Feeling Broody …

… did that grab your attention? not me you foolish people … the birds (and possibly the bees?) are starting nesting.  How do I know? well you remember the pictures of my Rowan tree in the snow – it is hollow and every spring it is home to a family of starlings.  I hadn’t given it any thought since I thought it was too soon in the year but wile I was stood in the porch this morning I could hear the garrulous starlings and when I looked there are Mr and Mrs S flying in and out of the hole in the tree.  I assume they are currently renovating and making their nest cosy … they were very relaxed about a wood pigeon and a dove sitting in the tree a little later.  I will have to see if I can set up and get some pictures this year.

Having spent the morning working on a special design for someone and listening to next door’s renovations continue I took the boys for a constitutional.  Apart form Dog yipping at a dog and getting Pup all riled up too it was an uneventful walk apart from Pup eating something disgusting … but while we were out I did see these tiny little snowdrops at the edge of the spinney


On the way back we caught glimpses of  a bird on the ploughed field that we had seen flying on the way down – when it flies it has a very distinctive shape and flight patterns and a hauntingly beautiful call – a lapwing – but I bet you cannot pick him out on here?


I left the boys snuggled at home and went back with my camera and managed to catch a few pictures of the lapwings:



You can just make out his little tuft on his head?

I was interrupted by the arrival of a fellow Community Councillor on his way to walk his wee dug – Rab.  Rab is a wirehaired jack russell and a real poppet who always has lots of kisses for me.  We had a wee chat about the lapwings, Rab’s walk, my boy’s exercise and what is about to go in the fields down by the larch spinney.  I had hoped there would be livestock in there again this year so Pup got used to it but it’s tatties – don’t think he needs training to ignore tatties LOL.  They went on their way and I turned back and headed into  Kirriemuir.

Wind turbinesMoody sky with sun raysDecorative currant

After completing my messages, feeding my boys and myself I settled down to finish the jewellery commission I have – this was the one settled on:

Seaglass pendant

I did something else creative today too – but it is a surprise for someone so you will have to wait to hear about that … shhhh!

It is going to be  a busy day tomorrow; food shopping, deliver a letter for Evelyn and do some Toxic solving … if he can be bothered.  Job applications to do and think about my interview on Thursday … I will try and make sure I keep some time to share with all of you.



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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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