Fundraising & Practiced Route into town

Well this morning was interesting I first as I had been jumped on at the speaker day last Saturday to help at a collection for Guide Dogs at Aldi in Honiton and because they needed dogs I said I would help, it was only for 1 1/2 hours so not too bad and I had a lovely time chatting and getting to know the branch organisers but there obviously seems to be some issues between branches so I am not getting stuck in politics again, I had enough of that running the MK branch! I just volunteered to do my bit and will be helping Exeter Branch in Sidmouth next Saturday as well before meeting up with 2 Flattie GDOs in the afternoon. Anyway Peter was also a pain in the bum during the collection constantly pulling to get outside and get to the elderly retired guide dog outside who obviously had no interest in him whatsoever! One of the fundraisers said to me “is he meant to pull you like that” so I said he’s not meant to but he’s still a dog and a very lively one at that too, people seem to think they should be perfect and unfortunately Peter is very head strong and my arm was very weak and painful today after he pulled me around my workplace the other day so my arm was not best pleased and has decided to complain all afternoon! I took Texan as well who as always was an angel. Once 11am came I was ready to go because Peter was beginning to get on my nerves and I really needed to get him out and work him so finally when mum and dad came I went to the car whilst they did the shopping. We then went home and I decided rather than sitting down I would work Peter into town and have an ice cream. Dad followed behind. Peter has fantastic route memory and is very clever and you can just sense is brain working thank goodness lol! The route to town was faultless, he was a star I am pleased to say and we flew into town, the only tricky bit was the road crossing which I cannot for the life of me remember what it’s called but there’s a blind bend and a car only saw us last minute so it was quite a scare and dad didn’t like it but there’s no other option I don’t think and we had to deal with it when walking into Bletchley, I just couldn’t really hear because there were car noises around everywhere which was confusing. We then carried on and we were remembering and laughing in my head about the in, out, in must have completely bypassed Natwest because before we knew it we were at the crossing which only because of Peter we found it otherwise I would have gone straight past thinking it wasn’t coming yet. After his smashing work Peter and I made up and we sat and had cuddles on the esplanade even though I know what he was thinking let me off so I can go in the sea lol! We went into hardware shop cause dad needed something and we then went to find the ice cream shop got ourselves and ice cream and sat by the esplanade until the rest of family came to meet us. The rest of the family had taken the car down so we sat there for a bit but it was kind of like they wanted to go already so soon after they arrived. The car was parked in Temple street and so we started off on the right side I think but ended up on the wrong side because I completely misjudged and got confused about which side I was meant to end up on but I only realised when we got to a narrow bit that we were on the wrong side but we had to keep going but we finally got to the car and I was glad to get back home and have a rest. Later on in the day we took the dogs for a walk in Budleigh which they loved, the weather was fab and we had beautiful walk along a nature reserve and on the beach.

Church tomorrow morning and I need to fill out all the paperwork I received today with my official letter of appointment to the post of Student Adviser.

The reason behind sponsoring and naming a puppy Toby

Well as you will probably be aware my sponsored puppy Toby a beautiful lab X ret has been born into the world to hopefully one day becoming a life changing guide dog.

The reason I wanted to Name a pup & chose the name Toby:

From when I was really young I wanted a dog desperately but wasn’t allowed because I was too young and due to my disabilities they didn’t think a dog of my own would be right at that time so when I was 8 mum rang guide dogs and enquired about a guide dog but they told her I was too young but to ring back when I turned 18. Obviously that was going to be a long way away. My obsession at the time was Jack Russells because it was the first dog I came across so that’s all I wanted was a little dog nothing big and something I could call my own and something that would help me talk to people. Mum and dad in the end when I was 9 they decided to foster for a charity called animal concern and we got a phone call with our first foster dog, a 13 week old Border Collie pup whose owners couldn’t cope with because they got him too soon after they lost their previous dog. We went to pick him up me thinking he was going to be tiny when mum and dad came out they plonked this pup on my lap and I said “he’s massive he can’t be a puppy” there was me thinking it was going to be a tiny fit in your hand kind of pup but this one nearly didn’t fit on my lap but I fell in love immediately, he licked my face and I knew I had to have him and had to find a way to persuade mum and dad to let me keep him. We thought up all kinds of Names for him but in the end I named him Toby. An elderly couple were interested in him but after a lot of thinking they made the right decision not to go for a collie because of their high energy. We were due to go to Cornwall and I didn’t want to leave him behind so I persuaded mum and dad to let me have him and they did and the rest was history as they say. From the day I knew he was mine we bonded so strongly and he followed me everywhere, he was so gentle on the lead, so intuitive to my needs and got me talking to everyone about him. He helped me accept my disability because he loved me and accepted me for who I was and that I was the centre of his universe because I loved him and cared for him and I played ball games with him which strengthened my arm and leg muscles and he would come back and drop the ball in my hands or lap so he could have it thrown again and again. He was my hero, when I had tough times at school he was always there waiting at the school gates or the front door for me so I could give him a cuddle and he would lick my face and gently paw me to give him more attention if I felt sad. When I ended up being in a wheelchair at the age of 15 due to my Cerebral Palsy he was there right beside me and would lie next to me and watch over me as I lay on the sofa and we used to call him Doctor Border Collie because he looked after us children so well when we were ill. He would walk beside my wheelchair and was not phased, I wanted to walk again for him so we could have more fun together again, when I was on crutches he was so careful around me and so gentle in all he did with me. On holiday in Cornwall that year as I just beginning to recover with the physio etc he would come into the sea with me not scared of the waves at all and whilst I on the body board he would run beside me or watch me from the beach waiting till I got out. He loved swimming and I loved watching him. He won soulmate of the year in dogs today calendar competition. At this time he was 11 and I felt he had kind of done his bit and was ready to hand over his job to a fully trained guide dog which he would have been perfect for but the timings didn’t work out unfortunately. He certainly was my best buddy, my ray of sunshine. I felt a bit guilty when I got my first guide dog but Toby seemed to know that he could now entrust me to Pearce and he knew we would have cuddles and together time when I came home. He saw Pearce come and go and he saw Texan join the house and my sisters dog and never did he complain he welcomed all of them with his big heart. He was 17 years, 2 months and 2 days when I had to make the decision to have him put to sleep on 6th June 14 at 9:20am. A heart breaking day but for all he did for me over the years I had to do the kindest thing and not let him suffer, I was with him till the very end, cuddled him tightly and told him I loved him and gave him the best send off.

Afterwards I kind of felt I wanted his memory and name to live on and knowing the difference he and my guide dogs made to my life I thought the best thing I could do was to Name a Puppy in his memory. I had to raise £5000 which I did with the help of a lot different people including the Guide Dogs MK branch and my friend Amy who did a walk for the cause just after her stroke and sll those who sponsored me for my climb up Snowdon, we did charity quiz nights as well and I just saved up and I did it in just under 2 years!

Now I know Toby will be pleased with my efforts and I hope Toby Junior shall we call him will do us both proud and hopefully go onto be someone’s life changing guide dog.

Will keep you updated on his progress as when I get pup dates.

Tomorrow Peter, Texan and I are helping out for a little bit at a store collection.

Hope this blog wasn’t too sad but I wanted you all to know the reason why I decided to Name a puppy Toby after my hero :). image.jpeg

Positive meeting with my new workplace :)

Had a meeting this morning at 11am with my new workplace and what a refreshing and positive attitude to disability they have. My manager met me outside the college and met my mum as well which was lovely for mum as well to see who my manager would be. Mum and dad then left and the lady showed me to reception where they would sign me in and give me a visitors badge. Then instead of where we went for the interview we went the opposite way and Peter was incredibly excited about the whole experience and we heard the peacocks make their spring noises shall we say which Peter was very intrigued by. She then showed me the area I will be working in but they hadn’t quite figured out where my office was going to be because they wanted to find the most accessible office for me which I thought was really considerate of them. We then went into the student services area and met the other 2 lovely ladies and we had a good chat, they asked me what I needed no questions asked and they wanted to make my life at work easier right from the very beginning so I already felt very positive and if they couldn’t do enough for me. We then after a long chat we went back out towards the cafe where they would buy me a hot chocolate and a muffin and we had a lovely chat about my previous jobs and the volunteering I and what my sight was like but all done in a very none patronising way which was lovely. On the way out they noticed about the steps and the doors and how they could change things to make life easier for me. It was amazing to witness the thought and consideration they put in just so they could have me working for them. It really was a breath of fresh air. They said I did an amazing interview and immediately once I had left they said she’s the one we want, we have it sorted! I couldn’t believe it when they told me that, I was blown away, they certainly won’t regret taking us on. Peter was showing me up slightly because he was just excited by the whole thing he couldn’t believe it either I don’t think but we need to work on that excitability a little bit with the help of Karen hopefully because he’s pulling my arm off. They also said if there is anything they can do to support me with my mild Cerebral Palsy as well then I just have to tell them and they will sort it out :). I am so so pleased to have the wonderful opportunity of a new job which I have never done before in such beautiful grounds in a beautiful part of East Devon :). Feeling really blessed right now :). I am due to start end of May/Beginning of June. Can’t wait now really but they want me to have best start possible with everything in place so I can learn and get on with my new job :). So excited and they loved Peter even though he was sod lol!

GDMI visit & International Guide Dog Day

Today my GDMI Karen came back out to do buses into town, do a little bit of work in town and go back on the bus. We got to the bus stop and Karen was reading something and she asked me to if I had my phone, I said yes and she said type in this code and send it to this number and apparently it would tell us when the next 3 buses were arriving, we didn’t believe it so I did it and literally minutes later a text came through with the info we needed it was amazing and Karen had to eat her words because we were amazed it actually worked so I saved the number under the bus stop name so I would remember but she also showed me where it was on the bus stop so if I was stuck It was quite big so I could just about read it which was good but have it on my phone for back up in case I couldn’t read it dependant on time of day etc. When the bus came we got on and it was packed but there was a seat to the right but a big pole in the middle which we had to go round and because it’s similar contrast to the floor it’s quite difficult to see so we just have to remember that there is a pole before we get to the seat that’s available but I’m used to using buses quite a lot so I kind of know their layout. Peter couldn’t tuck in on the route to town because it was busy and we had a lady with a Zimmer frame next to us so Karen looked after his bum and tail whilst he sat up and looked at me, the lady and a lot of other people got off at the next bus stop which is a bus stop we could have got off as well but we didn’t know at that point so stayed on till the next stop so she could teach us the route from there into town. The town itself is complicated but I’m sure when I get used to it and Peter too things will get easier, it’s all just very confusing at the moment but Peter is being a bit of a sod especially in quiet areas he goes snails pace lol! I think he’s a city dog at heart as he thrives when it gets busy but we can’t really stride out here like in MK because we have to keep stopping which I think bores and frustrates him and we did a bit of shopping which he isn’t a fan of and would rather go to the beach and have a swim lol! We then had a coffee and a lovely chat before we would head back home via Natwest because I needed to change back my African Rand. Karen tested me several times today on different things but I failed miserably lol! And I’m supposed to have good route memory, I’m not so sure hehe! We then got the bus back but it’s difficult to know which stop I should get off at because it’s all on a straight road so we kind of had look for some landmarks so I could feel when the bus was going past a corner and then depending on if people get off or not it’s meant to be the third stop but I don’t think it’s too much of a problem if I miss my stop or get off to early because hopefully I will know the route then because we’ve walked it, typically the bus numbers and times are changing from Tuesday which doesn’t help things but I just have to forget the bus numbers from this week and focus on next week and hopefully we will be ok. We’ve had to do several off kerbs in the last 2 days but Peter is doing them well. We then got home and Karen got what she needed from the health books so she can write up my notes bless her and then she left and I have to ring her Friday after my meeting tomorrow to let her know about my work route etc and when she should come next.

As you may be aware it is International Guide Dog Day and I wanted to recognise what my Guide Dogs have done for me so here goes:

Life was very different before I had a Guide Dog

My life was a blur full of mist and fog

I didn’t feel like I existed

Because I wasn’t assisted

 

Until Guide Dogs came along that was

And told me what would help, four paws

The wait took a long while

Because of my lifestyle

As it does with anyone

Because we are such fun

 

Pearce was my first Guide Dog

And Texan number two

And finally it’s Peter

All have changed my life so much

 

They are incredible

And so very biddable

Working hard, playing hard

And having lots of fun

 

They keep me safe

And guide me through

The paths of town and to my job

And wherever I need to go

 

They are so very clever

And life is never the same

They have changed my life

Beyond belief and given me

The confidence I need

To cope with my life

Now and in the future

But what I now know is

Thanks to Guide Dogs

I will always until I’m too old

Or something Happens to me

I will always have a Guide Dog

By my side 🙂

 

Dedicated to my 3 wonderful guide dogs Pearce, Texan & Peter. Our 2 amazing GDMIs Michela who trained me with all 3 of my beautiful boys and now Karen who has taken over the reins. Thank you to the boys puppy walkers who did an amazing job to bring up, nurture and care for them to help them become the life changers they have been. Thanks to the Brood Bitch holders who nurture and love the pups for 6 weeks and the Stud Dog and Brood Bitch themselves who created these life changers. Their early trainers not sure who Pearce’s was but Victoria who was Texan’s and Laura who was Peter’s and to all the fundraisers, volunteers and supporters whom without not many guide dogs would exist. THANK YOU and Happy International Guide Dog Day.

 

 

 

 

 

GDMI visits & Job Interview

On Thursday 14th April I met my new GDMI Karen. I was nervous I must admit as I always get nervous before aftercare visits not quite sure why and because I hadn’t met her before I was a bit unsure but from the moment she walked through the door I felt at ease. She was as lovely as I had been told she was, down to earth, easy to talk to and get along with and I began to relax as we talked about all sorts of random things. When I tried putting Peter’s harness on he showed her how much he detested it lol! She asked me to walk to the door and call him to me but he didn’t come but I was laughing because Karen said that I was thinking he wasn’t going come and we’ve tried all this before lol! I was right he never came so I had to go and get him. She suggested to try a harness that goes over his back rather than over his head which she thought would work slightly better but I said think he shall always be a drama queen! We decided to do the shortest route which would be to Waitrose so we set out first without Peter as it was easier trying to find the route before taking him out in harness so not to confuse him. We found a good route, did it with Peter who did very well and she was impressed with his work so I was pleased. We then came back, she left me with this harness to try and to try out the Waitrose route with Peter before she came out the following week.

On Monday 18th April Peter and I did the Waitrose route completely on our own with no one’s help, it was slightly complicated and I was hesitant in places but we did get there together and we got help around waitrose from a lovely lady but I told her I needed semi skimmed milk, gave her the list and she picked up a bottle with a red lid and I was thinking this isn’t right what do I do, so I asked her if it was the correct milk and whether their semi skimmed was red as I believed it was normally green so bless her she had made a mistake so she got the right one and we went on our way and she helped me to the door which was very kind even though I think we went out the wrong door but Peter found the steps again so that was good. I was very proud of Peter and Mum was as well when we got back home safely.

Wednesday 20th April Karen came back out with the new harness to try out even though she showed me several, one was a B type so that wasn’t much use and the other one was fabric which she said wouldn’t be much use either so I was given to try the one very similar to the one I have but with a clip round the neck rather than just the chest clip so its a bit more fiddly because it had the velcro on as well which was annoying but I took it off and its better even though that took me ages to get off! We tried the new harness on our way into town and it was better because I was able to put it on him more subtly without him causing a right drama! It was a complicated route again trying to figure out the best way with the pavements suddenly running out, crossing roads many times and the narrow pavements but we got there and she told me where WESC was because I wanted to volunteer there so we went in and spoke to the lady who runs it and she was really nice, she said bring in the paperwork and I will sort it out so I brought that in on Friday when we went down again into town.

On the same afternoon once Karen had gone I had an interview which I thought went really well, the lady tried to ring me an hour or so after my interview but I didn’t recognise the number and didn’t think they would call with a mobile and  I didn’t have signal so I thought I will wait till the morning but again was waiting for a no.

On Thursday 21st the lady rings me first thing in the morning and told me I had got the job! I could not believe it, I was so happy but was shocked and it didn’t sink in for a good couple of days. Everyone was congratulating me and it was overwhelming I cried with joy as I had had countless interviews over the last year and got constant rejections so for them to say yes I was gobsmacked really and didn’t know what to say, that was my main concern coming here and leaving my old job that I wouldn’t find another job here, I was saying to a lady at action for the blind that 1 month to find a job was a bit optimistic and here I was a week and half of being in Devon and I had a job!!! It was all falling into place and it made me realise that I need to put more trust in God knowing he has everything under control and that his plans and timings are perfect and that he works things out for our good and his glory :).

Today Tuesday 26th my GDMI Karen came out again to do the route into town and this time it wasn’t so complicated because Karen had thought through the best way to do it after last week. I suggested and she was gonna say lets go for a coffee today so after she said that I said “great minds think alike” and she certainly agreed. We were nearly in town and we debating which coffee shop to go into and Karen says she loves Costa so I said ok lets go there and then I only realised afterwards that she had said “why don’t we try coffee #1” that it was actually opposite to where we were but we asked someone in sea salt and they said it was back up the street so we went out and went into the coffee shop and I was debating whether to order a hot chocolate or a Frappe, I decided on a Frappe but then couldn’t decide on devils chocolate or strawberries and cream but I decided on strawberries and cream which was slightly healthier lol! Not by much probably but anyway I hadn’t had a hot chocolate for a good few weeks so I decided to treat myself and I bought Karen a drink so she chose a Flat white coffee. I can’t quite remember when this happened lol and why but Karen fell off the kerb bless her and I burst out laughing, I think she gave some people a near heart attack but I said she really needed a coffee and she agreed she couldn’t function without one so  I think thats when we went to the cafe lol! And also Karen taught us a fun way of learning how to know which side roads cars are coming in or out of or both ways and she made it up so the first side road was in, the second was out and the third we wanted a shake it all about but it was another in so we were both gutted! That will definitely help me remember which side road is which though I hope anyway if I can stop laughing overtime I get to them! We then walked back and something else happened which made us laugh but I cannot remember what it was. I was getting worried because it was 11:40 already but anyway we decided to walk back because Karen said it would be ok and it was a uneventful journey back which was good just the uphill struggle as always but I will get used to it at some point lol!

Karen is coming back out tomorrow so we can do the buses and do a bit more work in town before letting us loose on our own :).

I am up to date now so will update again tomorrow…

 

 

 

 

 

Swaziland – Day 11 – Our Final part of the journey

I was sleep until I woke up early hours of the morning when they put the lights on about 6ish I knew breakfast was going to be served soon so I stayed awake and apparently throughout the night the little girl several rows in front of us was continuously ill but the cabin crew were very good and dealt with it efficiently so I am told but my sighted guide obviously didn’t get much sleep bless her even though she doesn’t necessarily sleep well on a plane anyway and I don’t think many people do but I actually slept ok but it is nothing like your own bed which I was so looking forward to getting back to my memory foam pillow and mattress topper!

Once breakfast came we ate it obviously and then went to the loos and we had an announcement that there were 20mins till landing. Jack came over and told us we will wait till everyone else had got off before making our way through the plane to the exit. We made our way down, thanked the crew for their services and got off, once we got off we had to go down several escalators which I hate and am petrified of them but I had to do them twice or three times couldn’t remember but Jack was making fun of me so I gave him a fright on the train lol! Once we were down the escalators we had to go on a train which took us to where we would collect our luggage now we got on and I had hold of my guide’s arm but nobody on my left side so as the train started moving I was flying everywhere and in the end Jack had to grab me as well and he said “I think I will grab hold of you until we get off the train”, I felt much better being stabilised more as I just can’t hold myself on moving transport because of my Cerebral Palsy. We then got off and then Jack and us were having a laugh and we were pushing and shoving each other because I think we were too quick and we had to slow down so we didn’t lose anybody lol! We then grabbed our bags, went to the loos and then hugged and said goodbye to everybody and made our way to the arrivals area where my mum and dad would be waiting. They had brought Peter with them and he was so excited but he was more excited to see my guide than me which I was envious of but he was obviously not happy with me this time for leaving him behind lol! We then had to make our way back home, grab my bag and head for Devon, the home I had never seen…

Got home in good time and it was my older sister’s 30th birthday so we had a lovely time with her, I had to get used to my new home and where everything was. I then needed a couple of days to chill out before my new GDMI would come out for a visit. More on that visit tomorrow but for now the holiday part of the blog has ended but the memories I have will last forever :).

 

 

 

Swaziland – Day 10

We woke up at 5am this morning because we were invited to go on an optional sunrise safari if we wished. Most of us said yes but there were 5 people who said no 2 who couldn’t see anything and who had said they had been on enough and the elderly lady a sighted guide who decided she had had enough of safaris decided she would also stay in bed and 1 of the other sighted guides a younger one decided it would take her too long to get ready so she still got up when Jo P woke up but she was able to slowly get herself ready not having to rush for the safari. We got to the meeting point at just before 5:30 and boarded the jeeps so we could set out on time. Off we went again to see if we could find the lions again which we managed to do and again they had recently had a kill but were still eating this time so weren’t so visible especially for us VIs but we could hear them eating and as soon as we got to the lion area I got this incredibly strong smell which nobody else could smell and it hit me it was that strong! I couldn’t believe that not many others could smell it but I asked Paul and he said he could smell it as well so it wasn’t just me lol! It was the smell of rotting flesh and bones which had obviously been rotting because of the heat of the sun and all the bones were piled up in a specific spot which is quite clever and something which I found fascinating. We then followed the lions to the watering hole but it was still dark so we could only hear them drinking but it was a lovely sound :). We then went onto see if we could find the elephants and we did find them, there were apparently 3 but they weren’t easy to see so I didn’t see a lot apart from when one of them walked across the path in front of us to follow the other 2 who had already gone through the trees. We then tried to find Giraffe and we found footprints but no actual giraffe but we then decided to go to the water hole as we had only seen 1 rhino when we arrived and lo and behold there were 3 just lazing around by the hole sleeping with birds cleaning their backs which was really sweet. It is incredible how the birds and animals work together. We stopped at the water hole and had tea/coffee and flap jacks which were really nice but I chose not to have any tea/coffee first because i don’t like it and I didn’t want to need the toilet. After we had had a break we made our way back to camp slowly watching and listening for any other animals. We got back just after 8 I think and went straight for breakfast quickly before heading back so we could pack our bags ready to leave for our long journey home! We were all really sad to leave and couldn’t believe our wonderful time in Africa was really over :(. We grabbed our bags with the help of Sicelo, Sunny boy and Dumi and we went for a brief walk before saying our goodbyes to Jenny and the guides and boarding the bus were we would have a 2 hour journey before our first break which was a glass blowing shop where they made all kinds of things out of glass but they also had other shops all locally made things so we went to order our lunch and then went to have a look because I wanted to buy some bracelets for my family just as a little gift and we then went to a shop and they sold prints so I bought a print with the big 5 on and the Zebra which is beautiful and will be going on my wall and I bought a giraffe keyring, a magnet and a warthog made out of soapstone for mum hoping it would all go in my suitcase lol! I blame my sighted guide as I was told off by Jo M because I said I couldn’t buy anymore and what did I do! Lol. We then had lunch and then headed to the ladies loos before hopping back on the bus for the next leg of the journey which was to be the service station we stopped at on the way to Africa so kind of bittersweet knowing it was the beginning but now also the end of our trip! We just had 15mins to buy what we needed food wise and toilet break and get back on for the last 2 hours to the airport. We arrived in good time and we got trolleys to carry our luggage and we said our goodbyes to Sarah who was flying to Cape Town the following day, that was a sad moment as I had really got on well with Sarah and we had some good times and good laughs together and she was such a lovely lady who had had a hard year but was still was so cheerful. We then went to get checked in which Jack had under control . Howard needed an extra luggage bag so he went to get that and we waited with everyone and talked about different trips etc and I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t hold anybody back which thank goodness nobody said I did :). We waited at the check in desk and in front of us were some diplomats who were faffing about having some fingerprints done which held us up so we were getting annoyed with them for making such a fuss and we were just about to go into the normal queue when they finally finished so we could go through security. I had forgotten about a can I had in my bag which came up on the scanner but fortunately the guy was nice but I didn’t realise at first what he meant I thought he had said “do you want your cane in your bag” lol but figured it out in the end lol! We then went and had a look around and bought some water etc before having something to eat and a much needed hot chocolate for me which was delicious. It was then nearly time to go so we went for a little leg stretch and had a look on the departures board where the time said 19:30 which really confused us so we both checked our phones and it was something like 19:50 so we then decided to make our way to where Jack was waiting and we were one of the first actually this time which we were pleased about. Once we were all here after people had gone to the toilets we began to board the plane as soon as it opened. Jack told us our seats and we were debating who should sit where so my sighted guide sat by the window I sat in the middle and a VI gentleman next to me in an aisle seat because of his long legs. People were piling on the planes putting bags up and finding their seats, we were asked to look after Chris because his sighted guide was sat quite a way away which we said was fine. We then had some people in front of us a couple and their daughter who decided near on immediately that they wanted to recline their seats now I was fine because the mother did it first and I was short so it was ok and didn’t bother me apart from at dinner time when it got a bit squished but I didn’t want to cause a fuss but then around 9ish or so not quite sure the little girl put her chair back or red anyway and I think it scared the gentleman so he fought back bless him and made sure she couldn’t put her seat back anyway I managed to calm him down by talking to him about why he became a vegetarian but then when the dinner came the people in front caused a complaint and he rung the buzzer for our flight attendant to come but the little girl also pressed hers so it created a massive problem and am uproar which lasted for hours and I really wanted to get some sleep but anyway in the end they went off to sort it out and bless Jo M who came to sit next me to keep me company whilst it was being sorted, I really appreciated that as I was getting really wound up by the whole thing cause I knew I wouldn’t get much sleep anyway but I wanted to get as much as I could but Jo talked to me and kept me company so that was really kind of her.

They then came back and basically he just had to accept that people are allowed to put their seats back which I didn’t really agree with but understood but people have to have a bit of respect for the people behind them as well which they didn’t seem to have. We also had people and a little girl who was really poorly and apparently had  food poisoning bless her. Anyway we then went to toilets and got settled for the evening and finally in the early hours of the morning managed to get some sleep at least.

My last holiday blog post tomorrow…

Forgot to say yesterday that we had a couple of drinks for our last evening in Swaziland we had a meal together and I finally was able to buy Jack and Jenny a Sebebe which they were happy about and they so deserved it we then finished and went outside and Jo P got me to try some Amarula which I really liked so got another. It was a lovely evening and we had a wonderful chat together as a group and after the Amarula I felt a bit emotional and said I needed to give Jenny a hug so I did and we then went to bed.