Walking …

I had an appointment this afternoon so we set off earlier than usual for our pooch mooch.  Down the lane and onto the Estate we went and cutting down the woodland path back to the tree creepers bridge.  From here I ventured along the track Johnny showed me the other day and then turned off down to the woods.  This picture is looking back from the woods to where we had walked.

Pup was intrigued by the dyke here – it was much deeper and steeper banking than the other he is used to but that didn’t stop him popping down the bank aways before jumping across and scrambling up.  A little further along I caught site of  a blue pheasant popping into a pheasant pen; neither dog saw it then but Pup saw it later on running through the pen.  On the way down the lane he had chased the crows again but as soon as they lifted off he just turned and came back – no follow through chasing and no uncertainty.

We then cut through the woodland, high branches in the first section, then an area of white grass (tussocky dead grass) and then finally a section of conifers with much lower branches that the path wove through until we came back out on the road and after a short right turn walk up the road we retraced our steps homeward.

That piece of woodland is ideal for training for Pup – a little game scent  and varied terrain.  We passed a huge steel pipe that had been recently lifted out of the burn and I took the opportunity to roll Pups tennis ball well along the inside before sending him in to retrieve; it was an exercise to build trust since he couldn’t see much and needed to believe me that there was something to go for.

We had  a wee delay getting home because there was a group of around  10 people coming the opposite way on the pavement so I took the dogs down a side track to sit and wait.  Once we did get in it was a quick tidy up and change for me to set off walking again; into Kirrie for my appointment.  I was meeting with a member of the Steps for Health team about starting a walking group for health in Kirriemuir and about my “Take the Bus For A Walk” idea.  It was a good meeting and I am to plan some short walk routes before we discuss again in a couple of weeks, with a possibility of training as a walk leader for me.

By the time I had walked home again I had added about 6 miles of serenity walking today; at this rate I could easily be walking between 30 and 40 miles every week and all on my doorstep.  Okay I would rather be going further afield and walking on beaches and so on plus I would love to be using the buses – but at the moment local is where it is at and there is plenty of ground to cover while I train Pup.

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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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