One of the advantages of having relatives to stay is that you visit the local attractions which are ignored during your day to day life.
I have had my cousin here for the last fortnight which has been a bit of a mixed blessing as I'm not very good at saying when things get too tiring or painful for me and she is not very good at noticing.
One good thing that has come out of it, however, is the discovery of Tramper hire in the South West area. We went to visit Buckland Abbey (Sir Francis Drake and all that) and I phoned ahead to book a mobility scooter.
Apparently there is a scheme that hires out all terrain scooters in various locations across the West Country which would normally be inaccessible to those of us who can only walk short distances. countrysidemobility.org It costs £10 per year.
I am thrilled about this as it means I can visit a number of places such as the Tarka Trail and Berry Head which are too much for me to walk and too bumpy for a normal scooter.
The Tramper is much like any other mobility scooter you get from the shopmobility places but has higher and tougher wheels I think, The only thing I found difficult was that it was operated by turning the handle bars - a little like a motorbike - and I found that my wrist become sore very quickly. It can be changed from right hand to left hand operation with the click of a switch but nonetheless I would find it hard to use for any length of time.
The thought of being able to access the open countryside again has filled me with anticipation. I'll have to see if I can get a trip or two in before my operation as that will lay me up for a few months. Hooray for all terrain scooter hire!