Today I went to Oxford! My mum was doing a seminar at her old theological college so I took the opportunity to go and visit my youngest brother, who is in his final year at Oxford. We spent the day as all the best days should be spent – flitting between various eateries and museums! I even managed not to spend all my money on baby clothes when we popped into John Lewis (but seriously, anyone who has a baby or knows a baby or has passed a baby on the street should check it out even if just to see how utterly adorable everything is). Despite saying just a few days ago how much I love the weather at this time of year, it started off beautifully and while we were in the Ashmolean it started raining, and was bitterly cold on the way back to the car.
I had a lovely day, and one well worth missing Strictly Come Dancing for! It was long (we got to Oxford at about 9.30am and didn’t get home until after 8pm – from someone who went to university about 300 miles from home, it’s quite nice to be able to go and visit Nathan just for a day!
For other people visiting Oxford while in a wheelchair, some parts of the accessibility were really good – it is, after all, a city built for bikes! There were a lot of cobbles we had to negotiate, and they aren’t very easy! Most of the places I wanted to go to were fine, although there were a few that weren’t – the restaurant we were planning on only had tables available down a flight of stairs, and on the accessible entrance to the Ashmolean there was something partially blocking the way (though it had somehow gone by the time we left!) Recently my wheelchair keeps falling a little, and fortunately it only did it once today (I was unharmed, don’t worry!) – someone offered to help, and I was actually quite impressed by the fact he asked first, before just assuming and grabbing me/my chair in the middle of the road. I should probably stop being surprised when people are decent humans, but it is nice to see! (And for people wondering what they should do in that situation, just saying ‘hi, do you want some help and what can I do?’ pretty much covers it)
I’ve set up a fundraiser for my birthday, raising money for the Brain Tumour Charity. I’ve already made my target thanks to some very generous friends, but I’ll be keeping it up for a few weeks yet. The link is here:
If you’d like to get me something but don’t know what, or don’t want to add to my slightly over-the-top level of possessions, if you’re able to it would be hugely appreciated if you could make a donation to the Brain Tumour Charity. If you’d rather not donate via Facebook, you can also donate directly to the charity.