Friday, 31 December 2010

I'm back :)

HELLO ;D I've missed you all.

I've gotta confess though, I did feel quite liberated. Like I could do exactly what I wanted, and wouldn't have to tell anyone:)

I didn't cycle for 2 whole weeks because of the weather, and then when I did? My body was so decrepit, I struggled like a Beetle trying to get up off it's back!! So I had to take a child with me where ever I went, (hardly stretching my Independence) After 10 days of trying to dry my bed out, and sleeping on the settee, the insurance company have just been and removed my bed, Finns bed, an Xbox360, a Playstation and loads of other gadgetry things.

Ahhhh this guy was so lovely today, I am genuinely touched (not physically) My router arrived complete with internet password. Because I aint very supple or savy!! I asked this guy to come and set it up for me and of course I would pay him cash. As apposed to sleeping with him, as had often been the case recently.(should I say that?) moby 07963501826 was today's wonderful guy, he didn't want a penny from me, or sex!! He said it was a late Xmas Pressie, ahhhhh how nice. I think he saw me and the kids, having the furniture removed from around us. I was however in a splendid mood, because I'd just been out for lunch to this really nice wine bar, with my bruvs family and my Mum, and it was the funniest time I've had in ages,

I have been cycling to the pub, and leading a very slovenly existence, I iaint cycled to my Mums, because I don't think that I would make it, plus it would mean cycling on the pavement (?) because of my 8 year old, who hasn't done his Cycling Proficiency thing yet. I know he's confident enough, perhaps a little over confident, and I'm not sure that his hearings good enough??? He is infact wiser than me at times, talking of which, it was last New Years Day, when I gashed my leg whilst trying to go up a BMX ramp, on a recumbent trike, eeeeeek, ouch!!

I keep meaning to pick up a strip of velcros to use as a hand brake, because the inner tubes I have keep spliting?? has anyone any ideas?

New Years Resolutions? Last/this year I made 12, and kept or achieved 9, so I'm pleased with what I achieved in 2010, Oooooooooh but what were they?? I write them down in the back of my diary, and look and beat myself up for not doing owt, which I know isn't good, but I just find it interesting to see where I've been and how low I have sunk:)


Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Chrimbo xxxxxxxx


I'm waiting for my Nut Roast, at my darling bruvs who is the Jamie Oliver of the family. I've just been to Mums with the kids and it was really sad :( to leave her there to be honest, because deep down I think she knew what was going on, despite been surrounded by wrapping paper and my children, and frivolities.

I will probably not get on here too often, because I need another Router, thing is it's got to be a Sky one!! and they reckoned it would be a couple of weeks. So i'm walking round looking very glum, at the moment. What with cycling and my independence as far down :( as the temperatures.

For those who don't know the reasons??? On Tuesday, I had the M----- F* of floods

gotta go

Monday, 20 December 2010


Apologies for being quiet, but I felt a bit of a fraud talking about cycling , when I haven't actually been on Ziggy this month!!! I have done a fair bit about talking about it, but like I say I feel shy :)

I am killing 100 birds with 1 stone tomorrow am. And maybe some kind person will grit my drive? I have used an abundence of table salt, but it must be very cold, because it's not made too much difference. I ended up on my arse (such a good job I had my cycling helmet on,!!!)on Saturday night, and that was my attempt at getting Ziggy out, for a ride, to the pub. I graciously accepted a lift instead. The woman I went drinking with, has a blind sister, and they both might be into Tandam cycling??? They are gonna come to Hillsborough' open day in March.

I've been invited to sit on the 'planning board' for the vacent shops. Although I have kept trying today, to speak to s'one, and it's only for the Social Services Services, urrrrrgh if you follow? But I'm sure I can weedle Cycling and Health Champs in there, or find out who can.

As soon as I get a date for Hillsborough, everyones invited, and I'm talking nibbles of FOOD :)

Thanks to folk who were concerned about me being very quiet. I miss life :(

I'm nipping to Zest tomorrow, among other things.

My little angels are home also, but they are going to their Dads for a bit.

Supermarkets won't deliver, I will miss Pat and my Tesco bus, but I have a plan :)

Friday, 17 December 2010

Sorry Sheff Cycle group :)

Ok, ok I am a drama queen! always have been. But at 2pm yesterday, the rate the snow was falling, I had to make a decision? Did my children, need to sleep an extra night, at their Dads, or not. I decided I would be responsible, and stay home :( Little did I know, that it wasn't gonna get bad?? I do think it got pretty tretcherous on the pavements though. And I could just hear in my head other 'grown ups' saying how foolish I'd been going out. This is as I lay there with a broken ankle!! I would have done it, if i'd got someone to see me home, but I couldn't have expected that.

Hello Karen:) a fellow Health Champ, who's got the total delight of working with the folk, at Autism Plus. She phoned to ask me if I'd go and give a little talk about my blog :D. Urrrrm, I don't know what I can tell them?? But I will give it a go :)

I may have to censor bits like remember the X box guy? well I was a right sucker there (litrally???) - should I take that bit out??? I mean remove it from my blog :D, and never mention J* name again??? Apparently all his workforce got hold of my blog/facebook page :D by typing in my mobile number. And well?....Serves him right because although he absolutely swears he's single, I think not. Ey it's been a right 'rude' post? sorry.

I aint been on Ziggy, I would have risked it, but s'one had come to help me wrap presents, and I couldn't really leave her and p* off, now could I???

I'm definately going out tomorrow evening, with a friend called Sally, I've not mentioned her before, my son used to play football with hers.

And I had a month of sowing some wild oats, I'm going back to being celebate now.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Sorry :(

I met Steve MarsdenCTC to collect my award today, I will put a photo up, when s'ones just reminded me how to do it!! It's the one Dan Joyce got for publishing the best Story ever written about cycling. Well in actual fact it says on it, that it's for writing it, which he correctly said that I did :) So that's nice. It's so cool, that I get recognition, for doing s'thing that I LOVE doing. I had actually thought we were meeting to suss out the 'Vacant Shop' that we'd been told we could publisize Hillsborough in. But no it was to buy me lunch and give me my award, ahhhh how honoured I felt, a whole 2.5 hours giving Steve Cauliflower Ear!! As we sat the snow got thicker, and thicker!! I made the decision, that I wouldn't go out later :( I thought I couldn't risk not getting home or slipping on ice and ending up, with a broken leg?? What will I do, if that happens??

We discussed many of my ambitious ideas :D and after speaking wi my mate at my Mums home, about some of the residents cycling in the lovely park. (you know Millhouses Park, the one I like :)) She thought it was good, and so did Steve. So didn't I do well ?

Anyway, it's soo bloody cold out.

I spoke to my SW this morning, who was so behind me challenging 'The Panel' about my SDS. And wanted me to go for it, I had worried that it may make her look bad.

Ooh Steve's mates lending Hillsborough a Trice, I'm not sure what model though.

We called at the 'Vacant Shop' which was all locked up :(

I had so much to do, but it took me 1.5 hours to get home!!!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

An email I sent today.

I am a brain damaged person, with a low IQ (it's been diagnosed) and even I can see the solution to my problems is a spare trike. Because I actually 'GET' the thought process behind SDS, maybe because of it's simplicity. Why don't these highly trained folk get it??? Maybe I can invite them to live my life for a day. And they would see how, such a simple answer, just does exactly what they seem to swear by,(it ticks all the boxes)

I don't know why I'm bothering though, because I can't have a more genuine case, I mean I think Jeanette and Mary knew me before I learnt to cycle. And I'm sure they can see the freedom my trike has given me.

I get the impression, that you want me to forget about this bit of my Support Plan, but this is the bit thats SO obvious.

If the Panel can't understand, I'm baffled as to what they've been hearing???

I really am upset by all this, because I see the simplicity of something so fantastic as SDS, and the benefits to ALL getting absolutely trashed by a load of intellectuals who don't fuckin get the picture!!

And YES Simon, I'd love to meet everyone on Thursday night. Thanks for asking.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Richards my star!! but not man.

I think I'm some sort of dullard, my brain thingy is worst than I think!! Because again with a new track pump, I couldn't figure out how to pump my tyre, without an awful lot of air out??????? So when Richard my cleaner/handyman arrived, I asked him to show me.....durrrrr you need to take this adapter off first Caroline!! (OOoops)

So having been to Tesco, seen Pat given him a pressie and card, to say thanks for helping me this year. (its the type of thing I could use my SDS on, if I got sufficient)I returned from Tesco, hopped on Ziggy and cycled to school. Near school, there is a little cul de sac, where some builders exclaimed Wow, look at that, I bet she's a dream to ride. (And no unfortunatley, I'm way past getting comments from builders)Of course they meant my trike. I chatted for a while and offered 'John' a go, I don't know what I was thimking, but I swore blind you didn't need to remove the wheel to get the tyre off and change it!! But he has an assortment of bikes, and we stood rubbing thighs, not together or each others I may add. He offered to swap my tyre whenever I needed it, and I told him in return he could take Ziggy for a shot occasionally. But despite me giving him my card, I don't know how to get hold of him, so if you're reading this. Get in touch please. It was great seeing everyone at school I haven't been there for a while. What with the snow, and big fat lunches.

I had a number of things I needed Steve M for, so yes I phoned him b4 I forgot them all. He was extremely jovial which was really nice, and was going to speak to Kevin Maine about me when he saw him in that is a bit scary!!

Kevin? do you recall Becky Marston gave that great talk in Birmingham, about that Hospital she visited? Well I wanted to get Steve's opinion, on whether I could cycle with 2 of Mums friends who have Cerebal Palsy, if they bought their own trikes. In the lovely Millhouses Park, once or twice a week? Because there is a lovely bridge from the home into the park. I'm sure it would be really pleasant. I'm just not sure if I'd be liable or owt?? I will have a word with my mate Karen down there, now I've got the all clear.

Ey Richard fixed my daughters pc, and didn't ask anything ;0)x

Monday, 13 December 2010

X box's Pcs, SDS, and Look Again

Thanks Jonathan for fixing my boys Xbox, but my girls pc still isn't working :( After I'd paid in kind as well as giving you £50.00 ;0) Soooo rude!!

I went to a coproduction meeting on SDS, where I met up with all the extremely influentual folk, who advised me to ask the Panel, to 'Look Again' so I have done. I was only there about 1.5 hours, but I worked so hard, well for me, come on steady on!!

Am I boring, I'm going through an insecure moment, here? It's because I've dried up (tut tut) don't go there!!!!

Hey I'm thinking about becoming applying to sit on the Board of the CTC, what do folk think??? I think it might be good for the CTC, to have someone on the board, wqith a disability?? But I'm quite willing not to if anyone wants to do it instead. And I'm not sure if I'll have enough time now, because I think applications have to be in, by the end of the month.

Hi Dave, 'Bambi on Ice' springs to mind :)xx

Sunday, 12 December 2010


I really forced myself to go to town today, and I am sooooo glad I did, I knew I would be. I bought 8 pressies, for my family etc, some of those battery operated Xmas lights to put on Ziggy, diaries, Calenders etc. Ey I'm rite proud I am!!(and totally skint!!) And I've just remembered I need £50 pounds for the morning to pay for the kids pc fixing!! (ive already paid for the X box, and in hard cash not in kind)

I've been asked to go to the Co production thingy. I'm dying to know if owts been done about mt personal budget???

I loved cycling to the bus stop!! I do love my life.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Hi :\

:( 1st my wee boy's Xbox isn't repaired yet, which meant my Cauliflower eared guy, didn't visit, (he hasn't really got cauliflower ears btw)He's bringing it Monday, but I've got an SDS Co Production thingy (I Give em my pound of flesh, don't I?)at 1 though, so he'll need to be quick!! Installing it, the x box that is!! I am disappointed though I thought he was keener to return the X box!!!

Hey!! I went for a ride today for the first time in 16 days? And I know I should have pumped tyres etc, well tried, I have invested in a new track pump, for what it's worth. And wow, it felt a little weird, as if my handle bars steering were some how nearer. I expect thats them normal, and my seats been raised??? It was good to get out under my own steam, it did scare me a bit. But no suprises there!!!!!

After Xmas though ? Rob Carol, I'd pay you handsomely (well a bit?) if you could come up to recycle, and service Ziggy, and show em the ropes???? Because, although I cycled to the shops, on the flat today, the tension in the gears kept going slack???? So although she's ridable, she's not perfect. And before I've had her a year, but there is no hurry because I think I got her in March. Maybe I could ask Greenspeed for any 'exclusive' tools that she needs.

I think we may miss out on the opportunity of the shop window, to advertise Hillsborough in. Because I feel like i'm stalking Steve Marsden at the moment, sorry flower.

Becky Marstons presentation has given me a fab idea though, but I'll sit on it for a while.

Friday, 10 December 2010

I found it :)

Sent on the 14th of Oct, in my very ham/kerry fisted way.

I hesitate as I write this, because I'm not all together sure that I've got this right? But if I have could you please explain a little further to me?

In 1988 I had a disabling RTA, which did in fact leave me in a wheelchair for a number of years. I attended Rehabilitation Therapy for two and a half years, learning to walk, talk, generally function!! But after suffering such a traumatic brain injury, the residual effects, are life long, and permanent now. With this in mind, I've been given the DLA for life now. Using this money, I have in the past bought a regular 7 seater Zaphera, which my non disabled husband drove. But now he has left me, and in an effort to gain some health and independence so I can continue to take care of my 2 young children, I learnt to cycle a 3 wheeled recumbent trike.

I have become a bit of a local celebrity, being a Health Champion, a Cycle Champion with the CTC, and a member of the Inclusive Cycling Forum. I cycle the school run everyday, but yet I cannot walk more than 30yards?? And my cardio vascular has improved immensely. In fact I have not needed to see my GP for 15months.

So I'll get back to my initial query? Is it correct that I wasn't charged VAT for a car that my husband drove? But was in fact charged about £500, for trying to improve my life by cycling, a 3 wheeled recumbent trike??????

I don't mean to be confrontational, that's not my style. I am genuinely puzzled, as to why, I don't understand the logic, behind it??

Caroline, Totley.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

My long awaited reply from Mr Clegg :)

Hey, I'm sorry not to include tricycles, bicycles, and unicycles. I was being selfish, and just thinking about myself :) I just thought best to go for one thing at a time.

But I think now if everyone contacts their own MP so that when Nick Clegg looks into the matter, he doesn't think I'm alone in thinking this way.


Dear Ms Waugh

Thank you for your email of the 20th October concerning the VAT payable on recumbent trikes.

Firstly I must apologise for the delay in replying. Can I suggest that in future you use my contact details for my constituency office if you wish to write to me again as this is the most efficient route for constituents to use.

You are to be commended on your determination to remain fit and independent despite your disability. This is to say I have written to David Gauke MP, the Exchequer Secretary to ask for further information on this matter.

Yours sincerely


Nick Clegg MP

Sheffield Hallam
Office: 85 Nethergreen Road, Sheffield, S11 7EH
Tel: 0114 230 9002 Fax: 0114 230 9614

Does anyone remember me giving that guy Cauliflower ear,and he'd only come to mend my sons game console???? :D Well he came back today ;) and well we had lunch and he's very nice, well he must be to listen to me going on and on. And he's only 34!!!
Oooooooooooh and he fixed my plumbing!! No not that, I'd got a burst pipe not on my person I might add. Ooooooh he is good with his hands tho'!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, he had to take my childrens pc, and my sons game console. So watch this space :) (he's reading this!!!! Hello Jonathan)

Wednesday, 8 December 2010


Ahhh, today was so lovely, I can't say too much, but let's just say I didn't have to. My presence was large enough (bum! bum!) Hey, some might even have said, I was the elephant in the corner of the room, at the SDS co production team.

And I have in the past worked closely with a woman called Hannah Boneham, who'd been offered the opportunity to use a shut down shop space, in the city centre, to 'advertise' Social Services kinda stuff. Immediately I asked if I could bring Ziggy my trike, to advertise, what other disability service were available at Hillsborough. She had guessed, I would say that, (am I so predictable?) and thought it was a super idea, how exciting!!!!

Do you remember, I went to Birmingham for an Inclusive Cycling Forum meeting in October??? and Becky Marston did a presentation on her work???? Well I kinda thought Steve Marsden CTC, could do the same about Hillsborough, well he could:) So I've suggested it to everyone, and Yes, fingers crossed everyone thought it would be good. I do keep him on his toes!! S'one once told him he was really lucky to have me :D (v funny)

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

SDS co production panel

I know it's laughable!!! I'm sitting on the board tomorrow, I will try and be subtle!! but I don't see how my plan/budget was co produced, because they binned all my very sensible siggestions.

Monday, 6 December 2010


When you hear next Monday... Do you think this Monday, or a week on Monday? Either way, I got the shock of my life, when I happened to get an email off Steve Marsden(CTC) asking if I was ok for lunch in Endcliffe Park like we'd arranged, 'Urmm but that was for next Monday, wasn't it? I spurted excitedly, as I sat there in my PJs. Having not seen real sunlight for 8 days!!in the flesh anyway!!Anyway I slipped and skided down my path and stepped into my usual taxi, which struggled up the road my hair forming icicles because It was soaking.(i imagined it was)- humor me :D

Six of us ate massive food, some had had the pleasure of cycling and subconsciously sticking 2 fingers up at the grid locked traffic, no doubt. I miss my freedom, and I know I could not make it to my Mums, or even to the shops. Taxis weren't taking bookings so I had to get a bus into town, and one out. I set off on my return home at 2.30 and walked in the door at 4.00, fortunately my ex and Julie Andrews looked after D and F, who were delighted to see me when I walked in. But I couldn't collapse into a chair with pure relief at not ending up on my backside. I immediately had to become Foxy Lady, no not like that!!! I had to invent a Fox' costume for my lil boy, for tomorrow!! I won't bore you, but it's done!!!

I may look into doing Cycle For Health with Pam at Endcliffe, as soon as the weather allows it. Because I will miss folk.

Steve thanked us all, but shouldn't have been us thanking him?

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Postponed Xmas Lunch

I was supposed to be going to The CTCs Sheffield and North East Derbyshire's Xmas lunch today, but due to the weather, it's been postponed (is it one n or 2)I think it's 1.
So the new date is the 16th of January 2011, I much prefer celebration type things in the New Year, I know it's not the point!! But I go all maudling, at Xmas, and fret to much about everybody else, and whether their having a good time!! So lets hope for better weather by January.(I've tried 100 times to copy and paste your blog ad Barry:()

Friday, 3 December 2010

life line

It's a bit scary to admit, but cycling has become my life line? I was a bit shocked when I read it in Steves note to my SW, but he really was right!!

A woman phoned this evening and I can't for the life of me, remember her name? durrrrrrrr,but I had to email a copy of my eeeeek.....achievements like journeys to where? how far? how frequent?how it made me feel? And post them onto a guy named Paul McKenna (doesn't he bend spoons?)I think she was from Sustrans.

I feel pretty crap, I had huge battles to make my big girl go to school, 'You are the cruelist Mother!!!' she screamed, as I pushed her out the door this morning. I must admit, I wouldn'ty have gone out. But I remember :) when I were a lass (a very slim one too)we always had snow like it's been this time. And I had to walk about 3 miles uphill to Silverdale School. We never had days off!!!

My wee boys mate was round for tea, and his Mum was lovely and fetched some food and wine :)

Another friend called to see if I needed owt, which was nice because she aint been before, and she sounded keen to come to the Spit, with me and the kids :)

Do I sound desperate?

Thursday, 2 December 2010

I'm fed up, predictably

I aint really cycled properly for 6 days, and whilst I enjoyed the fact that I wasn't beating myself up about 'taking time out'. I've had enough now. I really hate the snow, It's a good job everything grinds to a halt, because I wouldn't be able to do owt because 'my little darlings' have been off all week. And they keep piling outside onto the park, playing 'Snow Angels' coming back in for Hot Chocolate, draping wet clothes on radiators around the house. Only to repeat the whole scenario an hour later. I musn't grumble, I did miss them in the peace and tranquility I experienced this afternoon.

An email Steve M sent today, lets hope it does the trick.

Hi Jenny.

I thought I would let you know why I support Caroline and should be offered every opportunity to continue cycling. Her trike is her lifeline if a break down occurs, by break down I mean it could be something as simple as a flat tyre. For a non disabled person, this takes a matter of minutes, for Caroline, I have known her persevere, at pumping a tyre for 2hrs and still not be successful. She has been on our basic maintenance course but I know the she finds it difficult to fix faults on her bike. Some of the faults could be much more complex where her trike might spend a few days in Recycle workshop, the knock on effect of Caroline not cycling, doesn't only affects her personal health and frame of mind, but affects her family too. I have spoken to her on many occasions when her trike is off the road and I know how much it affects her. After working hard to take steps forward in her independence, she is easily knocked back and looses some of her independence having to ask friends and family to meet her children from school, and give her lifts, to visit her sick Mum, instead of cycling to a bus stop, and using public transport, she has to use taxies.

I know cycling isn't the only useful community activity she does, her active 'Role Model' at The Wheels For All, cycling is crucial and very supportive, I know it inspires her as much as it does the people she comes into contact with. We as part of the CTC, went through the experience of Caroline spending 8 months choosing her present trike that the CTC helped her buy the trike, that we do know which ones 'work' for her, this is why I recommend and because of her inability to look downwards and balance issues a low riding recumbent is ideal. And the Greenspeed Anura is ideal.

I hope this helps Caroline and yourself in making the decision.


Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A Spluttering!!!

I did manage to splutter a few words this am, on Rony Robinsons show, over the telephone. I sounded a bit naff, and not very intelligent. But it was a spur of the moment thing.

I know I forgot loads of people, I'm sorry if you were one.

I have invited myself and Steve to a review of what services are important to the council, and folk like myself want to keep, and they provide good value for money.

I thought, I'd try the train to The Circle with my trike on Thursday, armed with my Gps letter. And trains from Dore looked good, I was a bit dubious about the climb, to the Circle. I thought I'd be polite and check first, and no it wouldn't be advisable for me to take my trike, because there wasn't parking for it. And it was a 'fire hazard'. Now this is from a council funded building!!! to attend a disability avent. And before anyone wants me to go to battle, I'm not.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Disability Day

Hi, feeling like a bear, who wants to stay home protecting her young at the moment. But I'm sure I will be nipping out to hunt for food, in the concrete jungle tomorrow. I do like my life to slow down intermittently, so I'm not grumbling yet.

Hope you had justice today Rob? Good day for it as well? I'm sure I heard on the news that it was 40 years today that the disability Act came into force.

Sounds like you had an interesting time Dave, let me know what I can do? As long as it doesn't involve confrontation.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

I hate Snow!!

I ventured out today on Ziggy, it wasn't as daunting as last year, when I had to reverse past a sprocket with no guard, my legs touching the very teeth that dug into my flesh. So I might not be quite as housebound, should we have a repeat of last winters big freeze. I only ventured out to fetch my wee boy, back from sledging, as he'd got a party to attend. Ahhhh, I just hunted out a pic of my leg, that could have quite easily been mistaken for another part of my anatomy ;)Luckily I hadn't got far in the snow, when my boy came home, but turning round and trying to get up the gradual incline prooved tricky.

Steve and Andy are coming with their huge choppers tomorrow.

I'm ok for Monday Dave, to come with you,to see the Station Manager, we could get the 11.53am in, but I will need to get the 1414 back to Dore. As long as the weather looks ok, because I don't wanna be stranded in town, should the kids get sent home, and Happy Birthday for tomorrow. x

Friday, 26 November 2010

Where I'm at :( not a good place

I do so much for the SDS team!!! I have become an embassador, and trainer, but no more!!!!

I spoke to Steve, well sobbed down the phone, before I sent him this copying my social worker in. (Im deciding whether to send it to the Manager of SDS, who I'm really fond of and her me????)

My request for a new trike, has been seen as an extravagant solution. I know it's not your fault Jenny I'm just including you, so you can see where I'm at.

I wish I could mend Ziggy (my trike) myself. I don't feel fab, having to reveal to the world just how inept I am. When asking for someone to come and pump my tyre, or fix the brake. My children repaired her the other day. But I cant!!

Of course, when I ask a Mum, to watch Finn home, because I can't cycle to school because I can't fix Ziggy. Or if they could do me a favor, and bring me a pint of Milk. I missed a vital flu jab the other week, because I had a puncture, which could have had serious implications. But because I rewarded someone, with a bottle of cheap bubbly for changing my tyre, the following week. I was able to cycle to the drs, have my jab. Go to 'Recycle', have a meeting about the 'Innovation Fund', leave my trike overnight. Pick her up in a taxi the following morning, on my way to Hillsborough Inclusive Cycling.

Above are the non selfish reasons why I need a spare trike, If I'm being selfish, I would say it's because I LOVE cycling, and being awake, and alert. It keeps me involved with the progress of folk at Autism Plus, who I see every week at Hillsbro' . My work there was recently valued, by a national panel as being the most pride worthy in Yorkshire, of it's kind. Do you think, I'm proud of admitting I can't change a tyre? Or having to plea for everyone's assistance with my kids, because I can't cope? Which is how I feel, when I can't just go to school, at the drop of a hat, because one of my children is ill. And I can't walk there, but gi me 3 wheels, and I can beat any walker/runner. Me without wheels, even for 48 hours, it's like an able bodied person losing their legs for 48 hours!! Yes I'm sure they wouldn't die, but it's just too cruel, and totally avoidable.

Then there is my Mum, who was so made up last week, because I managed extra visits because I was able to cycle there. It was great!!

Anyway, I don't really know why I'm telling you all this, because you know better than most the impact of being immobile has on so many lives now.

Believe me I have searched out alternatives, as part of my role as Welfare Officer with the Inclusive Cycling Forum. Yes there are a few bike mechanics, that do emergencies (a bit like the AA) but they don't operate, within a mile of your home. Which considering all my daily runs, are within a mile. That's no good. My local 'Bike Tree' have kind of admitted that they can't help me, if the gears break again. And It cost me £50 plus £30 taxi fare and 24hrs to take it to Recycle last time.

I must have been shown a hundred times how to do simple repairs, and I have so many cycle enthusiasts, around the country, who'll be at the end of a phone. But s'times I just want to be INDEPENDANT.

Please Can you vouch for me Steve Marsden (CTC), that 1) I have searched out and priced all sorts of cycles, to use as a spare, and in your experience of me and my capabilities, the safer option would be another Recumbent. The cheapest and most suitable is an Anura for £1195. It is sold by the same company I bought my first one from, it's the nearest and it's in Melbourne Derbyshire. They will deliver it.

Sorry it's long winded.

Thank you.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Is it too easy ?

I've cycled to my Mums/Park 4 times in 6days, pretty good going for me hey? Steve M chuckled this morning, when I told him that!! So I scorned him, and he said he was remarking on the fact that it was about a year ago that I first got the recumbent bug. And even then wouldn't go on busy roads. (I still only go on familiar ones)

OOOOOOOOOOoh I've written my support plan, which will get the ney or yey tomorrow :) but bloody hell, I found out today that my Welfare worker wants £70 a week, for doing about an hours work!! it would be the same if I needed him for 2o hours though. (I've got plans !!!)

I met the lovely Miriam, in the Park and we had lunch, I do love 'The Pudding Ladies'.

Hey m daughter aged 12, threatened to walk out of school today, because she wants to go to university. And knows I will struggle to fund it. But the main reason, she says is because I always taught her to be a 'free spirit' and say what she believes in. (Eeeeek!!! Did I say that????)

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

:D I'm beaming

The letter I picked up from my GP today.

Re Caroline Waugh

This letter is to confirm that Mrs Caroline Waugh uses her tricycle as a 'Class 1 invalid carriage' and so needs to be able to take this with her on her train journey. If you require any further information regarding this matter please do not hesitate to contact me.

Dr Stephen Moorhead

I wasn't really very optomistic about it, because I had asked via a 3rd person for this letter. But I payed £10 for it (????) And I've just read it.

I won't bore you with todays journeys, instead I'll keep the mood lightish, (steady on we're talking about the eternal spinster here)

I bumped into my gorgeous young physio, who had to have a go on Ziggy, She's a rite man magnet.

Sorry to sound so one track minded, I don't know whats up because I am in such a good mood!!!

Monday, 22 November 2010

In Demand

I spent an hour and a half, advising an old 'friend' about SDS, and my Individual Budget. He knew me, when I went about on a mobility scooter, and really scrimped having to pay for disability services out of my House hold Income. He finds the transition in my personality, truelly amazing but recognises, that it's a mixture of things that have done it.

I zoomed down to my Mums in the torrential rain, I do love cycling in the rain. I say to myself, all the time 'You nust really love cycling, to be out in this' But thing is I really do!!!

Called in to see my Mum, who was delighted, because it was a total suprize. I made all the Carers laugh, with stories of how Mum, used to boss the huge 'scarey' men about on the psychiatric ward, we used to work on.

I met David Qualter, who asked me lots of stuff around SDS Budgets, and the innovation fund. He's a keen cyclist so I let him have a wizz round the park on Ziggy.

Thing is if I'm advising the folk who deliver, the welfare support that I do need? Well it just doesn't follow? I'm telling them how to make a successfull bid, and all that?????? I'm not sure about lots of things I got all excited about, and said yes.

I did advise both guys to go on a training course, I've helped plan, and will be co delivering, in January.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Just a thought

'AnuraThe Anura is Greenspeed's first Delta trike, and we've just added one to the fleet!Our demo machine is the SL model, with Schlumpf Speed Drive, and is yellow and black as pictured here'

Would you be able to get the Moundain Drive in place of Speed drive????

Thank you 'Wait 4 Pete'

I loved it today, Ziggy was fast and reliable, too reliable for anyone to try and correct, because you'd never get an example of what she's doing wrong, if you follow?? Her pedals did spin the once, but I can't say what I was doing, but I can't have been in MD because I only need that for about 2 yards and it wasn't then. I did get stuck on a wide grass verge, whilst taking a short cut from the designated cycle path (because there is no dropped curb at the end of it) soz to bore. Memories of being wheelchair bound came rushing back as I had to turn the wheels with my hands, as I got wetter and muddier. I bet I looked funny though.

Mum was fab, the staff were fab, they're all baggying goes on my new trike, if it goes ahead :)

'Wagners' not been Oh well no great love lost there then!!

Hey I've got a meeting in Millhouses Park Cafe tomorrow, with a guy, from Leeds, he's incharge of the Health Consortium (Health Champs) and sought me out for some advice.. :)

Saturday, 20 November 2010


I think I really must get some lights, some proper ones not some of those velcros wrap around things, that are brilliant, just not powerful enough. And I must pick up one of those, £1 battery powered switch lights for my shed, it took ages tonight, unlocking stuff. Anyway, I nipped to the Mohul, for the nicest food in the world. (my daughters into Chillies!!!) and she's only 12. I met Paul there from Northern Rail.

Ziggy was super, I haven't really used the mountain drive tonight, and I forgot to give the kick plate a firm tap. I will do tomorrow, when I cycle to see Mum.

I don't think I'm seeing 'Wagner' tomorrow, He aint text me, or me him. I don't mind but why isn't he smitten ?

Friday, 19 November 2010

Invalid Carriage

I have spoken with Maggie who was wonderful as always. She has always been so supportive of me, and I have known her 22 years now. Infact she has dealt with so many legal battles, that as soon as J* left me. She sought my permission to advise my solicitor. And I'm so very pleased she did. Her advise this time, sounded a bit like passing the book, but because I know her, I know it wasn't like that when she advised me to seek a Certificate confirming that I need a Class 1 invalid carriage, (my super cool Ziggy) to show on train journeys. off my GP as he's possibly got a template for folk who use wheelchairs. But to get back if I didn't have any joy.

My SW, came this morning to 'divvy' up my money, in the form of writing how I was spending my money. Included was a new Greenspeed Anura, as a spare, so I would no longer be housebound because I'd got a puncture, although I do intend to get a new track pump, and have another go myself. Paul at Recycle said that all my tyres had tyre lining stuff already in, but they put on the stuff Rob sent, because I had asked them too.

I didn't have a lot of spare time today, and it was a bit foggy and my lights are a bit tiny!!! So I just gave Ziggy a spin to school, and onto the shops. My seat and my arse seem good and firm now :D But I still span the pedals once. I'm sorry Rob and Carol, but I think your services may be required, but maybe if I buy the Anura off you, maybe coincide delivery with a visit??? Oooooooooh I've got it all planned:D

Urrrm, I got deserved slapped wrists, fom Daisy for kissing a guy who looked like 'Wagner' (apparently) I don't think it was a compliment!! - I know she walked in on us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey, I've been reading up on becoming a public speaker :)

Thursday, 18 November 2010

'Dolly Mixtures'

Awww, I may have several chins, but I think the little boy who thought I was Susan Boyle, was so mistaken. Anyway I had to ask JR for his pic :)

Dolly Mixtures, for obvious reasons as you'll gather, I'm all of a mixture tonight.

I don't know the name of this celebrity, but everyone else seemed too.

Firstly, Paul from Recycle phoned to ask if I was picking Ziggy up. But then he went on to tell me that they were having problems with the Slufphf mountain drive. But thank goodness Carols phoned him, and he's a bit happier but it's just a case of me trying her really. I think a plan was hatched for Rob and Carol, to come to Sheffield, and show them at Recycle what to do. How amazing for folk to do that!!! I'll be on tea making duty.

Next I travelled by cab, to Hillsborough, and the room was full of CTC staff, I recognised Steve Bailey (does anyone else remember Jubilees?) Hey I didn't say it wasn't a totally random post.

I kinda got the impression that Fred, Ren, and Myself, were stifling the flow of the training, so encouraged the other 2 to move upstairs. That was where I had my first game of 'Chair Bowls' and thrashed the other 2 a number of times.

Haley phoned from Autism Plus, to say they were here at least I hadn't offended anyone yesterday by calling them Guinea Pigs (oops)

We had a really good session, lots of frivolity and I let Ian have a go on Ziggy, forgetting that earlier in the year he had tried to ride into a tree!! But he was fine :)

Awww it will be everones final week next week, so we're going to the pub for lunch, after cycling.

Then I volunteered to go swimming with them to Upperthorpe....Wow I stun myself sometimes!! But Cycling will have finished :(

Oooooooooooh then I rushed home because I'd got a date with a workie, who was bringing me a high viz jacket. Mmmmmmmmmm, on Sunday he's bringing me a fleecy hi viz. I'm so easily bought!!! ;)

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Where do I begin???

I woke to 3 text messages, all enquiring about the police car. Now were folk been neighbourly, or nosey?

I ended up telling Julie Andrews, but I haven't wanted folk gossiping, hey they do that already!!

I went to an interesting, money saving initiative training. It was basically about setting up a 'Skills Bank' with friends and family. Which I can see working for some folk, but not many folk see the skills that I offer as being very valuable. Which are things that seem to come quite naturally and that is humour, Counselling Skills, and just being nice and accepting.

Paul from Recycle phoned, I'll gi you a detailed list of what he has done, when I get it tomorrow. But he briefly said, they beieved the Slumfphf to be faulyu, and he was on about shipping it to Glasgow!!! I told him definately not, it could go to West Country Recumbent first, which I forgot to gi him Robs phone number......durrrrrr!!! But if you're reading this Rob, and you have time to phone in the morning, 01142507717. But I am going to pick her up at about 950 on my way to Hillsbrough.

I 'pulled' :D after the training day, whist standing in the rain, feeling decidedly p* off!! This worky pulled up in his van accross the road, and asked me if I was ok? I informed him I was waiting for my cab. Anyway to cut along story short I ended up jumping (yeah rite!!)in his van and blocking my escaping cab, in the church car park!!! I asked this 'Worky in the van' if he'd got a spare Hi Viz, he could gi me??? :) he told me that he'd deliver one tomorrow. So that's how he got my address and phone number and name. And he's only sent me 35 texts since this afternoon. It's all very exciting.

I'm knackered now, so off to bed to have sweet dreams about Nathan ;)x (and Ziggy of course)

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The horrid world

Skip, skip, skiiiip triiiiip!!! Wham bam, knock me down with a feather. I won't say anything on my blog, because It's too sick. But the police are coming to look at my computer, as soon as im in. And I suspect they might take it away. But as soon as I can bribe my kiddies away from theirs I'll do my blog.

Ziggy is in hospital :( But Paul at Recycle has studied the evidence and reckons she'll be ready for me to take to Hillsbro' on Thursday.

Seen Steve M about funding stuff today, and I think we appreciated what each other was on about.

Nigel Wests Boss, of The Wellbeing Consortium, contacted me and is coming to Millhouses Park to meet me next week.

Monday, 15 November 2010

My life is too complicated

I have reorganised things, I don't know how many times today. I hate to bore you with my itinerary of the day, but I'm going to.. so tough. Tomorrow my last chance this year to get my very important Flu jab, which due to my auto immune, or lack of it. Is so necessary, because the implications of me getting flu, like raging temp, siezures, and it's just too horrid. At 10.30 I'm taking Ziggy to recycle at last, and I've forwarded Dave's assessment to Paul, who's a top guy. And really looks forward to seeing Ziggy. At 10.45ish I'm having a meeting with Steve M, I don't actually know if there's much point other than keeping him informed of what's going on, regarding Steve Bailey, Dave, Kev, and myself. It's all kinda snow balling but that's what I like to see really. Then I've got to fly back maybe, to look after my wee boy whose just started with the 'Squity' tummy, 'mmmmm' nice. (supposedly for 11.30) But, if Steve M, has the van or if he's prepared to cycle Ziggy to Recycle and work (same place) and meet with me here,than that would be so cool, and take off a lot of pressure. But hey I know that's a lot of 'ifs'. Jock's Dad will just have to help out, very kindly.

I'm such a boring fart, whose a bit obsessed with imposing cycling on others, that when this Gorgeous 28 year old Doctor with the 'mmmm' Oh so nice bedside manner, text me lot's and asked if he could visit me later ;0) I said 'No the house is too untidy, and you need to come on a Sunday, I cant be spontaneous, I've got children. What a mature thing to say!!! I shock myself sometimes.

Today, I had to get a taxi to my Mums, and back costing my Individual Budget £10. I rushed back, as this guy was coming to take my wee boys Xbox, and repair it. The guy came and collected it, and left with a Cauliflower Ear after an hour, and 2 cups of tea later:D He did promise me, he would by a bike. :)

I cycled to school on Ziggy, with a greatly improved seat - of the trike ;) And do you know the pedals only span once :) so well done Dave, and thanks. But I may as well take her tomorrow, after all the rearranging that folk have done, and it's still a bit dangerous for me to ride as I'm more likely to need the mountain drive which is the spinning gear.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Thanks Rob and Dave

I watched carefully as Dave, who's a big guy struggle, to get the jammed seat off Ziggy. And then painstakingly stretch the corset 'ribbons' and retie them at my bottom (wee joke). He had brought some rim tape to go on my inner wheel rim, because it actually didn't have any, and thanks to West Country Recumbent for reading this and supplying me with some tape, perhaps that was why I'd had 3 flats in as many weeks. I gave permission, and was in fact very grateful for him taking photos, of the damage caused when the seat was rammed onto it's pins by the railway staff, on October the 23rd, but I still have only praise for Leesons attitude towards me as a woman with a disability in a strange (but lovely, honest Derek) town. If only Sheffield staff had been the same, because it was the fear, and urgency as the guard took his whistle to his lips, to give the signal for the train to depart, that caused yet more damage to be done. Thank goodness, for nice folk.

Although I could cycle to meet Steve M (CTC) in the Park tomorrow, absolutely no bother now Dave's been messing with my corset, and nipples!!! (apparently it's a bike term!!) he'll tell me owt :) But oooh it felt ever so comfortable when he'd finished!! It's a gentle incline for 3 miles to get home, and the way my cranks are spinning at times? I know it's a cop out, but I think it's a bit dangerous.

I think having shown Dave my Innovation fund literature, it's like the penny dropped at what this could mean to inclusive cycling, if different locations are doing similar things. So I really hope to get things moving. But I think, only think, I will slow down a bit on the 'gobbing off' stuff, and the promotional stuff, and concentrate on my physical health and fitness a bit....???

I am very lucky to have so much support offered, and I hope it's done because I'm nice, and not out of pity.

Friday, 12 November 2010

I am all snug

And relaxed, and lazy :) Brrrrrrr!!! it's mighty cold out there though, it's such a contrast, with central heating and dry warm air.

I've been far too busy today, oooooh I sent a reply, to East Midlands Railway, now where is it.....

To Mark Haslam, (at least I have the manners to personalize your mail)

A disappointing reply to be honest, I'm only going to sound off once, because I've wasted far too many hours reliving the 23rd of October. Not counting the expense of having my trike fixed!!Not once did you apologize for Sheffield Staffs behavior, and you clearly are blinkered, I reported to you that I had asked two separate groups of Railway staff, to telephone ahead, and let Sheffield know I was early. And anyway, shouldn't staff be nice all the time? and not need to be pre warned? Manners cost nothing.

Unfortunately I used my debit card receipt, to claim some expenses back. So that isn't in my possession anymore.I would love to say, I would know longer be traveling by train, but unfortunately I don't have the luxury/physical ability of being able to choose.

Caroline Waugh----

I deserve more from them but I doubt if I'll get it, because they know I won't rock the boat. But their behaviour that night was deplorable, and like I said, I shouldn't have to book ahead to expect courteous staff.

So busy justifying how I've blown quite a lot of money this weekend!!! and planning how Im to spend the rest, one things a cert after the depression of recent weeks and immobility, another cycle as a spare. I've been looking at folding tricycles, as I may find them a bit easier to assemble/disasemble. on a train, and I think railway staff might help, as apposed to thinking I'm some kinda boy racer. And I suppose it would be handy for when folk come to stay. But other than that, I do find them a bit wobbly!!! I cant really imagine going to see my Mum on it.

Anyway can anyone tell me why a Di Basi is £1300 and a normal folding low step one is £650???

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Yipee I love Howard :0)

At 8.30 am, Howard arrived (my kids school bike Dr) having answered one of my more direct pleas for help to Barry (Sheff CTC)....long story.

On inspection, we weren't (hark at me the expert :D) to sure that the spokes weren't too long and were sticking into the inner tube. I understand that I can get some lining tape?? But the tube was definately the right size, but tube and tyre seemed really tight. Anyway I asked Howard, if he'd accept a cheque, to which he replied 'Absolutely No Way' He'd do it for nowt. Later in conversation, he said how much he loved champagne. As it happened I'd got a bottle of that!! So that was his gift for helping me out. He checked out my track pump whilst here, and declared it broken!!! But did say I could call him whenever I needed a tyre replacing :)

I turned up at Hillsborough, in the pouring rain. Nick the Park Ranger informed me that no one was coming until 2pm (I usually come home at 2) Apparently Autism Plus, didn't want to come in the rain. It's a good job Nigel was paying expenses!! He suggested that I speak to Fred before I set off, because he is in the know? But contrary to being pissed off, I was cool I had the whole day, with a working trike!!! Even though it was pouring it down, and a bit windy, and cold. I was very happy.

I went to see my Mum, who I'd been neglecting, because I'd got my head in the clouds last week. Once there all the staff were so delighted for me, ahhhh it was really nice. I mean you lot think you've witnessed my 'ups and downs' well Karen the Manager? I've known her really well for 26 years, I worked with her, she even went to the same school, and knew of me!!! She came to my ill fated wedding, moped my tears when he left. bathed my gashed leg, when the stitches were taken out too early. But then she witnesses every little peak, because I'm always buzzing when I've cycled to see Mum. Spoke to Steve M to say lets meet in Millhouses Park on Monday, to discuss the innovation fund. He was supposed to be trimming mine and Julies bushes this weekend, ooooh and we did get excited, but due to the adverse weather he aint.

I stayed at Mums for ages, and she seemed tired, so I just held her hand :( But I left her my Pride Of Yorkshire trophy.

I plodded - cycled, on in the rain, but was very happy to do so :)

Hey Yesterdays email from EM trains??? No I don't have the tickets, I destroyed them before I'd even eaten my fish supper, I was so upset. And I'm done with it now, I sounded off, a bit. Let him know that as a disabled person I didn't feel like a valued customer, of theirs. So I'm done with it but if anyone else wants to use me as an example for ammunition, please say.

I'm happy, but I've got a meeting with my SW and my welfare worker tomorrow, eeeeek wrists slapped I think.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

a special treat, 2 entries :) He doesn't really get the point does he???

Dear Thank you for your emaiI and I was concerned to hear about the difficultiesyou had at Sheffield station. So that I can consider a goodwill gesture, I need the original tickets forour auditing process. They can be sent to our Freepost address: Freepost RSAK-GETK-BSJXCustomer RelationsEast Midlands TrainsNottinghamNG2 3DQ It will really help us if you quote the above reference number. I was concerned to hear that you feel this situation wasn't handled in anappropriate manner. Being polite to customers and treating them withrespect is vital to us, so I was particularly disappointed to hear yourcomments. We are taking your complaint seriously, as the details you have providedcertainly do not reflect the values of East Midlands Trains and thestandard of service we expect all staff to provide. I have sent a copy ofyour letter to the manager responsible for these members of staff. Theywill discuss your feedback to ensure they understand the negativeimpression they've created in this situation and ensure any appropriatetraining is given. I have passed your comments to the people who co-ordinate requests forassistance. They will try and find out what went wrong so that we can avoida similar problem happening again in the future. In this instance - it appears that you were travelling on an earlierservice than the pre-booked arrangements made with the assisted travel tea.In such instances we are reliant on the station you are travelling fromand/or the traincrew to make the your destination station aware of theamendments to your trave arrangements, so they can re-schedule yourassistance. If this is not the case my colleagues will not be aware of thechanges/immediately available at your revised arrival time. I was also concerned to hear about the problems on the journey itself. Aseach company deals with complaints or queries about its own service, I needto pass your comments on so that they can be properly addressed. So, I have passed your letter onto: Customer RelationsCross CountryCustomer RelationsCannon House18 The Priory SquareBirminghamB4 6BS08447369123 I'm sure they will be in touch with you shortly Thank you for taking the time to get in touch. Kind regards Mark HaslamCustomer Relations Officer Tel: 08457 125 678 (Option 5, then 3)Fax: 0845 6010988Email

Innovation fund :)

I often feel a tinsy bit unsupported, when I have crazy ideas, but they have usually worked out ok. After all learning to cycle, was once thought to be a crazy idea, by my peers, and family. Fourteen months ago I suggested that someone suggest me or Steve for the Feel Good Award!!!!! And Nigel, and Miriam, thought I hadn't been cycling long enough. So along with Dave they waited till this year, and I'm proud of the publicity it gained for cycling.

I had a meeting this morning with the Innovation Fund folk. I was supposed to meet them in Millhouses Park, but alas I haven't sorted my flat tyre yet. I've just priced new track pumps!!!! But I have to get one, Im sure I could manage one, eeeeek at least I do hope so??? Anyway, I was hoping that the Innovation fund would fund me to support new disabled cyclist, and just generally be positive about SDS funds and a healthy way to spend any social/keeping well/ section of cash the service user may have. But I think they have different plans, perhaps bigger and better, for Hillsborough, and the woman did say that no one could have sold her the idea better than me. Because I was living proof of the success of Inclusive Cycling.

I feel a right fat slob though now, because I aint been on Ziggy for 5 days. I hate it I miss the other Mums, at the school gates. I had to pay for a taxi back from little Tesco today :( I aint seen my Mum for a week!!

Julie called to say, I was the talk of the school in my posh frock.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

I'm too tired very random!!

*We had an appointment at the Hairdressers, at 1pm and at 1.30 my hair looked amazing, it didn't last long though. But Miriams, looked beautiful of course, and seemed to stay put. I had a manicure by a beautiful lovely woman called Sarah, who actually heard my life story, (she did ask!!) And she paid £15 for my manicure and pedicure. Bless her she even struggled wi my support socks (taking them off-me). She said it was because I'd shared my life, wi her. Awwww thank you Sarah, you made me cry.
You can actually catch the Glam me being interviewed, if you type Calendar Pride Of Britain on tonight's Calendar program. Although don't expect me to be profound, it was at the end of the evening!!

* There was about 30 candle lit tables of 10 people last night, with Silver candelabras. Each one had several buckets of ice with either bottles of red/white wine or champagne. Strictly NO soft drinks.

(I had to ask the receptionist if the man suspended from the ceiling behind was real, I thought he was David Blane?)

*I reckon every 3rd person was famous, But it wasn't appropriate to act all starry eyed all the time, so I didn't get many autographs. My feet were agony, I was crying nearly. Apart fom the 2 tables that were totally surrounded by body guards, that included Prince Charles, Lady Camilla, Nick Clegg, all the X Factor team, . Normal celebrities that I found myself tripping over were Johnathan Ross, Russel Brand, Micheal Mc intire, Barbera Windsor, Phil Mitchell, Gary Linekar, One Direction, and so many more. But to be honest I know I sound like my Grandma used too, but my shoes were agony, I so wish I'd taken my trainers!!! or maybe taken Daves advice and worn some dockers, I always used to wear my Purple Dockers, with every outfit I owned.

We stayed at the after party, party. And I felt a bit of a party pooper, because it was me that said enough is enough I wanna go to sleep, at 12.

I woke at 8.30am, and spent the next 2 hrs being violently sick whilst very much needing to sit on the toilet. Unfortunately the hand sink was a very ornate glass one, it wasn't pretty though by the time I'd finished. I slept and shivered for a while.

I've tried to rearrange my 'Innovation Fund' meeting, because I can't mend my tyre although I reckon it's my track pumps valve??? And I can't find my hand pump, although I would find it difficult wi that.

Howard the Bike Dr, who fixed Gretal, and my kids bikes at school once. Is coming to see what he can do regarding everything, at 8.30 on Thursday Morning. So will you be around Rob to answer questions?

Sunday, 7 November 2010


Sorry, about the title!!! but I really am very excited!!!

I am meeting wi Miriam, at 915am we are travelling first Class to St Pancras, we have a meeting with ITV about our P & Qs and not using language, as I do, when I get scared. Then quickie hair tarting on Park Lane, and Awards and Dinner at 5. Ooooooooooh how excited are you for me~? Especially those who've stayed wi my very long struggle to get from sitting on a tricycle to riding about 10 miles in York!!

Good news is Howard The bike Dr, is coming to have a look at Ziggy on Wednesday, he's phoning me on Tuesday night :)xxxxx

I love you all very much, xxxxx

Saturday, 6 November 2010

bubble burst.....or tyre did!!!!

Vanity got me to the hair dressers though :)

Any offers of help, much apprechiated, call me please on 07909972140.

C x


I do go on when I've been drinking s'times. I've got a head ache now, just nipping out, be back on later. I'd love to find s'one to fix Ziggy properly, Oh well not too long to wait, and then I'll get some money to have her serviced by the guys at recycle.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Talk to Me Then, xx

I'm back :)

I'm extremely happy and slightly pissed, I haven't had a drink for a week!!!! B4 anyone says owt, and f* knows how I afforded it!!! AND I'm not going to incriminate myself anymore.

I am booked into the hairdressers tomorrow, eeeeeeeey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for a bit of a colour.

I am sssssoooooo excited now, I can't believe I aint had a seizure actually, because Wow!!!!

My picture story looks really 'classy' I was a bit dubious about having My Story, and a photo of myself and Mr Marsden, on display, but hell it's of me on 'Gretal' and learning to be mobile. So Fuck, that's what I believe in spreading, so yes I am proud of it.

I really couldn't cycle on the main roads today, Ziggy is too unpredictable!! I can be gathering pace up a gentle incline and suddenly the tension will go and there will be absolutely no grip whats so ever! I had a couple of incidents where I pissed folk off today, and that was on the quiet roads, to the chemist. And then later to fetch the children, and go to book my very extragent hair colour. There's no flies on me, is there?

I really am soooo happy, my kids are ace!!!

Everyone kept saying at the shops, Oooooooh I saw you on Calandar!! And in the chemist she said ' Ooooh Ive got that pill you wanted!! (to stop my period!!!) ' I replied your e much too late, but I'll have it anyway.So I've just denitted my hair, my daughter didn't find any.

I am happy I am pissed though!!!

:) Never been happier, to see it

Metaphorically speaking, I'm like a balloon that escaped before a knot could be tied, or a full bath that's had the plug released!! Appropriatly soo I am the Catherine Wheel, that breaks free, and zips about the garden spreading spaks!!

Enough for now,

Thursday, 4 November 2010


Now 90% of my readers will say, it always boils down to that!! They - Women, don't know what it's like to be rite ill, and av flu!!! well not proper flu like us men get!! I'm not grumbling about tummy ache (just bring it on at the mo!!!) I've been extremely sensitive this morning, and reclusive, and a grumpy old fart. And I obviously have no shame!!!I had good intentions, but when it turned dark at about 1pm!!!! That was me in for the day/night.

Barry Raynor (Sheffield and North East Derbyshire, CTC) popped in as promised with my framed Personal Story. Ahhhh it's lovely, I am so grateful, because I know, that the way things are at the moment, with finances. (i couldn't even afford to pay out for my usual lift to Hillsborough today!!!) I would never have got round to it, and it would have got spoilt. It's a lovely silver frame, and I was going to hang it in the hall before, but it's too nice with its ornate silver frame. So I'm putting it next to my pc, so that when I'm doing my blog, and having my moments, as I often do????I can be reminded of just how far I've come. :) with loads of very willing help.

Oh... I arranged a meeting in Millhouses Park, with some folk who give money too innovative services, anything from £1000 - £20000, so I asked if they would fund me to recruit disabled cyclists to Hillsbro initially, because it has provided me with so much independance. Anyway, they're impressed.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010


Ey, I'm rite happy folk read my blog, a friend of mine 'Bert' who hasn't read it for about a year, just glanced yesterday. And presumed I was thinking about surgery, anyway he's just called me to tell me all about his experience. Which I've got to say, has been the first positive one I've heard about. But that's human nature to be more interested in bad news, I know it's the grusome truth :)

There were seven of us in the group today, and the object of it was to get public reaction, to what the criteria for receiving free Bariatric surgery should be, hope you follow?

I am open minded after talking to Bert because for some folk it can be 'a life saver' literally, and it can certainly help them retuern to some type of normality. Steven on the other hand today, whilst initially after having the surgery 5 years ago, and losing 9 stone, had recently put 7 of it back on.

He walked with a stick, partly because he had had to have surgery on his knees, and partly because of his weight. Oh I so wanted to help the guy, he would so benefit from some sort of cycle, very obviously for the exercise, but for his independence and general Well Being.

I soo want to help Steven, so I gave him, my card and offered to meet him at Hillsborough tomorrow, but he can't do that, but he says he might do the week after. (i hope so, but doulbt it)

But the wo,men organising it, wanted to book me for future health talks :) And I met Judy, the Chair person for arc an arthritus group, in Rotherham. And she wanted me to visit them and just talk, something that comes easily to me, I know.

I popped into see my Mum, and was so happy because I had honestly thought that she didn't understand what was happening. When infact with outstretched arms she congratulated me, as soon as I walked in. Apparently all the staff had seen it, it was great. And I think because everyone was sort of following it at the home, Mum felt right 'in on it'

I had in fact got a taxi back from the meeting so, I hadn't got Ziggy. But once home, I took Ziggy out of the shed, It's been so long - 2 days actually. I love her sooo much, why can't everyone see how good cycling could make them feel, I suppose today worked as a bit of an eye opener. I know that whilst ever I keep exercising it won't. Because Although I aint slim I do actually feel quite healthy.

Thank you everyone for dropping me a line last night, it's great this little very supportive community. Speaking of which, Paul the cycle mechanic, is coming for Ziggy whilst I'm in London. And having her for a couple of days, because my arse is only a few inches from the floor!!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010


Who am I trying to kid? When I pretend to be carefree, When I go and spend the entire grocery money on an outfit for Pride Of Britain (POB)

I had to phone the bank today, and transfer some money, the smug cashier said, ahhhhh it appears you spent over a hundred pounds at the weekend at Evans and Next, and now you haven't got enough Tesco money??? Well I burst out crying, I was truly sobbing, it was awful.

Tomorrow, I'm going to an obesity surgery group!!! I know, it sounds dramatic!! I just feel that it is almost inevitable, that I will be offered it at some point in my life. And also as a health champ I 'm interested. And I think it would be a really good group to try and get at Hillsborough Cycling. I have to be really honest and say my gut (bum bum) reaction on the thought is....I do love my food, and I'd miss it. Also if it's as life threatening as I've heard? Vanity isn't worth it, but if it got to a point where my health was seriously threatened, I'd consider maybe. Another reason for my attending tomorrow, is to maybe gain some recruits for Thursdays????I spoke to Steve about it, and he thought fab, but told me, Hillsborough was closing for winter at the end of November :( And said of a relaunch in spring, so I immediately got onto the Producer of Calendar News, and asked if they'd help publisize?? And yes He thought they would, because they had enjoyed visiting before.

So I'm in a right maudling mood :( I don't know why.. Talk to me, you know. you always make me smile. :)xx

Monday, 1 November 2010


I'm such a mass of butterflies at the moment, excitement, fear? Focused (boringly so ) I'm grinning like a Cheshire cat all the time, and the stranger in the street doesn't know why, and I just want to shake them and tell them. But supposing I get so excited, I have a 'fit' on the red carpet??? I only ever used to suffer from epilepsy when I had a period, and guess what? I'm visiting the Drs, to see if I can take something. Am I witling unnecessarily?? Supposing Miriam can't come wi me??

It's such a massive event as well?? I am tearful sometimes, when I think of the 4 years prior to me discovering cycling. And the driving force within me that helped me, and the massive comparison, between now and then. Folk say I should be very proud, but who of???? I just do what I enjoy, I'm no hero for that, it's normal....selfish even? I do hope so much, that if you're one of the folk, who deserves to feel sooo proud, because of helping me that YOU do.

I do wish so much that my Mum and Dad, could appreciate it.

Urrrrgh, the puddle underneath my sink was getting worst, you know perhaps if I was a little more observant, it would have dawned on me that it only happens when the washing machines on...durrrrr. The guy promised to come for 9.00 but he didn't actually get here at 1pm. But that was too late for me to visit my Mum. So I aint seen my Ma for nealy a week :(

Oooooooooooooooh this guy contacted me with a link to a very similar thing to Hillsborough, that takes place in London. Pedal power and kinda put them in touch with me and vise verse, thanks for that!!! Because after watching the fab video, and speaking to Steve M, and proposing the idea to Autism Plus. I think we're gonna make a video for this blog.

Another nice surprise was that Barry from Sheffield CTC is gonna make me guest of honour, at the Xmas do, this year. And when he called to tell me, he also took my mounted Story and was gonna get it covered for me as a gift. Ahhh aren't folk so lovely.

I then cycled to school, which did seem strange and hard, it's only cos I'm heavy :( I told Steve of my new objective which was to cycle to Esporta have a swim and cycle home. His reaction, was Oh ok. Not.... bloody hell that's good.

Dave darling, I think you need to alert Patrick the higher Ar key of the CTC that you had a hand in me reaching the finals of the Pride of Britain, because I don't think they appreciate that.

Mums and Dads from school, who had seen Calendar by chance on Friday, hooted and howled at me well quietly.

Sunday, 31 October 2010


We are still waiting for confirmation, about whether Marion can come with me to London, I do hope so? I don't think I could cope wi the Underground, on my own. Whether she's coming or not she took me to Meadowhall or Meadowhell, as it's fondly known. I bought a black Maxi dress and yes I know, it IS infact very Maxi. And some wide fitting shoes to wear over my sexy support socks, how attractive x

I think I've caught nits as well, from the party no doulbt, and I won't be able to have my hair done unless I rid the children and I of them.

I have missed cycling during my childrens holiday, maybe now they're back at school, I will begin to enjoy the freedom of visiting my Mum, and meeting my mates in the park :) I do sound like a wicked mother.

I must phone my new Dr bike, and see if he could take a look at Ziggy whilst I'm in London. I think the corset needs tightening, ;) and maybe he can sort the gears at the back?

I must phone 'Home serve' I've sprung a leak!!

Sorry to be dull, hey I cant win prizes everyday!!

Saturday, 30 October 2010

I'VE WON!!!!

Well, the regions any how :) And because I was sooo 'big' (personality, as well as physical) on Wednesday nights edition of Calendar. I shrank away into the seat of my cycle:) When claiming the award, going all girly and shy. Everyone seemed to know about it apart from me, it later transpired.

Nigel, Miriam, from Healthy Champs and Hailey and John from Autism Plus, I'm not sure about the service users, but Nick from the Park Rangers, was there too. I've seen the footage and the guy who sneaked up from behind, and said I'd won!! Thing is I thought I was there to film me 'winning' even if I hadn't actually won!! And I was expecting someone to be claiming £250 on 'You've been framed' And I'd just presumed the Producer and Camera man? well it was their job to be ultra nice. So I didn't scream with excitement or owt!! So sorry if I appeared all deflated because I was screaming on the inside!!!!

I'm sooo nervous, of my bubble popping and ending up all sad and lonely.

I went back to the 'Lodge' after the cycling session, and it was all talk of Parties to celebrate....??

I'm thinking about it?? It would have to be for so many folk who have worked with me over the last 18 months.

Ahhhh bless him, Steve Marsden made me cry with pride, I sank so low, 5 years ago, I cried tears of sadness then, everyday for 16 months. I love the fact that I now make him Steve cry with pride. If that follows? and I really feel like all this publicity, I am gaining thanks to Miriam. Has got to be a massively positive thing for Inclusive Cycling, and The Health Champions.

Ooooooooooh I've been asked to go on Radio Sheffield again, only this time to talk about my SDS budget, and the positive things, it has enabled me to do.

Dave Holladays calling in on his way up North, so I'm just rushing round having to make the house look a little bit tidier. We had a pink Limousine and a lot of children round for a party last night. So there's lots of balloon skins scattered about. I was relegated to the settee last night whist my children, had upstairs!!

Ahhhh one of my neighbours, Shelley. Has just sent some flowers round. :)

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Secret Squirells shhhhh !

But if you email me privately, I'll let you in on it.

C xx

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

I think it did the trick

Well the main purpose of me doing the tv thing, was to publicize being a health champ, and the Inclusive Cycling, and I did that. So despite looking like a big fat Chameleon, it was ok.

I'm back infront of the cameras tomorrow at Hillsborough, and I've only got Miriam to support me, I think. I have to pretend I've got through to the next round!! It's a bit cruel, because we all have to do it, and then they just bin off the ones they don't want.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

It is done.

I gave instructions to my cleaner/handy man, to pump me tyres up (ooooh ar) after hed repaired my pc, put clothes away vaccuumed been to Julies and re connected her to the internet. Anyhow Nigel from Health Champs fame, came to collect me, to take me to a meeting he'd got with Autism Plus, (the guys I love on a Thursday) Nigel is soooo nice and extremely kind and supportive of my actions it's ace!! I love the way he really values my opinion, which is s'thing I've had to get used to again, and kind of earn it. Since I started to cycle and met a whole new bunch of folk.

Anyway I guess youyr wondering about poor Ziggy???? Well I aint ridden her yet but, Richard did manage to inflate her tyre for me. But telephoned me asking where the metal washer thing was .....Ooooops in my bag!! So I finished the job off when I got home, (hopefully) I love her so much, and I've missed not riding :( And I nearly got up in the night because it was raining heavily, and she was shackled to the fence and not under cover!!!

It scares me that I am dependant on an inanimate object, although she's possibly more predictable than any creature.

Thank you so much for everyones kindness, and I have to say I'm not out of the dark yet, although I think Kevins hit on a reassuring idea? And I thank Derek so very much, for looking out those numbers for me.

night x

Monday, 25 October 2010

Anyone want a job?

Does anyone wanna be my Dr Bike? I need to find someone who will come to my house to fix my trike occasionally, but it must include puncture repairs. Because I've just spent 2 hrs trying to pump my tyre up!! I think Dave may have identified s'thing, but I'll have to try in the morning.

ITV have phoned and they want to come and film me at Hillsborough on Thursday. But I don't know how I can be all enthusiastic, and happy about cycling, when it's so difficult for me. And society isn't ready for disabled cyclists, it's too controversial.

I'm very fed up.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

My Letter to East Midlands

I will try to keep this brief and to the point, because to be honest, it hurts me so much inside to keep reliving the horrible experience. I was invited to attend the AGM of the 'Inclusive Cycling Forum' in my new role, as a Welfare Officer. Now because the meeting was in Birmingham, we all traveled by public transport from various parts of the UK, by public transport, to New Street. My journey plans had begun about a month previously I had phoned to book Travel Assistance, for myself and my mobility cycle. The operator, checked the dimensions of my cycle and assured me, that I could infect travel on the trains I was booked onto, without having to fold my trike. As I'm not terribly dexterous, due to disability, and my mental capacity would make it nearly impossible to reassemble, when I got off the train. I began my journey at Dore in Sheffield, and with minimal fuss, it was great!! The guard was helpful, and I had a friend at hand if needed. I will be recommending Northern Rail. Once at Midland Station, although I was approached by a couple of Platform Staff, and told not to cycle. They did indeed except the fact that it was 'my wheelchair'. And once I'd found my 'assistance', he led me through the station clearing my way.

I boarded my East Midlands Train to Birmingham, with very little fuss, as my cycle simple rolled into the Guards Van. This was fantastic, I thought, and for once, I felt at one with my fellow passengers. Not inferior, or singled out in anyway. I could look ahead instead of staring at my shoes.

I arrived at New Street and I was greeted by a fantastic guy called Leeson, who was so helpful, he had exactly the right attitude, not in the least bit patronizing, which is often a mistake, the helping services make. I told him I'd be back for the 17.30 train back to Sheffield.

My ICF meeting went well, where we discussed my forthcoming appearance on ITV and my journey to London etc.

On my return to the station, Leeson found me and realised I was in time to catch the train 30minutes earlier than the scheduled one. So I asked if he could telephone ahead to make my assistance in Sheffield aware that I was on the 1703 out of New Street. The cupboard space was not quite big enough for my cycle, and everyone was starting to flap including myself. Because the train was due to depart, with a shuv, my cycle jammed, much to my relief. I could continue my journey home. I bid my farewell to Leeson,. who I am not apportioning any blame too. When on the train, I repeated to a train guard that I would require assistance and could someone please check that they had been notfied at Sheffield, that I was in fact 30mins early.

As we pulled into Sheffield Midland Station, I pushed my way through Bradford City football supporters, who were to be my knights in shining armor . Expecting at least 1 member of staff to help me, no one did ? So once stationary I had to lean out of the train and SHOUT down the platform for some help. A member of platform staff, gave his own quick assesment of the jammed cycle, turned to me and said 'Tough, I'm not shifting that!!!, You'll have to leave it. The train needs to go' The young men who'd witnessed this, were indeed mortified. And very quickly kicked my cycle out of it's jammed position, because the train was about to leave for Edinburgh!!! with me and my cycle!!!

Once off, I asked the very reluctant platform staff if they were in fact going to take me to where I catch my Dore train please? All 3 of them turned and said 'Don't expect help from us love!!!' Crying I made my way to customer services. (with great difficulty I might add, as my cycle had been broken, in transit. The left brake, the steering, and the seating position, and a flat tyre.) all of which are repairable if you are physically capable but I'm not) At customer services, they were reluctant to help but did a little. This guy pointed me to the wrong platform to wait for my Dore train, whilst waiting I saw 'Chris' who had kept a watchful eye on me at the start of the day. I was SOOOO glad to see him. At the end of a very arduous day. It was such a shame, I have discovered that I can't be independent and spontaneous, and rely on the rail service to offer help.

Caroline Waugh

Friday, 22 October 2010

Didn't We do well ? :)

My beautiful daughter, had a Parent(s) evening last night, so I was still blissful knowing that she is top of the class (year) ? In English, with reading being her favourite past time nearly. But this morning, I woke at 3am and rather than waste lots of time tossing and turning? I had a shower, went back to bed, and that was me until ten to 9!!! The time when both my children have to be at school. So we had tears, and tantrums. But I phoned their father and asked him, if he could take her in the car, because it is actually quite a long way, also she daren't argue with him.

I cycled to meet my ex tutor, from my ICDH course, and her friend, at Millhouses Park Cafe, I nipped in to see my Mum first. And cycled on to the cafe, which is about my limit, in as far as distance. She loved Ziggy, and did several laps of the boating lake on her. :) I did take a photo, but alas I can't find it on the pc....durrrr? Hey I'm brain damaged!!

I've spoken to Chris, whose meeting me at The Bike Tree at about 10.30, because I've got to fetch some lights for on the way home. (maybe they will supply batteries which fit the last lot, but they're them watch battery type???)I've also spoken with Dave, (hi darling) Derek, Kevin and Bridgette, not that I'm just really nervous about taking Ziggy to Birmingham or owt :D I'm scared of f* up really, what with nominations flying about, and lil old me applying for an innovation fund, because I would like disabled folk to think seriously about cycling, for independence exercise and mobility. When they plan how to spend their SDS money. Talking of ?one of my needs was to be able to do more parent and kiddy things with my children, like swimming. Now the nearest swimming pool, is at Esporta, which is about 5 miles away, I reckon given time???? I could cycle there swim and cycle back!! Wow!! I may make that a goal, if I can pay for it out of my SDS. How exciting, what an accomplishment that would be!!

I returned from Millhouses Park, oooooh and I didn't have to stop for a rest either!! But saying that, I set off to meet my wee boy at school, and had to pull in twice!!! (that hill doesn't get easier!)

Guess what else I've done today???? Its a rite shocker!!! I'm booked onto a discussion group about obesity surgery. Trouble is? I really enjoy my food:( I don't want to stop enjoying it. But I have to think of my health I suppose?

I'm being a bit maudling, and grim tonight aren't I? Do you know? I can't stop frowqning, it's because I'm stressed about tomorrow I think???? I know everyone is helping, but I'm a worrier I suppose?

Sorry I will try harder to be funny tomorrow :Dxx

Thursday, 21 October 2010

I was a rite miserable git - sorry

I lay awake most of the night with thoughts of doom and gloom and everything going 'black' :(

Woke this morning, got the kids off 2 school, and I was so torn 'Should I stay or should I go' booming in my head. And at 9am, a little early, my cab arrived, he'd got a new car, and didn't know if Ziggy would fit in, with out a faff. Well I thought I'd let the taxi capacity be my decider? I have a simple value system, don't I? And I'm pleased to say, Oooooooooh she fitted snugly in the rear. (sooo rude)
So I arrived at Inclusive Cycling, the lovely Fred, Ed, Nick, and Dave Santa were there, all cheery and happy. How could I be a miserable b*???

I haven't got an asbestos mouth!! so I was last out, and Fred had already done a lap of the park, with our first group. Who I won't see again, which is sad because I will wonder occasionally what has become of individuals, I have cycled with.

Bugger!! I got a puncture!! and I am very happy to say Fred and Nick, were both keen (honest) to repair it, I was all girly, and made tea, and cut the lovely fruit cake I had provided.

Then we cycled to meet our next group Autism Plus, who always cheer me up. They were all happy to see me, One let me chase him round the court, him skipping and me cycling. :D I do love this game! Stephen honked me on Gretal, and Luke methodically peddled round the court. Whilst the others had low riders and a KMX cart.

I have had a couple of fab ideas, since I got back!! I tell you cycling is so good for getting me out of a rut. I'm too excited about them to keep quiet, so I'm going to bore you!

1) When I was at the Health Champs do on Tuesday, I noticed that Autism Plus, was on the list of associated partners. Last week the staff, had told me about a pro active health project they were doing. And I wondered today if Nigel West could help out with the promotion???? Anyway, whilst speaking with him today, he invited me to a meeting he'd got with the manager, of the group. And arranged to fetch me :)

2) Do you know I'm the forerunner and kind of good example, for Self Directed Support and how to spend it effectively? Well there's a new innovation fund for potentially business' who empower disabled folk. You can apply for anything between £1000 - £20000. Now, what with my counseling, personal experience, inclusive cycling, health champs and all important sense of humour. I think I'd be a rite good person to support 'buddy' someone writing their support plan. And maybe we could use cycling, first at Hillsbro, and then who knows??? As their physical activity. So as well as suggesting to Steve M that the CTC apply. I think I'm gonna apply, I only want £1000 pa, to cover expenses.

I noticed that no one commented last night, and it did amuse me. I'm meeting my ex college tutor for lunch tomorrow, in Millhouses cafe, so I'll get a ride out.

My gears on Ziggy are still not right, I can't wait until, I've got some extra money, from SDS to get her sorted by Recycle. Which insidently, isn't quite as much as I thought, because I received it in writing today. And it's actually £11056 pa and not 1156 a month as thought. But hey, I will be sure to use it correctly, because I love it. And want it to become the choice of all disabled folk.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Boo Hoo

The tomato/beetroot is here. ....

Ahhhh the boys/men in Guildford, are troopers. They've found 'my story' and have posted it :)

Spoke to Steve M, this am, I do love the guy, he has been such a positive person working with me always and not for me, everything has had to be my choice. But he reckons anyone could have made me succeed, because I was ripe, for the picking if you follow. But I disagree, it was his personality that was just right, from that initial phone call, when he totally gushed with enthusiasm, about my dream of cycling the school run. But I feel like I've been adopted by the CTC, because everyone has a similar attitude, it's like they all respect Steve's judgement so much, that his approval has been enough. And to be honest I think I was a bitter twisted woman, and maybe if he'd have known me, he wouldn't have taken me on?

I am so pleased to say I have become the Caroline that was. I am far happier than I was when I was a dependent wife, or lonely struggling single Mum. I admit my life isn't quite perfect, I do wonder why, if I'm as funny as folk say??? Am I on my own? Surely I can't blame my disability, in this day and age? My weight? is a BIG problem.....bum, bum!! But hey ho, I'm just feeling really sorry for myself, because after cycling to visit my Mum, doingthe school run twice, because of parents evening. (yeah notice how they don't call it PARENT evening) I'm in a rite self pitying mood arent I? The real reason, I think? ?? I spend my life telling my lil boy to pick his shoes up off the floor!! because I can't look down, this causes me to trip easily. He didn't, I Fell!!!!!!!!! Ouch!!!!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Well Mens Group :D

Today at SWFC, the health champions, new and enthused to old and 'experienced' :) Met up for a lunch. And a networking type event, where we could swap ideas, about our own projects, saying what worked and didn't etc.

I chose Active Travel, as the group I wanted to go in for the morning. And Personal Development, for my afternoon group, as I swapped chairs and tables, for the afternoon. Someone pointed me, in the direction of a table. I sat next to John Lewis. Now I've known John for about a year, but only through Health Champ meets. The group began, with this rather attractive guy, saying 'Let me Introduce myself, I've been asked to do the Well Mens Group, which will deal with problems to look out for in your own body' PARDON???? There must be some mistake!!! I looked and I was the only woman, out of a group of 10!! I screeched back my chair !!! Fortunately everyone saw the funny side!! I was the colour of the Beetroot, I'd enjoyed for lunch.

I purposely didn't say owt, because everyone there knew my story. Loads of folk said that they enjoyed this blog, which was nice to know.

Hi to Julie, who I'm very proud to say, is a total Star, and became a Health Champ, on my suggestion. She has totally bloomed in the role, and earned herself a job, with the wildlife trust. WELL DONE, it was great seeing you today xx

Hi to Jane :) You found Me!!!