I am a mother and photographer. I love working with people and nature. Photography is not just a another job for me it is my passion and I love every second of it. From the moment I first interact with the client till I deliver the photo's of the their photo shoot.
It is with a very heavy heart I am writing this post.
Ruby had a tough weekend and yesterday she got paralyzed in her back legs.
She was in so much pain and since Tuesday till yesterday she lost another 5 kg.
I could not stand to see her suffer anymore and even though I can’t afford after hour vet services. The way she looked at me to please help her. My heart broke so I phoned the hospital to let them know I am bringing her in.
They kept her overnight on a drip and did some more tests and x rays this morning. It was a tumor all the time. The Dr phoned me just after 10 this morning with the news. They missed it on the first x rays. There was nothing they can do for her anymore.
Ruby gave me the best 7 years of her life and I will miss her a lot. She is the one who licked my tears away when my whole life fell apart.
R. I. P my Ruby girl will always remember the good times.
Today Ruby went for her sonar and x rays. I am happy to report that her sonar was clear no obstructions or tumors.
Ruby has inflammation in her hips, shoulders and joints and will be on anti inflammatory and pain meds for the next 4 weeks. I must keep her quiet and warm for the next 4 weeks. So Ruby is sleeping indoors even if she don’t want to.
From tomorrow Ruby is going to be eased into a high protein diet. According to the doctor her metabolism is very fast. When she was small we had her on a special diet because she did not pick up weight. So now we are going back to basics for her again.
The doctor said before we know it Ruby will be back to normal and we will be playing ball again.
Now she is sleeping. I did managed to get her to eat and give her her meds.
Thank you for all your prayers. Ruby and I really appreciate it.
Stay safe. Till next time…
“If you can dream it, you can do it. ” Walt Disney
Without further delay let’s continue our road trip to St Andrews and Knockhill Farm where we will be spending the night.
Our next stop was Dalgety Bay. The 8th largest town in Fife. We did not spend a lot of time exploring Dalgety Bay due to a very long list of places still to see. Also at this stage I was struggling with the Tom Tom trying to get to the places of interest on our list…. We were trying to find Donibristle Stable Block but ended up with a view of the Fourth Road Railway Bridge instead. Not that I am complaining. The views and flowers were stunning.
Our next stop on our list was Cornerstone Full Gospel Church. I got the names on my Google Maps when I planned our trip. What I did came to realize on our Grand Tour of Scotland was that the names on Google Maps and the names on the signboards are not always the same….
Dad and I saw the church on our way to Dalgety Bay and on our way back we took the turnoff to the church. Next to the church I found this beautiful cottage with fields and sheep.
I walked up to the gate to see if I could enter and it was open so I walked inside and took a few photo’s. Now this is what I call a peaceful place. Normally I don’t like walking in graveyards, but one thing that stood out for me was how peaceful it was here. Maybe it is the surrounding pastures with sheep and horses grazing. One don’t even hear the cars passing on the road to and from Dalgety Bay.
Thank you for visiting Dalgety Bay with us. Our next stop is Aberdour and I am looking forward to sharing some of the photo’s taken in this beautiful town.
I don’t know if you remember Ruby my German Shepard. In 2013 when we got her I posted every Tuesday about her. I called it Ruby Tuesdays…
Well Ruby is 7 years old now and up to a few months ago she still loved playing ball then in February she just stopped. We were working in the garden taking out a Cactus and we thought maybe she had a thorn in her back foot. I tried looking but she made it very difficult. Then after a few weeks she started playing ball again and I was relieved….
As suddenly as she started again she stopped. You throw the ball she walks to it pick it up and go lie down with the ball between her front legs… She also started to loose a lot of weight and my first thought was worms… So we dewormed her 2 months earlier than usual. Still she keeps losing weight and don’t want to play.
On Saturday evening she started crying like mad and Armand came to me and ask if I can see what is going on. So I let Ruby in to see but her front leg was not right. She did not want to put any weight on it. I thought maybe she dug a hole again.Ruby has her spot under the braai and she did not want to stay in the house so we let her out again.
On Sunday morning I went out to see if there was new holes but nothing. Then Ruby came out and her front paw flopped around like a ragdoll…. I thought it was broken…. I panicked and yelled at everybody to get bandages…. I could not stomach the fact that my child is in pain… So we put a bandaged around her leg to help keep it in place…. It seem to be working because she stopped moaning….
Due to the fact that I do not earn a cent during lockdown I can’t afford going to the Animal hospital with her on a Sunday. I am still paying off Shadow our cat’s week stay at the Vet in January… But I can’t let her suffer so tried to keep her comfortable till I can take her to the doctor on Monday…
Monday morning I took her to the Animal Hospital. She thought it was Christmas as she came in the door there was treats for Africa and it was there just for her. It wasn’t even covered by anything just there for her to take one and eat….
We had to weigh Ruby before her examination and she decided that she is staying just there… She was in too much pain to walk any further. Ruby has lost a lot of weight over the past few months and that in it self is very troublesome.
The doctor took a look at her and started doing tests. First she wanted to know if Ruby maybe diabetic because of the amount of water she drinks but her levels was 100%. Her blood pressure and temperature was also 100%. She draw some blood and clipped her nails. She hoped the blood tests will reveal what is wrong.
Then she looked at Ruby’s legs and said nothing was broken and ligaments was not torn. But it can be a lot of different things. Inflammation, Arthritis or it could be neurological…. But she said she thinks that we must wait for the blood results…. She did say that if it is neurological Ruby must go for a MRI and CT scan…. She gave Ruby an injection for pain and and Anti inflammatory. She also gave me some pills to give to Ruby till the blood tests came back.
On Thursday morning another doctor phoned me in connection with Ruby’s results….
She told me that she would like to see Ruby for herself and ask me some more questions…. She told me that Ruby’s protein levels is elevated and her red blood-cells are abnormal….
Yesterday we went back to the Animal Hospital to meet up with the other doctor. She explained to me that the high protein levels can be Cancer or caused by inflammation over a long period of time….
Ruby is scheduled for a Sonar of her Liver, Stomach and bladder on Tuesday. They are also going to do x rays of her legs to see what is going on there.
I am trying very hard to be positive. I tell myself it is just inflammation. She has so much life in her still. Yesterday she started chasing the birds in the garden again and her paw don’t flop anymore….
I would appreciate it if you can all keep Ruby in your prayers. I don’t want to loose my four legged child, but I am not going to let her suffer either….
At long last we can start our next phase of our Grand Tour of Scotland. We will be driving along the coast to St Andrews where we will spend the night at Knockhill Farm. I must admit I was very nervous on that Cloudy Tuesday morning. This would be my first time driving in Scotland and I did not know what to expect. The only comfort for me was that I am use to driving on the left side of the road.
Our driver that picked us up at the airport on Sunday gave me a few tips and told me to avoid the bus lanes and that I should never park in parking places for taxi’s. He also explained to me how the passing place work.
The people at Arnold Clark was very friendly and before I knew it we were on our way to Inverkeithing our first stop.
We stopped in the first parking lot we could find and from here we walked and explored for a while. While touring through Scotland I fell in love with the buildings, the decor and details on the buildings, the shapes and sizes of the windows, the colorful and detailed doors and lastly the bright colors used to paint the houses and shops. I we could I think we would have stayed much longer in the different towns and I would have taken building by building, street by street to make sure I capture every little detail….. But we have to cover around 100 to 180 miles per day depending on our route and we had to be at our final destination for the day at a certain time… This was one of the reasons we decided that our next tour of Scotland we will do in a campervan and we will stay in Scotland for about 76 days.
It took me a while to get use to driving 20 miles per hour. But I made sure that I kept below the speed limits just to make sure I do not get a ticket. Now let me explain why the speed difference was so difficult. Here in South Africa the speed limit in our towns is 60 Kilometre per hour that equals around 37 miles per hour. The most confusing part while driving was you get a sign that says 40 Miles per hour then about 2 meters after that it is either 30 or 20 miles per hour. For someone who is driving in Scotland for the first time it is very nerve wrecking, but by the end of the day I figured out the pattern….
In our rental car we had a Tom Tom and oh my word did it frustrate the living daylights out of me. First when I type in a castle name or Church name it kept saying not found. Now before we came to Scotland I mapped out our tour in Google maps and saved it to my phone. All the places on our list was on google maps but for some reason I could not find it on the Tom Tom not even when I typed in Street addresses. So when I saw that some streets have more than one name it started to make sense. I switched to my google maps on my phone and only used the Tom Tom as guide to the flow of the road ahead.
After exploring we remembered the sign at the church that offered Tea, coffee and Home baking. Dad and I decided that we still have time for a nice cup of tea before we leave for our next stop.
We were welcomed with open arms and felt right at home. We sat down at a table and it was not even a few seconds when the first man came to greet us. Dad and he hit it off and talked about Scotland and South Africa. He was a retired doctor and he came to visit a few times here in South Africa around 15 years back. Dad explained to him how everything has changed and that now a days one can’t just go out at night and walk as you please it is to dangerous.
While Dad and the retired doctor talked I excused myself and went and took some photos of the beautiful windows of the church.
Thank you for reading my post and I truly hope you enjoyed the photos. Our next stop is Dalgety Bay.
At long last I can post about our night at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo…
Dad loves bagpipes since I can remember he played a 7 single with bagpipe music on it. He always said that before he closes his eyes permanently he want’s to go to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo…
Then in March 2018 he got very sick and was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis. One day out of the blue he asked me if I could choose any place overseas to visit where would I like to go… “I have a list as long as the National road” I told him…
Then I remembered his words and said Scotland. Dad asked me to see when the Military Tattoo is his only demand for our holiday was that it includes the Military Tattoo…. After doing some research I contact Nordic Visitor for a quote and put the plans in motion. Sarah told me that I better book our tickets for tattoo early because it sells out very fast. 24 January 2019 I booked our tickets for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August 2019.
Dad was super excited and I could see in the way he walked that he could not get there fast enough… I did take some random photos while walking…
Dad was so excited that not even the stairs was to much for him. The closer we got the less dad talked… He was getting a bit emotional…
The views behind the stands was so beautiful I could not just pass. So while dad was visiting the bathroom before heading to our seats I took the opportunity to capture it.
Thank you for joining us on our way to the Military tattoo. I won’t be saying much in my next post. Will mostly be photos of the Tattoo.
Hope everyone had a good nights rest and ready for the day. I did not really sleep much. My brain is working overtime. I worry about COVID 19 interfering with our plans to visit Scotland again form May 2021 till August 2021. If we are not allowed to travel in 2021 then I must postpone it to April 2022 till July 2022. We have to travel in spring and summer because the main purpose of this trip is so that I can capture Puffins. We also would like to see the rest of Scotland that we missed….
Either way if I continue to post only now and then I will never finish in time before our next trip to Scotland even if we leave in 2022. I also still have some places I visited here in South Africa that I need to edit. But I work from first captured to last….
Here I am back again hoping to finish our walk back to our Guest house today. I still need to post about The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo also before we can hit the road and continue with the rest of our Grand Tour of Scotland.
My first thought when I saw the Omni Centre and The Glasshouse was “WOW that’s a lot of Windows to keep clean…. How on earth do they do it? The Glasshouse is a beautiful building…
Just look at how busy the streets of Edinburgh is. We don’t even talk about parking that is one big headache… The best mode of transport might just be to Cycle from point A to B. I prefer to rather walk… I love cycling but my balance is not that great and when I see a robot, stop street or even a car I start to panic…. That is why I put my bicycle in my car and drive to a quiet road or a farm stall park there and cycle from there…
The Theater Royal Bar is situated next to the famous Playhouse Theater on Leith Walk. I just love the decor of this building…. The hanging flower baskets just makes one feel so happy.
Well just around the corner is Ben Cruachan Guest House on MacDonnald Street….
We had about two hours before we had to get ready for our walk back to Edinburgh Castle where The Edinburgh Royal Military tattoo was held…. I went outside and took a few photo’s of the garden before I made us a nice cup of coffee and we talked about the day and how excited we were to go see the Tattoo….
Thank you for joining us on this last stretch back to our Guesthouse. In my next post I will be sharing some photo’s taken on route to the Tattoo and of the Tattoo itself.
Good Morning friends and followers. I hope that your lockdown is also very productive. I must say mine has been so far. I ticked off a few task on my to do list so far.
I am busy reorganizing my kitchen one cupboard at a time. Still a few to go…
Since this weekend I have been organizing my photos of our Grand Tour of Scotland. Putting the photos into folders. This makes it easier for me to do my research on all the places we have visited and also to see 1400 photos in 1 folder for 1 day gets a bit overwhelming, but 150 photo’s is much better… I would like to finish editing before we go on our next Scotland Tour….
I have finished planning our route just need to fine tune it and do some more research on traveling in campervan and Wild Camping in Scotland. Any suggestions will be much appreciated.
Okay enough of that let’s get back to our walk back to Ben Cruachan Guesthouse…
The Balmoral Hotel is such a beautiful building. I wonder how it looks inside? In my imagination it would be fit for a King and Queen…. Next time I will arrange to have a peek inside….
“The statue of the Duke of Wellington outside Register House was unveiled in a highly patriotic ceremony on 18 June 1852, the thirty-seventh anniversary of his greatest victory at Waterloo. Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon was regarded as ensuring the freedom not only of Britain but of Europe in general. “
Dad and I encountered multiple meetings with one of Rabbies Tours tour busses while exploring Scotland and some of the islands. Only while editing I realized that I captured one of the buildings they occupied.
Walking down Leith Street was an experience. They were working on buildings and also the road. The beautiful hanging flower baskets caught my eye…. I just loved it…. But more next time….