Thursday, 17 November 2016

Dentists and wild life

Returned from dentist check up only £19.50 worse off. He put my loose crown back in again (3rd time) and warned again that it needs to be replaced soon.  Eye watering estimate £300 - will need to start a savings account! No relief in charges unless we get our savings down below the £23K benchmark and claim pension credits. Mind you with dental bills like that our savings will soon evaporate.

I wish I was good at wildlife photography.  Late this afternoon just as the sun was setting with a rosy glow below some storm clouds, a helicopter was going home flying low, tractors and trailers were thundering by a beautiful kestrel hovered right outside the front windows. It was determined to hunt and ignored everything happening around and about.

I had just called my husband to see when a much larger bird rose up near by taking us by surprise. We were astounded.  It was a Red Kite.   We saw them all the time when we lived in west Wales but this was the first time in East Anglia! Perhaps it has been blown here by the high winds?

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I wish I could have caught a picture like this!

8 comments:

  1. What a beautiful bird. That's a really good price you paid for dental treatment.

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    1. He just charged me the check up rate as that was what I was booked in for. He works very fast to keep in the time slot at that price!

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  2. We have a lot of red kites in Berkshire, they have a surprisingly high pitched call for such a large bird.

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  3. We thought we saw a red kite once or twice from the smallholding but decided it couldn't have been but maybe it was. Plenty of Buzzards over Suffolk even over Ipswich housing estates!

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  4. I didn't know that dental charges were debatable! My dad's a 71 year old OAP and still has to pay for all his NHS dental treatment. I found he and my mum have major savings but do own their property. I'll tell him to look I to it. He too needs a crown after Xmas - quoted £230.00.

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    1. Typo - should read "I doubt he and my mum have major savings ".....!

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    2. If you are claiming pension credits or council tax relief you can get some treatment FREE. I checked our situation today on Entitled To website and we are still not within the current guidelines of poverty!

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Afternoon off

Left all the gardening undone yesterday and headed out  for the afternoon in our small boat.  Went up the River Wissey for about 4 miles. ...