A Poorly Bear

Ducks and swans

I had not seen these drakes in the foreground until I processed the images

I had a morning of filling in applications which had me grinding my teeth with frustration!  An organisation the size of the NHS has application forms made in MS Word … they have added fields to make it easier to fill in … but they don’t work like fields because it has not been protected as a form – so all the tick boxes don’t work; the tables are all of fixed size so they don’t break across pages – is it really too much to expect such a large organisation to get it’s forms correctly set up?  It irritates me so much that if I didn’t really need the income I would have not applied!

Then I did a few bits and bobs for the Community Council.

After a chicken mayo sandwich came the dog walk and another really relaxed session all together.  I have made a compilation video of Pup’s walks and training over the past few weeks – I will have to link it tomorrow for those that want to see because it is sow at uploading over on my Youtube account!

Then I went to visit Evelyn – I tried last Thursday but she was out and because I know she struggles with hearing two visitors at the same time I hadn’t tried since Thursday.  When she came to the door I knew straight away she had been a poorly bear; she had dark rings round her eyes and she looked tired and frailer.  She has had two days of a nasty tummy bug; she had to ask the Community Alarm team to come and help her with some personal care and the doctor had made a home visit, so that was a little extra prescription to add to her collection of regular meds.

The other week she was so breathless and looking at her meds I think Evelyn has hart failure amongst other things so a dose of D&V won’t have done her any favours at all.  She has been turning visitors away for those two days so as not to pass on her bug; I told her that I thought it sensible to discourage older and not well people form visiting but just let her try stopping me!”  As it turned out her regular afternoon visitor didn’t turn up to watch the quiz shows with her so I was glad I had gone  – not only because I enjoy Evelyn’s reminiscences but because she would have been lonely without any visitors at all.

It is hard watching someone who has been very active and healthy for their age have  a sudden decline and struggle and be miserable. I shared some video clips of Pup and talked about my walk yesterday and described the antics of the swans to Evelyn – here are a few more of those pictures to leave you with for now.


Swan displaying and ‘clearing’ it’s nesting territory – here it is chasing off last years youngsters


Swans feeding

Synchronised Swan Swimming



Natural Spring in the Den … without water which has been rerouted after a tree came down



The power of moving water …



Not sand dunes but the piles of snow cleared from Kirriemuir the other week




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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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