With the rain lashing against my face and the wind biting my cheeks, you would be forgiven for thinking that this was a winter’s day… but how wrong you are.
It’s the 28th August in Cumbria. Andy and I have headed out from Nateby, on the Reeth/Swaledale Road and have parked up on the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There is no one else around. Just us and the sheep and the occasional bird. We have headed along a grassy bridleway, with Jack’s Standards always in view. The scenery is stunning. I’m wet, a little bit cold but I could not be happier. I’m out in the hills with my best friend and walking partner. The weather forecast was absolutely spot on. Rain was forecast for 5pm and in it came, followed closely by the most perfect rainbow. We are the lucky ones. We would be the only people to see this perfectly formed arc of light from this spot today. And we have the photos to prove it.
Today I got to try out for the very first time a new wheelchair called “Whill” from TGA Mobility. It has a very modern design, looking as though it should be showcased in a Star Wars film. The designer of the Whill refers to it as a Personal Electronic Vehicle rather than a power wheelchair – which I think is really groovy. I love it too that the hand control is called a ‘mouse’. Wheelchair design has moved, at last, into the 21st century. It’s a very compact chair, but is powerful and very nippy. It travels up to a maximum speed of 4 mph and get cover about 12 miles, depending on the terrain. I can see that we are going to have a lot of fun exploring pathways with this smart guy. It certainly is fun and funky!