The Loch and a Shopping Spree

We had a slow start this morning … a sleepy daughter had to be prised from her bed by which time we had done the dog walk and three breakfasts.  The plan was to take both dogs on the bus to a beach and then collect some groceries courtesy of a M&S gift voucher that was sent to me.

We caught the bus I intended and it was busier than I remember it being so we were limited in where we could sit with the dogs.  It was a lovely ‘dog friendly’ driver but there were other passengers looking uncomfortable with Dog’s squeaking so I decided we would disembark in Forfar and go to the Loch for a walk.

Pup did not want to walk well on his lead and it took us a while to get to the park; once we did though Dog was allowed the length of his extending lead.  This caused some logistical problems because he could see other dogs and so ran in circles to check them out meaning we were frequently wrapped or tangled in his lead.  Once away from the road Pup was allowed off his lead and chose to come stay round my feet; I need to be taking him out daily for the next few weeks where he can be off lead so this is reinforced whilst he is still ‘too scared’ to get lost.

Dog got excited by other dogs and so we, at his request, applied his thundershirt (think dog in a tight grey t-shirt) which is reputed to reduce anxiety by ‘wrapping’ the dog.  He also got a neoprene boot on his sore foot which he found odd for the first dozen or so steps and then forgot about.  After a couple of hours we returned for a bus home to lunch for Pup and his crate so we could go dog free into Dundee.

Back on the same bus we had returned on 20 minutes later and a change of driver back to the morning ‘dog friendly’ chap.  Bit of banter and catch up which was nice and his assertion that I should have stayed on the bus with Dog and not worried what folk thought was good to have too.

After a trip to a coffee shop we did a wee spot of fashion shopping – well my daughter did – and then  to M&S for groceries.  Not one of my regular food shopping venues but since it was gift vouchers nice to be able to do.  Having said I wouldn’t use them for chicken because it is the only meat I have had for several weeks (it is practical because it fees me most of the week) we ended up getting a chicken and a half price pheasant.  I intend to make a mixed stock which my daughter tells me is called Phecken stock!  I added some sausages, some bread and milk, some veggies and some olive oil … oh and Earl Grey Tea!

Not many photo opportunities today … I will have to return to the loch without pooches and catch some of the things I saw there – but two things to share with you:

Still too small to get quality focus – but the Moon is returning to full

Sea Glass necklace I made for my daughter’s Christmas Present

So it had been a really good day, included a smidgen of Community Council business to follow up; involved conversation with friends and walking, visiting new places as well as of course the dogs, birds (geese, ducks and swans at the loch), and temperamental madam (number 99) … and then …

… another food parcel from the neighbour!  I will have to tackle this before it gets out of hand – it has to stop.

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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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