Day 6: 15 September 2012

I did it!  No photos today but I flew the kite yippeee!

It was odd starting my day on a wee bus instead of a decker … but I did have opportunity to observe some peculiar human traits.

Why if one is not used to bus travel does one catch the bus that only just gets to the destination in time to connect with another service? and then why does one sit on the bus huffing and puffing at every slight delay (eg. Not being able to overtake another bus which is stopping at every stop OR when the bus turns off the main road to follow it’s usual route).  People who do this then criticise the bus company for letting them down … hello “why didn’t you catch the bus that left 15 minutes before and stayed on the main road?”

Anyway, I digress, on reaching Dundee I popped into Markies to get breakfast and lunch … deciding that since the winds were lighter a lettuce salad and a spelt, roast carrot and goats cheese salad would be safe bets.  I was also very excited that I could buy UK apples again after several months of no availability (and hence no apples!).  I am not anal about buying everything British – I buy bananas, coffee, chocolate and tea which have been grown abroad but for heaven’s sake we probably grow the best apples in the world and they are just not the same after they have been freighted around the globe!

I returned to Easthaven and with a lighter wind was able to fly the kite.  I spent a lot of time with it on the ground changing the trim but I had a couple of decent flights and will try again soon.

As the tide was coming in I decided to walk along the beach and see how far I could get.  I kept going, paddled across a burn. Kept going some more until I reached Carnoustie.  I will work out some distances travelled in a  summary for the week but I reckon it was a 2 mile walk and because it was on the beach it was harder going than walking on tarmac.

At Carnoustie I settled down for my picnic and some reading – being joined at intervals by various passing pooches and a rather insistent Tern.  I caught the 73A to Arbroath and then a 39 back to Dundee so I could buy a large latte (and a muffin), do some shopping and then get the bus home.

Whilst on the 20 I got into an enjoyable conversation with a young man (not  a stranger since I have swapped pleasantries previously).

After I was safely home and rested I had a phone call from the person who had upset day 3; On asking what had I done that day I mentioned the kite flying “Since when did you have a kite?” “Since forever” “What sort is it?” “A delta stunt kite” “Oh it is a box kite is it?”  Some people just don’t listen do they?  

Advice to a friend:

(1) Don’t be disparaging because another grown up enjoys an activity you see as childish;

(2) Don’t belittle people by suggesting they cannot own something that requires skill; and

(3) Go get your own kite and get over yourself – you might actually enjoy it! 

So how did my serenity fare today?

  • Bus was not the best, Saturday driver, no regular passengers – and the other passengers became irritating – less serenity!
  • I flew the kite … without a helper and without doing any major damage – a huge serenity boost;
  • I had a good walk and achieved my goal (if my b*m is not three sizes smaller now I want a refund!);
  • I stuck with healthy picnic choices; and
  • I enjoyed another conversation with someone I did not know well – brightened my day and I think theirs too.
  • I refuse t lose serenity points because a loser makes disparaging remarks about my kite flying *pokes out tongue*
Today’s statistics:  Cost £0; Miles travelled: 89.1; Steps taken 7,920
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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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