Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Aquariums

'Lights fizz and tick, and aquariums of people look out into the night.'

This is a quote from 'The Trouble With Goats And Sheep' by Joanna Cannon.

I think it's a lovely expression. Everything that happens to someone has to go through their perspective.

Aquariums of lives.

Everybody has things going on so can only view things from their aquarium. Or their perspective.

I love finding analogies that you can imagine and see.

People don't view everything in the same way. It's through their aquarium.

Everyonesd has issues going on under the surface or worries that paint their world a particular shade.

That makes you human.

Steph

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

'The Girl Of Ink And Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

 Kiran Millwood Hargrave

'Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.'

I read this book on the recommendation of Carrie Hope Fletcher. I loved it! It made me feel like anything was possible. Books that do that are rare and far between. It really kept me reading, racing away the pages. After chapter 1, I thought this is exciting this is going to be a murder mystery! Then it transformed into an adventure book. It was a really fun and quick read. Well worth it.

Let me know if any of you pick it up and share your reviews below. I  love reading and finding a book I can really get into so if you have any recommendations I would love to hear them.

Steph

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P.s. you wouldn't have to write about it if you don't want to. Just a title and an author. But if you could give a little background that'd be immensely helpful! Thank you for reading!


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Widow by Fiona Barton - Book Review

Wow!

'We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. 

But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? 

Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming. But then he became that monster on the front page, a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

Now Glen is dead and she's alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms. Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.'

It is an intriguing story.It really keeps going to the very last page. You get plunged into the widow's life. You don't know where you are and you're alone. The truth is tripping off your tongue, bit by bit you start to piece it together. You're just immersed in this world where little makes sense, until the end of the story.

All that is needed is a name.

Steph

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Center PARC's in Woburn!

I was on holiday at Center PARC's in Woburn last week and it was so incredible.

Especially for me.

 Because disability wasn't seen as an inconvenience.

The staff were so good and really helped.

I went with my family (there are a lot of us in my immediate family) and my uncle's family which was amazing.

The fact disability was not an issue was especially made prominent by: going swimming.

Now, at my local swimming I get hoisted into the water. They didn't have a hoist at Woburn. Instead, they had a gradual slope which descended into the water.

Beforehand, in the changing rooms I got out of the borrowed scooter that I was using (which was incredible - to have my own freedom around the park was just awesome!) and transferred iinto one of the wet wheelchair's provided.

Then my brother and I were pushed into the swimming pool! It was really incredible. Understandably, we were warned by the lovely lifeguard's before the wave machine started each time and given time to get out of the pool. It was joked that it looked like something out of James Bond whenever we vacated the pool because the chairs were beneath us in the water! Though my brother and I floated above them when in deep enough water because we were wearing floats.

I cannot praise the thought and effort of the staff at Woburn enough. The design of the place was really good too. There were ramps to everything and everything was accessible. It was so good and we had an adapted villa in the middle of everything!

Steph

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Friday, 30 June 2017

IFly Review!

Sorry I haven't written for a while. Things have just been crazy here!

You know the one. When everything's happening you have no time yet when nothing's happening you have all the time in the world. Or it feels like it. I will make effort to post every Wednesday as I attempt to do. I've not been that good  at it but I do promise to try!

Sorry!

Last Friday I went out with someone I'm employing as my PA who's awesome. It was an amazing night and one that I hope will continue!

On Tuesday I went to IFly in Basingstoke which is just phenomenal. They really do cater for everyone - people in wheelchairs included. It was so freeing and so incredible.

I was a little nervous and apprehensive in the morning - wondering how it was going to play out.

I soon realised.

We all got into a blue all in one suit

Two guys came in with us to the wind tunnel. They were strong and muscular.

They wheeled us in our wheelchairs right to the bench that we had to wait on until our turn.

I was 2nd in line!

It just felt incredible in the air and it was all too soon that one came back to reality.

But it was super and we went up to the top of  the wind tunnel and I never wanted to come back down!

If it's affirmed anything for me, it's how much I'd love to do a real skydive and I will definitely be going again for this experience.

Steph

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Aurora

On Friday I was in Southampton on a tour of one of a P&O cruise ship, the Aurora. It was brilliant! We had a 3 course meal on there too!  That evening they were setting off on a Western Mediterranean cruise which meant that people were boarding while we were on the ship which was lovely. So it was lively, at lunch anyway! But the ship is so good for wheelchairs, though pushing myself on the thick carpet was strenuous at times and I was really glad to wheel quite harmoniously on the deck!

It was a brilliant idea to go on a tour of a Cruise Ship and one that is owed to Lucy Brown at Disability Initiative who organised the trip. Not forgetting those who came with us who made it a really joyful and interesting event for us to attend. Facilities did cater for disabled people very well, as there were lifts to each floor. The only places with steep ramps were getting into the cinema and the theatre. Other than that, everywhere was flat and very accessible.

We saw the gym, the spa, the theatre, the cinema, shops and of course all the food outlets. Someone I was with made the fair point that with so many eateries you could very easily put on weight. This is true, without a structure to your day you could very easily. But the beauty of a cruise is that you are not in the same place for more than a few days at most, and you are always moving or doing something.

Steph

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Things Take Time

Sorry I've been rubbish at this! I will try to do this every Wednesday from now on - unforeseen circumstances have been in the way recently - it's nice to get back to a bit of normality!

Things taking time is a difficult balancing act.

Particularly when you're a go-getter like me!

But after something happening you've got to take a few days to let life cool down. Let it recover. And it can feel like nothing's happening in your life but things are. Things often work behind the scenes - and just because you can't see it right now doesn't mean it isn't. You can't be out all the time, though you wish you could because you're not as young as you used to be, you don't have the same mentality as you did at uni, you get tired, so very tired and you're not used to it anymore.

And things DO change. Subtly every day. You won't even notice it. This is evident particularly when you have a baby in the family. As I do, and she is changing every day at the moment. Learning new things and finding out things about yourself is a constant and can constantly change. It might take time to see how everything has changed but the time will come. And it is fascinating to me that things are always happening, so no moment is the same and no matter what you think, change is coming. Often time it comes later rather than sooner, but it is possible.

Remember: YOU are in control of your life, so if you want something to happen you have to organise it and make it happen.

Like last week, I went swimming and floated for the first time which I'm really proud of. That is enough to take all the energy out of anyone. But then, I went to a wedding reception in the evening of the same day. It was amazing and I was so thrilled to be celebrating the wedding. That was a pretty action packed day! I loved that but I realise that I have to slow down! Or don't do too much during a day! But at least I know I can do this when needs must.

Steph

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