Stress Neutralisation 2 …

I returned to visit the Arbroath Penguins today and was treated to a display of Cormorants fishing in the inner harbour.  This one was just arriving to join the party.  I am now confident these are cormorants and not shags, since I can see no crests and they have a pale front and an orange patch under their eye, plus they adopt the classic wings outspread pose on the harbour breakwater.

Something rather strange happened today and I have no explanation so I will just enjoy it and share it here.  I was able to take photographs close to the edge of the harbour with no vertigo whatsoever and later I took some photographs from a higher walkway down into the water and again no sense of panic or vertigo.  It was a windy day so it isn’t as if still air makes a difference.  I know that tomorrow it might be back to the nausea and dizzyness – but today felt great.

This boat in Mackays boatyard and the silhouette is intriguing – I will have to find out more because I am curious.  I found this website about the harbour and boat building in Arbroath which you might like to read too.  This boatyard did the restoration of RSS  Discovery, berthed at Dundee and Reaper – the fishing boat I included on a thread about Anstruther.

As well as the Cormorants putting on the synchronised diving display the guillemots were in evidence too and I managed to get some better shots … they do look like penguins don’t you think?

I took these two sets of photos roughly half an hour apart; the first pair I was down on the small beach opposite the harbour entrance. I took photos towards the harbour and towards the breakwater.  I walked back up the slipway and ate my healthy lunch and then stood above the beach and took more photos.  You can see the tide has come right in and in fact the rock on which I stood to take the first photos is underwater in the second pair.

Here are a couple more of my photos from today

I finished up with an ice cream before leaving Arbroath and returning on the 73C to Dundee and then a 20 to Forfar.  A stop in Forfar to pick up some groceries and then eventually home.  A quiet restful day.

Today I:

  • Did not suffer vertigo taking pictures of water below me;
  • Just missed catching a photograph of a cormorant throwing it’s head back after surfacing from a dive in the harbour … there are fish in the harbour – or at least there were!
  • Found out that the UK apple crop will be down about 17%; and
  • Met the most persistent little dog who sat so nicely in front of me whilst I picnicked despite her owner repeatedly telling her to move before she got left there.

I have a little errand to complete and then I will be back with my week’s summary and my influencing thought for next week … don’t stray too far.

Today’s statistics: Cost: £0; Miles travelled: -93.6; Steps taken: 5,000;  Pictures Taken: 101

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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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