• 2014,  Uncategorized

    Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red #TowerPoppies

    Mum and I spent a long weekend in London last week. I feel like I have many things to say about that but I’ll start by sharing the photos I took when we went to the Tower of London.  Or at least some of them because I took loads – couldn’t see how they were coming out due to the sun reflecting on the screen of my phone. But luckily almost all of them are brilliant. We went to see the Poppies exhibit there. It’s official title is apparently Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red but I’ve only heard people refer to the Poppies. Which was amazing.  Basically, they…

  • 2014,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    Spotted At The Sailing Club

    I wanted to do these regularly this year but so many times when I’ve seen things to post I’ve not had my phone so couldn’t take a picture. Tuesday night, just before ten to seven (although to be fair I only know that due to the date stamp on the picture) three of us were chatting.  And then we realised that the clouds had parted somewhat and the sun was visible again.  Bright red in a very gray and previously bland sky. It didn’t stay long as it was very rapidly setting.  But we all went scrabbling for our phones and just about got pics in time.  It seemed to…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    Invictus Games 2014

    On Sunday my friend Eleanor and I went to the Invictus Games. We went to the sitting volleyball in the Copper Box on the Olympic Park. Sitting Volleyball is one of the sports Eleanor and I saw at the paralympics (and then I saw some later in the paralympics with my Dad).  I loved watching it then but at the same time it made me a tiny little bit sad because it was the one of all the sports I saw that I wanted to play but I don’t have enough mobility for it and probably not enough sitting balance (it’s played sat on the floor).  I enjoyed watching it…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

    Yesterday I went to London for the day. I met a friend there and we went to the Invictus Games to watch the sitting volleyball. It was a lot of fun and I’ll blog about that separately at some point over the next week. The route I usually get on the train to London takes around two hours each way including time between trains. Which is fine because I have lots of time to read. Because yesterday was a Sunday there was more time to wait between trains and they went a different (longer route). I left London Waterloo at 5:39 last night. I was home (ten minute powerchair from…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  friends,  good things,  Uncategorized,  you know...

    You Know You’re a Bookworm When…

    You get an email from Amazon that someone sent you a gift card. And the message from your friend is that she was going to send flowers to say thank you but she figured reading or free spending would be more appreciated.  She didn’t need to send me something to say thank you, I didn’t expect it. Just the words were enough I would have enjoyed having flowers. They are always a rare but nice surprise. But my friend knows me well.  I’m definitely a massive book fan and they last forever or there abouts. So I’m loving that.  Currently trying to remember when a book I’ve been looking forward…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    Many Things

    I feel at moment as though there are many, many things I could blog about or talk about or write about in different circumstances, different situations and at different times (depending on what/where/who I’m doing with).  But at the same time I feel like I’ve got nothing to say that it’d be worth people listening too. The main problem is that everything seems to have hit all at once.  I’ve got writing opportunities what feels like everywhere but they all need stuff doing for them either this week or by the end of next at the latest. In the middle of that I’ve got an appt to go and see…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  CP related,  disability,  disability normal,  guest blog,  Uncategorized

    Emma, Elsewhere

    If you were looking for a blog post from me today you’ll have to wander over to Disability In Kidlit where a discussion post I contributed to has just been published. Say What You Will is a YA book by Cammie McGovern where one of the main characters has CP and the other OCD.  If you’re like me and in the UK you’ll find it in book shops under the title Amy and Matthew. ***This link contains spoilers but this post on my blog hopefully doesn’t*** Emma Crees, Courtney Gilfillian, and s.e. smith review SAY WHAT YOU WILL I really enjoyed the discussion and getting to chat with Courtney and s.e. …

  • 2014,  C-A-B,  Uncategorized

    The Longest Six Months Ever

    My first ever shift as a CAB volunteer was Wednesday 1st September 2004. I was looking for paid work and wanted to do some volunteering to keep me busy whilst Iooked and so I had something work wise to put on my CV.  I was going to do admin and I’d said I thought I’d do six months.  I wasn’t going to train as an adviser because you really needed to commit 12 – 18 months for that. But then very quickly I was going to train to be an adviser.  And then social policy came into my role there. Followed by gateway assessor.  I can’t remember which way round…