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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Spending summer outside

I can't remember the last time I spent so much of the summer in the garden. There's a lot about summer that I just don't like: the heat, the sun, the wasps, even bees (sorry), nettles, too much greenery that might be hiding wasps, bees or nettles... The list is endless! However, contrary to what my family think, I do like being outdoors. I just don't like feeling stressed.

This summer has been different. Around Christmas time we started digging up this...

Our garden before work commenced. Basically all lawn.

... and turning it gradually into this...

Our garden with most of the work done

The obvious advantages are:
  • it looks much nicer
  • it's wheelchair friendly
  • there are raised beds for my veggies
  • there are 'safe' places for me to sit.
So throughout the summer, I've spent a lot of time (evenings and weekends) outside, enjoying my garden. We've enjoyed an abundance of courgettes, lettuce, peas, beans and herbs. In the last couple of weeks, we've started planting things for winter harvest - some potatoes, cabbages, little gems and so on. 

I'm now in the last five weeks of my Master's and I'm on with my final written piece - the End of Module Assignment (EMA). I need to do a lot of reading for that and I'm enjoying being able to sit in my netted swing seat with my tablet, reading happily, safe from all flying monsters.

This has been an excellent example of the social model of disability. That means that our impairments don't disable us but rather society and the way things are built. Whether we're talking about physical mobility or phobias of summer monsters, it's all the same. If our environment is right, we can function just fine. 

I'll leave you with some pictures of our veggies...