March is here and the weather has been so mild that it has felt like near summer some days, and definitely spring. The spring flowers are in bud, the trees are starting to change colour….and hay fever has raised its sneezy head in our house! Hubby and the lovely girl both have runny noses and itchy eyes, probably from tree pollen and moulds so out with the nasal sprays and antihistamines again.
It has been a busy week – well at least for my limited world – with several consecutive nights out. I saved my spoons by doing very little during the day and had a lovely night at the theatre to see Rock of Ages, followed by a mums’ night out and being taken to dinner by the young engineer and his better half! The theatre trip was exciting as my favourite from Strictly Come Dancing, the wonderful Kevin Clifton, was appearing – not as a dancer, but as a singer. Boy can he belt out a song!! The show is very slapstick and certainly made me laugh – and I must shout out for the New Wimbledon theatre making it a very easy and accessible visit for this wheelchair user. There is a special entrance with a lift to take those with mobility difficulties directly to the stalls and this is where the wheelchair and carer spaces are. We were able to order our interval ice-cream in advance to be delivered directly to us, and the accessible toilets were huge and well equipped. How can I go from talking about the lovely Kevin from Grimsby to the loos?!
Our mums night out had been arranged and was the height of embarrassment to our 16 and 17 year old daughters who can’t understand why their mothers might possibly want to go out and socialise. We ate, drank and chatted so well – not all about the girls! – that we were the last ones in the restaurant. Speaking of restaurants, the young engineer took us to a well respected London steak establishment just off Regent Street at the weekend. We drove and used the Westminster “Park Right” app to find a blue badge parking space – parking spaces of all types have a sensor to detect if they are occupied and this connects live to the app. It worked! I’m not sure what I had expected, but finding an empty blue badge spot just off Piccadilly Circus seemed too good to be true! The staff in the steak house were all helpful with the wheelchair and even said that they would put a ramp at the steps so that I could use the disabled toilet. Everything was going so well until I got to the top of the ramp and then couldn’t open the heavy door into the toilet corridor…..oh well, they tried!
Of course since yesterday I have found myself all out of spoons and the weather changed back to cooler conditions. So a perfect day to find some interesting blog posts for you and I hope you’ll agree that there are some great reads here. Enjoy!
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