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.
The garden railway was open last weekend for the last time this year, more people than ever visited the line. At a rough guess we think the trains covered close on to 25 miles over the weekend! A really big thanks to all my helpers, Jan Daynes for all her cooking & hard work keeping everything organised, Marc Tiltman, Tom Exley, Gary ?, Grace Smith, Harvey Lock & others for helping with the trains. We raised £480 for Kidney research UK this time bringing our total so far to a very pleasing £3,546 - thank you for your generosity The next event will be in spring 2017 when we look forward to seeing you again.Latest video of my garden railway
NV access have now released version 2016.4 of its screen reader software. This version offers yet more support for windows 10, even for those using previous versions of windows it's always really worth down loading the latest release, it's an amazing bit of software that does as well as, if not better than, many of the comercial products such as Jaws. If you do find it useful please do spread the word & also make a donation to keep this very important project going.
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.
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!
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!
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