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Asparagus and Broccoli, Asparagus and Mushrooms in New Potato Boats, Asparagus and Butter Bean Pate, Cringletie House Chef Wins Top Award
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Summer/Autumn 2006

"The Internet Magazine for the disAbled woman. The 'dis' is small, it's the Ability that Counts"

We have been delighted by your responses, keep the articles flowing. Arts paintings from the artist Dollner and the Arts Council England funds two new commissions at Liberty festival.

In Beauty and Fashion there are a few hints to take the best care of your skin and get that radiant glow. Florence our resident beautician answers your questions
Features Cringletie House wins Scottish Hotel Accessible Room award 2006. Garnet Access Project exists to promote disabled access to the countryside using quad bikes and amphibious six-wheelers. Mary rises to the Extra 10th State Street Caledonian Challenge
Fiction contains two short stories, and a light hearted horoscope for October, November and December.
Food recipes containing Asparagus, how to cook and eat them property, described by our food expert Pade Ross from her villa in Spain.
Violet Lutea is here once again with her helpful gardening tips.
Health: Advice from Jeni.
Regulars: the links page increases each issue, and our Quizzes become easier!

Quarterly Quote: Walking on Wheels

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Review of Walking on Wheels, by Eva McCracken

It is apparent right from the start that this little book about walks for disabled people is written by someone who knows what they are doing. Inside the front cover is a very useful key to the suitability of routes – easy, shown on the maps by blue dots, difficult, in yellow and challenging, in red. Not just the surface, but the things able-bodied walkers may not think about much – or at all, like gradients, cambers and width; not much use being a flat tarmac surface if you can’t turn your wheelchair or scooter around.

As a new wheelchair user I am learning how much these things matter; a recent visit to a Perthshire beauty spot I remembered well from my hill walking days as a nice flat track had to be abandoned because what were quite small stones in my walking days now became mini-boulders, and in Portugal last year the charming cobbled streets took on quite another aspect as I bumped and jolted over them.

Portobello TV interview

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to go to the Portobello TV site, where you can watch an interview with Eva McCracken.

Having been frustrated in Perthshire, this book has come like a shot in the arm, and I look forward to trying out some of the walks.

The book is born out of the determination of the author, Eva McCracken, not to abandon the delights of her beloved hill walking once she was confined to a wheelchair.



She has listed fifty walks in Scotland in seven different areas, and has carefully audited all of the routes in the book to a very high standard, not only for the suitability of the trail but for many other factors that disabled people will need to know. Each page has a description of the walk and map references, distances, availability of toilets (even whether there is room for a wheelchair to the right or left of the toilet) with website details and/or telephone numbers of relevant organisations and people – Forestry Commission, Visitor Centres, Rangers and Access Officers, for instance. On the facing page there is a map of the area, showing the walk marked as easy, difficult or challenging (no such thing as very difficult, I noticed!) and a photograph. Some walks are through forested areas, some through more open country, some along canal towpaths, all with detailed notes where necessary about access, gates, and roads which may need to be crossed. I was very impressed by the walks around the Loch Morlich area in the Cairngorms, where I often walked in pre MS days; not only were they well covered, but I found a track I did not know about, and more to the point found I could borrow a scooter from the Visitor Centre! I thought my days on the Glenmore Forest tracks were just a wistful memory, but thanks to this book I shall be back there again as soon as possible. Thank you, Eve McCracken. Many disabled lovers of the outdoors will bless your name.
I have looked to see what could be in the book that has been omitted, but cannot find anything, other than the understandably limited coverage. It would be good now if other wheelchair walkers were to audit paths in their area and pool the information for a second edition, but it would be very important to maintain the same high standard. I am sure that not only will there be a demand for a second and enlarged edition, but a clamour from south of the border for someone to do the same for England.

The book is published by the Cualaan Press, ISBN 0-9544416-8-0, and costs £10.99
Proceeds are going to the Walking on Wheels Trust
John Berridge

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