Weekly Statistics

Well the weather has been disappointing to put it mildly – but it hasn’t stopped me getting out.

Cost £27.20 (including a one day multi ride ticket in the City)

Miles travelled: 679.7

Average cost: 4 pence per mile

Steps taken: 94,433

Photos taken: 405

So I have travelled much less far on the buses because I have had to do some work too – but I have increased my walked miles by 3 miles this week.  That has taken its toll on my foot and tendons so maybe this next week I need to ease off the walking but do some everyday still.

It is clear that we are turning the season now toward winter – there are geese gathering and the mornings have been frosty.  Recently when I took photographs n Monifieth I discovered this poem which I think is beautiful and describes this time of year (and especially the geese) so well:

The Wild Geese

‘O TELL me what was on yer road, ye roarin norlan’ Wind,
As ye cam blawin frae the land that’s niver frae my mind?
My feet they traivel England, but I’m deein for the north.’
‘My man, I heard the siller tides rin up the Firth o Forth.’
‘Aye, Wind, I ken them weel eneuch, an fine they fa’ an rise,
An fain I’d feel the creepin mist on yonder shore that lies,
But tell me, or ye passed them by, what saw ye on the wey?’
‘My man, I rocked the rovin gulls that sail abuin the Tay.’
‘But saw ye naething, leein Wind, afore ye cam to Fife?
There’s muckle lyin ‘yont the Tay that’s mair to me nor life.’
‘My man, I swept the Angus braes ye hinna trod for years.’
‘O Wind, forgie a hameless loon that canna see for tears!’
‘An far abuin the Angus straths I saw the wild geese flee,
A lang, lang skein o beatin wings, wi their heids towards the sea,
An aye their cryin voices trailed ahint them on the air.-‘
‘O Wind, hae maircy, haud yer whisht, for I daurna listen mair!’

Next week means more work on the Ark so I am off to get my toolkit and my waterproofs sorted 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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