Sunday, 30 June 2013

A Poppy, The Blue Lagoon and a rather Strange Museum!

Hello Blogging Friends, hope you are all having a good Sunday.  The wind is fierce up here in Inverness, but fairly warm and at the moment the sun is shining, at least no rain.

Thanks to you all for the lovely comments on my last post, love reading them.

We had a lovely lunch out with Damian and Moreen yesterday, but how I suffered afterwards, Indian food seldom sits well with me, but yesterday was awful, such a pity cos I so much enjoyed it.  We were meant to go on to friends who were having a barbie as their daughter is on a visit from Australia with her children and there were birthdays involved and I just couldn't make it.  Alistair thinks that some of my upset was down to stress because in the morning I was trying to make corrections to the minutes of the welfare meeting I had for work, where there were glaring mistakes, misinterpretations and omissions.  Would you believe that after working for 14years there they spelt my name Curry instead of Currie, quite insulting really.  Anyway, when I sat down at the PC to type, I could just feel my stomach in an uproar.  I managed to get some of it done, but felt I would have to leave it, otherwise the whole thing would ruin my day, it kind of did anyway.

I am back to the GP tomorrow, so we'll see what happens then, but it's clear I'm still in no fit state to be back at work.  It is all quite worrying though.  I came off work with exhaustion due to work related stress, but since then the stress has upped its level, thanks to my my managers not knowing their .... from their elbow.

I have been told that I will be going for an OH assessment, but the area manager didn't know where, it's a company based in Chester that they have bought in, but, she said it would be somewhere in the Highlands.
The Highlands is an awfully big place, I suppose she could have said Highlands and Islands, so I'm lucky there.  It's no wonder I think I'm going doolally.

Another couple of Iceland photos for you;
This is me at the Blue Lagoon, I had already been in for a dip and it is truly amazing.  In the middle of a lava field, it is the by product of all the power station's waste.  Now I don't know the science of it,but it's manmade. You can see the power staition in the background.  The water is a bit sulphuric but so warm, and outside, that came as a surprise, I thought it was indoors.  Whilst we were in the pool there was a cloud burst, felt really strange.  Cost a fortune for a dip, but one of the sights you had to see.
Whilst walking to the bus station one day we passed this building, at first I didn't know what it was, I thought it was to do with stamps,(led a sheltered life you see), anyway I was fairly sure that wasn't the right word, so on closer inspection through the window, I discovered what kind of museum this actually was,  apparently it contained all sorts of shapes, sizes, colours, from every living thing known to man.  No, we didn't go in, mainly because it would have cost around £10, as I said Iceland is very expensive, but we did have a good laugh about it.

My card for you today;

Yes it's another Poppy, sorry about that, and it's from,  I have to say I just love Jane's drawings and she has some new ones, so pop by and have a look.

Base card cut with Xcut circle die and image on to Xcut Scalloped die
CC Silver Spray
Black Soot DI
Stamp it Austraila Sentiment
Black gems from Papermania

That's me for today, I hope you all enjoy the remainder of your Sunday.
Thanks for looking, Hugs kate x


Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Your card is lovely Kate I love your poppies
jacqui xx

MRS DUCK said...

Fab poppy Kate. Sorry you have a gippy tum, whatever the reason.
What an interesting museum. Don't think they will be using that on their tourist literature!
Have I got the wrong Kate or are you coming to the NEC in November?
Ang x

Doreen said...

Gorgeous,lovely image and

hotpotato said...

Hope you soon feel better. xx

Wilma Brown said...

Oh Kate you are certainly being stretched to the limit with your work. After 14 years you would expect them to spell your name correctly. Sometimes to the higher ups the workers are just numbers not people.

Hope you are feeling better.

Your card is adorable, love the design and those poppies are gorgeous.

Wilma x x x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Fabulous card, love that poppy. So sorry to hear you have been so poorly. It really sounds like they are treating you very badly even down to spelling your name wrong. Sounds to me like you should be going for ill health retirement. Take care x

Hazel said...

Oh Kate, not good that your meal out turned to you not feeling well, you are going to have to choose more plainer food for a while.

Your card is lovely, the poppy is a favourite of mine.

Hazel xxx

Rita said...

Hi Kate. I'm so sorry to hear that your work are being so horrible to you. Some people have no respect for the feeling of others. Love your Poppy card and the wonderful holiday picture too. Hugs Rita xxx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Sorry to hear that you haven't been so good. It sounds like your employers are treating you very badly and to spell you name wrong is awful. I hope you get on okay with your GP tomorrow.
Your card is stunning, you have coloured Jane's poppy beautifully.
Take care
Sue xx

rachel said...

I love your card Kate - so sorry to hear about your tummy upset - it probably was stress - it does awful things to my insides. Love the blue lagoon picture - I remember not taking my rings off and having to get them polishes up when I came out! Big Hugs xx

pam said...

one of my favourite flowers the poppies, beautifully coloured Kate
sorry you have a upset tum.. your photos are amazing.
take care pam

Wendy Fraser said...

Sorry to hear that things still haven't been resolved at work. Stunning card, love the vivid red against the black and white, so stylish and eye catching. Great holiday pics too. By the way Howden's have all the new Docrafts stuff in, the goody bags are brilliant. xx

Marie-Louise said...

Great card Kate. Love the flower. Marvellous photos. Looks like you had a great holiday. Hopefully your work problems will soon be sorted out.

Pop's Cards said...

Morning sweetie, this is simply stunning, hugs Pops x x x

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
fab photos of your hols. That pool sounds amazing.
Sorry to hear about your tummy after your meal.
It could be stress as my sister also suffers with lots of health probs which are stress related. Stress can account for lots of ailments, and you sound very stressed at the mo, with all that going on with your work stuff.
Your poppy card is very lovely love the glitter effect on the flower.
Have a wonderful crafty day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Diane said...

Fabulous pictures of the Blue Lagoon just amazing and unique museum. Wow, your colored Poppy is just beautiful what talent you have.

Best Regards Diane

Sandy said...

Beautiful card Kate - and I do love your pictures. It makes me feel like I am traveling with you. So sorry about your stress at work - it does seem a bit strange your name could not have been spelled correctly!!! I wish I could take a magic wand and make the stress go away!! That blue lagoon place looks interesting. Great photo.
Travel safe Sugar!

Erika said...

Hi Kate, sorry you haven't been feeling great. Stress can be a funny old thing and not pleasant. I hope you manage to sort it out.
Iceland looks fabby, hubby has been with work but I haven't but he said everything was very expensive. The pool looks great mind.
Love your poppy card and the black edging really makes it pop!
Take care, crafty hugs, Erika.

Heather Rogers said...

Oh! Kate such a pretty card you can bring on as many poppies as you like they are one of my favourite flowers they remind me of Normandy France!

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Jane said...

Well I for one love your different takes on my Poppy digi...shows its versatility AND yours too. Thanks for plugging my wee venture with some beautiful cards. Get well soon xx