Happy new year to all! Glad you have survived all the Christmas activities & trust you have enough energy left to deal with a new years party. 2015 is hopefully going to see me doing more work with my mandolins & guitars, lots more work on the garden & railway & adding more to these pages as I come across anything of interest. Feedback is always nice to get even if it is pointing out mistake so please do let me know what you think of my efforts.
Not the mythical sea monster this time but a 2 year old german shepherd who after many months of training by Sabine Chapman & 2 weeks of very intense work under the watchful eye of GDBA's Nicola Schwarz he has now qualified to be my new guide dog. With all the formal training under my belt we will spend the next several months fine tuning the team work, Like with all guide dogs, if you see me in the area please do not touch Kraken until I say you can, he is young & still learning so both Kraken & myself will be working very hard to keep our act together.
My garden railway was open to the public again last weekend the 6 & 7 September, more people than ever before took a ride round & in the process help us raise a grand total of 290.11 for Hearing dogs for the deaf. Many thanks to all that contributed to this lovely total.
NVDA have just announced the release of version 2014.3 of their screen reading software, as always it's really worth down loading this new version - it is an amazing bit of software that does as well as many of the comercial products. If you do find it useful please do spread the word & also make a donation to keep this project going.
Just received an email from Skype announcing that they will soon be dropping their support for Symbian devices, other smart phones continue as normal. No reason was given but I suspect it must reflect the drop in sales of this OS.
I've just had the experience of trying to place an online order with Sainsbury's. A few years ago it was so simple but now it is hopeless. They even have the nerve to mention screen readers on their page but no way did they test their site with one. This is a clear example of where the DDA is being ignored - I first spoke to the Sainsbury's IT team in October 2013 & they have ignored everything I mentioned & tried to help them with. I hope that all blind folk will avoid their site & shop until they make a real effort to make the site accessible again.
Great to be able to say something nice about a shop for once, I'd like to thank the staff at Morrisons Seaford for their friendly help when I visit the store with my guide dog Trent. Even at the busiest times they manage to assist.
Thanks to John Squire I was lucky enough to get a trip to the Lynton & Barnstaple railway in his 1931 Rolls Royce to attend the lines gala weekend at the end of September. Pictured above is the car with Sid, one of the locos that was in steam for the weekend - a boys dream too, I had the chance to drive the loco for a couple of minutes! Many thanks to Tony Nicholson for the copy of the picture - my camera decided to play up at the vital moment!
Been doing lots of work on my garden railway over the last few weeks to have produced a video showing what the line looks like now, there is a new wall in the back garden with a rather attractive archway rather than the old standard gate.
Just to show the world my mum is not the only person with green fingers in this family, mind you it does help that it is the sort of plant you can forget for up to a month without the bloody thing dying on you!
Please do drop in again soon!
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