NV access are in the final stages of preparing the release of version 2017.3 of their excellent free screen reading software, I have now been using NVDA rather than Jaws for many years on all my machines. Please do give it a trial run & if you find it useful please do make a donation to NV access to keep the project going.
The garden railway was open again last weekend for vissitors on 1 & 2 July. Loads of people dropped in to play trains & in the process helped us raise £697 for Embrace who support children with additional needs & their families. Thanks to my large team of helpers who spent the 2 days rushed off their feet serving teas, cakes etc. & keeping the trains on the move. We even made it to the local paper this time:-The branch in the media
The next public weekend should be on 9 & 10 September when we will be raising funds for the young mayor of Seafords fund.Latest video of my garden railway
For those of you currently on DLA you might find the following link of interest, it's a very strange & scarey process for many, people being told that you cant be blind as you are looking at them etc. & that is from the expert assessing you for the benefit! Don't panic though, many are successful with their claim.PIP assistance
Saddly Trent my third guide dog passed away a couple of days ago, many thanks for all the kind messages from so many people, the house feels strangely empty with just myself & Kraken.
A sad day when we had to cut down thee elm in the front garden, after 80 years it fell victim to dutch elm disease so had to go, I'm looking for a replacement tree & planning some further landscaping of the area that is nowclear.
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.
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.
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 Kraken. 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!
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!
Site last amended - 17 August 2017 at 11:00