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Monday, 21 January 2013
At home and ill
We have had the dreaded D&V bug at work. What makes me really cross is the fact that I have heard, that the bug was brought in by a visitor onto the ward, passed it on to their already sick relative and now its gone round other patients and staff. That's the last thing people need when they are already seriously ill. Some people are so selfish and have no idea what problems this can cause.
sick last week, but was well enough to go to work. I was really pleased
that I managed to battle through without having time off. Two of my
colleagues in my team and ward staff were off with D&V last
week. But this morning I
had no choice – I won't go into detail, work it out for yourself! I was on 'three episodes' of sickness over
the last year and now because I am off ill today I will now be on 'four
episodes' which means you get called into the office to be interviewed
and asked silly questions like 'why have you been ill?'You are not allowed to be ill in the NHS! I hate
being at home ill, what a waste of time and really
fed-up on my own. Although at least this 'bug' will help with my
Thick snow here again this morning and icicles hanging from the guttering. Saw my robin briefly from the kitchen window today. A blackbird managed to polish off the entire dish of mealworms by himself without interruptions! Lots of gulls flying low over the gardens I noticed, which is unusual, so they must be hungry.
I didn't eat all day, because I couldn't, but had two dry ryvita's this evening.
I was born in Norfolk and have been birding all my life and combine this with my passion for photography.
My father Peter Clarke founded the Norfolk Ornithologists' Association in 1962 and was Warden at Holme Bird Observatory for over 33 years. My father writes 'Nature Notes' for the Lynn News which he has been doing since 1979 and has written several natural history publications including (along with my mother Margaret) "Where to Watch Birds in East Anglia". I have two sisters, Lucy and Vivien.
I have seen several MEGAS in Norfolk inc: Ivory Gull, Fan tailed Warbler, Thrush Nightingale, Pine Bunting, Stilt Sandpiper, White Crowned Sparrow, Dark Eyed Junco, Aquatic Warbler, Penduline Tit, Trumpeter Finch, Bee-eater, Radde's Warbler, Little Bittern, Pacific & American Golden Plovers, Collard & Black winged Pratincole, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Glossy Ibis, Alder Flycatcher, Collared Flycatcher, Great Snipe etc!
I work as a Therapy Assistant, helping to rehabilitate stroke patients. Previously I was a Typesetter/artworker for over 20 years.
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I have had images published in Birdwatch, Birding World, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mirror, Eastern Daily Press, The Lynn News, NOA Report, NWT 'Tern', FIBO and the Norfolk Bird and Mammal Report 2010 and 2011. Front and Back Cover of the NOA Annual Report 2011.