Day 1: 10 September 2012

So Day 1:  I had to buy my ticket this morning – so this was the only day this week I did not need to check I had my Megarider with me – but the rest of the requirements had been carefully prepared the evening before and were ready to go.

I hadn’t slept all that well for a while and certainly not last night … but I managed the early start to walk the dog and get myself presentable and to a bus stop.  “Good mornings” exchanged the Megarider was in the bag (literally) and we were off …

It wasn’t long before weather guru shared the weather wisdom for the day – it was expected to pour down in the afternoon!

At this point weather guru did not know of my mission to create serenity by travelling the local Stagecoach network with my camera and I tried to keep my spirits up.  I must be honest the weather was not great – flat grey skies but at least the rain held off … well until after 3 when I was safely on a warm dry bus that is!

Flat grey skies challenge the camera!  I caught a very smart and very new second bus to Perth (via Blairgowrie)  – it was a long way round but I didn’t mind – the views were pretty and I was in no rush.  I got off the bus and the first thing to catch my eye was this …


Thistle Sculpture – to be known hereafter as “The Spiky Balls”

The camera was out of the bag and the memory strained to remember which way to adjust the mysterious numbers in my viewfinder … the advantage of a digital camera is the instant feedback so I took quite a few shots before I got where I needed to be – but let’s be honest there really was not much I could do with that sky!

I experimented with a few semi-macro shots of some yellow flowers before moving on to the Tay.  Well not actually “on” the Tay but beside it.  I was happily messing with the camera and getting shots of Smeaton’s Bridge when an angler waded downstream into my view finder.  So I found some serenity by including his peaceful pastime in my pictures …

Fishing the Tay

I took a few more pictures (well a lot more actually) before setting off to find a coffee and a bus home.  I did not go straight home – I caught a bus to Ninewells (the fabulous 333 hospital bus service) and a 73 into Dundee.  I wasn’t ready to head home so after a quick comfort break I caught another 73 and dawdled through the Ferry, Monifieth, Carnoustie and hence to Arbroath.  After a short wait I hopped on the 27 to Forfar and then the 20 to Kirriemuir.

Not an exciting day but I:

  • Made friends with the camera again;
  • Was out in the fresh air;
  • Probably got near enough the value of my Megarider ticket if I had paid single fares; and
  • Did not sit at home worrying about the things I couldn’t change!

Then I had to do some editing to the pictures!

Today’s statistics:  Cost of ticket £24.  Miles travelled 144.2  Steps walked 5,280

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About nonehpets

I have an interest in how interior design and adapting a home to support living independently for longer can be complementary. The blog Life Long Design is part of an holistic plan for establishing a social enterprise which will offer the people of Tayside opportunities to explore Telecare and the wider scope of assistive technologies. Enabling individuals to make more informed and responsible choices in the care and support they need in their independent living. I am also keen to see public transport more widely adopted and sustainable rural bus services in particular supported. The Blog Travels with a Megarider shares my journey to find serenity in my life as I make that transition form employment to social entrepreneur. One of my methods in increasing serenity is to travel as many miles as I can on a fixed price bus ticket and explore my own local places of interest. Places that I used to go past and had never stopped to look at; places of peace and tranquility; places where I have had some wonderful conversations with complete strangers. I would like to share with you a response to when I described that one paragraph in an e-mail made it sound simple: "Believe me, Cathy, it does not sound simple. You are taking on an incredible challenge for all the right reasons. It is ambitious and admirable - the sort of project that can change lives, including yours." He is right it is ambitious but when did we every achieve anything by settling for the status quo and ignoring what doesn't work for people? So I would welcome your company from time to time on this journey either simply as a reader or if you are brave enough adding your own thoughts to the comments as you feel moved.

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