Friday, 1 February 2008
Some excellent news. Social services have increased my direct payments package to four hours a week. That's double what I was receiving before. I look forward to feeling less done in and hiding many more melons around the place.
Some more excellent news. My home support service, withdrawn without notice or explanation, is to be reinstated. I can't stress enough how important having continuity of support has been to me. The two visits a week I receive have broadened my horizons, if only to get me out to the Botanical Gardens or another local change of scene once in a while. And on days where that hasn't been possible I've been very glad just to have a cup of tea and a chat. It took a strongly worded letter (penned by yours truly - my advocate is kind of advocated out I think where I'm concerned), another letter from my CPN and a third letter from a social worker to sort it out. But sorted it is.
Even more excellent news. The shed is up (which means the scooter can be freed from the outhouse) the carpet is down in my son's room (he was freezing) and I have great plans for the garden, if not the energy or the funds. But there are ways and means of making a garden on the cheap. Scatter meadow seed perhaps. Pile up logs, acquire an old beehive and then there's those chickens...I still have a fanciful notion that keeping chickens in the urban environment will be a blast. I know you rural types are all for it, but if anyone reading has kept chickens in the middle of a city, let me know how you get away with it without a) annoying the neighbours or b) risking coming down to fox carnage mayhem or rat invasion from hell of a morning.
The picture shows how I'd like it to be. But being realistic, they'd get everywhere...probably to the local shops if I wasn't careful. So I think some sort of coop with a section of the garden for them to roam in is in order.