• 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Happiness for Beginners by Carole Matthews

    If I’m honest I am quite behind in reading/reviewing my NetGalley books. I received a free copy of Happiness for Beginners by Carole Mattthews to review. I received it in time to review it around the time the hardback was published a few months ago. The paperback was published a couple of weeks ago and I’m only just reviewing it now (but we’ll pretend that was deliberate!) Here is the synopsis: Molly Baker is living her best life. Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Poppy’s Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain

    I received a free copy of Poppy’s Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain for review via NetGalley. It was a well written, fun book full of Heidi Swain’s trademark charm. Here’s the synopsis Things haven’t always been straightforward in Poppy’s life but her dreams are finally within her reach. She’s moving into a cottage in beautiful Nightingale Square, close to the local community garden, where she can indulge her passion for making preserves and pickles. She may not have the best relationship with her family but she is surrounded by loving friends, and feels sure that even her grumpy new neighbour, Jacob, has more to him than his steely exterior…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  physio

    Books the physio should read

    The physio came to see my last week, it was the first time I’d seen her in person for about a year although we’ve checked in on the phone or via email a bit. One of her questions was what she should read next. I’d recommended a couple of books to her before and she’d enjoyed them. She said she knew I would suggest something good. My first thought was that I didn’t remember what I’d recommended before. Then she mentioned the titles when she was saying how much she liked them. They were Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (although I’ve got a feeling I mentioned it…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon

    When I went to the Books and the City Spring Blogger Evening back in February one of the books in my goody bag was If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon. Here’s what the back cover has to say about it: HOW DO YOU FIND WHERE YOU’RE GOING, IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE FROM . . . Angie has always wanted to travel. But at twenty-seven, she has barely stepped outside the small mining town where she was born. Instead, she discovers the world through stories told to her by passing travellers, dreaming that one day she’ll see it all for herself. When her grandmother passes away, leaving…

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    A long awaited train trip

    A month ago I finally got to go on a special train trip that I was originally supposed to do in 2017. It got cancelled then and in 2018 I couldn’t manage it but after much debate and my changing my mind twice we pulled it off in March. I went to London for what turned out to be three nights (one at Stratford and two at St Pancras) and on one of the days I went down for a quick breakfast as soon as they started serving at 6:30 am and then dived across to St Pancras for 7 where I met a friend and we got the Eurostar…

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    At The Moment – 14th March

    This is the first thing I’ve written this month. Not good but also good to be putting fingers to keyboard once again. So what’s happened since I last wrote? The bathroom is finished but there is a problem with some of the paint as the wall is still drying out. It looks rather grim but I’m told anything they do now will need to be done again once the wall is dry so there is no point. I tied myself in absolute knots over costs and logistics and about a million other things that on the grand scheme of things probably don’t matter but I now have very exciting plans…

  • 2019,  access,  attitudes

    An update four years in the making

    I used to go to The New Theatre in Oxford a lot but I haven’t been there since December 2014. Long story short we tried to go to see Dirty Dancing for my birthday that year and ridiculous access problems and terrible staff attitudes meant we couldn’t – and I didn’t feel safe trying again. I wrote about that in several posts back then – Attitude is Everything was the first. A few months later I wrote Third time lucky? and Third Time Lucky? Yes. We’ve not been back and I even travelled to Birmingham and stayed in a hotel to see a show that I was desperate to once.…

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    At the moment – 22nd Feb 19

    It’s been a frustrating week but I think (hope) it’s all about to come good. The work for my bathroom did actually drag into a second week and all the way until today. They couldn’t lay the floor on Friday because it wasn’t dry, came back Monday and it still wasn’t dry plus there was obvious water where there shouldn’t have been (given I’d not been able to use the shower). At which point they discovered the reason I’ve had so many problems with my shower is because at some point in the work last year someone drilled into a waste pipe. So that had to be fixed and some…

  • 2019,  Action 4,  disability normal,  Quickie Jive,  things people say

    In which able-bodied people are weird but if I point it out I’m the weird one.

    I was in my manual chair on Thursday while the powerchair was with the tech. My morning carer said “Wow you must be strong doing that.” And I was pleased because I feel like I’ve lost so much strength and can do so little in my manual compared to years ago. But I was managing well and I liked the compliment. An hour later the tech came and took my powerchair. Once he left the guy who was here working on my bathroom asked if there was something wrong with it. I explained that it had gone for some routine stuff. Then he said “it must be hard pushing that…

  • 2019,  my flat,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive

    At The Moment (15th February 2019)

    I think it probably has been a good week – a productive  one at least. But it doesn’t really feel like it. Because for me the productiveness has meant I’ve had to be at home all day every day. I have managed to get out quickly all of the days apart from one but I’ve not been to CAB, writing or disability active. There’s been contractors here all week sorting out my bathroom once and for all. They are here now laying the floor. It’s been quicker than I thought it would be (I had been told the work may go into next week) and it looks like it’s going…