• 2016,  powerchair,  trains,  travel,  Uncategorized

    Have Powerchair, Will Travel

    I travel a lot by train.  It mostly works well.  There are systems in place to support disabled travellers and as someone who uses them often I know how they work and at my local station and the two I’m at most often I know a lot of the staff who do disability assistance.  Trains are easy. Except when they’re not. There’s a writing course in a couple of weeks. It’s an all day thing in a country hotel somewhere and someone I know is going. I’d sort of like to go too. I say sort of because I don’t get my hopes up about these things before I suss…

  • 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…

  • 2014,  disability normal,  travel,  Uncategorized

    Travel

    I feel like this should have a much catchier title but I don’t know what it is! I’ve been thinking a lot over the last few months about travel.  About whether I could swing a proper trip next year, financially, practically and most importantly all of the disability related aspects that go into it.  And I’ve been considering the disability aspects of it even more over the last few weeks. I’ve had a night or two away in this country over the last few years but I’ve not had a proper holiday since 2007 I have two options in mind – a dream trip and a more realistic trip, closer…

  • honesty,  nano group,  perspective,  trains,  travel,  Uncategorized

    >”It’s my fault, I’m really sorry.”

    >Someone made a pretty big mistake today. One that affected me pretty badly. But then took the time to put there hands up to me and say “Emma, I’m really sorry.” and to admit to me that it was their fault. He looked me straight in the eye and went “I spoke to Julie and she told me she’d got you on the train but I just forgot to come help you off.” He told me he shouldn’t have forgotten and that it wasn’t good enough. By the time I had been to Reading waiting for a train back and gotten to my sleepy little town he’d arranged for a…

  • friends,  fun stuff,  travel,  Uncategorized

    >Craziness

    >I’m about to disappear off of the face of t’Internet for a few days.  I’m doing some mad crazy travelling around the country for three of the next five days, visiting friends and pretty much just coming home to sleep and shower.  And I think a break from this virtual world would be good for me. My real plan is not to come online again until Tuesday but my slightly more realistic plan says not coming online again until Sunday (because that would allow me to tick go 72 hours without using the computer off of my 101 in 1001 list). I think this is going to be fun, tiring,…

  • sailing,  travel,  Uncategorized

    >Snapshots of a Holiday: Isley

    >One of the Western Isles of Scotland is a small island called Isley. It is, I think, 10 miles across (but I’ve a pretty definite feeling that I’m making that up) and it’s got some beautiful scenery. It’s famous for it’s distillery I believe. And if you were part of the voyage crew on my trip it was famous for another reason. It’s the home of Denis, one of the voyage crew who was in my watch. Denis is a wonderful laugh who comes out with brilliant one liners every so often, usually totally unexpectedly. He’s done some amazing and incredible things in his life and several people commented that…

  • NEED EDITING,  sailing,  travel,  Uncategorized

    >Photos

    >I’ve just uploaded a load of my holiday photos onto Facebook. I filled an entire album on there and still have millions left over so I might put some more on tomorrow. A few even have captions if you click on them! Shocking! The link is here if you want to see and should work even if you aren’t a Facebook member. I’m going to read my book before bed but tomorrow I will work out why I couldn’t upload them to the gallery on this site. I really will. Finally this is one of my favourite holiday pics and I just realised it didn’t make it onto Facebook. All…

  • 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…

  • 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…