Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Princess for ME 2016

Some of you may remember I took part in this event last year and got some great photos, see,

This year I am not able to do such a big event this year, but hope to take part in a smaller way.  Last year the ME Princess group held an auction, but this is being done differently this year.  I will be making some things which I will then share on my Facebook pages and blog and people can make offers and donate to my ME Just Giving page to pay for them.  Hopefully this will help out in a small way.  I have lots of ideas, but not sure how many I will get done, although if people do show an interest it can be an ongoing thing, there is no limit to how much money can be raised or when.

Hope that people will show their support.

Check out Princess Sian's blog for more details or their Facebook page.  I know it is difficult for some people to take part or to donate money, but please consider others way of showing support such as a Twibbon on your Facebook profile picture.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Little Miss Pardon

Little Miss Pardon lived in a little house in a place called Hearingtown.  Everyone could hear from a mouse sneeze to giants footsteps without any problem.

Little Miss Pardon couldn't hear properly and found it difficult to meet people and understand them.

One day Little Miss Pardon met Mr Quiet.  "Mmmm" said Mr Quiet.  "Sorry" said Little Miss Pardon, "I can't hear you, can you speak a little louder?"  "Mmmmmmm, mmmm" he said a bit louder.  "I'm sorry I still can't hear you", and off she went.  How rude thought Mr Quiet.  Little Miss Pardon felt sad and silly at not being able to hear and be able to talk to Mr Quiet.

Next day Little Miss Pardon met Mr Noisy. "BOOM, BOOM, BOOM" he said.  "I am sorry" said Little Miss Pardon, "could you say that again a little quieter?" "BOOM, BOOM, BOOM" he said again almost as loud.  "I'm really sorry" said Little Miss Pardon, "but I really can't tell what you are saying", and she went on her way.  How rude thought Mr Noisy, I thought shouting at deaf people was helpful.

How sad Little Miss Pardon thought, I wish Mr Noisy were not so loud, it makes the sounds funny and I can't hear them properly.  I would like to have a nice peaceful chat.

Later she met Mr Rush.  "Blah, Blah, Blah" he said zooming around.  "Sorry" said Little Miss Pardon "please could you stand still when you talk to me?"  "Blah, Blah, Blah" he said again, still rushing about.  "I'm so sorry said Little Miss Pardon, "I have no idea what you are saying," and she went on her way.  How rude thought Mr Rush.  How sad thought Little Miss Pardon, I wish people could keep still when they speak to me, so that I can understand them better.

The next day she met Little Miss Chatterbox.  "Blah, chat, boom, Mmmmmm, Mmmmm" she said.  When Little Miss Pardon could get a word in, she said "sorry I can't tell what you are saying, would you slow down a bit?"  Miss Chatterbox was already talking about something else.  "Blah, Blah, Mmmmm" she said.  "I'm really sorry," said Little Miss Pardon, "I really have no idea what you are saying, and off she went.  How rude thought Little Miss Chatterbox.  How sad thought Little Miss Pardon, I do wish people would slow down and pause so I can tell what they are saying.  I feel so silly, but would love a chat with Little Miss Chatterbox.

By now Little Miss Pardon was getting fed up of not being able to understand and thought she would be better not meeting people at all.

She decided to give it one more try.  Before long she met Mr Rude. "Meh, Meh, Meh" he said facing away from Little Miss Pardon.  I'm sorry said Little Miss Pardon, "but I need you to look at me so I can tell what you are saying."  "Meh, Meh, Meh" he said again looking in the other direction. "I'm sorry, I can't tell what you are saying" and she went on her way really fed up at having no one to talk to.

On her way home she met Mr Perfect.  He looked at her and in a nice clear voice said, "Good afternoon"  "Good afternoon Mr Perfect" she replied.  "What a lovely day for a chat," continued Mr Perfect, perfectly.  "It is indeed," said Little Miss Pardon, "it's so nice to be able to hear you and chat with you."  After a while Mr Perfect and Little Miss Pardon said goodbye.  Little Miss Pardon felt much happier and didn't feel stupid any more.

On his way home Mr perfect thought, what a lovely person to chat to, I really can't understand why people think Little Miss Pardon is rude and stupid.

Remember next time you speak to someone, speak in a nice clear voice, not too quiet, not too loud, stand still and look at them and you might well be their Mr Perfect.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Splendid Shreds of Silk & Satin: A Celebration of Charlotte Brontë in Quilts

Living in West Yorkshire we are not that far from Bronte country and we have visited Bronte Parsonage a couple if times, (not fully wheelchair accessible). My daughter Emily calls it Emily's house. The Bronte sisters were born in a house in Thornton Bradford, the house later became my Great Uncle's butchers shop, it is now a cafe

Hoping to get to this quilt exhibition, in Halifax to celebrate the Bronte family. 

The people who have made the feature quilt are from Totley Brook in Sheffield about a mile from where I grew up, I might even know some of them!
I contacted the museum as it is not fully wheelchair accessible, they said this exhibition is on the ground floor and accessible smile emoticon

We booked last night to stay two nights in Haworth and visit the exhibition on way there and child free too as we decided to do it when Emily is away with school, so hoping it will be leisurely and peaceful. We are staying at Old Registry, we have stayed there once before in 2011, so hope it is still as good.

April 21st marks the 200th anniversary on Charlotte Bronte's birth.  I wonder how many of today's authors will still be being read and talked about in 200 years time?

An interesting programme about the Bronte's was shown last week and can be seen on iplayer until late April.  There is also a review in the Telegraph