Public Transport

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There is a link between the phone box and public transport – read on!

Bit of a break since my last posting. With less than 3 weeks to go now till our trip I’m going to try and get into it more.

In the last few days I’ve seen the best and worst of public transport provision.  Facebook friends may have seen that I chased the bus in my car to get Martyn onto it.  That only works if you have immediate access to a car.  A friend waited for buses for well over 2 hours, eventually accepting a lift from someone.  Timetables are confusing. Buses don’t always come when they say they will, or they do come when you’re not expecting them.  On our spur of the road you can’t be sure which direction the bus will be coming. If there’s a logic it’s not immediately obvious.

But today I got the train into Oban £3.70 with Highland railcard. Got there 11.30, got a few things done, had lunch with my mum, did a few more things, and got a bus back leaving 2.10 (£6.60), home 2.50.  Not cheap but then neither would using the car have been cheap.  I read on the train, enjoyed the view on the way back.  Chatted to various people I knew both on the streets, and on train and bus.  If public transport was always as easy and pleasant as that perhaps a lot more people would use it.

So why this photo? Not knowing his involvement, a bus driver told Martyn that he slows down and tells his passengers to look at this phone box.  There are tomatoes and mint in it now and plans afoot for various artistic creations.  If it brightens up the journey, and slows the bus on that little bit of road, that’s a bonus.




About lizlovingandlearning

Excited by life, passionate about justice and peace, trying to follow the teachings of Jesus in daily life, living on a croft on the island of Mull, working as a "freelance" Church of Scotland minister. Married to Martyn for over 25 years, mum to Paul & Hamish, both in their 20s. Previous jobs include backstage in theatre, selling non-sexist & multicultural books round schools, hospital chaplaincy, hemming silk scarves, and all sorts of other jobs, mostly in Edinburgh.

2 responses to “Public Transport”

  1. Rae Green says :

    Just found your bog! It was lovely to read it and I loved the photo of the phonebox!

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