2016 In Review

It’s that time once again for the anual year in review post. It seems to have come around quickly this year. It’s been another busy year for me life wise, but i’m afraid i’ve neglected the blog again and haven’t written for a while. I do mean to blog, but i never get round to it. So in no particular order, here is my year and some of the things i’ve got up to.

The year started with the art class i’m part of having an exhibition in the Ulster Hall. The theme for this was the natural world. We made plaster paris tiles and canvases for it. For the plaster paris tiles, i put things from shells and pine cones, to an imprint of a crows skull that my sister had ordered online for photos as she likes doing photography. I thought it looked cool when i put it in the plaster. For my canvases, i made an autumn sceen and a tulip which was as if you were looking at it through a microscope so it looked bigger than what it was. It was good to get our work noticed in somewhere like the Ulster hall.

It was a relief to finally get all the legal stuff with my uncles’ house sorted. It took quite a long time, and there were a few niggly things that needed chased up and such, but in March, we could hand over the keys and be done with it. Selling a house really isn’t as easy as it sounds unfortunately.

In March, i
Abseiled down the Europa hotel
For Angel Eyes NI. It was great craic and i found it easier than abseiling off a cliff which i did at the Grit Plus residential a couple of years ago. The hotel was very smooth to go down. Unfortunately i ended up with the flu for the next week. I could feel it working on me the day of the abseil, but put it down to tiredness. I also met a youth worker i knew about 16 years ago too that day. He used to work at an organisation called the Blind Centre. I think i was about 9 or so when i went to the Blind centre.

I attended an interesting experiment at Queens’ University all about how peoples brain waves reactive when they hear audio description. You had to listen to different pieces of audio described information and your brain waves were measured. It’ll be interesting to find out the results from that.

I attended the
May Fest sports weekend
Which was run by the folks at
Vision Sports Ireland
The weekend was fantastic. From the minute i set foot in Dublin, i was made to feel welcome. Not that people up here aren’t nice, but everybody down in Dublin couldn’t do enough, i thought. They didn’t care that i had never been to their events before. From the lady on the train who helped me get to my hotel, to the staff at the Maples hotel, to the lady who lived opposite the hotel and made sure i got on the right bus to go to the Alsaa, and everyone else in between. It was deffinetly a worth while weekend.

We got gas heating installed which was a bit of a hassle getting put in. It involved a lot of work to nearly every room in the house so that new pipes could be laid as we had oil heating before that. I managed to be out that day as i hate work being done, even though it needs to be. I just hate the mess and disruption it causes. Once it was all done though, it was worth it. My sister and i treated ourselves to a wooden floor in the bedroom after and got someone in to replaster the walls.

I was elected chair of the disability pannel for our health trust which i was honoured to accept. I was also asked to speak at the leadership conference for the trust in November.It was a very important conference.

I have still been just as involved with fundraising with guide dogs and campaigning too as well as still taking the minutes on the Angel Eyes Board.

There was a
Goalball taster session
Which i attended through Disability Sport Northern Ireland. I had played Goalball years ago, so it was nice to get back in to it again. There have been a couple of sessions in Derry since, but hopefully more will come to Belfast again.

I attended my first Ice hockey game and it was a brilliant experience as i’d never been to a game before.. While i wouldn’t go mad over it, it was good enough that i would possibly go to another game if the opportunity came again.

I am still parkrunning, and have completed my 93rd parkrun. I am still walking it, but i have tried a little running. I say a little, because i take it day by day as to if i will run or not and only run a tiny bit. I still am on the fence on that one.

Ushi is working well now, but we’ve had our little blips this year where she refused to go out of our estate and was lagging way behind when i tried to go for a walk. I had to bribe her with a little bit of cheese and guide dogs help to get her past that stage. It did worry me though given how sudden it was and her age. She will be 8 in February, so i have spoken to guide dogs about her. I want to work her and transition smoothly to a new dog, but as i said to guide dogs, she is working well at the minute, but i want to make sure i am doing the right thing by her and am not sure how to proceed. We’ll just keep an eye on her but thankfully we are blip free and working well at the minute.

I recently got back in to Yoga after not going for nearly 2 years. I didn’t mind doing the yoga up in Belfast, but i usually had to leave around 4 to get the 5 train to get something to eat, then get the bus round to the yoga studio. The yoga started at 8 and finished at half 9 so i wasn’t home until gone half 11 as the last train home is at 20 to 11. The woman who taught the yoga was brilliant, but it was such an effort to go each week that the motivation started to wane a little. About a month after i got rid of my yoga bag and mat as i thought i wouldn’t go again since i hadn’t in 2 years, i went to a yoga class in Rasharkin as part of a community day and wondered if there was a yoga class in Ballymena i could go to. Thankfully i found a class about 20 minutes walk away which means i can leave at half 6 and be home for about half 8. Again the teacher is brilliant at explaining things and i’m glad i have got back in to it again.

Unfortunately the earphone jack on my ipad mini stopped working after 3 years of having it. Since i use my ipad to take minutes of meetings and such, i figured it wouldn’t be good if i didn’t have earphones. So my sister has my old ipad as it still works apart from that and i have a new one. I had to get a new keyboard though as the ipad fell out of my old one since i had a thicker screen protector on it.

All in all, it’s been a good year. I have no plans for next year at all, but i hope it’s as busy as this year has been. I never make plans for the year, i just see what happens. I hope everybody has a happy new year and i look forward to next year 🙂 thank you all for reading as always.

“Our Country Nurse” By Sarah & Amy Beeson

I was browsing through the hashtag for
The Archers
On Twitter, when i discovered
An audio sample of the book
Ther person reading the sample is the sister of one of the actors in The Archers, hence it being posted on the hashtag.

Our Country Nurse is all about a health visitor who has come to work in a little village called Totly in Kent. The book is not just a dull account of her life there, rather it deals with many issues such as poverty and emigration. The book is very fast paced, and you can’t help imagining being in Sarahs’ shoes as she deals with many new mums and babies. The way the book is written, it almost feels fictional but it is Sarahs’ real life experiences. I found myself getting carried along and wishing somehow that i could have had a health visitor like Sarah as she appears so kind and is probably what the mothers need to hear and that they are doing just fine. It is easy to imagine you are in fact one of the mothers being helped by Sarah.

I was delighted when i discovered that Sarah has also written another book, “The New Arrival” which i can’t wait to start reading.

You can buy the books, as well as read some advice if you are a mother with a new baby on
Sarahs’ Website
As well as on Amazon and on Ibooks on IOS.

I can’t wait to get stuck in to the next one :).

My First Ice Hockey Game

I’m not long back from my first ice hockey game.

A couple of weeks ago, Ushi’s puppywalker messaged me to tell me that she was coming over in a couple of weeks and would i like to meet up. Her partner was playing in an ice hockey game so that was why they were mainly coming over. Of course i said yes. She said that i was welcome to join her at the ice hockey game if i wanted as they had a free ticket going spare. I wasn’t sure about going at first because i didn’t think i would get much out of it. The last time i was offered to go to an ice hockey game was at a youth club i used to go to but i declined that time. This time though, i thought “what have i got to lose?””. The game was against the
Belfast Giants
And the
Braehead Clan
Who were a scottish team.

Once i had decided that i would go to the game, i emailed the
SSE Areena
To see if they offered some kind of audio description or at least an audio comentry so i could follow the game. When i emailed, they weren’t sure, but offered to look in to it for me. They soon got back to me and explained that they had no audio description, but could offer me a link to the live comentry for their web cast service which would link in to a hearing loop system. They also alerted me to the fact that the arreena used pyro tecnics at the start of the game and that they would be happy to have Ushi should i need to have her leave the arreena and bring her back in at a suitable time. I was mulling this over and decided just to play it by ear and see how she went.

So today i first of all went and did my parkrun, before eventually leaving and getting the 2 o’clock train up to Belfast. I got the bus up to Station street, where Ushi’s puppywalker and her friend met me before we all walked to the areena. We first of all went to Pizza hut to grab something to eat. Lots of pictures were taken of Ushi by her puppywalker. I had last visited Ushi about 3 years ago so she was deffinetly glad to see Ushi. Ushi however was not in a posing mood. Once we were all fed and watered, we took Ushi for a busy where she decided to show off and roll around the grass a few times like a total loon. More pictures were taken which i did not mind at all.

We hung around outside until the areena opened their doors at 6 o’clock for the 7 o’clock game. The event manager of the areena met us, and told us that they had reserved disabled seats as they didn’t want Ushi getting trampled on during the game. They advised us of the pyro tecnics again and showed me how to work the hearing loop system. This was like a tiny little match box with a volume control which was also the on/off switch. I was given a spare in case the first one didn’t work and a pair of headphones. They had told me that they had never had a visually person request a comentry, so weren’t sure how useful it would be. They also advised us that because the Braehead Clan were running a little bit late, the game wouldn’t start until half 7. We were left to our own devices for a while until the game started. I fed Ushi while i was waiting since i knew there was grass outside.

There was music being blasted out across the ice rink, before the ice hockey teams came on to warm up and practice a little. Details were also given about a raffle to win a signed jurzy from one of the players, and tickets were being sold called 50 50 tickets. This was where whoever baught one of these tickets was put in to a draw at the end of the game to win all of the money that was made from selling the tickets. It was split half between the areena and the person who won it. Warnings were also given about the use of pyro tecnics.

The pyro tecnics vidio came on and everything was grand until there were two huge bangs that sounded like huge fireworks. Ushi found this quite hard and started trembling so her puppywalker took her out for me. I’m not sure if the firework sounds scared her though as shortly after she was brought in again she started shaking again. We quickly discovered she was in desperate need of a loo break so were wondering if it was that and not the sounds at all. After that was taken care of, she slept for most of the game. She did appear to get a little cold at times though.

The game is split in to 3 20 minute periods. In between, the players would get a chance to stretch etc before coming back on to the ice. The ice also had to be re surfaced after each 20 minute session. I must say the audio comentry was fantastic. I was able to follow exactly what was going on at every point. The music was a bit loud when goals were scored, but i just adjusted the volume a little. The quality was very professional. I didn’t understand some parts, but got the main jist of it. I pointed out to the areena that since they use this for hearing loops anyway, they should offer it out to visually impaired people. The game needed no further describing. You certainly get carried along with the atmosphere of the game. The sport itself seems quite violent, with quite a few penalties just in the first 20 minutes. There was also a fight that broke out between the players in the last half. The crowd really enjoyed themselves too, supporting whichever team was scoring. There was also a drum that was being beaten each time the crowd chanted for a team. The players also did fun things like jumping on the ice and things once their 20 minutes were over before returning propperly to the game after each session. There was also pizzas being given to random people and random subways being given out too. They passed us by though lol.

I would like to thank Ushi’s puppywalker for inviting me to the game. I think i would attend another. I would also like to thank the SSE Areena for being so acomidating, not only with the comentry, but also with checking regularly on Ushi and making sure we were all comfortable.

It was deffinetly a good experience, and i plan to go again just for the craic :).

Oh and the score was 4 2 to the Braehead Clan which was the team that Ushi’s puppywalkers’ partner played for.

Goalball Taster Session

On Saturday, i took part in a Goalball session organised by
Disability sport Northern Ireland.
Goalball is a sport where 3 people play. They are all blindfolded and you have to try and stop the ball from going in to the other persons goal. It can be very fast paced and gets very competitive.

I had played Goalball years ago as a taster session in Ballymena, but it was only held once and there wasn’t much interest. I was delighted when i got an email from Disability sports telling me that it was on and signed up straight away for it. I mentioned the session at one of our branch meetings for the fundraising branch, and a couple of people were interested, so we decided to all go along together to see what it was like.

So on Saturday morning, all 3 of us plus two dogs piled on to the 8 o’clock train from Ballymena as the session was in Belfast. It didn’t start until 2 o’clock, so we had a chance to grab a cuppa before we got the bus to the community centre where the session was to be held.

When we arrived, we met the two ladies from Disability Sport, plus two teachers who taught special needs children, plus two people who had came over from England. One was a coach from
Goalball UK
Who are the governing body for Goalball across the UK, and a guy who had played as a professional. There were two other ladies there too. We were also shown a place where the dogs could spend if they wished too. We were then given brand new knee pads and elbow pads which had been purchased by Disability Sports. They felt very odd on. I had to get smaller elbow pads though as the first ones were too big for my arms and they were worried they’d keep sliding about. We then found a place to tie the dogs before making a circle in the middle of the floor. We had to pass the ball to each other saying our names first and getting faster and faster, before having to say the persons name who was beside us, and stopping the ball from going in between our legs. We had to make our legs wide like a gate, while someone roled the ball along the floor. A person had to then run round the outside of the circle before the ball got around the circle.

It was then on to some propper goalball. We had to get down on our knees for this one. There was string taped across the floor to measure outa 9 metre courte and to orientate the players as to where there were on the courte. Each goalball courte is 9 metres. The people with no vision were then given blind folds so that everyone was on a level playing field. We then had to practice getting in to what was known as the defensive possition. This is where you lie on the floor to create a barier and to stop the ball from going in to the other teams goal by taking up as much of the floor as you possibly could. We were using a softer ball which was like a bowling ball with holes in it. It still rattled like a normal ball though. We also learnt how to shoot the ball from standing too. Each team played two games altogether.

The session was fantastic craic. When it was being explained, it sounded more complicated than it was meant to be, but once you got in to playing, you just had to go with it. It was certainly quite warm by the time we had finished. I would like to thank Goalball UK for coaching us, and i hope it takes off over here. The dogs were certainly very excited about seeing the ball, but i’m sure once they got used to it, they would have been grand.

I really did enjoy it and can’t wait to play some more. Hopefully it won’t be long until the next session. I don’t know if i would want to play competitively, but i really did enjoy it.

May Fest Final Day

Yesterday morning was a very tired morning for both of us since we’d been up chatting for half the night before. I had a full irish breakfast this morning. Well Sausage, egg and toast lol. We just hung around the room until about 1 o’clock when i checked out and headed to Yoostan station where we were meeting for a 6 mile walk. I was in two minds about going on the walk though as it was meant to pour all day and i didn’t have my Wellies, and Ushi had worked pretty hard over the past couple of days. I decided to give the walk a go anyway and see how we got on.

At about a quarter to 2, everyone else who were going to do the walk joined us. There were about 13 of us altogether. First of all, everyone was paired with a guide who needed one. I said that Ushi and i would just walk along behind as long as someone told us which direction to turn when the time came. I explained that i would need a guide when Ushi was free running though and they said that was grand. Unfortunately, i should have left my bags at the Maples, but i thought that because i had checked out, i couldn’t do that. We were all given bottles of water and off we set.

We walked from Yoostan station along to Feenix park, where Ushi had a lovely free run while we were there. We then went down past Ashtown train station where we checked to see if anyone was joining us from there to do a shorter route, but nobody seemed to be there. We stopped off at a little pub called the Halfway house for a loo break and water for Ushi. We then carried on and eventually ended up at the National Counscil for the blinds head quarters where a nice spread of sandwiches and tea was put on for us. The walk was about 6 miles altogether. I’m glad i went in the end and Ushi was up for it too which was good.

Unfortunately it was time for home after that. I headed off in a taxi to Connolly again and was put on the Enterprize back to Belfast.

I was so glad i decided to go down to May fest in the end. I found people were extremely friendly. Dublin seems like a very nice city to get around. Everything seemed pretty central. They have an extremely good public transport system. Plus people seem to give you sensible directions to anywhere. People seem very guide dog aware too. I had just the right amount of help, without being over the top. Even at the Maples, i was offered just the right amount of help.

I would like to thank everyone for such a fantastic time. I have exchanged my details with people and hopefully we can keep in touch. I may be back next year 🙂 i wished i’d stayed for an extra day, but i had a meeting to go to, so had to come home last night. I can’t wait for next year :). Who knows, i may have more adventures down in Dublin.

May Fest Games

I was too tired to write yesterdays post, so i’m writing it today.

Yesterday we weren’t needed until around 12, so after breakfast, we had a very lazy, chilled morning. I left the hotel at around 11 to head in to Drumcondra where i would get the bus. The hotel gave me clear simple directions which were so helpful. A lovely woman saw me and walked down to make sure i got on the right bus which was very nice of her.

We got the bus out to
Which stands for “Air Lingus sports and athlettics association”. The bus was a talking one too wwhich was cool. The announcements were in Irish and English but they were very quiet. Thankfully, the driver told me when i was coming up to my stop. The folks at Vision Sports had written out clear directions from the bus stop over to Alsaa. I love directions you can follow, rather than what i call silly directions which only end up confusing you.

When we arrived at Alsaa, we had to go up stairs first to register. We then had to go back down stairs where the sports were taking place. Unfortunately, there was a partially sighted footzall tournament taking place in the hall too, so it was rather noisy.

First of all, i tried the indoor rowing machine. The coach who was from the Irish Indoor Rowing association i think, was fantastic and explained everything to me. I had been canooing in the past, but i had never tried indoor rowing. Once i got in to my rythm, i found it very easy to row. I rowed for 10 minutes and rowed 1200 metres in 3 minutes and 21 seconds i think. It was great fun.

Next, i moved on to VI tennis. This was being hosted by the irish tennis association. There were two coaches over from England as it was the first time VI tennis had come to Ireland. Apparently, there is talk of it coming to the North, and my details were taken as i was interested. As i had never played Tennis before, i was shown everything from scratch. The balls in VI Tennis are bigger than normal Tennis balls, and are spongy. They have a rattle in them. The rackets are the same, but the ball is allowed to bounce up to 3 times in VI /tennis. I didn’t realise Tennis was so active as you have to move around to hear the ball. It was hard to hear because of everything else going on, but we did the best we could.

Unfortunately just as i was getting in to my groove, the president of Ireland came in so we had to hold play. There were a few speeches and the president got to see some of the sports. He was very softly spoken and spoke a lot in Irish so it was hard to understand him at times.

After all the speeches and the formalities, the president left, and we all went up stairs for lunch. The Alsaa had given us vouchers to use which was good. I was dying to get back to the Tennis lol. I really enjoyed it.

After lunch, it was back to the sports. I asked if i could play the tennis again. I would deffinetly be interested in doing this if it comes to the north. It was such a fun sport.

Next, it was on to the Goalball. Goal ball is where you are blind folded and you have to stop the ball going in to the other teams goal. You have 3 players in each team. Unfortunately, i came in on the end of it, so didn’t get to do it. I tried it once years ago, but it hasn’t really taken off here.

We waited around for a bit before playing the final sport, which was Tug Of War. I didn’t even know such a sport existed lol! This was being run by the Irish Tug of War association. There is a huge thick rope. You are in teams of 4 and you have to pull the rope against the other team until you reach a blue mark on the floor i think. It was surprisingly hard as one team were pulling one way, and the other team were pulling the other. There was an ankor who had the rope attached to them from the association on each team too.

Prizes were presented after this, and our team won a medal in the tug of war which was cool. Some of the girls in our team wanted a shower so we had to go down a whole maze of corridors to find them lol. There was a private bus taking a lot of us back to the Maples since we were having a do there, but it didn’t hang around for long, so we had to wait and get a lift back with the Footzall people. They were partially sighted and there were teams from Austria, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. They had to come back today for the second day of their tournament.

When we eventually arrived back at the Maples, two of the girls went up to my room to put on their makeup. I needed to get changed in to my fancy stuff too. It was rather a tight squeeze getting us all in to my tiny room lol. The other guide dog who was there found Ushi’s squeaky hedgehog, so Ushi was most put out. Once we were all ready, we headed down to the function room where are do was to be held. We had to lock one of the girls in the bathroom as there wasn’t enough room to get us all out of my room with the two doors being open.

For Dinner, i had vegetable soup for starters, Turkey and ham for the main, and Perfitta rolls again for dessert. We also had tea and coffee. During our tea, a raffle was drawn where people could win a number of prizes, including a signed rugby joursey.

After dinner, it was time for the boogying to start. Unfortunately the music that the dj picked, was more for a country and western concert, which didn’t suit a lot of people and they opted to go to the bar section of the hotel. It was still good craic though. The three of us girls didn’t get to bed until after 3, as we were chatting and having such a good time. The other girls collected their stuff from my room before heading home. It was such a brilliant night.

I think the sports were extremely well organised and i met some people i knew from school and such which was cool.

I will write my final day tomorrow as the late night is catching up to me.

May Fest Talk Fest

Today was the first official day of the May Fest weekend, but the second day for me.

When i first got up, i fed Ushi and discovered that the church was open even after 9 o’clock. So hopefully that means there is grass if i’m stuck and Ushi needs out later than 9 o’clock. The receptionis said they could even walk out with me to the grass if it’s quite late if i need them to which is good.

I had a bowl of Porridge and a yogurt for breakfast. The restraunt was lovely and quiet at that time of the morning which was kind of nice. I was off on the scrounge after breakfast though, as i had forgotten to pack toothpaste. There is always something you forget though when you’re going away. Thankfully the room next door were happy to lend me a squeeze.

I got a taxi from the hotel to
Child Vision
Where the sports conference i wanted to attend was going to be held. I was going to walk over, but the hotel receptionists weren’t sure how safe the roads were and that. I was panicking a little though as the conference started at 10, and i was afraid of missing anything.

When i arrived, the receptionist at Child Vision rang through to the
Vision Sports Ireland
As that was where the conference was taking place. I arrived a couple of minutes late, but thankfully the conference had just started. We got registered and headed in to sit down.

First of all, we listened to the chair of Vision Sports doing an introduction to the conference and explaining the order of the day. The president of Vision Sports was then talking about his role as an eye consultant in the past and how important sports were for children. Next, there was a presentation all about Judo for visually impaired people. While people were registering, there was a demmo of the Judo going on, so there were judo mats all over the floor. This was presented by Dublin judo club. They then did a question and answer session. Next, an organisation called the Cara Centre. They were explaining about week long camps they run called Camp ability. This is only for visually impaired people. The camps start from 10 to 14, before the children can become volunteers and leaders after that. The camps are full of different activities and sports. The children also learn how to cook with camping stoves. It sounds like great fun. We have something similar at the Share centre in Fermannagh, but this is more where you can book activities and is for everyone. It’s not really a camp as such. It certainly created a lot of interest.

Next, it was a lady from The on site equesrian centre. I thought this was very cool indeed. I loved horse riding as a child, but i haven’t been in years. Child Vision caters for not only visually impaired people, but also children who have editional needs. They have quite a number of services:a pre school for 0 to 6 i think, then they have a primary school, a secondary school and a vocational school which is for 16 to 22 year olds. They also have occupational therapy, residential service where children who can stay over i presume if they live too far from the school. They also do speech therapy and have nurses to cater for the medical needs of the children. They also have the equestrian centre. They teach the children to carry buckets for the horses, as well as teaching them how to groom and look after the horses. They also teach the children how to help out in the stables. The horses are great for helping with the childrens posture and things too. I must admit, i was hoping we could have a ride, but unfortunately that wasn’t to be. I’d have loved to have been on a horse though. I’ll have to get going at some point.

Next, it was time for a coffee break before someone from the National counscel for the blind spoke about their services. Next, was a demmo of a sport called Snag golf, which is golf with sounds. It teaches children how to play, and the balls are bigger and softer than normal golf balls. There are also sounds to let the children know if they have scored or not. This was hosted by Snag Golf Ireland. Next, Parolympics Ireland were talking all about Reo and what it would be like for the athletes and things.

Next, it was something to do with Sports and funding so i kind of lost interest a little. Next, was a lady from Sport Ireland all about finding local sports for people i think.

It was lunch time after this, and we were all ready for it. We had tomato soup and sandwiches. After lunch, we were all called outside to see a demonstration of blind football from the FA and blind football Ireland. The football area is smaller than a normal pitch. There are barriers up all around to help orrientate the players. All the players are blind folded to make it a level playing field for players. The ball has ball bearings in it. The only sighted people are the refferee and the goal keeper i think. They will shout different words to the players to help them stay orientated i think. Everybody got a go after the demmo was done. It was pretty cool. One of us went in at a time and the goal was tapped so we would know where it was. It was quite cool. We only have a partially sighted football club for partially sighted people here, which is different to the blind football and it’s only for boys :(.

We headed back inside after to listen to a presentation on VI Tenis. This weekend is the first time Ireland will launch the VI tenis. This was by Tenis Ireland. The ball is big and soft, and has ball bearings in it again. I’ll get to try that out tomorrow so that’ll be interesting. Next, it was someone from the Watch club in Newery, which stands for Walking and tandom cycling and health. He was from RNIB NI so it was good to hear a familiar voice from up here. A lady from the Cork walking group was up next talking about some of the walks the group do and how they get their guides and that for the group.

Finally, it was a demmo of Table cricket. This is mainly designed for people in wheelchairs. We all got a go at this too. It was wrapping up time and thank you speeches after that.

A couple of us were looking to go back to Drumcondra to get busses and whatever, so a lady from the National counscel for the blind took us as she was heading that way anyway. We were going to get a taxi as there was me with Ushi and two cane users. The taxi for some reason was going to send a 7 seater taxi because of Ushi, so i don’t know what the craic was with that. We decided after discovering it hadn’t left the depo after about 10 minutes, that we would just walk from Child Vision to Drumcondra. The lady guided one of us, while me and the other cane user walked on our own. Plus it gave me a chance to get some toothpaste on the way lol. We got a bus to Drumcondra station, and then walked to the NCBI head quarters where the others went their separate ways. The lady then walked me to where the hotel is.

The conference was very interesting, but it was a very long day. It was the first time the conference had been held so i think it went well. Ushi is wrecked the poor girl. When i got back to the hotel, i had my dinner which was a burger and chips, and then i fed Ushi. She is dreaming away on her fleece mat that i brought with me. I’ll probably head out for her last toilet break shortly i imagine.

I’ve noticed here that you are encouraged to be independent. For instance, we have been told what bus will take us to the sports events tomorrow which will be held at the ALSAA. Not only have we been told what bus to take, but how to get to the stadium and how to get to the bus stop. It is quite cool. This will be where Ushi will really come in to her own, as we’ll be getting the bus totally on our own. I’ll ask at the reception tomorrow just to make sure i’m heading in the right direction. I’m looking forward to it.

I think i will post this now and head bedward shortly. It’s been a long day.