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Irritating Actions and Meaningful Words

Rona Sunset

Maybe it was yesterday’s activities and Santa’ visit or maybe I always have the things on this wish list (world peace, respect for all, and right being just that) at the back of my mind?

Grown up Christmas List

Do you remember me?
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you with childhood fantasies
Well, I’m all grown-up now
Can you still help somehow?
I’m not a child, but my heart still can dream

So here’s my lifelong wish
My grown-up Christmas list
Not for myself, but for a world in need

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Every man would have a friend
That right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list

What is this illusion called the innocence of youth?
Maybe only in that blind belief can we ever find the truth Read More…

Refined Carb Mice …

I have not had a sparkling scintillating day to share with you all today … it was a short day out after a good long sleep.

Dog and I went along to HIS stubble field for his walk this morning … to find persons with large digging machines digging holes if you please!  He gave them his best “how dare you?” look before he turned his attention to … hedgehog spotting!  Well not so much spotting as sniffing!  He did “leave” it when I told him (the second time) and so this one did not actually get lifted out of bed.  I popped over and peeped to check it was still snug in it’s leafy ball.  Dog obviously got a sore mouth and it serves him right!

After his breakfast as I was getting my picnic ready I noticed that I have had a break in … at my pull out larder cupboard.  I need to check the slider since it appears to be jammed giving the little furballs a big enough gap.  I love baking but with noone to share what I bake I don’ often bother.  The mouse (mice) are obviously not following a low refined carb diet … a 500g bag of caster sugar – empty; a 1kg bag of gluten free flour – empty; half a pack of expensive granola – gone; wholemeal flour – started but obviously too healthy for them; another 500g caster sugar opened – but not yet eaten; but all the healthy stuff that would have given them good energy – like nuts – left alone.  They have clearly eaten the flour and the sugar – otherwise it would be spilled in the bottom of the cupboard and there is none.  Greedy, unhealthy wee critters.

So more mouse traps going down this week.  Hoping Pup proves better at actually catching the things – Dog just tells me they are there.

The bus was so busy … Read More…

When it all Goes Pear-Shaped …

… The Pear-Shaped (person) gets muddy!  So now that has got your attention … make a brew and settle down to read.

So I set off as usual to catch the 22 in Kirriemuir High Street, via the 20.  The 20 was a few minutes late but arrived as the clock changed to the time the 22 leaves at … except the 22 was not there … not even a whiff of exhaust or the purr of a distant engine!  He had left early again.  The one thing I cannot stand is early running buses but what is more galling is for all the weeks I have been using that service it has never left early once until yesterday!

So for the second day I found myself on a 27A headed to Forfar … it comes over the flyover like the bus below (that is actually the 11:45 bus out of Kirriemuir photographed form a high hill).  This morning it was late and the male students particularly obnoxious with their fart commentary.  I was not staying on that bus to Arbroath and the only bus left to go to Dundee was also a College Bus so I got off the bus at East High Street and walked.  No not to Dundee!

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Opening the Door: Day 7 Decisions … decisions …

So here we are almost at the end of another week … and I am not ready for the week to end … see what this serenity seeking is doing to me – it is making me want to be able to slow down time!

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Opening the Door: Day 6

Red sky again this morning as I waited at the bus stop … but as I said I have no sheep and so shepherd’s warnings mean nothing to me!   As we set off on the 22 the sun raised above the horizon and out of the clouds.  The bus wasn’t busy and so we were running a tad early … it was the driver who thought I had been watching golfers at the Ferry – clearly communication is improving … one glance at my phone one glance exchanged in the mirror and we slowed down and waited at the next timing point.  I relate this little point because my one real bug bear in rural bus services is them running early.  I always aim to be at the bus stop in plenty of time but we have a timetable for a reason (and drivers have a running card for a reason) and out in the sticks if the bus is gone it can be a long wait for the next … especially if it is the only bus through there that day!  

I do enjoy spotting wildlife as I travel but I also love to see the farm animals we pass each day – and especially the fold of highland cattle.  They are getting their shaggy coast thickening at this time of year and I wonder if it is itchy since I often see them nuzzling and licking each other’s faces – perhaps cattle are just sloppy kissers?  The other amusing antic in this herd is the wee calfs (known as calfies in these parts); they see the big bus every day of the week – 4 times a day and the wee bus twice on a Saturday – they should be used to them by now but there is always one who runs away on his fat little calfie legs and starts a mini stampede! Read More…

Opening Doors: Day 5 … Time for Reflection?

My all time favourite quote is this one:

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.  Edith Wharton

It is a favourite because I am not a centre stage floodlit sort of a person; I am much happier in the wings and letting other’s bask in the glory – I am one of life’s mirrors and sometimes folk don’t like what they see reflected back however true a reflection it is! Read More…

Opening the Door: Day 3 … Bridges


Here is a little hint of where I went today … can you guess where it is?

So after the excitement of Monday and that macro of the snail and getting drenched yesterday what could I possibly do today to beat them?  The weather was causing me problems first thing and I was swithering between Dunkeld and some easy walking or Fife and long bus rides.  Weather Guru asked “so where is Mrs Benn going today?” and I had to be honest and say I was undecided … yet.  No wildlife to spot this morning but apparently 5p coins were in short supply so I was rooting around in my purse to see how many I could swap. I found myself explaining why I have a pocketful of 5p coins these days – they irritate me because they are so small so all my 5ps get dropped into a pocket and used to buy access to public conveniences when necessary.  Unfortunately the bus stations in Fife that have a rotating barrier don’t take 5ps but do have change machines so I end up splitting 20p coins to make up the 30p … whatever happened to “spending a penny?” Read More…

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