• 2016,  mental health,  photos,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    Spotted at the Sailing Club

    There are, perhaps, five Tuesday evening sails left this year.  I personally suspect only four but five is most likely and the most it could be is six.  Although the person who runs sailability always says when asked “we try to keep sailing until the clocks change” I think I’ve only ever sailed in October once.  In a way I look forward to the off season and what that will bring – I have a couple of very exciting things planned for October and later in the year.  But most of me isn’t ready for the hot day, sunshine and sailing to come to an end.  How can it be…

  • 2016,  Quickie Jive,  Uncategorized

    The First 50 Miles

    Last Wednesday I did my 50th mile in my new powerchair.  I was in Bournemouth for the day.  I’ve been meaning to write this entry ever since but I’m finally doing it because if I don’t I’ll have to write it tomorrow and title it “the first 60 miles” In that time I’ve Been for coffee with two different groups of friends Wandered around town a lot just trying it out and seeing what it can do. Done errands and supermarket trips and other boring things. Realised that I will not be able to get my hair cut in this chair Got on a train for the first time in…

  • 2016,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  R-net,  Uncategorized

    Jive Talkin’ (part two)

    Part two of my review of my new Quickie Jive M Hybrid. This is more my thoughts and experiences now I’ve had it a week. Part one is here. I have got on very well with it although I have had a few problems but the tech came back out on Wednesday to troubleshoot (a return visit for troubleshooting was always planned but had to take place much sooner than we had intended due to two full blown problems rather than the niggles we expected) and these appear fully resolved. I got the version with swing away footplates as opposed to a footboard (I like the look of a footboard…

  • 2016,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  R-net,  Uncategorized

    Jive Talkin’ (part one)

    I got my new powerchair just over a week ago which means as requested it’s time to give it a review.  This will be a two part blog as it was getting a little long for one entry.  This entry is more about what I’ve got on the chair as opposed to my thoughts on it. I have a Quickie Jive M Hybrid. The M means I have the midwheel drive version.  I got my first midwheel drive chair by accident when I bought a barely used second hand one and ever since I’ve insisted on midwheel drive as they have such a smaller turning circle which means they can…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile

    I’ve read two books this week (well, one was an audiobook but I always count that as reading). I’m on “staycation” for the next week (although I’ve actually not been to CAB this week due to an issue with the new powerchair) with lots of chill time and fun things that involve train trips planned so I suspect next week’s list will be a lot longer! The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwoood. I first read this years ago when it came up in conversation with one of my CAB colleagues and she lent it to me.  It was both my first Atwood and my first dystopia.  I’ve gone on to…

  • 2016,  action3,  jay3,  laterals,  Uncategorized

    Wheelchair Woes

    So I was really happy. I finally after nine weeks+ had two working wheelchairs. My manual for the house (and the little bit out the house I use it for) and an absolutely amazing new powerchair that – teething problems aside – blows my mind. Only my manual had been making a really terrible noise intermittantly along with moments of not feeling right. I had no idea what was wrong with it and it was so intermittant that I didn’t see the point of calling the NHS maintenance team. I just knew they’d come out and it would be working fine at that point and it would be a waste…

  • 2016,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  Quickie Salsa,  R-net,  Uncategorized

    Miles on my Tyres

    I go pretty much everywhere out of the house in my powerchair (the only place I go with any regularity in the manual is sailing).  And I get there in the powerchair.  I don’t as a general rule use taxis as they are difficult to find around here (accessible ones) and expensive. Plus I live very very close to the train station and close to town so it’s not really necessary. On a daily basis I would say I probably do two or three miles in the powerchair as it’s probably somewhere in the region of two miles to do a round trip to town.  I say probably, I’ve never…

  • 2016,  disability,  Paralympics,  Uncategorized

    Yes I Can

    Channel 4 have a released an advert for the upcoming Paralympic Games.  It’s once again based around the “superhumans” concept they used when broadcasting the Paralympics in 2012. I like this advert. I like the way it shows lots of disabled people doing both sport and everyday things like brushing their teeth.  I like how it makes disability both an in your face thing you can’t avoid and a normal thing. I also especially like the fact that signed, subtitled and audio described versions are available making this a really inclusive, accessible advert. That’s fantastic. At the same time I’ve been reading and hearing a lot of things about how…

  • 2016,  Quickie Jive,  Uncategorized

    I Gotta Feeling…

    I was laying in bed this morning thinking about how I should really get up and go to the supermarket. In a minute. Really.  Oh, ok, five more minutes and I’d get up.  Probably. And then my landline rang. Pretty much the only people who call  my landline are my parents.  But the wheelchair supplier had called me on it on Tuesday.  For one miniscule moment I considered letting it go on the grounds that it was mostly likely a cold caller and if was the wheelchair people they’d probably call my mobile next and that was next to me. But what if? I swear I’ve never moved from my…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile

    I’ve decided that I’d like to start keeping a weekly record of what I read again (more than on Goodreads I mean).  I’ve missed doing so.   I’m not sure if I’m going to stick with the reading down my TBR pile title or not because lets be honest it’s hardly making an impact in the pile. Here’s what I’ve read in the last ten days or so. Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage by Milly Johnson I’ve read a lot of Milly Johnson books and enjoyed them.  But I had taken a break after getting very annoyed about the ending of the last one I read (it was a bit inappropriate, disability…