• 2015,  acceptance,  attitudes,  books and reading,  disability,  fiction,  language,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    “Special Needs”

    Language around disability is a really tricky thing. Some terms are acceptable to some people and completely unacceptable to others. Some are fine for disabled people to use amongst themselves or to refer to themselves but problematic when used by strangers.  And there are times when disabled people argue amongst themselves about the terms.  People first language and identity first language are two of the biggest culprit’s there. One term that I’ve been saying I don’t like and arguing against for the last few years is “special needs”  I can explain why I don’t like it but it’s something I find others always agree with although some people do come…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    15 in 31

    It’s fair to say I’ve not been reading very much lately other than random crap online – usually fanfic but I read a lot of random forum stuff too.  I’ve got lots of stuff I want to read but I’m not getting round to it. I’m also quite behind on my two reading goals for the year – my Goodreads challenge which was to read 120 books this year (currently 8 books behind at 81 books read in 2015) and to hit 200 books read from the 1001 books to read before you die (I’d need to check my app but I’ve read approx 170 from it). So when Andi…

  • 2015,  Family,  photos,  Uncategorized

    The Wedding of Sophie and James

    I’ve been telling people I’m going to post this “tomorrow” since last Wednesday. And now I finally have. On Saturday 19th September 2015 my sister Sophie married her partner James at Lains Barn in Oxfordshire.  I was a bridesmaid along with my sister in law and two of Sophie’s friends.  It was a lovely occasion and after a terrible week of weather the day of the wedding was hot, bright and sunny.  As was the next day when we had a brunch to continue celebrating at my parents house.  It’s not been as nice since.  I really enjoyed the opportunity to see friends and family – some of whom I…

  • 2015,  Uncategorized

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    For the things worth mentioning but not worth their own blog entry I promised to post a Reading Down My TBR Pile blog entry today but I don’t actually have anything to write in one. I’m in the middle of an audiobook and a book but haven’t finished anything. At 4 o’clock Thursday morning a police chase ended with the suspect jumping out of his still moving van. Which then crashed into my fence waking me up and scaring me. I’ve not been too well for a few days but it’s hard to put a finger on exactly what’s wrong with me.  As part of not being too well I…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile,  Uncategorized

    Reading Down My TBR Pile: Restart

    Without the details and the reviews I’ve been posting in these previous entries here is a list of everything I’ve read since the last time I posted one of these Reading Down My TBR Pile updates.  Next Monday I will post a weekly update in the same format as the previous ones but it’s been too long and I can’t remember the details to get into them for these books.  In fact to be completely honest I’ve had to look this list up on Goodreads.  I might put a few comments in if I can remember The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (audiobook on TBR since late last…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Counting Stars by @Keris Stainton

    A while ago I decided that I wouldn’t go on NetGalley for a while. I have too many books and I was doing OK at not buying them but NetGalley was still a problem.  Then Keris Stainton tweeted that ARC’s of her new book Counting Stars were available on there. And that was that. I had to go on and put a request in.  Thankfully I was approved and didn’t have to wait until publication day (yesterday) to read this awesome book. Here’s the synopsis for Counting Stars by Keris Stainton. A new life in a new city – would could possibly go wrong . . . ? When eighteen-year-old…

  • 2015,  trains,  travel,  Uncategorized

    Have Powerchair, Will Travel (Part 3)

    Part One and Part Two A couple of weeks ago I went to London for the day and went to Buckingham Palace.  I went last year with my mum and you can go back within a year for free if you get your ticket validated.  They wouldn’t validate my mum’s ticket because it was a free carer one but they validated mine and promised another free carer ticket if I went back.  Mum didn’t want to go back but my friend Eleanor came instead.  I wouldn’t have gone back if it wasn’t free but was keen to because as well as getting to look around the Palace they have an…

  • 2015,  Uncategorized

    Um, what day is it?

    Today’s been one of those days that’s been a little confusing and I have to stop and think about what day it is. Because it’s Wednesday. But Monday stuff didn’t happen because of the bank holiday. That’s not what’s confused me. Yesterday, yes I was a little thrown to start with but by this morning I’d gotten over that. Until I spent this morning at CAB.  Up until the last month or so I’d have told you that was a Thursday thing.  But in August and occasionally before that some Thursdays have been substituted with Wednesdays at CAB.  It really confused both me and my supervisor the first week back…

  • 2015,  blogging,  books and reading,  reviews,  safety,  Uncategorized

    A Summer Breeze by Colette Caddle

    I’ve enjoyed every single Colette Caddle book I’ve read and so when I saw her new book, A Summer Breeze, was available to review I was really keen to have a copy. I can confirm that A Summer Breeze was well worth the read and I enjoyed it.   It’s being published on 24th September 2015.   All Zoe Hall has ever wanted to do is act, then love got in the way of her dreams. But now that she has divorced her husband and come home to Dublin, she is determined to get her career back on track. It’s easier said than done though and she earns just as much…

  • 2015,  photos,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    Spotted At The Sailing Club

    The weather was so bad on Monday that I was sure I wouldn’t be going sailing  And then on Tuesday it was better but I still thought it likely we wouldn’t go.  As the day went on I began to suspect a yes was possible.  Then I got an email saying it wasn’t great weather and the access dinghies wouldn’t go out but confident challenger sailors were welcome but likely to get wet. I’m never quite sure when they say that whether I’m what they mean by confident challenger sailors. I’m quite a fair weather sailor and I get scared easily. But the friend I was getting a lift with…