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David Robins Get Connected Walk

3 May 2008. Day 3

It's a beautiful day.....

Kay Martin (second from left) and the self-led group of people with aphasia meeting David at Easton on the Hill

As I set off this morning it is a beautiful day – perhaps the first really warm day of the walk so far but not great walking weather, to be honest.

I had a great evening last night at the Oak Inn in the picturesque village of Easton on the Hill. Kay Martin and her colleague Mandy Smart introduced me to four of her clients from Peterborough District Hospital. They are working hard to establish a self-led group of people with aphasia who will be campaigning to get much needed provision for people with aphasia to enable people to re-engage with life again. What is striking about aphasia is that it affects people so very differently - some people have very few words, others have aphasia less severely but still struggle to get their message across.  However, the aphasia didn't get in the way of a good evening – we had  lots of different ways of communicating and lots of laughter!  I wish the group every success with their campaign to improve local service provision!' 

After Easton, I headed on footpaths through fields of rape towards Ketton, another very pretty village with limestone cottages,– starting to get more more undulating at last. After Empingham stopped in the Barnsdale pub. Tempted to linger over lunch but knew I needed to press on. Next I skirted the edge of Rutland Water and on up and down through villages such as Oakham and Brooke. After an unexpected three mile detour arrived at the  Bewicke Arms in Hallaton, very hot and tired at 6 pm after a 24 mile day and enjoyed a good meal before retiring – exhausted!

Bluebells in Burley Wood

The Buttercross at Oakham