• 2019

    A Day at Wimbledon

    Last Tuesday my friend Carrie and I went to Wimbledon. She goes almost every year and queues for tickets but it was the first time I had been. I wasn’t sure about queuing so I entered the ballot and I heard about two weeks before that some tickets had been returned and redrawn and I had them. The tickets were for the Ladies Quarter Finals and were for Centre Court. To be completely honest I’m not really interested in tennis. I am, however, interested in disability sport and really had wanted to go to Wimbledon to see the wheelchair tournament. But when you enter the ballot you can’t specify what…

  • 2019,  attitudes,  CP related,  lymphoedema,  things people say

    Realistic

    I’ve been thinking a lot over the last week or so about how having a chronic condition or disability shapes your thinking and how this can be taken by those who don’t have the same experience (this is a topic I thought I’d written about follow a similar incident back in 2017 but I can’t find a blog. Which suggests it may have been a social media rant and lost to the abyss). When I went to lymphoedema clinic recently my legs were still the same size as when I was last seen in clinic in March. And the specialist nurse I see told me that she thinks it’s likely…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Critical by Dr Matt Morgan

    I’ve been feeling the need to expand my reading horizons lately so I read Critical: Science and stories from the brink of human life by Dr Matt Morgan. I received a review copy via NetGalley. Here is the synopsis: Being critically ill means one or more of your vital organs have failed – this could be your lungs, your heart, your kidneys, gut or even your brain. Starting with the first recognised case in which a little girl was saved by intensive care in 1952 in Copenhagen, Matt writes brilliantly about the fascinating history, practices and technology in this newest of all the major medical specialties. Matt guides us around…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas

    My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas is already out in ebook but is being published in paperback and audio on 11th July 2019. I received a free copy via the publisher/NetGalley to review. When life hands you lemons … is it ever too late for a second chance? Zelda’s impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could be just what she needs. And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best? But the sun-filled skies and sparkling seas can’t hide the shadow…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

    I love scifi but rarely read anything in the genre that isn’t a Star Trek novelisation. I’m trying to change that so I was thrilled to get the chance to read and review Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet meets The 100 in this unforgettable debut by a brilliant new voice. A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission…

  • 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…