• What a difference a year makes

    I have been slightly off Facebook recently (having deleted the app off my phone in a half-hearted Lenten attempt to reduce my phone use) and thus, it was only this evening I became away of the fact that today is World Kidney Day. This has made me feel a little emotional as it reminds me that exactly a year ago today, I took Ana to Southampton General for her kidney biopsy only to find that her symptoms had improved so much since the op was booked, her consultant no longer believed a biopsy was necessary. Looking back now, a year on, I can see that this last minute reprieve marked the turning point from which our family slowly and painfully began to piece ourselves back together following six long months of illness, uncertainty and hideous medication that nearly broke us all. Just a month after this momentous event, we had a conversation....
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  • When stepping in dog poo was the easy bit.

    Not long ago, I happened to be scrolling through my old blog posts when I found my first ever post written two years ago.  It recounted my hapless adventures when....
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  • A ‘secret beach’ adventure

    Our third trip to the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall was firmly marked on the calendar when I opened the Sunday Times travel supplement the week they featured the best beaches....
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  • If Carlsberg did camping.

    The family and I have just returned from a long weekend camping with friends at a local YMCA family camp site.  It was everything a camping trip should be:  the....
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  • Tents, tears, trickles and toilets.

    On Friday I finally made it - exhausted and on my knees - to the end of term. The preceding 3 weeks had seen my teacher friends jump one by....
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