Nettles Sting!

It has been quite a day – but first a whine – my hand hurts!  I got stung by a stinging nettle; I rubbed it with a dock leaf (which took me minutes to find) but my hand still hurts 7 hours later!!

I was working on tutorial stuff this morning, which si not exciting enough to write about.  Then I took my boys for their constitutional … things heated up a little!  Look at this foxglove about to flower – it must have come from seed spread from a garden since (1) there are no other foxgloves in the spinney and (2) it is not the native foxglove colour but a soft creamy yellow flower.

Digitalis

Shortly after seeing this Pup started seriously hunting and then a point.  He would not come off point and he tried to flush but something was preventing him.  I tootled on over to find him pointing into a pile of brashings (fallen twigs and branches).  Peering in I could see fur.  Pup poked as far as he could with his nose and I am sure that touched the furry someone but furry someone wasn’t budging!

I popped Pup on his lead and walked him a short distance away.  He made no effort to go back … but after I had put them onto their beds fr a rest I went back on my own and there was no furry someone in the brashings – Pup had hunted and pointed his first live furry game – he is working out where the scent disappears to!  He had to go on his lead up the lane since a young roe deer in it’s red summer coat was half way across the plough to us and I did not want Pup setting off to chase.

I took a mooch after checking on the brashings and had a mini-adventure … it would have been a proper adventure if I had fallen into he burn – but I managed to stop myself as soon as the ground got muddy and I sank into it  …

A decent walk and lots of flora to examine along the way plus a little bit of fauna.

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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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