I hadn’t realised but good old Google Doodle reminded me – Summer starts today!  It was a dreich day for most of it but finished up fine back at home.  I was on a  training course al day so not a very exciting day to relate other than I am now a certified Steps for Health Walk Leader.  That means I can conduct risk assessments and submit them for approval, I can prepare for the walks I plan to lead and when my Disclosure arrives I can lead a walk – all I need then is a group of people who want to start walking as a health activity.

Since I have had a few busy days I am going to do a little recap on some photos I might have posted without commenting or some I hadn’t yet had time to include:

This one is the plant known as Cleavers (common names include Goose Grass or hereabout Sticky Willies).  I am sadly very familiar with his irritating velcro plan having had a dog who attracted the little balls everytime he crossed the threshold.  What I didn’t realise – and if I had thought about I would have done so … was that it has flowers! (I know Duh! it has fruits so it must have flowers first?)  Look how delicate and pretty they are in the second picture.

CleaversCleavers, flowers

This is a scene that I look up at often – the hill behind Balmashanner; but when I looked the other day I was sure I saw smoke wafting across infront of the trees.  Panicked I zoomed in to find … the sky peeping through gaps!

And finally since we are now in summer our mind turns to fruits and ripening things … these look very like redcurrants and as far as I can see they do grow wild and there is nothing poisonous that resembles them but I will be cautiously watching to see how they ripen.

And this picture reminds me so much of an upside down bird’s nest – but it is in fact a huge bunch of keys – ash keys!  Hopefully another sing that the Ash Dieback disease is still well away from our beautiful trees.Ash keys

Doesn’t nature create such beautiful miracles for us all to enjoy?


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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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