Zoo Days

We had a trip to the Zoo yesterday. We set off early so we could beat the crowds and the heat of the day. We packed Ashley’s wheelchair as the distance for her to walk was just too far.

There has been a lot of work done to the Zoo in recent years and they’ve made some fantastic changes. Gone are the concrete cages and cramped conditions. Now the animals roam in greater spaces and more natural terrain.

The Zoo has made a great effort to be wheelchair accessible and they have even created a lovely rest area for people with special needs. There is just one thing that they have overlooked though. I do query if anyone actually sat in a wheelchair and had a tour of the zoo from the perspective of the person in the chair.

Although the approach to the exhibits is accessible when you get there the barriers and hand rails are right on eye level for the person in the chair. Almost every time we had to put the brakes on the chair and lift Ashley up so she could see anything (who needs a gym membership after that?) I felt sorry for the adults in wheelchairs who had no one to lift them as their viewing would have been very limited.

Despite that it was a lovely day out, but I think the excitement was too much for India.

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About embracingtheimperfections

I am a mother of six children. My children's ages range from 20 down to 1, so we are dealing with a lot of different ages and stages, not to mention a lot of different personalities. One of my twins has cerebral palsy so that adds yet another dimension to our lives. Along my journey so far I have learnt that life is far from perfect and that sometimes it's the imperfections that round out the harsh edges and give it a quality that is precious and unique. My love of the imperfect extends into my home life too. I love all things vintage, hand crafted, home grown and home cooked. I love to be creative and I love learning. I am definitely not a minimalist! I aspire to be tidy and organized but I am realizing that with six children, three cats and a crazy black Labrador that is probably beyond my capabilities, so I embrace the beautiful chaos that ensues!
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