I'd like to begin by saying that, for a country whose weather throughout the year can more often than not be described as 'bleak', we don't seem overly prepared for it when it arrives and it really doesn't take a lot to send people into blind panic. Within the next couple of months we can look forward to witnessing the entire country grind to a halt as the customary quarter inch of snow dusts the streets. And currently half the country seems to either be underwater or in ruins following the onslaught of Storm Desmond! I'll be honest with you, it's not the most menacing of names, but I presume those are specially reserved for hurricanes, earthquakes and locust plagues. I wasn't even aware storms warranted being anthropomorphised. Before long the Met Office will be warning people to stay indoors lest they run the risk of getting their hair ruffled by Strong Breeze Rupert! But I digress...
I wanted to use this post to talk about the varied effects the weather can have on people with disabilities. However I've just realised that I spent the entire last paragraph mocking people for not being able to cope with a bit of harsh weather but am now, rather sheepishly, going to talk about how perilous that same weather can be for people such as myself. I therefore apologise for the glaring irony and double standards. I know, it's all 'me me me'!
The truth is though that the weather can quite often be one of the biggest issues in a disabled person's plans. I drove up to Edinburgh for a couple of days last week to do some shopping on Princes Street, look round the Christmas market etc. The day I arrived seemed to coincide with the start of Scottish monsoon season and it wasn't long before I was sat in a squishy puddle where my cushion once was, my sodden jeans gripping to me like a wrestler's leotard, as my swollen gloves squelched against the black rubber pushrims either side of me. And these pushrims, so grippy when dry, suddenly become bars of soap in your hands as soon as the rain hits, leaving you cold, wet and moving with all the grace and coordination of Bambi on ice! If only there were some way of staying dry whilst retaining one's dignity...
|Gimp In A Bag - The must have Christmas accessory!|
|...Snow and Ice: the bane of the disabled!|
|To Waitrose Jeeves and step on it!|
Right, that's me done. You'll be
|Laughing Photographer: Charlotte. Freezing Model: Gareth.|