I’ve been very quiet (for me) for a couple of months. Life has been hectic and has taken several unexpected twists over these last few weeks. First, as of yesterday (12-3-15) I was officially told I am to be made redundant at the end of this month (May 15). In thirty six years of work, since leaving school, this is the first time I have experienced this.
It’s not pleasant, but I am in a lot better place than most people who have the misfortune to experience such a thing. And it’s not neccessarily a bad thing for me. This current job has involved, typically, working between 50 and 70 hours per week ( a lot of that, admitedly, on stand by). I will be forever grateful for having been employed by my current employer, because they facilitated my move up here into Scotland. And through that job, I got to see probably about 90% of Scotland in that time.
But things move on and it looks to me like they got their numbers wrong and are having to downsize to readjust and start again. I wish them well in their endeavours, but candidly, I am not sad to be leaving. Over this last twelve months, psoriatic arthrirtis has been making itself known more and more, affecting specifically my hands. Not good for someone who hands are the primary tool for his work.
I have now attended a rheumatology clinic at our local hospital and it looks like I will be put on a Disease Modifying drug to stop it’s progress. This will involve taking a drug, probably for the rest of my life (not something I particularly relish, being the type to have avoided taking any sort of medication for my entire life). But taking that drug will obviously help my future quality of life (as well as extending the period of my life left that I can work in).
Through this redundancy, I am now in the process of securing start up funding for going into self employment. being a gas engineer, specialising in the repair and servicing of combi boilers. Through my previous (technically, still current at the time of writing) job, I am now in the best possible financial situation to be able to do this. And if my business projections are correct, my hours are going to reduce significantly. Which means this will compensate for a slight physical deteriation.
On the Druidry side, as well as being a trustee for The Druid Network, I am now also the treasurer for said TDN. Which means I am less “visible” on the TDN forum than previously as I am working now mostly in the background. I continue to run the TDN Peace ritual, primarily through the dedicated facebook page and with almost 500 likes and from information from elsewhere, i can confidently state that from a standing start last August, we now have over a thousand people joining us each full moon.
And last, but not least, a former passion has re-entered my life. As a secondary school kid, the area that our class occupied was in the subject section of “Communications” and dealt primarily with media type equipment. Specifically for me, photography. I was “grasped” by photography and I saved up any monies earnt to buy a Zenith SLR camera. I was able to develop the film through school and then to print my own photos, which were always placed in prominent places in the school.
After toying with both compact and then bridge cameras over the last decade, I finally brought a fully blown DSLR in the form of a Nikon D3200 and have complimented the camera with a selection of other Nikon lenses. i have Adobe photo software and, the passion is gripping me again. I love what you can do with DSLR cameras and how the software can reveal the hidden detail in photos that the eye can’t neccessarily see. I have set up a facebook page, Awen Photos, as a place I can display them.
So I’ll end this post with a selection of photos that I have recently took / worked on, as an example of the sort of stuff that I am engaging in, more and more.