I’d like to start the second incarnation of my blog with something not directly about the Bold Joff, but it’s something that is close to my heart and mind at the minute… #107days and #JusticeforLB

I first “met” Sara and LB on Twitter in 2012 and we soon chatted passionately and amicably about our common loves and hates about being mums to incredible dudes with additional needs. I remember in particular a conversation about filling out the ludicrous DWP form to apply for ESA…”can you pick up a pen?” “can you set an alarm clock?” – another instance of proving inability to the authorities that we’ve been doing since the get go…and it was a relief to talk/rant with Sara because she understood my exasperation exactly.

I won’t go into detail about the #JusticeforLB campaign here, I feel utterly inadequate to the task of capturing anything but the tiniest flavour of horror, outrage and disgust that LB died a preventable death…but there’s also the feeling of tenacity, forensic analysis and solidarity amongst the #JusticeforLB posse.

Change must be possible. Our precious dudes are worth it. A’ Adams Bairns.

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So….I offered to take 28th March as a day to carry out a piece of #107days beach art.

I took the date without being fully aware at the time, however, it is my parent’s Golden Wedding anniversary today.

So a very happy 50th to May and Archie!

I’m not an artist but enjoy having a go at creative things and thought it would be good to draw a big bus on one of our many beaches in Fife and send in a photo. As it turned out the beach I wanted to use had a lot of cranes, diggers and security fencing at it (they’re improving the sea defences) and much of the beach was out-of-bounds to the public…so we went much further along, parked the car and headed down. There was a difficulty in that this bit of the beach had a lesser slope leading down to it, so the photos were hard to take from a height. Thankfully, Mr Effie had a set of stepladders in the boot and he was a very capable artistic director and photographer! We were “invaded” a couple of times by dogs, including a snarly wee shite called Chicco, and had a lovely chat about LB with a couple from Coventry up in Fife on holiday, turned out they have an adult daughter with speech and language difficulties and the dad drives the Tesco bus for a living….love, love, love that coincidence.

So here are our LB Bus photos from Kirkcaldy beach.

All Aboard!

All Aboard!

Is this big enough?

Is this big enough?

Doors, wheels, all present and correct.

Doors and wheels, all present and correct.

Some windows and people needed.

Hmm, some windows and passengers needed.

Smooth out the lumps and pawprints.

Smoothing out the lumps and pawprints. Eject seaweed.

#Justice4LB

#Justice4LB

#107Days The passengers on ConnorCo Beach Bus.

#107Days The passengers on the ConnorCo Beach Bus.

If only we could get higher to take our pic!

If only we could get higher to take our pic!

Running to take a pic of Mr Effie on his ladder.

Running to take a pic of Mr Effie on his ladder.

Mr Effie, Ever prepared.

Mr Effie, Ever prepared.

Say Cheese Mr Effie!

Say Cheese Mr Effie!

From the side.

From the side.

Nearly done.

Nearly done.

 

With Love From Fife.

With Love From Fife.

The bus is basking in the spring sunshine.

The bus is basking in the spring sunshine.

 

One man and his (well behaved) dog...

One man and his (well behaved) dog…

Get your LB Bus and Colour Artwork bought!

Get your LB Bus and Colour Artwork bought!

Close up.

Close up.

A bittersweet task.

A bittersweet task.

View from the hill to the Firth of Forth

View from the hill to the Firth of Forth

Moving along R-L

Moving along R-L

 

A beautiful day. Apt.

A beautiful day. Apt.