Who are we anyway?

So the trip is approaching and time is ticking, with only a few more things left to organise. It's been really quiet here for a while and so I thought we could write a post about who we are and what we do in our spare time.

We've been together for four very happy years and have known each other for eleven (yes, David must have the patience of a saint to have coped that long!). We're really looking forward to exploring Europe together and trying out all of the local cuisines, its a good job we have such a big van to fill with delicious food on our return home!


He works full time as a Senior IT Technician at a school, whilst also studying for a distance-learning degree in Computer Science, so he's a very busy bee at the moment.

David is known by friends and family for his appetite, proudly demolishing 4 and a half feet of Subway sandwich in less than an hour. Hopefully we won't have too many food challenges on our Eurotrip, but we did find out that there's a Subway in Venice, how romantic?

David is interested in all forms of technology, and with some slight persuasion he enjoys a little DIY and gardening too (when its sunny!).


I never know how to start these things! As you know, I have SMA type 2 (diagnosed at 18 months) and rely on an electric wheelchair for my mobility. I have live-in care, where PA's will help me with all aspects of daily routine, from household chores to washing and dressing, always there to ensure my safety.

Although classed as several disabled, I'm extremely determined as ambitious in life. I studied Illustration at Falmouth University in 2007, living away from home and experiencing my first taste of freedom, graduating with a BA (hons) in 2010.

Ever since, I have been building my life and future with David, settling into our adapted bungalow and running the household. I am unable to work due to my condition but am trying to promote myself as an Illustrator and develop my portfolio in hope that one day I can have my own book published.

My passion is children's narrative illustration and I produced the illustrations and designs for Lou Rhodes book called The Phlunk, followed by the second in the series called The Phlunk's Worldwide Symphony published by Strata Books UK.

There's an in-depth interview all about being an Illustrator and being disabled, right here.

I use design as my outlet. It's one of the only things that I can do completely independently, it comes from within and I didn't ask for anyone's help. It's an extremely satisfying feeling when I have to ask people for help with the most mundane tasks. I feel free. I let my imagination be free when I struggle to express my excitement or energy through movement.

My website acts as my portfolio online, but I also have a shop where I sell smaller homemade pieces which I create when it's raining outside or I don't have a council worker to contend with.

I can't wait to travel and become inspired by the world. It's all so very exciting right now!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tori, Good luck with your trip - I'll be following you with interest. Nearly 20 years ago my boyfriend and I set off to backpack around the world, with my wheelchair. We wrote to Channel 4 in case they'd be interested in following us but they weren't interested. Shame there was no internet and no blogs in those days. Wishing you a great trip and lots of luck - although when you have bad luck that can make for the best stories!