• General Life Stuff 2006 - 2008,  sailing,  travel,  Uncategorized

    >Snapshots of a Holiday: Passion on The Bridge

    >I was in the Fwd Port watch this time around and my watch leader was a guy called Bill who is probably late 60’s or in his 70’s. He’s sailed something like 12 times since 2001 (with JST I mean) and has done 21,000 nautical miles. His goal is 25,000 which is the equivalent of once round the world. For comparison, I started a RYA log book with this journey and have sailed 450 nautical miles. A nautical mile is 1.1 miles over land. Something to do with the curvature of the Earth. Bill’s a brilliant watch leader and a great guy. Always making sure that we were OK, that…

  • travel,  Uncategorized

    >Snapshots of a Holiday: An interesting take on Wheelchair Access

    >So I got to my holiday on the Saturday after a long train journey. It was mid afternoon, I was tired and just about DONE. Traveling to Liverpool alone and then onto the hotel was slightly more stressful than I had anticipated and so the spoon draw got emptied faster than planned. And I’d heard that their was wheelchair access only through a side door. To the hotel I was to stay in Saturday night, I mean. I heard that only after I booked and was not best impressed as you might imagine. I gave them a ring to confirm this story with them the Monday before I traveled. I…

  • sailing,  Uncategorized

    >Local Food Heroes

    >I’m home. and I’m knackered. and I’ll update properly tomorrow. But I wanted to post quickly to ask a favour of all of you. As you may or may not know JST who I sailed with is a charity. And they have amazing staff. Including, on Tenacious, Graham the cook. He’s a great guy and an amazing cook. 3 meals a day for 40+ people on a ship that can at times be very bumpy and even tilted way over to one side at times. Not to mention cakes and biscuits for the twice daily smoko or coffee break. Scrummy rock buns and shortbread and chocolate muffins that often arrive…

  • travel,  Uncategorized

    >Time to Travel!

    >I go on holiday later today! Can’t wait. Do need to go to bed though. I’m leaving the house in nine and a half hours. Still got a fair bit to do as well. Here’s hoping for some sleep on the train! A brief itinerary tomorrow: LiverpoolSunday and all of next week: JST voyage on Tenacious, TNS193Monday of the week after: disembark in Oban, travel to GlasgowWeds 27th: Fly to Luton at 6pm ish, Dad picks me up to come home. If you go to the JST Website there is an ocean tracker link and there is also a blog where updates from the ships are posted a few times…

  • Losin' It,  Uncategorized

    >Ticker Time

    >Haven’t done one of these for a while and thought it a good time to do so… Doesn’t it look pretty? All content copyright Emma Crees, 2006 – 2012 unless otherwise stated http://writerinawheelchair.blogspot.com

  • argh,  I want to change the world,  Uncategorized

    >Let battle commence

    >Social Services are going to be stopping my support from them as I no longer meet the criteria. This all happened at a supposed “review” at the end of April. And I got a letter from my GP and wrote to my social worker with a copy of this stating that 1) I wanted the decision looked at again 2) I felt the report didn’t show the full picture, particularly when it came to mental health issues – which my GP supported in her letter – and 3) stated in closing the letter that I looked forward to discussing this matter with her, in person, at a reassessment. I stuck…

  • Losin' It,  Uncategorized


    >I lost another pound this week which makes me smiley :o) Particularly as other than swimming on Friday (which was a great work out this week) I’ve not exercised. That’s something that will come back officially in July BUT as I’m taking my K (manual chair) on holiday there will be loads of accidental exercise while I’m away So I’m at 23lb lost since February. Which puts me at the exact weight I told JST I was (for safety reasons they need a rough idea of the weight of all wheelchair users) – considering I was somewhat economical with the truth of the numbers when they asked (by half a…

  • Attempts at World Domination,  Uncategorized

    >Talk Tomorrow

    >I’m doing another talk to the Rotary Club tomorrow. About the trip they sponsored me on last summer with JST. I did have plans to write a lot here about that but the words don’t seem to want to come and I’ve been sat here with this screen minimised thinking (and playing chainz 2) for twenty minutes or likely more. It does feel like that trip was a lifetime ago to be honest… and my focus is more on the one that is to begin on Saturday. But it’s always nice to look back in order to look forward. This talk is another interesting to me thing – I used…

  • memes,  Uncategorized

    >Now I know my ABC’s

    >Another meme, Becki tagged me for this one. A- Attached or Single? Single and very very happy like that. No plans to change that whatsoever B- Best Friend: I am not a fan of the concept of a “best friend” because it just ends up being stressful when you say my best friend is so and so and then someone else kicks off and informs that they are your best friend and you are wrong. Yes, I am talking from experience here! I will just say I have loads of acquaintances and some very close, very wonderful friends both online and IRL. And different friends are good for different things.…

  • memes,  Uncategorized

    >Power of Three

    >Funky Mango tagged me for the following survey The rules are simple. There are 9 questions (3 to the power of 2), each of which has 3 answers, to give a total of 27, or 3 to the power of 3. The whole point is that the questions are somewhere between eclectic, banal and downright bizarre, so that you can answer completely truthfully without actually giving much away. Just put down the first three answers that come to mind if you can’t work out the “most appropriate” three. Objects Within One Metre Of You several empty drinks bottlesHairbrushA copy of Mr Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll First Names…