Monday, 12 May 2014

My rural commute.

Hello and thank you so much for the warm welcome back comments last week :-)

I thought that as work has been a tad consuming I would record it.

Google defines commute as: to travel regularly over some distance, as from a suburb to a city and back again. My commute is from a seaside town to a larger market town, it takes 2 hours a day and I do it at least 5 days a week so I think it is a commute, albeit a more rural one.


It was one of the factors that I was most concerned about when I went for this job and to my utter surprise it has been a positive.

Fairly early on when I was researching how to get to work in the quickest and cheapest way I discovered that my bus company will let you become a mega-rider. 

Well, now, i'm a mega-rider. 

Other people don't know that i'm not a mega-rider of extreme roller-coasters; or of Shadowfax, Gandalf's pony; or a supercharged honda motorbike in racing neon yellow...


So for half the cost of the petrol, nearly door-to-door and, the most important bit, someone else driving, I knew I had to give it a go.
I don't mind driving, I love a road trip, but I don't love it as I used to.
I confess to snobbery, me-being bus-folk? It's not as mad as the tube, it's not as sleek and fast like the train. It's a bit doddery in comparison.


Oh my, but I was evangelical about it after my first few trips.
It's always a double-decker so I can look out over this countryside that I adore.
No-one talks to me, well, maybe sometimes, but the first rule of bus-club is that you never discuss bus-club or at least acknowledge anyone else. 
Now don't get me wrong, I love a natter, I love nearly everyone I know, but I am super happy in my own company and with a job where you work with people, serving people and a family at home, you often have to wait for lights out for peace and quiet (and even then Ali knows when I am still awake in the dark). So 2 hours of uninterrupted time is not to be sniffed at.

I listen to podcasts; Paperclipping Roundtable, Elise Gets Crafty, The History Of English, The News Quiz (I do confess to laughing out loud once or twice at Jeremy Hardy this series, ah well, us bus-folk). I listen to music, some of my all time faves and some new stuff.
I read; fiction, work stuff, blogs. I write; blog posts (that I never get round to posting), wish-lists, never-ending next steps.
Probably twice a week I just gaze out of the window, especially if I have a front seat, and watch the scenery and how it is changing.

The A39 at Hidden Valley
So now if I am working a shift I drive, as the bus doesn't quite go early enough or late enough for me to be certain I would catch it. I drive up over the hills which takes me over the highest point in north devon, I can see Exmoor in one direction and just about to Cornwall down over the Taw & Torridge Estuaries in the other and the rest of north devon in between. I love that and often stop up there for a few moments.

Top of North Devon, Fullabrook Wind Farm overlooking the Taw & Torridge Estuary towards Cornwall (June 2013)

The Taw Estuary from the top deck of the bus
If I am on my default shift though I catch the bus, I wander (or rush, depending whether I have paid attention to the time, through the churchyard down to the bus stop and then at the other end I am two minutes from the shop. It goes every 15 minutes through the day and 30 mins in the morning and evening. Love it.

The stunning cherry blossom in the churchyard
I loved the swirls I used on my last layout and this time I decided I would stitch one, so I used the eclips to hatch cut rather than solid line cut and I was pleased with the result. Although I would cut smaller holes for the stitches next time. More paper from the Sprinkled With Love collection from Allison Kreft and the vellum and cork hearts are Studio Calico. I stitched beads on which I have seen my teamie Sue do in the past. I am not done with the swirls, there is one more to show you!


and Maria, I know Shadowfax isn't really a pony.

Thanks for coming by.


  1. Jen your blog posts should be published ... I was there with you on that bus. Fab reading.
    Sue x

  2. Love this post - yay to the double-decker - love all the sneaks leading to a brilliant page!

  3. Great post, lovely scenery. The bus journey sounds fab. xx

  4. I really enjoyed this post. I have a great image in my mind now of you riding that double decker, thinking about blog posts :) I've only ever spent a week doing a commute of this length and I had to drive it - I thought I would hate it, but it turned out I quite liked the decompression it offered on the way home. I was a different person when I got out of the car.

    Oh, love the photos here too

  5. I loved reading about your commute and I love the layout too. The swirls are wonderful :)

  6. The main thing about being a bus person (umm, maybe not a bus person, as that is a totally different image, based on the cliff living movement of folk actually living in buses out west in Cornwall in the 80's!) ... is.. that they need to be running when you need them.
    i used a bus daily and more than daily when as a teen I lived in Mousehole, we were lucky enough to have 4 or 6 an hour to 'town', Penzance. But as for where I live now.... you almost have to go today and come back tomorrow ;-)
    Great to read you as ever.. we should try and get that coffee someday?

  7. That's gorgeous Jen! I love the swirl you stitched and that honecomb vellum is hyummy! Great to see you back x

  8. This is the perfect kind of post to read as I'm settling down after another too busy day. Thanks for letting me ride along while you nattered and I listened. Lovely trip in photos, but most especially in words. TFS

  9. Oh, two hours a day sounds amazingly luxurious! I really do understand about the being-full-up-with-people What a delight your writing has been ... And your delicate page sets off that lovely photo perfectly ...

  10. That's quite a commute! I also live in a seaside town, and I commute to the city (San Francisco) a few times a week. Welcome to my PHotography Scavenger Hunt. I just added your blog to my feedly reader, so I can follow along.


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