IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT...
We're going Downtown London for The Pairs, EP Release at UnLondon, the old Novaks building.
Shannon was coming along with us so we reached out to the event organizers and they provided a ramp. It was a lil' bit steep but most definitely appreciated and do-able.
The original floor was very uneven and grooved but there was a ply-board installed. Unsure if this was done for the event but again Thank You for everyone involved including Forest City Records.
Whenever I say I play wheelchair curling the looks and reactions vary from curiosity and interest to confusion.
A lot of people have not heard of wheelchair curling, or a lot of people do not understand the sport of curling in general. Therefore, they do not understand how it can be played in a wheelchair.
For some who are really into the sport it can be an exciting game to watch, but especially play. For others, curling can be the equivalent to as much fun as watching paint dry.
Thanks Julianne Hazlewood @JHazlewoodCBC for shopping with me.
Sometimes locating produce in February can be a tad tricky, especially when your a plant based foodie. Now let's add a restriction on your mobility ...
If it's hard for you to navigate this season on your feet, just add travelling in a wheel chair over crushed ice, snow banks & slush with groceries.
Today at The Market, in Old East Village. Shane & I stopped by Common Ground Farm (close to the elevator) They have locally grown, pesticide free produce that we've never had the joys of trying until now.
We were inspired to purchase a kohlrabi
(in picture below, bottom right, beside the garlic & red onion)
10 Surprising Benefits Of Kohlrabi by Organic Facts.
Every week we want to add something new to our plate. This could be an option...
You will never hear me say I like grocery shopping.
In fact, I could eat out everyday and be perfectly fine with it. Unfortunately, my wallet does not agree. This winter has made the struggle even more real. When it is minus stupid outside and the snow is falling the only thing that goes out the door is my motivation. Aside from battling the weather elements, grocery shopping comes with a few more obstacles that people in wheelchairs have to face. The trick comes in finding ways to overcome those obstacles to make this daunting task more enjoyable and ultimately successful.
The challenges I face while grocery shopping start from the time I get there with finding parking.
When the weather is good and I am just getting a few items then I don’t mind finding a parking spot in the back away from the hustle and bustle, I actually prefer this. When the weather is less than favourable then i prefer parking closer to the door. Finding an accessible spot can be a challenge in itself depending on the time you go (this is a whole other topic in itself). Once inside I face the challenge of accessing items. It never fails, there is always something that I need that is on the top shelf. If someone nearby doesn’t see my stubborn self struggling to reach what I need, and asks if I need help, then I need to find the closest, nicest looking person. I find people are always more than willing to help. I have met some lovely people. I always take a bin with me that sits on my lap. This works to help me know my carry limit. Once the bin is full, it is time to go home. I have never tried using a shopping cart myself. Sometimes I have a hard enough time navigating my chair around a store without knocking things over so I can imagine adding a cart to my chair and forming a train would just end in a train wreck with a clean up required in some isle.
In London I have never seen an accessible grocery cart.
I did a google search and did see some interesting concepts -for lack of a better word. the most interesting one I saw the cart attaches to the front of a person’s wheelchair leaving their hands free to push the chair as normal.
Photo source: globalaccesibilitynews.com
I have come up with a few strategies to make shopping as painless as possible, and also limits the number of times I have to go...