Thursday, 16 June 2011
Good News and Bad news
Today I have good news and bad news. I started Blogging when I lost my job a couple of years ago. I had worked in the Packaging Industry for over 30 years when a serious knee joint problem meant I could no longer work on machines. I had an operation which did not really work and was told I am too young for a joint replacement so I was left on the sick and my wages stopped. After a year long battle with the company I worked for I was made redundant. I was honestly devastated I was 48 yrs old with a knee of a 70 yr old (as my consultant put it) I have been unemployed now for over 2 years and photography and blogging is the only thing that has kept me sane.
Well a new opportunity has presented itself. My cousin who has his own business has offered my a position. His company is taking over a landfill site in Doncaster (see above photo). the area circled in red is the site I will be working in. He wants me to oversee the project, which will be a regeneration to natural habitat once the large holes have been filled in. It will start as a recycling plant where material will be brought in and sorted. Then once the holes are filled it will be landscaped and there are plans for habitats for grass snakes, bees and other wildlife. As you will notice the site is next to Robin Hood Airport which is home of the last flying Vulcan Bomber. They were originally based here when it was known as RAF Finningley. It is on public display and makes the odd flight at airshows etc..
That my friends is the good news, the bad news is that returning to work means that I will have less time to blog. I have a massive amount to learn about running a landfill site, environmentalism, health and safety as well as a bit of ecology. This is a big challenge which is going to mean educational courses and training for the foreseeable future, but I am really excited at the prospect. The wildlife at this site is fantastic I was there last week and have never seen such a variety of birds, butterflies and flowers. I intend to catalogue the species there and will always have a camera with me. So hopefully I will get the chance to post a few images as we regenerate the site so that you can see our progress.
This is a 10 year project so will nearly take me to retirement I have been so lucky to get this chance to work again and I will be eternally grateful to my cousin for this new beginning.
Thank you all for following my blog and making such wonderful comments, please watch for my posts and I will, where time allows, visit and comment as I have always done.
I really want you to know how much your friendship means to me there has been times when I have been really down and your posts and comments kept me going and many brought a smile.
Thanks again Kevin