First of all I want to say to those I haven’t yet seen, Don’t worry I will get round to seeing everyone so to those of you in MK whom I haven’t seen yet, I will get round to it I promise :).
My host family this time yet again was the lovely Jones family so thank you for putting up with me and my buddy this last few days, I really appreciate it. Thank you for entertaining us, taking us places, treating us to meals, days out etc. I’ve had a funfilled time.
I arrived on Monday afternoon, the train journey went smoothly, assistance was great despite the busyness at the stations and this makes me feel able to take on new and different journeys knowing I will have assistance to keep us safe and help us get to our chosen destinations. Got a taxi to the home I was staying in due to them being at work, had the most wonderful, friendly taxi driver I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, he helped me with my luggage, took us to the door, didn’t faff about Peter and in fact welcoming any dogs into their taxis was incredible. It’s a new company called Fenny cabs and I truly recommend them :).
Tuesday we had a day out at Dudley Zoo which was lovely, were able to take Peter and Richie the guide dog puppy so that was lovely, got some fantastic photos so that was great and had a generally lovely day, Peter was a good boy, so calm bad much more mature than last time! Everyone this last week has commented on how much he’s changed, matured, calmed down and become a really lovely boy who I can take anywhere 🙂 he helped Richie to overcome his fear of wooden bridges etc and he is so good on the train just gets in, falls asleep until I get his harness out and then it’s drama again lol so still need to work on that but he’s much better than he was so there is hope for the boy, my hard work has paid off! Yay. In the evening we went out for dinner with the family so that was lovely.
Wednesday we went to guide dogs coffee morning to see everyone so that was nice, in the afternoon we went to see Finding Dory in the cinema, it is such an adorable film and Dory is adorable! And in the evening Fi, Amy & I went to Aquaerobics which was good fun but my coordination and going in sync with everyone else didn’t quite go to plan but it was a good laugh and I would defo go again!
Thursday morning Amy, I and Peter walked Richie & Peter before heading to the bus stop to catch the bus into town so that I could go skiing, very good lesson and catch up with Stephen & Krystyna, we then went to change Amy’s shoes which had broken the first evening she wore them and then we decided to go into the council offices to say hello to some of my friends and colleagues which was nice and then we went and had lunch at MKCC before heading home and taking the dogs for a free run at Bury common in Newport Pagnell, brought back memories of when I had my jabs for Swaziland :). Dogs had a great time, they got on so so well together, it was lovely to see, I’m definitely gonna miss my Richie poos! Such a gentle shepherd with what I’m told are the most beautiful, appealing eyes :).
Friday morning Amy and I got to relax a bit before meeting Fi at work before heading to the Swiss gardens for an afternoon of plants which theme was close ups. Beautiful gardens, we then had lunch before heading home. A lady then brought round some forever living products for Fi and Amy so we chatted to her for a bit, turns out she knows my sister, she loves Flatties (a breath of fresh air to find someone who loves Flatties). She’s a lovely lady. Fi then went to work for a bit and then we went out to dinner at Prezzos in Kingston and had a conversation about Tweezers lol! And other things :).
Then this morning Peter and I waved goodbye and went back on our travels, assistance was good, train was delayed from Birmingham p, found the spending area at new street for guide dogs, sat in the network rail reception chatted to some people who were going to Blackpool on holiday and two elderly ladies on there way to Cheltenham spa and so many people who told me how beautiful and unusual a guide dog Peter is :). The public were really helpful today, one guy took my suitcase off the train for me and other lady found me the lift at Exeter before the assistance came to help us. We are now home, got a lovely welcome from our other dogs and had a lovely piece of fudge cake because I was hungry since not having anything much since this morning, typically the food trolley only came 5 mins before I was due to get off! Very annoying! Anyway we are home safe and sound