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London Tower Bridge

A London mini-break

Dear Jacson,

London, London, what a beauty you truly are. After the frantic rush that has been my reality these last two months, boy was it nice to slow down for a minute! Having 10 whole days in one place doesn’t sound like much, but when you live out of a suitcase, let me tell you it is blissful and I enjoyed every morning I didn’t have to re-pack my stuff.

After meetings with two London-based contacts earlier in the week (more on that to come so keep an eye out on the Socials for more), Jaz and I relished the time to explore London-town. What a wonder to finally be there and see the places I’d always seen in movies and in art.

While we stayed in a gorgeous Airbnb in Chelsea, we got some well-needed rest days where the most we did was go to the Tesco around the block for more hummus and wine. Of course, there were also some incredible days being “those annoying tourists” too.

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Loch Earn in Scotland

A week in Scotland

The trip into Scotland was memorable for many reasons. The snow and sleet on the drive from Cambridge (it’s spring, right?), castles around every corner, the tartan (I have added to my wardrobe) and Scottish Autism.

During my time in Scotland, I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Lester, the Architect responsible for designing one of the first schools specifically designed for children with an Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Andrew’s background is a personal one as his daughter has ASD and, by his own words, has had very challenging behaviour from a young age. His wife and he wondered where she would fit in and be able to learn, as the existing school system was not suitable for her.

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The word Autism spelled on blocks

In the beginning

My grandson was diagnosed with Autism. He was seven and a half at the time. The diagnosis was not a surprise, but it was still something to wrap our minds around. My daughter told me she had a little cry – of course she did, we all did. Jacson was also born with Down Syndrome. My daughter and her fiancé work hard with him and have the highest expectations for his abilities. This hasn’t changed, but perhaps the goal posts have since the early days.

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