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9 hours ago, Bryan said:

The contractors completed their work felling a line of trees around our allotment site. I was really impressed by the skill and professionalism of these people. They removed all of the wood alongside a cycle track/path on one side of the site, to prevent it being placed on the track as a hazard, while they left it elsewhere. Despite the fact that many of the trees were overhanging the gardens, and space very tight due to yet more trees, no real damage was done to our fences and structures. The place has been transformed, my garden is going to see at least another hour of light each day, while parts of some plots will receive direct sunlight for the first time in years. 

 

I love trees, but, when planting, you need to think carefully about the long term consequences. 

 

Finally, and nowt to do with trees, after two miserable days of heavy rain, the sun is predicted to shine today !

So right, Bryan. It always amazes me to see all the trees planted under power lines next to the streets in neighborhoods here in the U.S. When the trees grow large, here comes the city cutting the middles out and absolutely making them look horrible. I can understand wanting to see beautiful tree-lined shady streets, but by the time they are big enough to shade the street, they are interfering with power lines.

I love trees, too. People need to give thought toward future years when deciding where to plant them.

I’ve planted one since moving here. It’s in the wide open part of my yard where it can’t bother anything.

Send some of that rain my way. My yard is thirsty.

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10 hours ago, Bryan said:

The contractors completed their work felling a line of trees around our allotment site. I was really impressed by the skill and professionalism of these people. They removed all of the wood alongside a cycle track/path on one side of the site, to prevent it being placed on the track as a hazard, while they left it elsewhere. Despite the fact that many of the trees were overhanging the gardens, and space very tight due to yet more trees, no real damage was done to our fences and structures. The place has been transformed, my garden is going to see at least another hour of light each day, while parts of some plots will receive direct sunlight for the first time in years. 

 

I love trees, but, when planting, you need to think carefully about the long term consequences. 

 

Finally, and nowt to do with trees, after two miserable days of heavy rain, the sun is predicted to shine today !

 

The British sun did show itself briefly here in Beatles Town today. I would not use the therm "shine." 

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Wheeeeeeeeee!  Just received a phone call offering me an appointment for the first anti covid jab on Sunday quite close by too.

 

Allan

 

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My news isn't as good as Allan's but I found out a couple in my building has had the first shot. My appointments in Feb and Mar still stand so I hope we have more vaccine in NYC by then. Our mayor and governor have been shouting "We are running out...". Does not give confidence. Too dramatic in this city sometimes.

 

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I was told that the second jab will be 11 or 12 weeks after. April the 11th or 18th.

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I think I have finally managed to understand "nurse language" which seems to involve the word "pop" allot.

" Hello pop yourself over to that chair, pop your shirt of and we'll pop this vaccination in" roughly translated means "Go and sit on that chair, keep quiet, take your shirt off while I shove this 3 inch lump of sharp steel into your arm"  😀

Andy.

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4 minutes ago, aphperspective said:

"pop" allot.

 

 Shouldn't that be all one word?        "popallot"

 

Allan

 

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7 minutes ago, aphperspective said:

while I shove this 3 inch lump of sharp steel into your arm

:lol: Should be painless nowadays- they don't swab anymore (it was never necessary according to my pharmacist) and when they did, the pain was caused by the cold alcohol from the swab being injected into your arm!

Seriously for my flu vaccination, being poked with a fork hurt more. I tried it.;)

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1 hour ago, Allan Bell said:

I was told that the second jab will be 11 or 12 weeks after. April the 11th or 18th.

 

The version I'm getting has the second shot 3 to 4 weeks after the first and I'm properly scheduled at this point.

 

Paulette

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I had cataract surgery (lens replacement) done on eye #2 earlier this week, and I can now see clearly with both eyes without glasses (a.k.a. "specs"), except for reading and computer work. The changes in brightness, clarity, and colour perception are dramatic, even shocking. It's like going directly from Kodachrome to digital. Even the gloomy Vancouver winter looks a bit less gloomy. It will be interesting to see what effects this change has on my photography and post-processing. If there is anyone out there hesitant about getting their cataracts fixed, don't be. The operation is a piece of cake.

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2 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

The British sun did show itself briefly here in Beatles Town today. I would not use the therm "shine." 

 

Wall to wall glorious sunshine over here Edo, perishing cold and a biting wind mind.

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31 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

I had cataract surgery (lens replacement) done on eye #2 earlier this week, and I can now see clearly with both eyes without glasses (a.k.a. "specs"), except for reading and computer work. The changes in brightness, clarity, and colour perception are dramatic, even shocking. It's like going directly from Kodachrome to digital. Even the gloomy Vancouver winter looks a bit less gloomy. It will be interesting to see what effects this change has on my photography and post-processing. If there is anyone out there hesitant about getting their cataracts fixed, don't be. The operation is a piece of cake.


Great to hear that John. Echoes my own experience as described before. The changes are unbelievable. 

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2 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

I had cataract surgery (lens replacement) done on eye #2 earlier this week, and I can now see clearly with both eyes without glasses (a.k.a. "specs"), except for reading and computer work. The changes in brightness, clarity, and colour perception are dramatic, even shocking. It's like going directly from Kodachrome to digital. Even the gloomy Vancouver winter looks a bit less gloomy. It will be interesting to see what effects this change has on my photography and post-processing. If there is anyone out there hesitant about getting their cataracts fixed, don't be. The operation is a piece of cake.

 

I'm still waiting for mine. I had a first appointment but they wanted A$ 5,000 per eye. We are on a retirement visa which denies us Medicare. Waiting for another place which specialises in uninsured people at half-price. Shame I didn't discover them earlier. 

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43 minutes ago, gvallee said:

 

I'm still waiting for mine. I had a first appointment but they wanted A$ 5,000 per eye. We are on a retirement visa which denies us Medicare. Waiting for another place which specialises in uninsured people at half-price. Shame I didn't discover them earlier. 

 

Ouch! My operations were covered by the BC government. However, on the advice of my Ophthalmologist, I did shell out for some better quality monofocal lenses (for distance) than the ones provided by the gov. Do you need premium "Toric" lenses to correct astigmatism as well as cataracts? If so, they cost a lot more. I don't know what the situation is like in OZ, but eye surgeons here have a nasty habit of adding extra charges. Caveat emptor!

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3 hours ago, NYCat said:

 

The version I'm getting has the second shot 3 to 4 weeks after the first and I'm properly scheduled at this point.

 

Paulette

 

That's good to hear. Vaccine rollout in Canada has ground to a virtual halt due to shortages. I have no idea when I'll get jabbed.

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16 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

 

Ouch! My operations were covered by the BC government. However, on the advice of my Ophthalmologist, I did shell out for some better quality monofocal lenses (for distance) than the ones provided by the gov. Do you need premium "Toric" lenses to correct astigmatism as well as cataracts? If so, they cost a lot more. I don't know what the situation is like in OZ, but eye surgeons here have a nasty habit of adding extra charges. Caveat emptor!

 

I've been told I need non-Toric lenses. I wasn't sure if I needed the op at all yet and thought, of course they're going to say I do, they're out to make money. To my utter surprise, without me asking, they told me it could wait another year. I am slightly hesistant because my eyesight is not bad, I have good days and bad days with/without a grey veil. But being full time on the road, in such a vast country to boot, makes matters not simple. In fact, I drove nearly 3,000km to Brisbane for medical appointments. So I think I might get it done now. Not 100% decided yet.

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I saw my eye doc earlier this week and she said I was looking at surgery in the next year or two. I’m pleased to read the good reports from those of you who’ve had the experience. 

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1 hour ago, gvallee said:

 

I've been told I need non-Toric lenses. I wasn't sure if I needed the op at all yet and thought, of course they're going to say I do, they're out to make money. To my utter surprise, without me asking, they told me it could wait another year. I am slightly hesistant because my eyesight is not bad, I have good days and bad days with/without a grey veil. But being full time on the road, in such a vast country to boot, makes matters not simple. In fact, I drove nearly 3,000km to Brisbane for medical appointments. So I think I might get it done now. Not 100% decided yet.

 

Yup, ophthalmologists make big bucks. In Canada, they bill the provincial governments for huge amounts every year and then add extra charges, often unwarranted. Apparently, the trend is to have cataract surgery done sooner rather than later, especially since technology has made the operation so much easier. Best of luck.

 

P.S. These are the monofocal lenses that I went for. They get excellent reviews.

 

 

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2 hours ago, gvallee said:

 

I'm still waiting for mine. I had a first appointment but they wanted A$ 5,000 per eye. We are on a retirement visa which denies us Medicare. Waiting for another place which specialises in uninsured people at half-price. Shame I didn't discover them earlier. 

 

I paid £2500 (about 4200 Australian I guess) per eye here in England over four years ago and it really was the best £5000 I ever spent. I was waiting for some years to get it free on the NHS but the criteria kept changing and one had to be literally almost blind in my area by 2016 to qualify.

 

Even for a non-photographer, eyesight is incredibly important but for a photographer it is vitally important. It has made a massive difference to my life. My biggest regret was not doing it 5 years earlier. My eyes were not too bad I thought but then they were perfect again - that is a feeling and an experience that it is hard to put a value on.

 

So if you can afford it then I would suggest doing it asap it but perhaps be careful about half-price offers - these are your eyes you are talking about. 

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1 hour ago, John Mitchell said:

 

That's good to hear. Vaccine rollout in Canada has ground to a virtual halt due to shortages. I have no idea when I'll get jabbed.

 

Some (in my opinion) insane decisions were made here in NYC. After the medical people and nursing home residents and staff were taken care of they opened up for 75 years and older. At that point I lucked out because a client of mine sent me a link to making appointments at a nearby hospital. That was great but the very next day the decision was made to also open up for people 65 and over along with lots of categories of workers...school teachers, first responders, grocery workers, public transit workers, etc. Of course these people should all be vaccinated but most of the 75 and older had not managed to get appointments by then and adding huge amounts of other people trying to make appointments has created a madhouse. So we are (surprise) running out of vaccine. It's just crazy and I hope my appointments will pan out but I've been warned they might be cancelled. I am trying to just be cool about it all and assume that it also benefits me if other people are vaccinated.

 

Paulette

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5 minutes ago, NYCat said:

 

Some (in my opinion) insane decisions were made here in NYC. After the medical people and nursing home residents and staff were taken care of they opened up for 75 years and older. At that point I lucked out because a client of mine sent me a link to making appointments at a nearby hospital. That was great but the very next day the decision was made to also open up for people 65 and over along with lots of categories of workers...school teachers, first responders, grocery workers, public transit workers, etc. Of course these people should all be vaccinated but most of the 75 and older had not managed to get appointments by then and adding huge amounts of other people trying to make appointments has created a madhouse. So we are (surprise) running out of vaccine. It's just crazy and I hope my appointments will pan out but I've been warned they might be cancelled. I am trying to just be cool about it all and assume that it also benefits me if other people are vaccinated.

 

Paulette

 

Similar situation here. This plan has just been announced today for BC. Looks as if I'm in the Phase 3 group (April to June), which isn't that bad. Good point you make about other people getting vaccinated benefiting everyone. Let's hope those vials keep coming...

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2 hours ago, MDM said:

 

I paid £2500 (about 4200 Australian I guess) per eye here in England over four years ago and it really was the best £5000 I ever spent. I was waiting for some years to get it free on the NHS but the criteria kept changing and one had to be literally almost blind in my area by 2016 to qualify.

 

Even for a non-photographer, eyesight is incredibly important but for a photographer it is vitally important. It has made a massive difference to my life. My biggest regret was not doing it 5 years earlier. My eyes were not too bad I thought but then they were perfect again - that is a feeling and an experience that it is hard to put a value on.

 

So if you can afford it then I would suggest doing it asap it but perhaps be careful about half-price offers - these are your eyes you are talking about. 

 

My thoughts entirely. It was my first reaction. We checked them out and they have good reviews. They are the only outfit in Oz catering for uninsured people. I will have a thorough chat with them and follow my gut feelings. Perhaps I should choose to see it in GBP equivalent, it would be less painful ah ah.

 

I had comments once on this forum about the saturation of some of my pix. Perhaps I overdid it because of my eyes, it will be interesting to see after the op. I hope I won't recoil in horror at my uploads...

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32 minutes ago, gvallee said:

 

My thoughts entirely. It was my first reaction. We checked them out and they have good reviews. They are the only outfit in Oz catering for uninsured people. I will have a thorough chat with them and follow my gut feelings. Perhaps I should choose to see it in GBP equivalent, it would be less painful ah ah.

 

I had comments once on this forum about the saturation of some of my pix. Perhaps I overdid it because of my eyes, it will be interesting to see after the op. I hope I won't recoil in horror at my uploads...

 

It's the brightness that you have to get used to. You will never go out in the Oz sunshine or drive in the daytime again without shades. When I took off the eyeshield the morning after getting my first eye done, everything was incredibly bright and clear. Also there was a general colour change (call it white balance) to more blue. The other eye had a yellowish tinge - like a dirty tobacco filter. It really was like visual rebirth. Now if I could only get the same for my lungs ......

 

As for your pix, you do go for a saturated look so maybe that is true. I like nicely saturated as well but perhaps a bit less than I used to but I put it down to changing taste.

 

Anyway best of luck with it. 

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1 hour ago, MDM said:

 

It's the brightness that you have to get used to. You will never go out in the Oz sunshine or drive in the daytime again without shades. When I took off the eyeshield the morning after getting my first eye done, everything was incredibly bright and clear. Also there was a general colour change (call it white balance) to more blue. The other eye had a yellowish tinge - like a dirty tobacco filter. It really was like visual rebirth. Now if I could only get the same for my lungs ......

 

 

 

Perfect description. That's exactly what struck me right away -- the brilliant whites and blue shift. It's amazing how over the years we get used to stumbling about in a dreary, tobacco-tinted world. Can't believe how much you had to pay. 😮

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