Sorry it’s been too long!

I’m really not good at this blogging thing at the minute and every day I’ve been reading someone else’s giggling and thinking they are doing well I must do a blog but then I never get round to it! I’m either too tired, can’t be bothered or busy lol! Anyway today I thought I must because things have happened over the last few weeks which I should have blogged about but didn’t so anyway here goes:

Over the bank holiday weekend Peter and I did a first trip to Southampton/Portsmouth all on our own to meet people we’ve never met before and to see those we have met before again, to visit Peter’s puppy walkers and to support a friend abseil down the Spinnnaker Tower in Portsmouth to raise money for guide dogs. The journey down went smoothly, slight issue at Salisbury because the assistance decided to pick up an unbooked assistance rather than me who had booked but thank goodness I had a lovely couple who asked if I needed help getting off the train and helped me find my next train to then find the assistant who apologised and said he would get me on this next train which he due fully did bless him so all was forgiven and I thanked the couple for all they did to help me. I then got off at Southampton and was met by a lovely lady who took me to a taxi who had no problems taking us to the premier inn, in fact he was lovely. Got to the premier inn, checked in and the guy helped us to our room where we made ourselves at home before the others arrived at the hotel. I fed Peter, had a shower and changed clothes just in time when my phone went off and the Girls had text to say they had arrived in reception and where coming upstairs. I thought to myself what Ā they going to be like and then I get a knock on the door and I open it and in they come with a bit of excitement from the dogs and we say hello to each other and how nice it was to finally meet etc and we got on straight away. Once they had unpacked, fed the dogs and freshened up we went for dinner and had a good chat together about all kinds, lots of giggles about their journey and how disorganised they are etc! Then Saturday we went to Southampton common to free run the dogs and meet some of the Southampton crew for lunch which was lovely and also a lady, her husband and son came from Kent and a lady from London came too so that was lovely and we all had a good time before heading out to the common again for the dogs to have another run before heading back to the Hotel. Then Sunday we took a taxi to Portsmouth to watch our friend do her abseil and then go for lunch afterwards, my 2 friends were like no we don’t need our receipts so I decided I wanted one and they burst out laughing and I was thinking what’s so funny so after that every time we went somewhere they asked for a receipt and passed it to me calling me the book keeper and accountant lol even though I’m not good at maths! lol anyway we spent ages in Portsmouth, had dinner before heading back to Southampton as we had to be up in the morning early to take the dogs for a run before the long train journeys back home and we actually did it and in good time. Had such a lovely weekend, met some wonderful people and enjoyed every moment šŸ™‚ heres to the next adventure whatever that will be!

Then this week Monday was the first day of term and it was manic at work so I was stressing myself out but fortunately the lady who trained me came to my rescue on Tuesday and stayed for 2 days to help out and now I feel more able to deal with things and know more what I’m meant to do, it’s all clicking into place now thank goodness! Peter’s loved it getting all the fuss and attention from students in my office but he’s been a good boy and settled down when it’s quiet it’s just all so exciting for him when people come in to see us lol!

Anyway I feel another blog coming on about hashtags because someone doesn’t understand lol! I wonder who that might be…

First day back to work/Evening Walk

It was my first day back at work today after a month off over the summer, where has that time gone! Can’t quite believe it really but it will be nice to get back into routine again and really get stuck into the job. I got in today and went to Reception to pass them a letter to send over to HR and then I asked her to ring over to maintenance so they could come and let me into my office which they dutifully did bless them. I had some paperwork left on my desk so I had a look at those whilst trying to figure out how to use the magnifier which I got the hang of pretty quickly thank goodness. I took Peter out around 11:30 for a busy, busy but kind of forgot I would be locked out again so had to go to reception to ask her to ring through to maintenance for me and bless her she came again to open the door for me which I thanked her for. Got on with some more work before having lunch at 1pm, tried to keep the door on the latch so I could get back in but unfortunately when I went back it was locked again so I had to ask for help again and this time the lady sorted it for me and took it fully off the latch so I could go in and out even though I wouldn’t need to anymore so that was good but she told me to close it properly when I left which is safest thing to do and she said she would make a note to unlock it for me first thing in the morning so I thanked her and she said she would try and sort something out. Once I had finished what I could I tried to figure out my dragon software which isn’t complete yet as had a phone call before having to rush to get the bus.

Obviously I forgot something in the office but it will be fine because I will sort it tomorrow. We were walking along the drive of the college and passed a lady so we said hello as we bypassed and we sped ahead until Peter needed to do a big busy typically lol! Anyway nothing I could do, had to pick it up, this lady came up behind us and we walked along together chatting away about random things like what we did at the college etc so that was nice talking to her, we got on the bus, got off and walked the long, dreaded uphill climb home as well as it being hot, boy was I glad to be home! I think Peter was too.

I had my tea which consisted of Marble Cake (Swartz Weiss) and a glass of refreshing cold milk before my brother needed some fresh air, he told me to take some water but I thought we weren’t going to be so long but boy was I wrong! We went to Mutters Moor and went through the woods and along the cliff path to a viewpoint which overlooks Sidmouth, walked back, climbed a massive hill which was real struggle and the heat was still so hot, I was thirsty, tired and in pain and it seemed like a never ending hill, we then got back to the car to then go onto Budleigh Salterton and walk along the river otter towards the sea, had a bit of time walking along the beach before heading back home again. Shattered isn’t even the word to describe it! I’ve walked 15,090 steps, climbed 29 floors and done 6.32 miles!!! Hopefully I will sleep well tonight. Been planning my Southampton weekend with some lovely ladies so I am looking forward to our little adventure. Peter is out like a light and I am off to bed.




First week at work/flies

My first week at work is now over even though I am not working today or tomorrow but back in wednesday, thursday and friday this week so they are easing me in gently. I have nearly completed all the training necessary as at least I can mostly do that bit myself since I have done it before and its accessible. The paperwork side is a bit of a problem but we are muddling through together until my desktop magnifier comes, which hopefully will be very soon.

My work colleagues are all very lovely, I have a lovely office of my own so Peter can really be himself and have a bit of freedom, I have some very noisy work colleagues who I can hear munching on the bird feeder just outside my office window which overlooks grass and trees and woodland and since I started on Tuesday I have seen Mr Pea the Peacock on two days he has probably been there more often but I hadn’t heard him and he made me jump on Friday when he suddenly bellowed at the top of his voice, I thought a poor cat was in trouble! Peter thinks its all great fun, he has a buddy called Hugo who is a working cocker spaniel who is accompanying his owner who is the lady who is training me so they enjoy each others company and peter makes himself at home and lies down wherever he wants really normally by my feet or behind me or sometimes by the door on under the table but not on his mat lol! Typical Peter!

On Saturday Peter and I went to meet up with Vicky & Jenny and their Guide Dogs Courtney and Patty, we were talking for nearly 3 hours lol! Didn’t realise the time which meant we had a good time, the dogs were really good and we did have some funny conversations including a lady who told Vicky & I we don’t look as if we need guide dogs so we told her we would look it if we didn’t have them fumbling, tumbling and bashing into things with our heads down and a gentleman who asked us 3 in the lift again but on the way down whether the way behind him was clear, we said yes but then I said “I think so but don’t trust us blindies” bless him he said he was ever so sorry, I am not sure he knew what to say, so I told him not to worry and we were only joking so he began to laugh and told us to have a good day. Vicky met us at the bus stop this time again and we made our way through the crowds Vicky going mad every so often at people lol it certainly is an experience in exeter but I love the place and Peter loves it because its busy! We did the way back on our own with Jenny’s instructions but we went a different way back thanks to Peter but we ended up at the bus station and that’s all that matters! My very clever boy!

Flies, Flies, Flies everywhere and they are really beginning to get on my nerves! On saturday morning I was rudely awoken by the most annoying fly at around 4:30am in the morning, I was not best pleased as I need my sleep but anyway I had to open both my curtains, open the windows and try to catch fly which wasn’t going to be easy since I couldn’t see where the thing was! In the end I gave up, put a shoe by my bed and tried to go back to sleep but it didn’t work because it was light now due to the windows and curtains being open and because this fly wouldn’t shut up so I gave up on falling asleep, Peter was annoyed too and tried to catch it but it didn’t work and it didn’t go out the window! I was awake right through till morning because there was nothing I could do so decided to get up in the end, I killed something at 7:45am but not sure if it was that fly as there seemed to be several in my room at that point, I was worried for my guinea pig that he would get fly strike but I cleaned his cage out and he seems ok thank goodness. Then on Sunday we went blueberry picking and unfortunately I got bitten by a horsefly and didn’t realise till it started itching! I thought it was fine because it was ok in the evening but this morning i woke up and that bit of my arm is twice the size, it really must have sucked me this time :(. Have put on antihistamine cream etc but it hasn’t gone down yet but I am sure it will in its own time but its incredibly itchy and I am so trying not to aggravate it. And this morning as well I woke up to another blooming fly but fortunately this one was slightly more considerate and kept a bit more quiet than the first one and I think it went out the window after a while thank goodness but really flies are not in my good books at the moment so they all better stay away otherwise!!!!

Today I have been trying to work out how I can sell my photos online and make some money out of them as people have said to me my photos are really good and I have to do something with them so I am trying, just waiting for their approval from this website. Tomorrow I am off again before going back to work on wednesday.

Work/Meet up

As most of you know I had my first day at work yesterday, it was very strange having a bit of a routine again and I was nervous but was made to feel at ease by everyone I did meet albeit it’s not many as a lot are on leave at the moment due to summer holidays starting. I have kind of learnt what I will be doing but I haven’t got my desktop magnifier yet so it is a bit difficult to read the paperwork but the computer is sorted, I have a log in and my ID card is being done tomorrow so then I won’t any longer be a visitor but a fully fledged member of staff, yay!

This afternoon I met up with Julia from Milton Keynes, Helen and Geoff who live in Dorset and for the first time and definitely won’t be the last Maria & her husband Rob and the gorgeous dogs all who had a great time running along Jacobs Ladder beach and in the sea! After talking to Maria & Rob and how they didn’t realise I had Mild Cerebral Palsy, it made me realise how far I have actually come. I Was in aĀ wheelchair 11-12 years ago, doesn’t time go fast! I slowly regained strength in the bad leg and then once I had come out of the wheelchair about a year later, it was crutches and physio you name it I had it all and of course in the end they put it down to my Cerebral Palsy. Then it was 10 years this March just gone that I was registered blind so with all that happened back then to how I am now that nobody can tell that I have disabilities,Ā it makes me happy because they see me for being me. It wasn’t an easy ride and I wanted to give up many times but I was determined I wanted out of that wheelchair and I was determined I wasn’t going to let my registration of being blind get to me because there’s so much more to life.

My guide dogs have helped me in more ways than one, not just the guiding side but they have helped me build up my mobility and stamina and the strength in my arm muscles lol! And the confidence they have given me is amazing and to them I will be forever grateful. I have met wonderful people through these different challenges and now my friend is going through similar but the other way around, she sees me and my determination and that I got out of my wheelchair and she wants the same. It doesn’t always happen and it may not happen to her but she’s come a long way already in the time that she was in a wheelchair for a different reason to now not relying on it so much and also with her sight loss, just being able to help and be there for her giving her encouragement she needs I hope she will battle through this. It was extra hard leaving her behind knowing I am the only friend she used to see when I was in MK and now she doesn’t leave the house, makes me sad and I just hope she won’t go backwards now that I’m not there.

Yes our disabilities will never go away and sometimes mine are worse than other times, when you have more pain or at the end of the day I feel stiff and in pain and today more than normal with the things I did but I can’t let it stop me from enjoying life and I’m not going to let it stop me from doing things I want to do. Yes there are certain things I need help with and yes we have limitations but it’s also good to push the boundaries sometimes, yes you will probably pay for it but I believe it is all worth it, everyone knows their limitations whether it be being scared of heights or scared of water, whatever it may be everyone has their reasons but pushing the comfort zone sometimes is a good thing.

I did Snowdon nearly 2 years ago now and that was an absolute killer but I’m glad I did it when I did because I don’t know if I could do it now, seeing people who are doing it or going to do it makes me kind of think should I do it again but the pain I experienced days afterwards was honestly something I would rather not experience again even though saying that I went on a bike last year in Cornwall whilst on holiday and yes it was a bit of a disaster and after 21 miles the pain was probably worse than Snowdon and I couldn’t walk for days it was horrendous and it was the scariest thing I’ve ever done and why I did I do not know but that I am never doing again lol!

Looking back over all these things makes you realise the journey you’ve taken and how far you have come, the obstacles you’ve overcome and that’s good because we do forget as time whiles away and we think we are still in the same place we were 5 years ago but actually we are not. Even if I look back over the 3 months I have been here in Devon and over the last 6 months of this year, what I’ve done is something to look back on and be proud of but that’s something for another day.

Today brought back memories when talking to Maria and Rob and that was definitely a good thing! It was lovely seeing everyone and catching up with all that is happening all whilst the dogs had an awesome time playing on the beach šŸ™‚ Bliss