A couple of big thankyous



We have the best ever DIY travel wheelchair for our daughter Sparky, who has Cerebral Palsy. The success of it is largely due to the brilliance of the Chariot. We’ve already shown you this picture we took at the train station in Tiruchippalli, India.


Well, about 5 minutes after this pic was taken, we were crossing a railway track, or about 8 tracks in a row actually. The front wheel of the Chariot got stuck between two tracks. After an initial panic that a train would turn up, and run the lot of us down, we managed to wangle the chair free….minus one wheel.

The Chariot copped everything we threw at it for 51 weeks of travel, and in week 52 it just kept on going, but on three wheels not four.

But would you believe how thrilled-to-bits we were when we got home and found a BRAND NEW Chariot waiting for us?   It was an EVEN BETTER model, with handbrake and shade cloth sides. We straight away took it for a test run:


The Chariot company donated the chair to us with absolutely no strings attatched, out of  pure generosity and excitement for what WE had been able to accomplish because of the genius of THEIR product.


Equally exciting was the email we received from  KEENS, the best ever travel sandals. They had stumbled across our header photo (up there at the top) and offered to send us some shoes!  They made us KEEN ambassadors and you can see us here on the KEEN ambassador site. Keens does a lot of this, they gave our friend Hannah heaps of shoes to give away when she drove a rickshaw across India. Great stuff!

At the time, we were just off to Mongolia, here we are in China opening a goody box full of great Keen boots!


And just in time too, there was plenty of cold and mud to deal with.


Those original sandals in the picture were worn about 330 days straight. All day every day.  Mine and Chris’s are as good as new, but the kids’ ones got too small and well worn out.  How very cool that a box of new sandals arrived for us just in time for the Australian summer.  (Seriously, we would have bought ourselves new Keens anyway. Not gonna wear anything else)


Thanks KEENS!!

So there you have it, big thankyous all round.







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7 Responses to A couple of big thankyous

  1. Deb @ Bright and Precious October 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    I seriously need to catch up on reading your posts, Jill. Have missed you. Have been utterly consumed with my own life (and about to renovate my house so can’t stop now – will as soon as I get a breather!). What great companies to have helped you. I am a big Keen fan – in fact probably one of the few brands I would consider ‘working with’. I have several of their shoes and find them so comfortable. Yay for Keen families. :)

  2. Laurel- Capturing la Vita October 20, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    All of that could not have gone to a more deserving family <3
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  3. Vicki October 20, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    That is such great news. Obviously companies with a heart coupled with a good sense of promotional possibilities – a win, win situation all around. Keep writing.

  4. Next in line October 23, 2013 at 11:43 am #


    That is awesome you got a new Chariot. I actually wrote the company a while back when you were out on your adventures. I live in Western Canada and use one for biking. They are amazing. I was so impressed with your innovation and design I sent Chariot and email with a link to your blog.

    I am sure the brake will come in very handy, not to mention having all four wheels.

  5. Lisa wood November 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    What a great Thanking You post :)
    Love the line up of the shoes, embarrassed to say that we have never ever used or tried Keens Shoes! Sure look like they would last the test of time with kids! And its good to hear that you all were gifted some, and so glad your daughter was able to keep on travelling with her new Chariot {perfect name for it by the way!!}
    So glad you are back here blogging, missed you guys.
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    • Jill November 2, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

      Thanks Lisa!

  6. arelyn November 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    That is just so awesome! I was considering a pair of Chacos as my next sandal but I think Keens just won my heart!

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