This months ‘Things I’ve loved’ post is a little later than usual. I usually like to have it posted on the last day of the month, but for the first time since I started this little series, I’ve not managed to have it ready in time. The days leading up to the end of the month were pretty hectic and on the last day of the month, we actually flew to Amsterdam. So here we go with the things I’ve loved in May, just a few days later.
Lunch in The City
I’ve been wanting to try more vegan restaurants in Glasgow and Mono has been on my list for a while now. So it was great to be able to go for lunch a few weeks ago with our friend Ryan. The weather was amazing so we sat outside and soaked up the sunshine. Maybe a little too much as my arms became a lovely shade of red and now I have the most ridiculous tanned arms. Tan lines and all. It was such a great day though and it’s always fun catching up with Ryan. I got the beetroot falafel burger and it was so good.
Edinburgh Airport Event
Last week I was invited along to Edinburgh Airport with Spinal Injuries Scotland for a tour of the airport. We provided feedback on our experience as wheelchair users from the moment we arrived, special assistance, check-in, security, departures, immigration and baggage reclaim/arrivals. We also got to meet the team involved in accessibility, PRM and special assistance at Edinburgh Airport. Although Edinburgh is my closest and most used airport, I still found it interesting to hear and learn about all the new things happening at Edinburgh Airport for passengers with disabilities such as the wheelAIR trial. A few days after this tour I actually flew from Edinburgh Airport to Amsterdam and got to experience it for real once again. I will have a blog post about my experience coming soon.
Birthday Celebrations & Traditions
Every year we take our nephew at Five Sister’s Zoo around his birthday. We’ve done it since his first birthday so it’s sort of a tradition we’ve started and hope to continue until he is too cool to hang out with us. This year we visited the day before his birthday and the weather was pretty good for us. We enjoyed a picnic lunch while watching the monkeys before visiting the rest of the animals. What we like about Five Sister’s Zoo is that it has rescue animals with all sorts of terrible backgrounds being rescued. My nephew decided he was in charge of taking the photos that day so he had a great time with my phone and snapped everything he seen including our legs and feet while he was getting a ride on my lap. On his actual birthday, we enjoyed an afternoon party at his house where my Mum put on a great buffet for us all and afterwards we spent time together in the sunshine in the garden while he had a great time playing.
One of the things I love about being part of the disabled blogger community is the people I’ve met and connected with over the years. Fi from Life Of An Ambitious Turtle is a fantastic disabled parenting blogger and I’m thrilled she has become a great friend too. Fi lives in Bolton with her partner and two adorable little girls. Blogging about everything parent related from baby products/gadgets that help disabled parents, adaptive baby clothes and accessories as well as helping spread the importance of campaigns such as Changing Places Campaign #FitToBurst. I also know Fi through both of us being Muscular Dystrophy Trailblazers and co-running a blogger workshop at last years Trailblazers Scottish conference in Glasgow. I highly recommend you check out her blog and follow her on social media.
I’ve been a fan of Maggie Rogers for a while now, but recently I’ve been listening to her quite a lot. I’m especially loving her song called Fallingwater at the moment. Her voice is incredibly calming and I could listen to her all day.
We went to Manchester to see Ray LaMontagne at the O2 Apollo and stayed in the Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre. It was our first time at this hotel and I recommend it if you’re after a stylish, central hotel with great accessibility. We enjoyed spending time in our wheelchair accessible suite with the lounge and bedroom separate as well as a large, spacious bathroom with roll-in shower and bath. The service and food were also brilliant so I would definitely return to this hotel again.
May has gone by in a flash. It’s been a good month with birthday celebrations, family get-togethers/days out and travelling. What have you loved this month?