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Things I’ve loved in April | #4

April bites the dust. There were busy moments and there were quiet moments, but on the whole, April has been a good month. Although the weather could have been better. Seriously, what is with this Scottish weather? We really are experiencing every season in one day. Anyway, let’s get on with the things I’ve loved in April.

Basketball

You may have read that I went to my first basketball game this month at Emirates Arena in Glasgow. My friends at Euan’s Guide invited us along as a way of getting all the Ambassadors together for a fun meet-up. Glasgow Rocks won, beating Newcastle Eagles 63-59. I’ve only ever seen basketball on TV and movies, so my knowledge of the game was pretty non-existent. However, by the end of the game, I was getting the hang of it and ended up really enjoying the whole experience. The atmosphere inside the arena is something else. It wasn’t just the basketball game that I enjoyed though. It was the people we were with that made it a great night. Roll on the next Euan’s Guide ambassador meet up.

Glasgow Rocks and Newcastle Eagles on the basketball court at Emirates Arena Glasgow

Artist

Each month I like to have a music-related favourite whether that’s a favourite song, artist/band or gig. This month I have two music-related favourites (artist and gig). The first being my favourite artist, which is someone I’ve only recently discovered and his name is Dermot Kennedy. While on YouTube, one of his songs randomly came on and I instantly loved it. The song is called ‘Young & Free’ and it’s so good. Since hearing this song I’ve started binge listening to all his other songs.

Annual Leave

I always have a week’s annual leave off work in April. Last April we went to Vienna during my week off, but this year we didn’t plan anything major. No European city breaks just some time at home. I think that’s what my body needed. We have a busy few months ahead so I wanted to take some time and not do very much. It’s been good. I’ve enjoyed meeting my new baby niece, a stroll through a country park, a trip to IKEA and buying new plants for the garden.

Emma in her powered wheelchair strolling through Calderglen Country Park.

Blogger

The lovely Gem from ‘Gem Turner’ is my favourite blogger this month. Gem blogs about all things from fashion, makeup, her thoughts on life as well as disability. Not only is Gem absolutely lovely, she is also hilarious. I always find myself smiling and laughing when reading her posts. She has a great way of sharing her awesome sense of humour through her writing and I love it. Gem also has Brittle bones and is a wheelchair user from Yorkshire. I love reading her blog and I’m sure you will too.

A screenshot of Gem Turner blog page.

Newcastle

We were supposed to take a trip to Newcastle in February, but due to poor health, we had to abandon those plans. So we rearranged the trip for 1st April. No, it wasn’t an April’s Fools. We genuinely went that day. Newcastle is only about 2.5 hours from where we live, so it isn’t too far of a drive. There wasn’t much on our agenda other than to stay at Staybridge Suites Newcastle and maybe do something touristy before heading home the following day. It was a really relaxing, chilled out trip and Staybridge Suites Newcastle was fantastic. Loved everything about it from start to finish including the incredible pizza from BoHo Vegan Pizza Co.

Emma eating vegan pizza in her accessible suite at Staybridge Suites Newcastle.

Gig

You may know that I’m a big fan of the TV show, Nashville. A few years ago we travelled down to Bristol to see Nashville in Concert and then last year I saw them again in Glasgow. So when they announced their Farewell tour was coming back to Glasgow I wanted to get my hands on some tickets. Unfortunately, all the accessible tickets for their Glasgow show at SSE Hydro sold out. I thought fair enough, I’ve been lucky to have seen them twice already, but I still really wanted to go. Then a few days before the show, my friend Ryan asked if I’d like his tickets as he was no longer able to go. I couldn’t believe it! Ryan dropped the tickets off to me the morning of the show and I was so excited. I love acts of kindness and I hope Ryan knows how much I appreciate it.

Nashville in Concert at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow. Farewell tour.

Cafe

Last week we went to one of our local cafes for some lunch during my time off work. We don’t go to cafes very often, but the last time we went to Pots we loved it so wanted to go back again. It has a vegan menu with lots of tasty options as well as vegan cakes. I went for the haggis, chilli and cheese toastie. It was delicious and all vegan. Apart from the great food, the other reason we love Pots is the lovely staff. They are so friendly and welcoming. If you are ever in the Falkirk area, pop in, you won’t be disappointed.

Vegan lunch at Pots Cafe. The vegan haggis, chilli and cheese toastie served with a side salad and vegan coleslaw.

Day Out

As always I try to share at least one of our days out with my nephew. This month we went to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow. We’ve taken my nephew here at least once a year since he was born. There is a life-sized Elvis status in the museum that we get him to stand beside for a photo. It’s a good way of comparing how much he has grown since the previous year. This time he was really excited that my Mum was coming along with us because he could show her around as it was my Mum’s first time visiting the museum. He enjoyed being the museum tour guide for the afternoon. We then headed to one of our favourite restaurants, Bella Italia, for dinner.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

What have you been loving this month?

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You might also enjoy:
Things I’ve loved in January | #1
Things I’ve loved in February | #2
Things I’ve loved in March | #3

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