Dresses, gardening, cycling, and lectures

I got a magnificent gown at the charity shop yesterday.

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I have no idea when or where I’ll ever wear this but it was too lovely to resist and fits me perfectly.

Today I’ve been gardening mostly. There’s so much to do both at home and at the allotment. I’m so far behind this year but with each weekend I catch up a little bit. I’ve also found someone to share my allotment with and they’ve been doing weeding and planting there during the week. It’s much better than it was a few weeks ago. I won’t have as much produce this year because I didn’t plant seeds at the start of the year and now it’s too late. Instead I’ve been focussing on berries and have strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and gooseberries at my plot.

Last Sunday was May Fest; a festival run by the University of Aberdeen where they put on talks for the general public. Ben gave a talk on symmetry which was suitable for ages 8 and up so we all went along. He was brilliant! The talk was engaging, funny in places, and informative.

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I was pretty happy to see this article in the local paper on Thursday – Brakes could be put on traffic in 30-year vision to clear Aberdeen’s roads.  It’s the first time I’ve heard the council mention Union Street and segregated cycle facilities in the same sentence. In the council’s draft SUMP (sustainable urban mobility plan) which was released last Thursday it says:

Install segregated cycle facilities along the length of Union Street alongside wider CCMP proposals

For King Street it says:

Investigate the feasibility of implementing formal cycle provision, preferably segregated facilitates, alongside delivery of the CCMP project and in the context of a wider review of active travel facilities along the A956 (north) reflecting any agreed new roads hierarchy

This is all very promising.

This week I’m starting a course with General Assembly on product management. I’m going to be a student again, albeit a part-time one. My employer is covering the cost which makes me feel valued so I plan to get as much out of it as I possibly can.