For a few weeks ever four years, the British public talk about the ‘inspiring’ athletes who have overcome adversity to win us another haul of medals. And don’t get me wrong, they are inspiring. As a sports lover, who is also disabled, I like watching people I can identify with succeeding in their different disciplines. It pushes me to try harder in what I do, reminds me that I can still achieve, albeit in different directions than those I pursued as an able-bodied person.
But did you realise that some of the difficulties faced by the disabled community could be lessened? Although there is no magic wand to wave and make impairments disappear, there are two main areas which I believe hold back many people with disabilities.
1) Disabled access to leisure activities and shops
It is disappointing how many businesses deny access to disabled people simply through lack of…
However, it’s not been because nothing is happening. I’ve had a period of writer’s block, as well as things just being really busy. Which is still ongoing, so I have concentrated on photography and just simply living in the moment with my wonderful little family, taking pictures as and when I can of things that I like.
We have also been dealing with loss, which hasn’t been easy and maybe I’ll go more into that one day. But that day is not today.
Small has been busy, and we’ve had a birthday with a pokeball cake! Which quite frankly was amazing and VERY tasty from a local café. It was also very special as small’s friend who has a dairy and soya allergy could it eat it too. They both LOVED it! We had cake for breakfast too😉 Sometimes, you just have to.
Writer’s block isn’t all bad though! I now have these prints available, thanks to focusing on my camera for a bit over at DeviantArt!
So recently we have done a Butterfly garden project, which has been SO much fun to do. I bought the butterfly kit, which gives a free voucher code for Insect Lore, which then send you out a small pot for the caterpillar phase, with the caterpillars and all the food they will need, plus a paper disc for the Chrysalis phase of their metamorphosis (which does sometimes get eaten, as ours did so be ready with kitchen roll and remember they don’t always choose to hang from the top!) You can get the kits on Amazon**, Argos and some Supermarkets and online grocery stores sell them too.
For small it has been a great experience watching the different phases of the butterfly’s life cycle, learning more about nature, and retaining some knowledge of terminology to surprise us with (another word for Chrysalis is Pupa – he found that out before I did!) He also learnt that sometimes the life cycle doesn’t always go to plan. One didn’t emerge from their Chrysalis. A small strand of silk stopped it emerging and because it was so thin, we didn’t notice until the others had emerged. This lead to a discussion about what we can do differently if we do the project again, and what kind of challenges they face when they aren’t being raised by humans such as; Birds, cats etc and other dangers.
Today we released them ready for the next phase of their journey (mating), and they also let him hold them which was amazing (in fact they all of us hold them before they went on their way.) He also had the chance to take some close up shots with the camera too, which is always a bonus! He chose the music for the video (it starts a couple of minutes in) and insisted we had to add the life cycle at the end, to make sure everyone knows!