What is Black and White, should live at the seaside and makes too much noise?

Did you guess? it is an Oystercatcher!

Oystercatchers are seashore birds who feed with the tides.  However they come inland to breed and for some reason they love the area where I live.  I love seeing them flying around and even on the ground in the fields where they make their nests BUT they create a problem.  Someone has forgotten to educate Oystercatchers that our farm fields are not tidal and so they get up to feed in the middle of the night and they do not do it quietly!!  Their noise which is so relaxing at the beach drives me insane here at home and I always know when we are heading into spring as they arrive – the first Oystercatcher arrived today!  He/She did a lap of victory around the house overhead in the bright blue sky squawking at us.

Something else returned last night … well it didn’t return because it hasn’t been gone – just hiding.


Valentine Moon



Daytime Moon


I love how much difference there is between one day and the next!

So what else happened today? I did some applications, I walked the dogs but we just did a shortish lead walk, I got a big happy wave from Weather Guru, I followed up my complaint to the bank which is still only partly resolved and, rather curiously, Toxic has returned as his happy go lucky self … hmmm time will tell.

I am in better spirits than I was at this time last week, the fresh air and exercise has undoubtedly helped improve my sleep again and a thoughtful food gift from my Mum has made dietary matters a little less stressful.  The bank has upheld my complaint (well one part of it) and taken steps to rectify it partially and the dogs have been calmer and happier with their daily exercise now Pup can manage a decent distance everyday.  I still don’t feel any nearer to having an income again but who knows what is round the next corner?

I do know that as soon as the dryer finishes I will have warm cosy PJs to put on and snuggle into my preheated cosy bed …



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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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