Elegant Rose

Monday, 10 September 2012

The Mighty Roar...........

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing" - Helen Keller.

I will start at the beginning as I have so much to tell here....
We have had the most amazing time lovely peeps and I can honestly say, I have never experienced any thing like it before!

London was pretty splendid all round......
I got to ride the carousel horses..
There was the most wonderful atmosphere of people coming together!

We met some wonderful and inspiring people.
Not to mention a few famous ones too!
(I've always wanted to meet Mary Poppins)

We managed a little sight seeing and the weather did us proud, it felt sunny and warm , perfect for wandering and taking in the views!

Olivia had a very special birthday, one I don't think she will forget too soon!

18... my how time flies!

Anyone for cocktails?

We visited Camden markets and enjoyed some retail therapy!!

I fell in love with this little vintage shop......


On the night of the second full moon of the month (blue moon) we were joined by our families, this is when it hit home, the reason we were really here was to see Dean run for his country!
I was tickled pink when we all met here in Trafalgar square!
Trafalgar square was buzzing with excitement and cheers as families and friends joined together to applaud our fine Paralympians all on the biggest screen!


How awesome was the Olympic Stadium...
I felt so small..
The atmosphere was truly electrifying!
I have been asked on numerous occasions since returning home, how I felt hearing Deans name called out for Great Britain, I can only say that I just heard the mighty roar of the stadium......
It was wonderful, exciting and soo very scary all in one....
An experience akin to nothing experienced before as the crowd were amazing!
(Good job I had my Bachs flower remedies with me as my tummy did a few summer-salts!)

Outside the Olympic Stadium....
I was ever so proud and really haven't come back down to earth yet!
This picture was on the front of our local newspaper back home.
But the best part of all, was when we could join Dean after the race to celebrate with around 50
of us all, some from back home and some from Birmingham, it truly was a celebration!

Olivia captured this quote outside the Olympic village and I feel it says everything!
We had the most wonderful, wonderful time and one I will remember for always!
London 2012 Paralympics has changed the way people perceive disability and we can only go forwards with this....

We are home and all is quiet and calm now, London seems a million miles away and I would love to leave you with this text message, recieved from Dean as our train pulled into our small sleepy northern home town , here in Cumbria....

"Thank you Mum and Dad for everything, I am glad you are home safe.
Sorry I didn't win a medal, but it just isn't my time too, my legs just didn't have it in them on the night, but I know I gave it my all....
Looking forwards to the world championships in Leon next year though and then onto Rio 2016...
love You!
Deano xxxx"

I had to smile to myself !
I will be needing more of those flower remedies after all.......

Joined by Deano after the race here!!
I would like to thank you all for your kindest of kind words and for your bestest of best wishes for Dean, you are the most lovely of folks on here!
I am looking forwards to popping into your sweet blogs shortly with a nice pot of tea.....
It's good to be home!
Bye for now though...
LoVe Maria x



  1. Wonderful, your son's words brought a tear to my eye.

    1. Aww thank you...
      Actually they did to me too!

  2. Hello Claire
    Glad to hear you had such a wonderful time. We watched Dean on TV and
    cheered him on. I have to say Dean words also brought a tear to my eye. What a lovely son you have! Watching him I thought how amazing it must be for your family to watch him compete for team GB, fantastic. Hope you've all
    settled in at home, lots of cups of tea (nothing like that first cup when you get home). Have a lovely week.

    Ali x

    1. Sorry Maria getting confused reading yours n Claire's blogs n making tea at same time really sorry Ali x

    2. Hiya Ali,
      Don,t worry about this...
      Thank you for kind words xxx

  3. Wow! I think that you will remember this time for ever - and have to do it all over again in a few years time in Rio! The Paralympics were fab and a great pat on the back to Dean.

    1. Hi June,
      Back to vintage postings for me now!!
      It has been wonderful though,,,

  4. Welcome home, what an amazing time you have had,I should think it will take some time to readjust! The oaralympics have been fantastic and made that much more special by watching Dean too! We will all continue to follow him through on his journey to Rio!
    Sarah x

    1. Thanks Sarah, your comments are always soo kind

  5. Hello Maria
    It must have been such an amazing journey for you all, to see your wonderful son compete for his country in the best Olympics ever and to experience the sights, sounds and warmth that they have created, you have been in my thoughts all the way, and it has been such a privilege for me to share it all with you.
    Well done Dean!
    Thea x

    1. Aww Thea,
      You really are the kindest of blogging friends!

  6. It looks like an amazing time was had by all! xx

  7. It was amazing watching Dean, and I've read everything in the paper since ... He's had a huge effect on everyone! Looking forward to catching up soon ... Welcome home!

    Claire xxx

    1. Hello Mrs thriftwood!
      Yep we have lots to talk over tea and scones!!

  8. Sounds as if you all had the most amazing time, how proud you must be! Well done to Dean.

  9. What a fantastic experience! Something you will treasure forever! Ada :)

  10. How blimming proud you must be! What a fantastic achievement and I wish Dean well for next year and for his training for 2016.

    1. Hello Missy,
      Glad you are back!
      Thank you kindly...

  11. What a wonderful time you've had! And the super photos make me feel the excitement of it all.

  12. Qué bonitas fotos,se siente mucho amor en tus palabras. Muchos saludos

    1. Hi lovely Sara,
      Have popped over to your blog, for some sunshine!

  13. Maria, you and your family are just too cool. The experience in the stadium must have been unbelievable, it was overwhelming enough watching it on the TV. Medal or no medal, Dean is a true inspiration, getting to the Olympics is a huge achievement in itself and I'm sure his time will come. The best things are worth waiting for!
    Enjoy those cups of tea, they are much deserved xox

    1. Hiya Kate,
      Honest I wasn't cool really....
      I couldn't even watch the race, if the truth be told...
      But that is a Mum thing...
      Thanks for the kindest words always..

  14. Hello ! oh it was great watching Dean race ...so exciting !! looks like you had a great time in London..bet your cats have missed you ! must catch up soon !!! Gail x

    1. Hell mrs!
      Yes we must!
      Thank you for all the news papers, while we were away!! xxx

  15. What a beautiful story Mary, you have spent
    wonderful days and full of satisfaction.
    Congratulations to your Dean, pride
    his mother
    Love Susy x

  16. I am glad to hear you had such a lovely time in London :) What an amazing experience to be part of..well done to Dean and wishing him all the best in the future!
    A Very Happy (slightly belated) Birthday to your daughter as well. It only seems like yesterday I was celebrating my 18th..where does the time go..gulp*
    Enjoy your pot of tea :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment, your visits mean a lot to me..
    Magie x

    1. Thank you Magie.
      I agree time goes by like the blink of an eye.
      I really appreciate you popping in on me.

  17. Oh my, oh my - difficult to read through smeary tears...how lovely, how wonderful, how uplifting, how proud, how emotional, how ruddy marvellous. You and your family will be on the high cloud for some time I reckon. I had sent a message of good luckedness but I don't think that it made it through the ether - not needed either way as being there is just fantastico. The Paralympics outdid the Olympics on all levels for me (and I cried all the way through the Olympics!!). Well done to all of you and thank you greatly for the bestest of times
    Best wishes

  18. Hello Jenny.
    Thank you for this beautiful comment left on here.
    I feel as though I have been blowing my trumpet for some time about the Paralympic's and it is lovely knowing that we all felt the same about them!!

  19. What an amazing post - I had no idea Maria! In awe....fee x

    1. Hello Fee,
      Thank you for these kind words..

  20. Fabulous post Maria....I've gone all goose pimpled its so emotive. What a wonderful son you have.....bless him.....such a lucky family too!
    So glad for you :-)

    Amanda :-)

    1. Hi Amanda,
      Thanks for popping in on me, it really means a lot!

  21. What a very emotional,inspiring,and uplifting post Maria!
    You must be bursting with pride for your wonderful son.
    Take care and have a happy week. :0)