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Sniffles, Sneezles & RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Preparations!

Posted in Personal Blog, and Photography Blog

How’s January treating you?

I’m hoping you’ve managed to dodge the flu and hope that the other bugs have flown past you.

It would seem I’ve not been so lucky at dodging them.

I’m a little confused ~ I know that’s nothing much for me as I tend to go through life permanently confused. Nevertheless ~ why has my immune system taken such a nose dive?

I wonder whether it has been caused by the changes I have made to my lifestyle which has in turn made my inner workings and immune system go out of whack. With me I suppose it’s my immune system has gone “more” out of whack, as it’s pretty rubbish most of the time on a good day.

January saw me switch to a vegan diet ~ don’t worry I’m not going bang on about it BUT I’m wondering if the switch in diet has had something of an impact on my immune system. So with that in mind I am aware that the vegan food choices can leave me with a hole in my nutrition with less B12 and iron. So I have purchased Wellwoman Vegan tablets to sort that side of things out.
For those of you interested they say they give higher levels of iron and vitamin B12 than for women following a meat~eating diet.

The nutritional information is;

Per Cap/Tab (you take two a day)
Borage Oil (Starflower Oil) Powder 50mg
Evening Primrose Oil Powder 50mg
Vitamin D2 5ug
Vitamin E 15mg
Vitamin C 30mg
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 5mg
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 2.50 mg
Niacin (Vitamin B3) 18mg
Vitamin B6 5mg
Folacin (Folic Acid) 200ug
Vitamin B12 15ug
Pantothenic Acid 3mg
Vitamin K 45ug
Betacarotene 1ug
Iron 7mg
Magnesium 50mg
Zinc 7.50mg
Maganese 1.25mg
Copper 0.75mg
Selenium 50ug
Chromium 25ug
Citrus Bioflavonoids 5mg

I think it is possible that my body could be rebelling against me taking away dairy and meat along with eggs, which it had previously enjoyed for almost 50 years. PLUS this January saw me starting hydrotherapy.

I say started, I’ve only been to 2 sessions.

I went for my first session ~ then I had to miss the second week due to illness.

I then, whilst not quite 100%, went the following week for what was meant to be my third but ended up being my second session.

This was hard going and I struggled through the exercises and getting out of the pool and dressed was even harder. I ended up being too exhausted to even shower off the chlorine afterwards and slept in my clothes that night.

I was too poorly to go to the session on Monday of this week and had to really wrestle with myself whether to go or not as two strikes and you are out ~ this would mean if I didn’t go this week I had to attend all following sessions without further absence or I’d get kicked out.

Just as I was about to ring in sick my phone buzzed it was a text from the hospital letting me know the physiotherapist was sick and so the hydrotherapy session was cancelled ~ phew! Lucky escape there, one absence left to spare.

I’ve typed this up bit by bit throughout the day, I’m feeling a little limp and pathetic ~ I have little to no voice, painful muscles, joints, sore throat. This concerns me as I may not be well enough to go to hydro on Monday, I’m thinking it would be better to go, even if it means getting out of the pool early. I’d rather try to get out early instead of not going at all.

My husband thinks the gone squeaky voice is brilliant because I bend his ear about this that or the other, it’s “squeak, squeak, squeak” and in reply from him I get “I can’t hear you love, what are you saying!”

Anyhoo ~ moving away from the pity party to bird watching. This weekend I’m taking part in the #BigGardenBirdwatch which I’m really looking forward too.
I have stocked up on bird seed and suet for the winter months so have so much bird food for them to enjoy ~ I have two little feeding stations plus one for our squirrel, who brought a friend to the feeder yesterday, something I missed seeing but my daughter told me about it.

As a special treat for the birds I purchased some “flutter butter” which they birds haven’t touched as of yet (two days up) I am really hoping to see it being attacked by wee birds this weekend!
So ~ bird feeding stations set up, dining room chairs and laptop ready for me to sit and watch the garden, take odd photos and note down which birds are visiting us. Birds sheets are pinned down for reference because I am pretty rubbish at noting any birds others than starlings, sparrows, blue tits, robins, pigeons and doves.

As the watching covers three days I’ll be avidly watching through to Monday until my hydro which isn’t until the late afternoon anyway.

Today whilst filling up the feeders I noted some lovely water drops in the garden which was heavily covered in dew.

I also took a few other photos of feathers;

Of leaves;

Along with a few other bits and bobs;

Now that everything is all set I am eager to watch, wait and see which of our feathered friends will come and visit PLUS hope to catch our squirrel Gloria who seems to be coming earlier in the morning and later at night to avoid our dogs.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and if you are bird watching ~ please let me know how you get on and what you see!

x~X~x

 

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