A Dummy and A Ball …

… and a Pup and some Snow …

Puppy in SnowPup in Snow

Pup in Snow

Erm … I cannot seem to find a way to chase those wee ponies …

No pictures of him with his tennis ball or his puppy dummy … I do need to take the tripod with me and just leave the video running and then take stills from it.  However these are pictures of Pup as we walked back through the Den.  After we finished our retrieve training he saw a god on a  lead across the burn so he jumped – a good metre – across, greeted the person and spaniel and then jumped back onto the higher bank on my side.  He was very pleased with himself and I was really pleased because when he set off to go again I whistled him a recall and he came back.

Then after we crossed back on the wee bridge he met a 1 year old labrador, quickly followed by a collie and then a goldie – all adult dogs and he was not phased at all.  On the way there he had spotted the three mini shetland ponies across the burn – taken  look but not barked so I was pleased.  On the return he was a bit more interested in whether he could get across to them – but he did listen when he was told to come away.

It was really a little far for him but he needs to go to new places and meet other dogs so once in a while he will have to go a bit far and then have a rest day following.  Dog had been out with us for a quick mooch first and then returned to his bed for a snooze.  Of curse as soon as Pup got home he went off to let Dog out … I am used to making Dog wait on his bed until I say otherwise and now he just arrives to greet me with Pup chivvying him along.

I went back out for a solo walk and took some pictures:

Tracks across a muddy fieldChurned up fieldOld hedge remains


Water streaming off the fields into the burn

burn in spate

The burn in spate

It was a good scramble down through the beech woods – it was a test for my right knee and I had a couple of twinges but managed to stay upright.  No deer today but I did catch fleeting glimpses of a rabbit and a hare whilst on my mission to photograph the top of that fungus I included the other day.


Of course I have done all the other daily boring stuff I have to do but you don’t want to read about that every day do you?

So my jeans are soggy at the bottom (didn’t pop my ankle gaiters on  – silly girl); my boots are damp – three days of good walking to blame for that; my walking socks are all now damp – so tomorrow there will be  a wash load going on to deal with that BUT I have walked 5 miles plus on each of the last few days and it feels good … of course it would feel even better if I was going off on one of my bus adventures which included walking …


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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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