Swimming in Forfar Loch

You will have to wait a while to find out who was swimming in the Loch!  I do have pictures.

So I had to plan today like a military campaign to pack everything in without abandoning my poor helpless wee Pup for too long!

Dog walking was earlier than usual and enjoyable but for two things:

  • Dog appears to have  a tummy problem – I think form eating larch cones; he was grumpy because I shortened his lead to stop him dipping his head to the ground.
  • We met a grumpy terrier coming towards us – Dog and it do not like each other and always say rude words; I really don’t want Pup picking up on this.  I moved almost into the hedge to keep both dogs well off the footpath so he could get passed – and instead of just walking smartly past he dithered and that just wound both mine up even more.

Apart from that I managed to catch some iPhone video of the lapwings flying and calling – so will go back later this week with my camera to try and get a closer zoom on them.  Next it was on the bus and off to Forfar.

Giftwrapped

The Commission is all gift wrapped and finished with a gorgeous bow and a gift card

I needed to get to the Post Office and then out to the Council Offices at the West of Forfar and then back to the supermarket just to the north of the town centre.  I could have used buses to get out to the Council offices and back again but they are reasonably infrequent so that would have wasted too much time.  I planned it so I caught the bus as far as The Cross in the town centre and went to the Post Office first.  Then I followed the main road out to the Council Offices.

CatkinsCatkins

I returned along the footpath to the South of Forfar Loch.

Environmental management with Barley Straw to reduce algae

Bracket FungiBracket FungiConesForfar Loch

Golden Eye

The Golden Eye is a small diving duck

Goosanders

Male and female Goosanders

Grebes

Not a brilliant picture but I got chance to snap these courting grebes – a first for me

So you see it was not me that was swimming in Forfar Loch, although I did meet a soggy Labrador who had been in the Loch, but I will be back there soon to try and get better grebe pictures …

After that the day sort of went downhill – food shopping and then home to a grumpy Pup.  Being badgered by Toxic because he could not be bothered to have a walk in the fresh air earlier and was expecting me to drop things and run round after him – as Julia Roberts famously says to the shop assistant in Pretty Woman “Big mistake – big … huge” … maybe one day he will learn – but I am not holding my breath!

I love these huge reeds fringing the Loch so I am going to leave you with a close up …

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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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