The Owner of the Black Boar


I went to a meeting tonight in Arbroath about Access to recreational land use.  We had some presentations by different people and it was all very interesting.  The reason for going primarily is because I am interested in joining the group because with all the connections I am joining together around walking for health and recreation and the hostel idea I feel I can make a contribution.

It turned out  I was sat next to the farmers who own the black pig I was chatting with when I visited Lunan Bay last year.  They had come along to see how they could hep tackling the problem of people accessing the beach there through their land and leaving a mess behind.

As you can see I didn’t quite have time to get down to the beach but I did grab a snap of the headland beyond Elliot where I have walked several times on my way to or from Easthaven.

It was a good use of my time and I enjoyed being out on an evening instead of safely cosied up with the boys!  although I would have been happier if the bus driver on my second bus (connection on the outward journey) hadn’t punched my ticket as a return.  I wasn’t sure it would be accepted coming back but fortunately it was a local driver who knows me well enough to know I am honest and who could work out that I actually couldn’t have made the return journey and the outward one again with available bus services from the time I bought the ticket.  Change of bus in Forfar and back with the original driver who started my journey off … lovely to see him back to been his usual happy self after a patch in the doldrums … although as I told him I don’t think that the passengers need to know his leg is vibrating (his words not mine)!  There is something about bus drivers and sharing – if I got a windfall everytime a bus driver lets me know they are going for a pee at Dundee bus station I would be a very wealthy woman.


I didn’t tell you much about yesterday’s happenings; apart form the computer glitchiness I probably had a touch of heatstroke after spending an hour dealing with Evelyn’s patio weeds.  I had sprayed them the other week so yesterday I returned armed with a stanley knife. a stout screwdriver, my secateurs and my gardening gloves and set too getting the dead and dying weeds out from between the slabs.  I managed about half … so I will be heading back on Thursday to finish it off for her – since tomorrow is signing on day and I have to sot out all my evidence to take with me.


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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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