding anniversary and resting. No pressure then 😉