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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Balearic Shearwater + Caspian Gull flew past Sidestrand
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Thornham Marsh
White Stork flew over, Spoonbills x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Spotted Crake, Spotted Redshank at Potter Heigham Marshes
Wood Sandpiper, Little Stint at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Osprey flew over Ranworth Broad
Spoonbills x 3, Wood Sandpiper, Short-eared Owl at Holme Dunes NWT

MEGA NEWS
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
Tresco, Isles of Scilly
FORSTER'S TERN
Soldier's Point, County Louth, Ireland

RBA Weekly Round-Up 8th to 14th August!

By Andy Stoddart
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-33.aspx?s_id=493095880

Busy Bees

TUESDAY 14th AUGUST
The first obstacle today was the fact the landline wasn't working first thing this morning! Vivien and I had to drive to Hunstanton to get a signal on our mobiles in order to phone BT to report the fault! I was so angry when I phoned them and this actually resulted in the fault being partly rectified today and we were back working again by the afternoon! Various jobs had to be completed in town anyway and also went into a florist to discuss and order the flowers for mother's coffin – can't believe I am typing those words and I can't believe it is one week today since she died – it does not seem possible that she is no longer with us. We had to make several important phone calls from our mobiles in the Sainsbury's car park where the signal is pretty good – extremely annoying.

Vivien did some food shopping whilst I returned home and I had an on-line delivery between 2 and 3pm, except that it didn't turn up as the van had broken down! This also mean't that the new phone we ordered from Sainsbury's for Holme did not arrive (our phone was broken recently – long story and we have been using an ancient old phone we found upstairs in a cupboard, which fades out at times when people are speaking to you). This mean't I had to drive to Argos in King's Lynn to buy one before going to my hairdressing appointment, which I was going to cancel as I can't face speaking to anyone I know at the moment, but decided to keep it as I knew that at this time of the year, I wouldn't get another appointment with my hairdresser for several months. As soon as I saw Beth my hairdresser I started crying – it was a big mistake going to that appointment and I felt guilty as it must have affected other clients having their hair done. I booked my Autumn and Christmas hair cut whilst there!

Returned home late evening to find that Vivien had done lots of work in the garden. Next door had laid a very large branch alongside her hedge in the road which looks very untidy – now, knowing that she doesn't like a leaf out of place, we are presuming this is because she is unhappy with the increased parking recently – we are very sorry that our mother had increased clinicians visiting her house because she was so poorly and dying – doctors, district nurses, hospice staff – all to ease her pain with injections – our mother who has lived here for 52 years, our mother who used to carry her full watering can to water next door's plants in the hot weather over many years when 'next door' (second home owner, oh no actually third home owner) was away at one of her other properties. No words........... good night!

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TUESDAY 14th AUGUST
Spoonbills x 19 at Titchwell RSPB
Spoonbills x 12 at Holme

MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Soldier's Point, County Louth, Ireland

Monday, 13 August 2018

Funeral Arrangements

The funeral will be on Thursday 30th August at 10.45am at Mintlyn Crematorium, King's Lynn for anyone that would like to join us. We have no other details so far – lots of decisions to make this week. Vivien and I were really pleased that Lucy bravely decided to come to Holme today as she has not been here since mother died – Vivien drove to pick her up this morning and I took her back home this evening. Lucy did really well and it definitely helped her psychologically that I had transformed the dining room and she even played the piano for a short while.

Funeral discussions at 2pm with a lady from John Lincoln and after she left, Vivien, Lucy and I listened to music that mother had chosen and also to a piece that Lucy suggested. We have now sorted all the music, but two of the three pieces that mother had chosen are far too long, so will have to be shortened. Lots of tears from us all, whilst listening to the music – so difficult, so emotional.

Vivien and I started to make some of the many important phone calls we have to make. I packed up the Careline kit to post back to the council. We all feel exhausted and decided it must be part of the grieving process. The cat is looking incredibly healthy – no signs of failing health, must be all the Sainsbury's mature cheddar it has on a daily basis! I picked up some post from my house this evening after I dropped Lucy home. I received a very touching condolence letter from my boss, which was very nice of him indeed and much appreciated. The cards continue to arrive daily and are extremely comforting to us all – thank you all so much. Lucy ate Cilla's home baked raspberry and coconut slice today and she described it as 'lovely' – must have been good as Cilla baked that a good few days ago!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Pectoral Sandpiper in harbour at Blakeney Point
Spotted Crake, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Garganey x 3 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Curlew Sandpiper at Cley NWT
Little Stint at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Spoonbills x 7 at Holme Dunes NWT
Great White Egret, Curlew Sandpipers x 5, Spoonbill at Snettisham RSPB
Garganey, Arctic Tern at Gorleston-on-Sea

MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Email Issues

Huge thanks for everyone's very kind emails they have sent recently to express their sadness at my mother's death, but because of ongoing issues with TalkTalk, I can not reply to anyone at all. I can receive all emails, but can't reply whilst in the house at Holme – all works fine back in King's Lynn, but I'm not there really at the moment. TalkTalk seem totally incapable of sorting this out, so I will be ringing Apple for advice this week. Apologies for not being able to reply.

High Tide At Holme

I felt so low, I didn't get out of bed until 2.30pm, well apart from feeding the cat at 7.45am. It has been dull all day which doesn't help your spirits. I forced myself to go and look at the high tide this evening and made the huge mistake of sitting where my father's ashes were and played 'The Lark Ascending' (played at his funeral) on my iphone – tears rolled down my cheeks and I imagined his smile and his voice – what I would give to see him again. Mother requested to be dug in with him, so they will be reunited soon. I found it difficult to walk this evening, like I was drunk – I can't take in, that my mother has died, neither can I deal with the fact that both parents are now dead.

Lots of hirundines swirling over the slope by the observatory and lined up on the fence wires, which was a nice sight to see. I walked up to Post 10 (that was) and then crossed over to the beach to walk back towards the NOA car park, but the tide was so high I couldn't! Lots of Sanderlings and Gulls feeding along the edge – it was a beautiful sight. Re-traced my steps and then walked through the pines and viewed the sea from near the NWT entrance and sat a while in the same spot that mother and I did last year. The midges started to attack me, so left and returned home to find that Vivien had returned this evening, so at least the house won't be deathly silent anymore. Busy day tomorrow with undertakers meeting us in the afternoon to discuss the funeral arrangements.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Curlew Sandpipers x 7, Spoonbills x 4 at Snettisham RSPB
Black Tern juv. flew over Titchwell RSPB
Great White Egrets x 2, Wood Sandpiper, Spoonbills x 5, Common Crane, Short-eared Owl at Holme Dunes NWT
Garganey x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Spoonbill at Welney WWT
Caspian Gulls x 2 at Great Cressingham
Spotted Crake, Wood Sanspiper at Potter Heigham Marshes
Wood Sandpiper at Cantley Beet Factory

MEGA NEWS
FEA'S OR DESERTAS OR ZINO'S PETREL
Scilly pelagic, Isles of Scilly
FORSTER'S TERN
Soldier's Point, County Louth, Ireland

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Lonely Day

Vivien has returned to Ely for a break. Lucy was coming over, but changed her mind when I was part way to King's Lynn to collect her, so I went to my house to check for post and to collect a large vase to transfer my bouquet of flowers into (from my work colleagues). Stopped in Hunstanton for a food shop and then returned to Holme late afternoon.

Fed the cat with its usual grated cheese that is has been spoilt with for years by mother. Had a tidy up etc and then sat on the sofa. It is insanely quiet here, too quiet, too sad, too much to cope with. Dozed on/off throughout the evening and did nothing at all. Raining here as I type. Good night.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spotted Crakes x 2, Wood Sanspiper, Spoonbill at Potter Heigham Marshes
White Stork at Cley NWT, Salthouse, Walsey Hills NOA
Garganey x 2 at Welney WWT
Spoonbills x 8 at Thornham
Spoonbills x 20, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe
Caspian Gull at Cockley Cley
Black Tern flew past Hemsby

MEGA NEWS
FEA'S OR DESERTAS OR ZINO'S PETREL
Flew past Porthgwarra, Cornwall

Friday, 10 August 2018

A Tearful Day

I can't stop crying – this house is dead without hearing my mother's voice. Vivien and Ray made me go for a walk with them to the village hides this evening, which I found very difficult, but got there in the end. A Heron was in front of hide one, lots of hirundines skimming over the pool, a Kestrel, Marsh Harrier and Common Buzzard were seen.

Lucy seems a little better and seems to want to come over to join us either tomorrow or Sunday – I really hope she does as we need to support each other. Tried to sort a few errands today, like taking all mother's medication back to BOOTS, dropping things into the undertakers etc. Quite a bit of rain today and wonderfully cool!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGA'S

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Spoonbills x 22, Spotted Redshank at Titchwell RSPB
White Stork, Caspian Gull at Cley NWT
Spotted Crake, Little Stint, Wood Sanspiper at Potter Heigham Marshes
Spoonbills x 15 at Stiffkey Fen
Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Breydon Water
Spoonbills x 2 at Thornham Harbour
Wood Sandpiper at Holme Dunes NWT
Great White Egrets x 3, Garganey x 3 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
White Stork at Beeston, Sheringham

MEGA NEWS
Forster's Tern
Soldier's Point, County Lough, Ireland

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Registering Death, Lucy, Flowers & Cakes!

Today has been exhausting. We drove to King's Lynn to register mother's death at 10.30am in the Town Hall. Visited Lucy who was in a serious state and refused cake or dessert after we took her out to lunch – not a good sign at all! Vivien and I are extremely worried about her. Lucy said she can never return to the family home again – she seemed really angry, so do I.

Stopped at my house in King's Lynn, to pick up a few things and check on any post and then returned to Holme. Cilla (from work) very kindly delivered a massive display of white flowers, a lovely card and three pieces of homemade raspberry and coconut slices – thank you so much to all my lovely work colleagues xxx

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spotted Crake, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Wood Sandpiper at Holme Dunes NWT
Garganey at Cley NWT
Sandwich Terns x 2, Great White Egrets x 3 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Spoonbills x 24 at Titchwell RSPB
Pied Flycatchers x 2 at Wells Woods

MEGA NEWS
Forster's Tern
Soldier's Point, County Lough, Ireland

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

The Day After

Vivien and I didn't get much sleep last night for various reasons. We have spent the day operating in slow motion and remain extremely emotional – we can't stop crying. A lovely lady from Tapping House phoned us to see how we were and to offer us counselling. We had to collect the death certificate from the surgery and have booked an appointment this week to register the death. I somehow managed to cook lunch for Vivien and I and Vivien made the tea today.

NRS collected the bed and other equipment mid afternoon. After they left, I transformed the room completely. The room was so depressing and we had to do something mammoth to blank our thoughts. So, I managed to move the piano by myself (Cilla, you would have been impressed!), from the hall, through to the dining room and in front of the fireplace – added some ornaments on top, placed some music on the stand and it looked really good. I then moved the table and chairs from the kitchen into this room also. The hall then had to be deep cleaned and large spiders removed!

Huge thanks to all the lovely emails and messages, by email, Twitter and Facebook – it is much appreciated. Vivien and I are living at the family home and will be living here for several months whilst we grieve and sort things out. Please be aware that although I can receive emails, I still can't reply back – TalkTalk seem unable to sort this out and I havn't got the mental energy to fight with them about it right now.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spoonbills x 21, Spotted Redshanks x 2 at Titchwell RSPB
Spotted Crake, Wood Sandpipers x 3, Garganey x 3, Great White Egret at Potter Heigham Marshes
Pied Flycatcher at St Nicholas Churchyard, Great Yarmouth
Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper at Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad NWT
Wood Sandpiper at Holme Dunes NWT
Wood Sandpiper at Cantley Beet Factory
Garganey x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB


MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 1st to 7th August!

By Jon Dunn
https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2018-32.aspx?s_id=328204821

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Margaret Rose Clarke — 9-2-1940 – 7-8-2018

Mother and Father – together at last


Shortly after I posted last night, I realised my mother was probably not going to make the night – her breathing became louder and distressed and I felt sick with what I knew was going to happen. Her rapid decline since having her Ascitic drain on the 26th July has been frightening. The Hospice team yesterday said that they didn't think 'she was going to go yet', although it was obvious to me she wasn't going to make the week.

I never even got to sleep on the airbed. I didn't want to wake Vivien up yet as I wasn't sure – I sat with mother and held her hand and stroked her forehead. The distressed breathing noises continued and I had no choice but to accept what was happening. I made my way upstairs and knocked on Vivien's door and told her that I didn't think mother was going to make the night.

Vivien came downstairs and sat on mother's right side and I sat on her left. We turned the lights out and just kept a small lamp on. We held her hands which were cold, clammy and wet with sweat. The noises she was making, which increased in volume were sickeningly distressing. Vivien was incredibly calm and said all the right things, the most beautiful words – I attempted to do the same, but I was not calm at all – I was biting my lip to stay calm for mother and for Vivien, but I was inconsolable inside. We told her we loved her and that we would look after Lucy and the cat. We told her that she would be at peace with father now and that she would be in no more pain. 'Don't hang on for us' – words from Vivien which threw me into quiet turmoil. Even though her breathing was distressing, her face did not look as though she was in pain. But, I felt I had no choice but to ring the night District Nurses for advice, as I would never have forgiven myself if she was in pain. I quickly managed to get hold of them and described how she was and they said as long as her body looked relaxed, to simply sit and hold her hand.

The last minute of her life was a moment that will haunt me forever. She opened her eyes and gasped her last breaths and then relaxed into stillness and everything was silent. 3.25am – a sickening silence. Vivien and I were hysterical at that point and we sobbed and held each other for ages. We couldn't stop crying. I made sure mother was laid out flat and made sure her limbs were all straight and fingers extended. We pulled over the butterfly duvet up to her chest, as if she was sleeping in bed. We were mortified and didn't know how to deal with what had just happened. She wasn't supposed to go this quick. We stayed with her for a while before ringing the District Nurse team.

A lovely District Nurse came out and verified the death and then left us. We couldn't think straight about what we were going to do next. We had to tell Lucy who was back in King's Lynn, but we knew we had to drive over there and tell her together and there was no way we were going to leave our mother alone in this house, so we phoned John Lincoln undertakers in Hunstanton and they were out within half an hour to take our mother away. We sobbed again so many times and watched her depart in a 'discreet' silver van – although if any of the neighbours had been awake, it was pretty obvious it was a funeral van, with the two suited and booted drivers.

We stripped off the hospital bed until it was the bare metal frame. I wanted that bed out of the room NOW. At 8am I phoned NRS and pleaded with them to take the bed today, but they did not have the 'capacity' but could collect it and all the other equipment tomorrow morning. We forced ourselves to have breakfast and I drove us both to King's Lynn to tell Lucy – more sobbing, more hugs, more tears. Lucy wanted to stay in her room and didn't want to return to Holme with us.

Vivien and I returned to Holme and Vivien managed to scrape together some lunch for us. I don't know how she achieved that. We have been like Zombies all day, we can hardly walk, we are in so much shock. I felt like I could hardly breathe and felt sick. We have been crying all day. How cruel to lose both our parents – our rocks in our lives within two years of each other, life is very cruel. I feel like a glass vase that has been smashed into a million pieces – my mother's death feels far far worse than when my father died.

We have just lost the most unique, strongest mother in the world – a mother who was intelligent, witty, stubborn beyond belief, kind, eccentric, hard working, independent and so much loved by her three children, Penny, Lucy and Vivien and adored by her husband.


Rest in peace – united with father

Mother and I at Holme in August 2017

Mother and Father at Holme Bird Observatory

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Spotted Crake, Wood Sandpipers x 5, Garganey x 4, Great White Egret at Potter Heigham Marshes
White-winged Black Tern flew over, Garganey, Spoonbills x 5 at Cley NWT
White Stork at Holme NWT
Pied Flycatcher at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Pied Flycatcher at Walsey Hills NOA
Spoonbills x 12 at Titchwell RSPB
Garganey x 3, Great White Egrets x 3 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
    
MEGA NEWS
FORSTER'S TERN
Soldiers Point, County Louth, Ireland

Monday, 6 August 2018

A Torturous Day!

It had been a difficult night all round (see added para yesterday). I checked mother every 60 minutes and helped her to drink water throughout the night. Lucy was in a serious state and Vivien had to take her back to Adrian's Lodge where she lives and is supported in King's Lynn. I really don't know how Vivien did that on no sleep, but poor Lucy had lost it completely and needed to go back to some sort of normality – she had done amazingly well and had been absolutely brilliant with her care and supporting Vivien and I, but she couldn't take any more.

Norfolk Hospice came out to wash and care for mother and advised me to ring a GP, as even though mother was saying she wasn't in pain, she was grimacing. I phoned straight away and was told that a GP would come out, but not until lunchtime. Vivien and I decided not to wait that long and after ringing Tapping House for advice, rung the community district nurses. The morning was torture and mother then admitted she was in pain and the grimacing in her facial expression was soul destroying – I have never felt so helpless and distraught in my life. I was pacing the floor and standing outside the house, willing the District Nurse to arrive to give her some pain relief and put her out of her misery.

Eventually a doctor from Hunstanton surgery and the district nurse both turned up more or less at the same time. A stat dose was administrated by the district nurse (after having to move her car first – long story and this delayed the pain relief my mother so desperately needed) and then a Syringe Driver was set up. Within 10 minutes of being given pain relief, mother looked peaceful and pain free! Mother is now unable to drink or eat anything at all and can hardly talk, but I would rather her be in this state than in the pain that she was. Its a good job Lucy returned to her home where she will have lots of support as there is no way she would have coped with seeing mother how she was today.

Mother looked fairly peaceful all afternoon, but Vivien and I noticed she was grimacing again late evening – not as bad as this morning, but she still looked in pain. We rang the night community nurses and they promptly came out and administered some stat doses in conjunction with the syringe driver. We now have a camp bed set up in the kitchen so that either Vivien or I can lay very close to her. Now going onto the camp bed – good night.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Spotted Crakes x 3 (2 adults + chick reported), Wood Sandpipers x 2, Garganey at Potter Heigham Marshes
Wood Sandpiper at Holme Dunes NWT
Pied Flycatcher at Weybourne Camp
Pied Flycatchers x 2 at Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Great White Egrets x 3 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Pied Flycatchers x 2 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse
Wood Sandpiper, Garganey at Cantley Beet Factory
    
MEGA NEWS
None

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Excellent Care From All Teams Involved

Mother had to have a District Nurse out in the middle of the night to administer medication to relieve pain and anxiety etc. The Night sitter, a Marie Curie nurse was absolutely lovely and did an excellent job of looking after mother last night – she left at 7am this morning. We are on another level today – mother hardly drinking and finding it difficult to suck water through a straw at times. She had no food at all until about 6pm, when she had about seven spoons of ice-cream which I hadn't expected. She is very restless and gets irritated if you try to touch or hold her hand and is cold and clammy.

I really can't fault the services we have had so far – everyone who has come out to assist, both Norfolk Hospice who come out in the morning and Virtual Ward in the evenings, along with District Nurses and Senior staff from Tapping House have been incredibly supportive and are hugely compassionate people, who have worked above and beyond to care for both mother and my sisters and I. A lady from Tapping House along with a District Nurse visited us this afternoon and chatted to Lucy by herself, mother and then Vivien and I together to talk us through everything and how we were coping – they are very professional and give us lots of reassurance and advice, which is helping us all very much indeed.

Our old family friend Malcolm phoned me this morning and had a lovely supportive chat with me which was very kind of him. Sophie (HBO Warden) turned up this afternoon when she going to the NOA office and hugged me for ages which was very sweet of her, I was sobbing uncontrollably. I am a mess and not holding it together very well at all for my sisters and I – well sometimes I am. Lucy had a bit of a wobble last night (long story) so I asked Vivien to take her away from the house today and suggested Titchwell RSPB for cake and coffee, which they did in the morning and also had a walk around the village late afternoon – I think this helped them both, well I hope so anyway. Vivien's partner Ray has also been helping with supplies of cakes and goodies for us and was the only one to get Mother to have a good amount of water at lunchtime today, whilst he was keeping an eye on her, whilst we chatted with the Tapping House lady. I don't want to risk leaving the house at all and certainly don't want to let my sisters face the end without me to support them. We have no night sitter tonight, but I think we will be fine, fingers crossed.

Poor Lucy had a mental breakdown late this evening (won't go into details) which meant it turned into an incredibly stressful night and none of us had any sleep whatsoever.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Caspian Gull x 3, Wood Sandpipers x 2, Spoonbills x 3 at Cley NWT
Black Tern, Spoonbills x 9, Spotted Redshanks x 3 at Titchwell RSPB
Spotted Crake, Wood Sandpipers x 9, Garganey x 5, Great White Egret at Potter Heigham Marshes
Great White Egret at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Wood Sandpiper at Holme Dunes NWT
Minke Whale reported south past Hemsby
Curlew Sandpipers x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
    
MEGA NEWS
SOOTY TERN 
Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

A Busy Day!

SATURDAY 5th AUGUST
A very busy day, with the Hospice at Home team arriving this morning, a District Nurse to sort out a catheter for mother so she doesn't have to get up every 45 minutes, Virtual Ward Team early evening, another District Nurse later this evening as I was worried that mother was becoming very unsetttled, confused and our first Marie Curie Night sitter from 10pm until 7am!

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SATURDAY 4th AUGUST
Great White Egret, Spoonbill flew over Burnham Overy Dunes
Lesser Yellowlegs, Spoonbills x 12, Curlew Sandpipers x 3, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonfly at Titchwell RSPB
Buff-breasted Sandpiper reported was a Knot, Curlew Sandpipers x 2, Spoonbills x 2, Redshank at Cley NWT
Great White Egret flew over Snettisham Coastal Park
Wood Sandpipers x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Wood Sandpiper at Burnham Norton
Spotted Crakes x 2, Great White Egret, Wood Sandpipers x 3, Garganey x 4 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Pied Flycatcher at Happisburgh Common
Wood Sandpiper at Welney WWT
Purple Heron juv. reported near Hickling
Pied Flycatcher at Holme NOA
Pied Flycatcher at Waxham
Great White Egrets x 3 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
    
MEGA NEWS
SOOTY TERN 
Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Another Day

FRIDAY 3rd AUGUST

Early this morning at approximately 1am, my mother said she could hardly breathe, Lucy and I were really worried, so we called the night community team for assistance – a wonderful District Nurse came out within about half an hour and administered a couple of injections to help our mother's breathing and to settle her. This worked so well and mother relaxed completely and didn't go to the toilet every half an hour as she normally does. It was a long night – I set my alarm to go off every 60 minutes to check on her.

I had mopped the kitchen floor, fed the cat and Lucy and I had had breakfast long before 7am! Vivien had not any sleep at all and we were all cream-crackered. Mother did not want to get out of bed and just the stepping round to the commode was exhausting for her. The Hospice team came out and washed and dressed mother. NRS delivered some Wendy Lett sheets and I had two emotional phone calls from our dear friends Malcolm and Eileen and also an unexpected phone call from my ex mother-in-law who was phoning to chat with my mother and had no idea how ill she was – more tears shed!

I cooked the dinner whilst Vivien went to do a massive food shop for us all. I pureed mother a mini version of our dinner, which she managed to have about four good teaspoons of and also some ice-cream and later on more ice-cream with some pureed fruit, but sadly was then very sick. We sat in the kitchen having a nice tea and sat outside for a while as the humid day had cooled a little. We decided we needed as Lucy called it 'A House Meeting', but we never got round to it and Vivien went to bed with a bad back and Lucy is hopefully sleeping too.

Lucy has stepped up way and beyond what I thought she would be capable of and makes an excellent attentive nurse. It's killing us to keep mother at home, but I would rather die then her not be in our family home at Holme. The night care team, hospice and virtual ward have been incredibly supportive, but sadly there are no night sits available currently, which means I am having very little sleep – they may think there are three people here at nights, but there is in fact only one as Vivien has a very bad back and Lucy is not capable of moving mother around with me, either with the slide sheets or Wendy Lett sheets.

I am currently toileting mother approximately every 40 minutes and I am having to use all my strength to mobilise her into a sitting position in order to get her into standing and step round to the commode – we are both exhausted and I'm heart broken beyond words.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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FRIDAY 3rd AUGUST
Lesser Yellowlegs, Pied Flycatchers x 2, Spoonbills x 16, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Curlew Sandpipers x 5, Caspian Gull, Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonfly at Titchwell RSPB 
Pied Flycatchers x 2 in South Valley, Pied Flycatchers x 13 at Winterton
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Nightjar hawking over, Wood Sandpipers x 7, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Spoonbills x 6, Curlew Sandpipers x 3 at Cley NWT
Pied Flycatcher in garden at Gorleston-on-Sea
Spotted Crake at Burnham Norton
Curlew Sandpipers x 2, Little Stint, Black Tern at Snettisham RSPB
Pied Flycatchers x 17 at Great Yarmouth Cemetery
Pied Flycatchers x 3 at Holme NWT
Great White Egret at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Pied Flycatchers x 3 at Wells Woods
Spotted Crakes x 2, Great White Egret, Wood Sandpipers x 3, Spoonbill, Garganey x 4 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Pied Flycatcher at Caister-on-Sea
Pied Flycatchers x 2 in garden at Filby
Pied Flycatcher at Walsey Hills NOA
Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonfly at Lopham Fen, South Lopham
    
MEGA NEWS
SOOTY TERN 
Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire, Scotland