Some of my arty farty stuff!!

My Grandson Arlo . He’s always frowning.
My children from a few years ago . One of my favourite photos.
A picture I did for a friend.

Thankyou for looking at my art work . Hope you like it .

Joanne Quinnell

Twenty Years Ago Today !!

The gifts to celebrate twenty years off marriage

Are china, platinum or the gemstone emerald if you’re rich.

I’m just grateful we got to this day

As twenty years ago, the whole day nearly got thrown away.

You see thirty four weeks pregnant and I was waddling around

Contractions clearly on the monitor going up and down

Stuck in the hospital on the eve of my wedding

Uncertainty, however I was determined legs crossed it would be happening

The Doctors said we will see how you go

Then I slipped in the bathroom trying to shave my legs oh no !

Luckily there was no further injuries

Just a waiting game to see if I was going to become a mum or a Mrs

The morning came the Dr said, “there’s not much happening below love you’d better go get into your dress !”

I waddled along and got in a taxi

Thankfully my sister in law was there to help dress me.

A simple wedding on such a beautiful, glorious day

I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Joanne Quinnell

March 11th 2020

Me prior to meeting hubby . Sailing, abseiling a life of adventure
My husband is a master of martial arts. He’s the one in the middle .
Hubby and me


My children
My children and father in law

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE UK KEPT PRISONERS AGAINST THEIR WILL !!

How does that make YOU feel?

Trapped in their homes, not allowed out to enjoy their independence spending time with loved ones.

Teenagers that can’t socialize with friends.

Parents who can’t take their children to school or watch that school play.

Families that can’t spend time together enjoying a nice day out.

Academics that can’t apply for that job they want.

How would you feel if all of a sudden you were stopped from following YOUR dreams ?

What about if you couldn’t spend time with your family.

Who would take your children to school or the park.

What would you do all day ?

How would you earn money to pay the mortgage and bills?

What about food shopping?

The British Red Cross warned in 2018 that a UK-wide shortage of wheelchairs was leaving as many as 4 million people a year housebound and isolated, some of whom are terminally ill and are spending the last few months of their life trapped at home.

Below is the equity law put in place to make sure disabled people could live their life the same as everyone else . Somehow it’s not working , the chain is broken and we need to find that link and put it back together.

Up to 4 years someone can wait for an NHS electric wheelchair and that is if they qualify for one.

It’s heartbreaking to say that most people isolated at home , prisoners in their homes because they dont have access to a wheelchair or electric wheelchair.

They haven’t had a care worker to support them to use public transport.

Or a companion to go with them to a group to introduce them to everyone.

PRISONERS GET MORE RIGHTS THAN DISABLED PEOPLE.

They get their hour outside in the fresh air everyday.

They have activities, courses etc etc

I’ve had no heating or hot water in my property since September 24th .

There’s a lady who can’t find suitable affordable accommodation so it means she is stuck in all the time.

It just doesn’t seem right or fair.

I don’t want to do self pity and I’m sure the people I talk about wouldn’t either……. I’m just saying we got the crappy deal in life ,we are just trying to get on with it in the best way we can. Don’t we deserve the right to access the world outside in an appropriate vehicle.

My goodness let’s cut the budget for ministers cars or second homes etc . Let us get our priorities right.

LET’S RELEASE THESE PRISONERS!!

LET’S GIVE THEM FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE (oh my lord I’m sounding like William Wallace!)

LET’S HELP THEM GET OUT INTO THE WORLD SO THEY CAN LIVE THEIR LIVES HOW THEY WANT TO.

WHEELS FOR ALL

Stay clear learner driver here!

Noise

Light

Wind

Can’t see properly

Need someone just next to me

Trying to move forwards

The wheels stubbornly follow the slope to the left of us

I stop in time

Steer back up the incline

Watch out for where the road is cracked

It takes great skill to survive the journey intact

Once my wheels got stuck in a worn cracked grid

Out my chair I flew , face planted and slid

Avoiding getting poop on the wheels

Dog owners pick it up, think how it feels

The hardest task is finding the slopes

Too cross the road without falling out and a bone getting broke.

Some roads don’t have good enough slopes

So you play chicken with the cars by going on the roads

People with a pram coming up

Not enough space for two so I need to back up

Cars flying past on the main road

My head is pounding hard like it may explode

Sometimes I think it’s easier to stay at home

But then I’d be sad , depressed and very much alone

Driving in my chair is a skill I’ve got to learn

Meeting people, confidence, activities is an extra I can earn

Almost there at the shop

Feel like my hearts going to pop

Joanne Quinnell

Not the Adventure I Wanted but Glad I Went

Oh no I can’t get it up

Come on ,push harder it’ll work with a shove.

The ramps too steep and I don’t have the power

No I can’t get out and walk up ,I’m disabled flower !!

Never thought I’d be climbing a mountain to get on a train

I need an electric wheelchair that’s all terrain.

At last …We’re on and parked in our space

My son shouts out “What’s that smell!” with a frown on his face.

Although conveniently situated is space we have

Is right by the toilet so the whole journey smells bad.

We arrive at our station, I’m worried about getting off.

Why aren’t the ramps longer no more adventure please I’ve had enough.

I slid down the ramp like tony hawk on his skateboard

Hard to control, but impressive where’s my round of applause.

I start to relax thinking the next stage is easier

Pavements in comparison are a heck of a lot flatter.

Out of the station I gasped with dread

Give it an hour I think I’ll be dead !!!

The pavements are cobbled with no lowered Kerbs

For fuck sake it’s 2020 things should be accessible it’s absurd!

It’s pitch black and I’m having to drive on the road

A cars coming towards me ,I have nowhere to go.

Trying to stay calm as my kids are with me

Feeling anxious now and needing a wee.

The cobbles don’t help they hurt to drive over

My body in pain, where is my future grandsons baby shower??

Ducking under bushes like we’re on Bear grylls

We were having a laugh too but I could have been killed.

Got to the baby shower we all had and amazing night

Celebrating the imminent birth of my grandson, i can’t wait.

Party’s over we set off , the journey back to the station filled me with dread

Some good news ,my train replaced by a bus I can’t access so they’ll get me a taxi instead.

I just drove right in and sat in the back

Driven straight to my front door I couldn’t ask for better than that.

We pulled up and the kids got out first

Come on mr taxi driver open my door so I can reverse!!!

I’m so tired and I really want to go to bed

This challenging journey has given a sore head.

He’s pulling the handle but nothing is happening

I’m locked in the taxi you’ve got to be joking.

I really thought he was taking the piss

It could only happen to me this.

He called his boss and asked for advice

Can we put the heating on ,I’m turning to ice !!

Kids are inside watching the tv

I can’t believe this is happening to me.

His boss called back and said call roadside assistance

They are sending someone out but at the moment he’s some distance

I started laughing when they mentioned calling the firemen

It would be hilarious if I’d have to be cut out by them

My eldest son brought us a brew

Then I had a thought, what if I need to use the loo

I don’t know why but I laughed even more

At the thought of just wetting myself all over his floor

Three hours later the roadside assistance arrived

I was so glad that I held my bladder as he had to get close and lay on the floor by my side

He took off the panel and fiddled with the lever

It had come apart he fixed it what an amazing geezer

The back door was open and I was finally set free

I think the taxi driver was also really happy to get rid of me

Going to the baby shower was totally exhausting

It was scary but we survived we’ll feel better in the morning.

Joanne Quinnell

Me stuck in the taxi !
Journey there
Pre flustered look !!
My new grandson.

Please Hear Me Wheelchair Services Need Improving so Social Isolation can be Eliminated

It’s not fair!

There’s all these lovely community support wellbeing groups but people can’t get there.

If you qualify for an NHS wheelchair then the waiting list is 3 to 4 years

Stuck inside your house going insane, lonely ,crying lots of tears.

Parents not able to go out with their children

Children with their friends

Where’s the quality of life in this.

It needs fixing, this has to end.

Joanne Quinnell.