Inflicting my Affliction

All my life I’ve struggled on and off with depression. My first blog was, in fact, an exercise in giving myself a voice, a way of talking openly about it, and to begin with it felt truly liberating. But all too soon feeling obliged to voice my pain so regularly became nothing more than a stressful chore and I yearned to choose silence again, so once my blog became a millstone around my neck I quietly withdrew, and that was that.

My second blog was an attempt to move beyond a depression-based narrative, but still I found I focused too much on my misery, so that blog, too, soon hit the buffers. So here I am on my third blog, trying hard not to inflict my affliction on you all in my virtual world. Here I try to keep my creative channels open as far as possible and avoid posting the worst of my laments and dirges, however low and down I feel.

Sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesn’t, so thank you all for sticking by me through my successes and my silences, it’s very much appreciated 🙂

Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Inflict

Share Your World: 2nd Dec 2019

What’s your remedy for the holiday blues?

Wherever possible I try to avoid getting caught up in the maelstrom frantic spending sprees of rampant consumerism, and simply make the most of quietly enjoying the nice food and drink and TV scheduling at Christmas 🙂

Your favourite beverage during the holiday season?

It’s an ‘old lady’ drink I know, but I have a penchant for a glass or two of Harvey’s Bristol Cream sherry over the Christmas period… on the rocks! Mmmmm… It’s the only time of year I ever drink it! ❤

What’s your take on pumpkin spice?

No idea – I’ve heard of it but have absolutely no idea what it actually is?

Is there a person or God connected with your holiday?

Nope, Christianity and Christmas clearly parted company a long time ago…

Share a song that you enjoy during the winter season?

I suppose for me it has to be Nat King Cole’s ‘Christmas Song’… 🙂

Share Your World

Who Won the Week? London Bridge Heroes

Who won the week for me this week has to be the two heroic guys on London Bridge who ran after and successfully stopped in his tracks a knife-wielding terrorist who had just murdered two people and injured three more in a nearby building before making his escape.

One hero was armed with a fire extinguisher, the other with a narwhal tusk he’d ripped off the wall before giving chase. They held the terrorist at bay until armed police arrived on the scene and, fearing he was wearing a suicide vest, shot him dead on the pavement where he lay.

The best of us, stopping the worst of us from causing more harm to others. The needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few – or in this case, the two. Thank you, guys, for showing bravery above and beyond the call of duty.

Inverness at Night

Every time I walk home across the Victorian footbridge over the River Ness, I look across and think how lovely it must be to capture the lights of the main bridge reflected in the river – so tonight I took my camera for a walk to see how I got on… I even remembered to take my mini tripod, and to set my ISO on as low a setting as possible, and to set the shutter timer to prevent camera shake.

So overall it went OK, in that happily I definitely got loads of sharp images, but nevertheless I find the colours of the lights are disappointing, insipid somehow – the lights on the main bridge change at regular intervals, and although that probably looks great at a fast shutter speed, it seems the quick change almost cancels out the vibrant colour range over a longer exposure…

I’m happy enough with the way this shot turned out, though, and I know I’ll have plenty of opportunities to try and try and try again to get it right, just exactly the way I want it 🙂

Sunday Stroll – Muirtown Locks to Tomnahurich

Today’s walk by the Caledonian Canal in Inverness took me the comfortably walkable distance from Muirtown Locks to Tomnahurich Swing Bridge down one side of the water, then back up along the other. I started at the top of Muirtown Locks where the houses are close to the canal and walked down along the bank, heading inland (although in most of these pics I’ve turned around to keep the low winter sun behind me).

Just past Tomnahurich Cemetery, which is set on and around a natural hill formed millenia ago by glaciers, I crossed the canal by the swing bridge, and started walking up along the other bank, heading back towards the sea.

I followed the edge of the canal all the way back up to just before the Caley Marina, where the path detours a little around private property…

Then just past the Marina I turned and took an atmospheric shot facing back into the sun before reaching the top lock gate at Muirtown Locks (the point I started from), where I crossed the canal once more before my short walk home – a perfect Sundy stroll on a chilly December morning! 🙂