Aboard the Ark: Day 3

Today I wanted to look at premises in another area of the city and I wanted to photograph something I had spotted last week and again yesterday.  My work will be based on technology so I aimed to visit the Technology Park and see what property was like in that area.

Firstly having arrived in Dundee (courtesy of temperamental madam 99 who seemed recovered apart form the odd gear slip) I headed for Costa.  I have quite a few points on my loyalty card so breakfast was on them.  Costa will make fresh toast, it can be brown and as a bonus they offer Marmite or sticky sweet spready stuff.  What is more M&S if I had been paying hard cash – two large slices of toast with butter an Marmite plus a small cappuccino cost the same as a cheese and ham toasty with you.

Next I caught a 73 up to Ninewells Hospital and then headed down the hill to the Arboretum to capture some autumn colour.

From the information boards I discovered that there is  labyrinth in the hospital grounds so I set off to find that.  See this post for the description of that.  After that I continued down the hill and towards the technology park to find some deer.  I have seen these from a bus and it looks so realistic I gasp everytime.  I had to check and the sculpture does include their bottoms behind the hedge and just to prove they are not real deer this poor chap has cobwebs on his antlers!  Great fun and a fitting reminder of the truth and trust issue – can we always trust what we see?

I did not like any of the properties within the Technology Park for my business – they are better suited to back office non public facing style workplaces; but at least now I know.

I trundled back to the City Centre and had lunch (Red Anster and Kentish Cox’s apples) and a loo break before heading to Seagate to catch a bus.  I caught up with  a good friend there who I hadn’t seen for a while and a new friend I had chatted with a few weeks ago on the bus.  Both have limited mobility but I treat them like anyone else and the dynamic between the two of them, me and a person I only met for the first time today was really interesting.  I am still pondering why a new friend would so readily take my side and offer protection – not that I was really at any risk since it was all larking about and having  a laugh.

I took the scenic route via Arbroath, Montrose, Brechin and back to Forfar.  The 20 was delayed getting to Forfar to take me home (it broke down) but the weather was mild and I enjoyed a little laugh with a bus driver who told a member of the public to ask me about the time of the buses she wanted.  I hadn’t heard that exchange but suddenly had a stranger asking me for bus times while the driver laughed and then said “I knew you would know”

It is Wednesday and I did have a small toxic friend situation but I have dealt with it as usual … oh well some things never change do they?

The weather is due to break tomorrow – I am getting quite desperate to fly the kites and there has been no wind for a week – tomorrow there will be wind but it will be raining hard (according to the forecast) – I have plans if it does rain but I am not sure what I will do if the weather is good … come back tomorrow to find out.

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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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