Aboard the Ark: Day 8

WeatherGuru and I were, quite frankly, perplexed this morning.  Whichever weather forecast we checked – 10 minutes later it had changed!  Anyway I had decided I was going for the kite flying even if I only had a 1 hour window before the heavens opened – I am on my Ark after all so  a bit of water means no threat to me.

I settled on returning to Barnhill Rockgardens between Monifieth and Broughty Ferry – I haven’t been there since I started this blog but spent some time there taking botanical photos earlier in the year and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It offered me three benefits for kite flying on a wet day.

  1. There is plenty of grassy space if the tide is in (or if, as I found out, the beach is not great for kite flying from)
  2. There is a large four sided shelter with seating so whichever way the weather comes from it is possible to stay dry
  3. It has public conveniences which are open even during winter – not salubrious but basic and clean enough.

I arrived about 08:50 and had a wander along a deserted beach – I love this sort of solitary beachcombing and I could tell it was safe because there were people and pooch tracks going in the same direction as me.  Once down the set of steps the beach is sheltered at the back with a narrow strip of dune cliff but it was really obvious that early this morning had seen a full high tide.  Further out the very flat beach included muddy areas and rocks … I didn’t venture that far away from the dunes (Mother has a worry about such beaches having quick sands … I never argue with Mother!)

Broughty Ferry Castle

Barry Buddon

By 09:30 I had collected some big chunks of seaglass and decided that the grass area offered me a better flying ground.  I am getting quite proficient at fastening the lines to the parafoil now and within minutes I had her airbourne … BUT the wind was shallow and gusty so I had lots of short low flights with a couple of better higher flights.  All good practice with the controls and I got some figure 8s in even at low altitude.

I had lots of visitors – dogs are fascinated by kites; not sure if they think they are like the seagulls they like to chase or if they are just curious.  Anyway I try to be aware of approaching dogs and hold off launching to avoid startling or exciting them.  Several were put on the leads temporarily because they had shown undue interest in my flailing kite.  I ended up having many short conversations and I guess that a middle aged woman flying a stunt kite is just not an ordinary spectacle in these parts!  I had one lovely dog come and stand on the kite and refuse to move until he got a hug.

There were a few folk offering advice about good places to fly a kite (they suggested venues a car driver could easily reach but someone relying on public transport would struggle with) and then there were the comments about how to best launch it … I am going to sound like a kite snob here I know … a stunt parafoil is definitely not a kite that is launched by getting children to run with it! ever!!

Barnhill Rock Gardens

By 11:30 the rain was set in for the day and wit kite dried and put away; lunch eaten and the beach strangely deserted I unfurled my folding golf umbrella and scurried for a bus to somewhere warmer and drier.

Tonight my umbrella is open in the porch in the hope of getting it dry ; Dog is curled up on the sofa (leather sofa deliberately with his blankie on it) dreaming about hedgehogs and pony kisses and I am blogging, writing some applications and catching up with some correspondence (such a glamorous life I lead!).  By the way I got an update on the Pup tonight and at 9 days old he is 1.5 kg … and full of wriggles and squeaky grunts … lovely I can almost smell that puppy smell from here.

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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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