Friday, 12 August 2016

Heni's sensory bags

This week I have been away with The Hungry Boy on a day, night, day trip while hubby is out of the country and daughter number two is on a youth camp (I'll tell you all about our adventures in a future Making Memories and traditions post) AND, I'm also trying to get ready to go away on an upcoming respite trip to Norway without Heni. So you could say I've been a bit busy and preoccupied..... which has left me with no time to do much else... including writing a post!
  So today is going to be a real quick  and easy one.....I am going to be showing you a few of the themed sensory/play bags that I made for Heni to be used in conjunction with her 21st "birthday mural". I thought the bird and flower theme from the mural could be carried on with some prop/toys. 

I decided to sew up a few shopping bags in bright colours like the one below...

 I also bought a few fun looking bags that would be visually interesting .....and  then filled them with some themed toys and paraphernalia that she could use whilst out on the deck in her new play area.That way the ready made bags can be grabbed off the shelf and taken on the back of her wheelchair. 

Here are a few of the contents of one bag with some of her birds and animals ....


....and here are some bright and colourful flowers that I bought ... these are to be hung on the mural ... so that she can pull them off again...

 .... and here she is playing with them some of them....

 She is a little bit averse to touching things like grass and so I wondered how she would do on the flowers. To begin with she didn't like most of them..... but for some reason she was happy to reach out and touched the wisteria...and as time has gone by she also now touches some of the others too. she also likes the Bummble bee that sings (Be my little baby) to her and has a soft plastic fan that whirls around

She also love her birds.... especially Rio the parrot, who skawks, and the flamingo that sings and dances his neck around!

....and the little bird sitting on her chair that chirps away when you squeeze him.  

I  am also gradually putting together some other bags to grab and go .... such as her girls world head with brush, curlers, headbands, bibs, water bottle (to spray) with etc...

I have a few more ideas for some more bags but if you have any sensory ideas that have worked for you, I would really love to hear all about them so please do leave me a note and let me know.

Hope you all have a great week ahead


Sunday, 7 August 2016


  A few weeks ago we were away in Devon on a family holiday. Heni came with us (along with two carers).... and my son and daughter in law flew in from America to join us for a  part of it. It was lovely to escape the crowds, enjoy the beach and sea... spend some time as a family... and also celebrate Heni's 21st birthday. 

On one of Heni's "stay in" days we visited a really novel places called "Tunnels Beaches" in Ilfracombe....

Friday, 29 July 2016

Sanity Space - Heni's birthday mural (Part 2)

I'm so glad that you could join me this week for the second part of Heni's 21st birthday "surprise project". As you have probably guessed by now, it's an outside mural which is going to brighten up a dreary deck and be an area in which Heni can go explore some of her toys and sensory bits and pieces.
 Last week in part 1, I showed you how Hubby and I made the huge picture frame that was to become the canvas, and I  also gave you a sneak peak of the flamingo  below...

This week I am going to show you some of the various stages and changes to the project so that you can see how it progressed and took shape throughout the 7 afternoons that it took to complete! 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

21 today!

 21 Today! 

I thought I would just quickly add a few pictures from the beach yesterday (of the birthday girl in her early birthday pressie hat) for you to take a peek at. 

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Sanity Space - Heni's 21st "Surprise" Birthday Project (Part 1)

It's  going to be Heni's 21st birthday next week..... a very special milestone in hers, and our lives...... AND it's  also a day that I never pictured or envisaged we would ever reach.  To celebrate and mark the occasion, one of the things I wanted to do was to give her a gift in to which had gone a little thought... something that required some sweat equity, some time and a lot of love.
 ......and so for the last few months I have been dreaming up ideas, planning away and working on a project that I thought she would really like

Last year we transformed an old trampoline in to a swinging teepee tent, and this year I had ambitions to make over another section of the garden that has been unloved and neglected.... a deck at the back of the house that hardly gets used and has a boring brick wall at the end of it (a by product of our neighbour's extension). In my minds eye, I had a plan to hide the ugly wall and in doing so make it a fun bright area for Heni to go outside and use and enjoy on nice weather days.

Hubby helped me with the first part of the project (today's blog post) and a friend of mine helped me on part 2 (coming real soon!)

I enlisted Hubby for his wood working skills (and of course his state of the art power tools and truck to collect materials!)

Friday, 8 July 2016


This week has been a busy one...I've not had the time to write a (proper) blog post as I have been occupied finishing a few projects I've had on the go..... but mainly my week seems like it's been spent on maintaining lots of things.

The paint has been peeling off the deck and so it got a new coat of paint.... 
The weeds are growing like.... well ...weeds.... and I've been trying to keep on top of them....
The shower sprung a leak upstairs and damaged Heni's bedroom ceiling below and we had the plumber round  trying to fix it....
...and I've also been striving to keep on top of exercise and health matters... hoping to maintain the ground I have managed to achieve and not go backwards (given the lack of energy I have had to put in to it).
It seems like this weeks lesson (for me) has been one of "continual upkeep".... so hence a few last minute ramblings about it!

It is a natural occurrence for things to start to decay and go backwards. It doesn't matter what subject you can think of...(homes, bodies, relationships etc).. without continual effort, conservation, nurturing, preservation of whatever we come across ... most things will begin to fall apart. 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Caring.... and the E.U.

I has been just over a week since the historical result of the Referendum here in England..... and all week long I have been listening to radio shows (airing peoples opposing opinions) news programs, (reporting daily events) and people posting contending views all over Facebook. It seems that every person around the world has a view on this subject and has a judgement as to what is right or wrong, or what should or shouldn't have happened. 
Many people can't make sense of what just played out here and are either confused or angry as to why the majority of a country would vote to leave from a union of countries which was initially designed to bring economic and political stability to a large part of the western world. 
The media of course has also done its part in twisting,  hyping and stirring every conceivable arguement... warping opinion and making what is already a highly sensitive matter even more divisive and inflammatory.
 A small percentage of the people who voted "remain" are petitioning and rallying forces for a second referendum and even smaller number of the "leavers" have reared their ugly heads and have exhibited appalling racist behaviour in and around Britain.  Many people in Europe are feeling let down by the decision to leave the E.U and are angry at Britain for making such a choice. 
I'm no politician... but when I take in to consideration everything I have heard and seen throughout the months previous to the referendum, and since, I would like to offer an alternative way of perhaps explaining or thinking about it to those of you who are still reeling in the wake and wondering why the majority of the populous decided to vote leave.

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