Went to my good friend Mike gold's 50th a few days ago & Jan managed to catch this picture of St. Paul's church Chigwell - hope you like it.
The Blatchington branch railway was open again last weekend, loads of people & nice weather helped to make a really fun weekend which also saw us giving the Kent, Surrey & Sussex air ambulance a £370 boost to their funds - thanks for your support & see you in spring 2016 for the next event.
Pleased to report that all 3 of my PC's are now running Windows 10 with NVDA 2015.4 successfully. I'm doing all the same work as I did with older versions & have had no major problems so far infact it overal seems faster. The new Edge browser still does not want to play the game properly yet with NVDA but I use Firefox anyway so it's not a big problem.
Damb the weather! Saturday perfect but Sunday a near washout only a few trains managed to run. Nice to see many new faces coming along to enjoy the trains. Thanks to the help of Jan Daynes, Jacqui Thorne, Marc Tiltman & others we managed to raise £120 for Women without roofs in Nepal & seemed to put a smile on the faces of people of all ages. Our next public event will be hopefully on 5 & 6 September where we will be playing trains & raising money for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex air ambulance, see you then!
NV access have just released version 2015.4 of its screen reader software. This version offers some further support for windows 10, even for those using previous versions of windows it's always really worth down loading the latest version, it's an amazing bit of software that does as well as, if not better than, many of the comercial products. If you do find it useful please do spread the word & also make a donation to keep this very important project going.
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.
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 so 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 was 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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