Don't you feel just awful when you write someone a letter or an e-mail that basically says "Hey, why haven't you been back in touch. You promised to visit. Where are you?"
And you get a reply from them by return of mail (e-mail) saying - "I'm half way across the world from where I should be. I'm in Payson, about 90 miles from Phoenix, Arizona; in the foothills of the Mogollon rim. My Mum's in A & E and we nearly lost her..."
That's what happened to me when I sent a :-p (pulling tongues for those not into emoticons) e-mail to one of my bestest friends the other day. Fortunately her Mum has pulled through - thanks to those shock paddles that they wield so glibly on Hospital dramas. The crisis is over though her Mum will be a while getting back to normal. And my friend is still friends with me!
On a change of subject: this is the Vermland - a silo feed delivery vessel that began work for Skretting on the west coast of Scotland towards the end of 2008. It delivers feed - by blowing bulk feed into the customer silo, emptying bags into the silo, or by lifting 1 or ½ tonne bags onto the quayside or barge.
And below is the Vermland as she looked passing by GB's today. It was Force 5 here on land but it looked a lot more windy than that out at sea....
And Jo came across the Minch on the ferry in that weather - on the MV Isle of Lewis. So she has joined me here on the island but the weather has let me down - it ain't good at the moment. Fingers crossed for tomorrow...
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