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Is that the London eye falling down?
Helicopter on a roof – and more soccer!
Baby blanket nbr1 in chenille yarn from Wilko.
Sun through the clouds in Oxfordshire
When the traffic is at a standstill and the driver has to have a fag!
I don’t think a trailer works like this!
Mirrored building in Birmingham
1 1/2 hour delay and we’ve arrived in Dudley street.
It’s the sun again – just lower in the sky at 8.05pm as we approach Warrington where I leave the coach after a longer than anticipated trip.
Hot but happy to be back with hubby. Added bonus is that my Trekinetic K2 wheelchair survived another trip – Lancashire to London and back – entirely on public transport 😁🥰

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Waiting for the 3pm FlixBus to Warrington via Birmingham. Getting through this virus shawl at a really good rate with all the waiting for transport 😁

The madwoman in the mask again!

Safely aboard the northward bound coach. Wish me luck because it is Friday afternoon all the way up the M1 and then the M6 😱

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Bus 139 across London was long but enjoyable. Sadly the English football fans have zero respect for the environment and the poor council that has to clean up their mess after the game!

I had to wait 29 minutes but my Uber driver from Monday’s trip picked me up and it took just 15 minutes to Colindale. The journey consisted of a huge number of pubs with fans spilling onto the pavement. I’m happy that the pubs are doing very well from the match, but I can assume that in three weeks the Covid rates will spike as a result of zero social distancing!

Altogether a good trip from SE London to NW London. It took 4.5 hours but didn’t feel like it (in fact, the same time it took our coach from Warrington to London). All accomplished on my own and with no stress because I had set my expectations quite low beforehand.

My wheelchair and my prototype tray/coffee holder were absolutely fabulous and it is going to see a lot more action from now on. I have a spot on the back crossbar where I can store it together with my umbrella. I LOVE a successful project. 😁

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A successful train journey into London Charring Cross where I was met with a wheelchair ramp – excellent so far 😁

A few pictures along the way.

After trying to book an Uber four times without success, I decided to hop on the next northerly bound bus outside the station. This would get me closer to Colindale and hopefully more chance of an Uber as it is a much quicker journey.

The difference is of course that from CharringX to Golders Green is about a 1.5 hour trip not counting in home-time traffic 😱.

I will definitely be late for dinner

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Second stage of my trip to the capital is taking a train from New Eltham in SE London to Charring Cross on the train and then I will probably get an Uber to Colindale to save time and energy.

I have NO idea how easy it is to get on a SE train???

Report to follow.

A bit of crochet on the siding whilst I wait for my carriage.

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Not at my destination of Sidcup yet, but having a quick break at TomTom Coffee house on the corner of zenith and Elizabeth streets near Victoria bus station.

The tea shop across from me is incredible….

Now to enjoy my coffee and order an Uber.

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A stop in Dudley street to pick up passengers and change coach drivers and we are off again. Started another Virus shawl because I know the pattern out of my head and it travels very easily when it is made in just 3ply – a perfect travel project.

Next stop is Finchley Road in London.

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And so the adventure begins…..

Five days away from home on my own. Taking a coach from Warrington to London Victoria and from there I have to get to Sidcup somehow – maybe a train, a bus or an Uber.

First coach trip and they have managed to stow my wheelchair without any problems – a good start 😄👍 Front row seats mean I can’t miss any of the trip and the knitting and crochet will keep me entertained.

#OnTheRoadAgain #HaveWheelchairWillTravel #MeAndMyTrustyK2 #TravelsWithTrekinetic #heskethemporium #wp @trekinetic @flixbus

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In February we took a trip down to London for our daughters birthday and as always, we never pass up the opportunity to visit somewhere new;  this time round it was Greenwich and the Thames Barrier.

If you don’t already know, this landmark is what protects the city from the high tides of the Thames River.  It is a beautiful piece of engineering and I can highly recommend a visit to it when you are in the area.  There is also a walk all the way along the Thames from the barrier through the city which in nice weather I would definitely try – it is a long but very interesting walk and if you want to do this yourself make sure you go onto the Thames Barrier website to check the maintenance times because when they are running tests the entrance gate to the pathway (at this point) are closed for a few hours.  I doubt if this is wheelchair friendly all the way, but I would love to give it a try one day.

We went on a day that the tea room and visitor centre is usually closed but was open because of the school holidays.  They serve a good cup of tea and a small selection of snacks and you can see some footage of the building of the barrier which I found very interesting.

Our challenge for the day was finding the elevator out of operation but I am fortunate to have a Trekinetic K2 and the flight of low stairs was a breeze with help from hubby.  I would suggest if you cannot negotiate stairs then you ring ahead to make sure the lift/elevator is operating.  You will also find a flight of stairs down to the walkway – this is apparently because they cannot have a slope as this area would be susceptible to flooding if the river rose too high.  You can however wheel along the top path and still get amazing views of the river and the city.

This is a great place to get really interesting photographs and we had a thoroughly good morning out.

Be warned it can be very chilly down by the river so I would suggest wrapping up warmly.

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After fighting our way across London and eventually finding a parking (on a double yellow line with my blue badge permit), we arrived at the venue.  My heart sank when the first thing I noticed was the stairs! It took a while for the doormen to find out how I could get into the building but eventually we got directed to the freight elevator around the side – a not so auspicious start to the day but I was trying to stay positive and really needed a coffee by this point.

This will not be the first, or last, trip I make in a freight elevator to get into a building but in this case it was at least light, airy and clean.

First things first, coffee, free samples and a quick pose for the blog….

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Once inside access was good and ramps had been provided between the two sections of the old brewery.

Before we left we hunted down the toilets and wow, was I pleasantly surprised!  I think the disabled toilets are definitely a new addition as they don’t even have signs on the doors yet but they were beautifully appointed with black and white tiles – an absolute pleasure.  Thank you Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.

A few hours later, rather a few too many coffees later and some interesting contacts made, we set off on the long journey home.  Lancashire to London and back in a day – a good day’s work and a special treat out with the hubby.

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Not really, but as close as I am going to get for a long time! This last week we visited our beautiful family in their new home near Greenwich (England). It seemed silly to go all that way and NOT make a visit to the Cutty Sark.
The last visit here was back in 1989 when our son was only 2 years old – oh boy, time does fly!

In between the last visit and this one, much has happened to the old girl – a massive fire broke out during the restoration project and it was closed for quite a while whilst it underwent major restoration and improvements to the attraction; and improved it has! An amazing job which now makes this a very worthwhile visit for anyone in a wheelchair – and not many vessels are able to boast such amazing accessibility – so cheers to the team for a job very well done.
One of the cargo hatches has been converted to house a lift (elevator) and I was able to go to all the different levels and then onto the deck. I cannot recommend this more highly as a day out because of the well thought out and laid out plans – especially considering that it is a boat and not the easiest environment to get around.

We ended our trip with a most welcome tin cup of tea and cake in the restaurant below ground and under the keel of the ship; a lovely end to our visit.

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Can you boast as many means of transport in one day as we have?

Walk – from the hotel in Venice to the water bus station,

Water bus – from Venice Madonna dell’ Orto to Venice’s Marco Polo airport,

Walk – from the quayside to the airport departures,

Aeroplane – from Venice to Heathrow,

Automobile – from Heathrow terminal 5 to Uxbridge station,

Underground on Metropolitan line – Uxbridge to Wembley Park,

Underground on Jubilee line – Wembley Park to Waterloo,

Walk – from Waterloo underground to Waterloo East station,

Train – from Waterloo East to New Beckenham,

Dinner with the family,

Train – from New Beckenham to Waterloo East,

Walk – Waterloo East to Waterloo,

Underground on Northern line – Waterloo to High Barnet,

Walk – High Barnet station to Barnet,

CRASH into bed!!!

I would love to work out how far we have been in one day….

 

 

 

 

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It might have taken a while, but my wheelchair arrived safe AND in one piece at the plane.  What a relief – thank you so much BA.

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