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  • howhow Veteran Veteran

    Not that I wouldn't take the morphine myself for the pain, it can often make a patient more emotionally vulnerable than they would normally be, which can be difficult for the unprepared caregivers.

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran
    edited February 15

    I don't think anyone (well apart from those with sadistic tendencies) would like seeing a loved one suffer physical pain or for that matter any sentient being suffering pain...hence why many would want to use any means possible to alleviate their loved ones suffering/pain...
    This I guess will also depend on whether or not the loved one has specifically requested no pain killer medication...

  • Well it's my birthday today and one of the nice jurors bought me a birthday present, plus a packet of Macaron biscuits in place of a birthday cake. Very sweet of her to do this ❤️
    The last time I was selected for jury duty , my birthday was also during the trial...

  • Happy Birthday @Shoshin1 <3

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    Happy Birthday indeed! Good luck with the jury duty.

  • DagobahZenDagobahZen Ireland Veteran

    Happy Birthday @Shoshin1 🥳🥳🎈🎈

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran
    edited February 16

    Thanks folks.....
    Jury service is like working 9 to 5 Monday to Friday ferry ride over this morning...

    If the weather is fine the ferry ride is quite pleasant, it's been good all week, but started to rain today when the ferry arrived in Auckland....but cleared up again later...
    Finished for the weekend...Two cruise ships here for the weekend, this means lots of visitors heading to the island...

  • Morning and happy delayed bday wishes from las Canarias :love:


  • A well deserved break from time spent commuting over to the city all week....


    Hi everyone,

    Yesterday, pleased to visit Tooting Commons. Red eared terrapins the size of dinner plates sunbathing. A friendly Dunnock wading, (see enclosed pic). An out of control poodle trying to haplessly catch an Egyptian Goose. Stick to sticks Benton type hunter dogee. Furious owner shouting, “Piddle, Piddle”. Yep Piddle the poodle. :mrgreen:

    Was not as muddy as expected. Fish were jumping. The traumatised geese were seen later being hand fed after their not so narrow escape. I think they were playing up to get a free meal and some sympathy … Cynical moi?

    Anyways …

    I needed a walk after the first stage of setting up my new Ryzen3 desktop. You will be happy as I was, to know, the computer from Ebuyer was delivered in a 100% electric van from DPD.

    Soon all deliveries will have to be like this in London. Yeah bebe, smell the Spring air! Our much maligned Mayor is forcing clean air on the monoxide poisoners. Green Urbanites are our future IMHO …

    I managed to get into the bias … eh BIOS but my SD Manjaro Linux boot install card is only getting as far as “grub rescue »”. Do I have the neurones and #perseverance to set it up again. I hope so dear readers. Been using Gparted to create two partitions. I hate using the command line but hey ho, may have to [lobster weeps self pitying croc tears] Oh dear speaking computer nerdish ... sorry :3

    Remember to smile like the joker. Pray like an atheist and be kind like there is no dystopia worth Greater Thunburging over ...

  • Dear Friends of the Lobster computer nerd, B)

    I dunz it! :mrgreen:

    I have set up a simple Ethernet connected Linux computer from which to manage my hosted instance of Mastodon, Open Source Buddhism, wonderment and alternatives to mainstream bleating.

    Took me two days to set up the Linux powered computer to my liking.

    Next I will probably use to help server hosting, as it is recommended by the Team behind the excellent Thunderbird and Firefox FOSS. I am trying to use Free and Open Source Software, as every Sangha supporter might like to ... o:)

    There are good people, who wish to make a freer, more supportive, inclusive, peaceful world. I will help to the best of my limitations, Onward and upward, sideways and inward ... :heart:

  • Life is tenacious. My father died in a Catholic hospice. He refused his morphine and died the next day. I hope everyone around your stepfather is supported. My mother died a year and half ago. Once they are gone, hopefully we remember the sacrifices and efforts they made to raise us ... <3

  • My condolences @Jeroen

  • ”Transient alas; are all component things,
    Subject are they to birth and then decay
    Having gained birth to death the life flux swings
    Bliss truly dawns when unrest dies away !”

    Condolences to you and your family @Jeroen

  • Rangitoto (volcanic) island...If it decides to blow its top, it would take out most of Auckland and many of the surrounding islands including the one I live on ...

    The Devonport Naval base (home of the NZ Royal Navy)

  • DagobahZenDagobahZen Ireland Veteran

    Condolences to both you and your family @Jeroen

  • Yesterday I met a young German woman on my way up from the beach after having a dip and sun soak. She was at the half way look out point, taking photos. I offered to take a photo of her whilst she sat on the bench which overlooked the ocean...

    Walking back up the track, we got chatting. She spoke almost perfect English (even had a bit of an English accent) and when I commented on how good her English was, she said she can even switch to an American accent if she is speaking with Americans...(I'm in awe of people who can speak different languages fluently )

    When she first told me that she was from Hamburg Germany, I spoke some German with her,(I know just enough German to buy things and for travelling around, but not for real conversation) I told her that I had lived in Germany for a while back in the early 70s, in Lubeck, not far from Hamburg and worked at the local youth hostel there( that's where I learnt a bit of German)..She said she was impressed with my German... (maybe she was just being polite ;) )

    Anyhow her name was Däta which I found quite interesting, I have never heard of a person being called Däta was spelt the same as Data but with an umlaut over the first "ä"...

    Well how's that for a useless announcement.... ;);)

  • Is she a bodhissatva? Trying to save lost souls from hell?

  • "Wow...that was shit !" 😄 ;);)

  • Well the trial is finally over, it has taken two and half weeks, two and half days of deliberation....So after thirteen days travelling back and forth on the ferry I finally caught a glimpse of a dolphin on this morning's trip over...

    On my phone, the video is quite clear, but for some reason when I downloaded it to YouTube the quality is not the best, but you should be able to just see it breaking the water surface to the right of the centre of the two second mark...

  • Looks so wild and untouched. You must have strict building / construction laws there :o

  • There are a few small uninhabited islands in the Gulf, some of which are wildlife sanctuaries, some of them have rangers living on them...

  • Beautiful morning, beautiful puffy fluffy clouds...

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    What busy little bees wasps (Asian paper wasps ...quite a large well established nest)

    Every year foundresses build a nest or two on the rungs on my neighbour's roof....

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran
    edited March 1

    @Kotishka said:
    Looks so wild and untouched. You must have strict building / construction laws there :o

    We do. but if one has money, one can build whatever one wants, because money talks, and sadly, with this new right wing government it will soon be wherever one wants too...

    A few years back a multi millionaire, decided to build a large house overlooking the ocean and at the time there were restrictions in place to stop people building dwellings which block the views of neighbouring properties..

    The building in question was meant to have a flat roof so it would not block the view...Then one day we could see the builder building a gable roof blocking out much of the neighbours ocean view... Money talks...

    It's vacant for most of the year, one very rarely sees signs of life in there..

  • KotishkaKotishka Veteran

    Pity...but left wing governments love money too! ;) They simply have a harder time admitting to it haha

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Yes that's true, there are corrupt politicians in all political parties....but from my personal observation of political parties in Aotearoa, at least left wing governments do make an effort to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate...

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    This morning as I was approaching the end of the beach I could hear sounds coming from holes in the embankment.
    Native Sacred Kingfisher ( Kōtare in the Maori language) nests ...You can just make out the sounds of the young ones in the nest...

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    On this morning's jolk
    The sun poked a hole through the cloud

  • KotishkaKotishka Veteran

    It's gonna rain!

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    @Kotishka said:
    It's gonna rain!

  • KotishkaKotishka Veteran
    edited March 10

    What a way to start off in the office before heading to the hotel. Thanks!

    Edit: Wow, back in the day when you would leave LETTERS to inform people.

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Yesterday afternoon I spotted Welcome Swallows having an aerial feast at the front of my place...

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Seize the day...

    Do it anyway...

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Beautiful morning with a cool Autumn nip in the air...

    After the jolk, I took the ferry over to Auckland to attend another Palestinian Solidarity rally, however the rally had moved to a different location due to it being St Patrick's Day...St Patrick's day celebrations were being held in the square and they were also having a parade along Queen street...
    After the rally I walked up Queen street to watch the SPD parade ..

    Quite fitting really, Ireland being in solidarity with the Palestinians...

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Beautiful rainbow on this morning's jolk...

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    High Flight

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air . . .

    Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

    — John Gillespie Magee

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran
    edited March 20

    Met up with the new manager of the place I've been volunteering at for "WOW" 17 years, I had lost track of when I started to volunteer there ( time flies when you're having fun)

    Anyhow we had a cuppa in one of the local cafes and a chat about the kind of work we do for the community....She's from Lewisham, South East London, just a couple of suburbs away from where I grew up, many many moons ago...Her and her partner only moved to the island in December, but has been in living Aotearoa since 2011...

    After our catch up chat...I did a bit of op shopping, found myself a nice pair of Niki trainers good as new for $5, somebody had just donated them to the shop that morning ( I was in the right place at the right person's junk is another's treasure). Then I started to walk home...
    On the way I stopped to admire the view, from the village lookout point , and the seagull was also admiring its own view ...of people eating in the cafe, then it decided to pose for the camera....

    It's a beautiful Autumn's day ( today is the first day of Autumn)..

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran
    edited March 22

    This morning's cloud formation on my jolk...

    This afternoon's cloud formation after work...

    Today I had my Head in the Clouds

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Walked into the village earlier, on the way back I stopped to admire the ocean colours..

  • FosdickFosdick in its eye are mirrored far off mountains Alaska, USA Veteran

    I always wonder, seeing your pictures, how the air feels, how it smells, in your part of the world - and all the things that the dimension of photography cannot capture.

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    @Fosdick said:
    I always wonder, seeing your pictures, how the air feels, how it smells, in your part of the world - and all the things that the dimension of photography cannot capture.

    The Six Sense Bases (indriya or āyatana)
    The eye & seeing (cakkhu)
    The ear & hearing (sota)
    The nose & smelling (ghāna)
    The tongue & tasting (jivhā)
    The body & sensing (kāya)
    The heart/mind & cognizing (mana)

    Yes, it seems that only four of our senses/consciousnesses actually comes into play when watching something on our a sense (pun intended) the other two do through imagination...but I guess it's all kind of imagination

    Imagination is the production of sensations, feelings and thoughts informing oneself. These experiences can be re-creations of past experiences, such as vivid memories with imagined changes, or completely invented and possibly fantastic scenes.

    What one sees, what one hears how it makes one feel (sensations) , what is seen and heard forms the stories of what it must feel like, what it must smell like, as one's mind flicks through the memory bank to find/imagine similar sense experiences one may have had ...The salty smell of the ocean, the warm sun's rays, the cool ocean breeze and so on...

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    It looks like rain is on its way...

    ...but you never can really tell with Autumn weather...

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Yesterday I found a German wasp in the kitchen on a curtain by the window,
    I caught it in my empty honey jar I use as an insect catcher.. I released it outside...

    This afternoon I caught a honeybee on a window in the lounge, using the same catcher..

    At first I thought it was a hoverfly (some hoverflies look like honeybees) but on closer inspection, it was a honeybee...
    Not long after I released the honeybee, a little fantail came fluttering up onto the deck and perched on the clothes horse..

    It wanted to come inside, but once inside they tend to make themselves at home and it's hard to get them to leave...So I stood in the doorway blocking its entrance...

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Beautiful Autumn day...Bit of a nip in the air first thing...

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    This Asian paper wasp came inside around four days ago when there was a cold snap and was resting up just above the window in the lounge close to where I caught the German wasp (it was actually resting there when I caught the German wasp)...The temperature has picked up warmth again and so this wasp become active again...

    The squawking in the background (25 seconds in) was coming from a flock of Eastern Rosella parrots, something must have disturbed up in the trees...

    The Asian paper wasp most probably came from the nest on my neighbour's roof,
    (this video is from the 1st of March)

    ... which more or less has died out/been deserted now...

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