Friday, April 30, 2010
Being Outside Again For The First Time In 20 Months.
Today is Queen's Day here, the Queen's official birthday a national holiday which was brought in to replace May Day as a public holiday.
Sadly last night there was a huge thunderstorm and rain all night which has brought the temperature down from 23/25 yesterday to 15/16 degrees today.
Even more pleased now that I went out yesterday, it was brilliant; it was warm enough for me to go out without a jacket just had a hooded top on over my two t-shirts.
After my physiotherapy session Richie and I went outside with our two very excited dogs, should have seen them strutting proudly next to my wheelchair.
It felt good, it really did, coming out of the building and feeling the warm wind was excellent; and speaking to the first strangers on the street since August 2008 was wonderful.
We went down the road to the dog toilet and while they were busy there I sat for the first time in the sunshine since 19 August 2008.
After the dogs had done their business we walked slowly back up the road enjoying the sunshine and being outside together again.
Richie asked me if I wanted to go straight back upstairs, which I did not want to do was enjoying being out too much.
So instead I suggested that we go and do the shopping together up the road at Bibi's our friendly Turkish shop.
Got there a split second before Bibbi arrived to take over from her brother, she was delighted to see me again after so long.
It was lovely rolling down the road saying good afternoon to people we encountered on our way.
Everyone we met was friendly and was very helpful at moving out of the way so I could roll by.
All in all it was brilliant going out again after so long, it has been 1 year and 8 months since I was able to go out.
Yesterday happened very easily and naturally, had thought it would be more difficult but it was not.
I just rolled out of the door and into the lift and was out the front gate and out onto the street with no problem.
Even the unevenness of the pavement was not a big problem and I was not over the top about being outside again, just drank it all in and enjoyed every moment of being outside.
It was brilliant and I can not wait to do it again, think I will go to the market with Richie this Saturday and carry our shopping home hanging off the back of my wheelchair.
In the excitement of going out Richie forgot his camera so there no pictures of me sitting in the sun.
But there will be soon so everyone can see how brilliant it is that my world is getting bigger again.
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