Thank You NHS Staff

NHS Thank You

To my friends working within the NHS,   This has been a tough weekend and this week is not really shaping up to be much better for you. This #NHSCyberAttack has hit all NHS staff hard, and not just because it makes things difficult when it comes to processing your day-to-day tasks, but also because […]

Allotment Plots, Plans and Arachnophobia

Plots Plans and Arachnophobia

  So this weekend, we got some plants in down at the allotment. I have planted a lot of Calendula, the bees love it but I am primarily planning to use in natural skin care for my daughter as she suffers from a little dermatitis and Calendula  salves work well on it. We (and by […]

Bee Friendly To Tired Bees

  There are few sadder sights to a gardener or wildlife enthusiast, than a dead or dying bee. Without these pollinating powerhouses, the world as we know it would cease to exist. So taking care of our little friends is something every gardener should make a priority. I am already beginning to see bumblebees buzzing […]

Parent Hospital Stay Bag – Extras We Take

  Extras We Take To Hospital Until you have spent time in hospital, it’s really hard to know what extras to bring with you. That’s why I have been writing these posts. Amongst friends I am something of a ‘go to’ person for what you need when you’re doing hospital time, so this extras list […]

Parent Hospital Stay Bag – Toiletry Kit

  *This post may contain affiliate links (please see disclosure page) however most of the items can be sourced at great prices from your local supermarket or discount store. Where an item is specialised, I have linked to an example for your information. The Toiletry Kit This toiletry kit will be your best friend. I […]

Parent Hospital Stay Bag – What To Pack

Parent Hospital Stay Bag – What To Pack Now that you have your bags, we need to focus on what to pack in them so that you can be comfortable during your time on the ward with your child. ‘Grab and Go’ Clothing Bags! Packing your bag for hospital can be hell if you are […]

Parent’s Hospital Stay Bag – Part One

Hospital Bag for Parent’s – Part One When packing for hospital it is often hard to know what to take. Pack too much and you risk having to work around it during your stay. Pack too little and the inconvenience can be far greater. As a hospital stay regular, I have put together this guide […]

The day your child is rushed to hospital.

It is hard to explain to someone what it’s like; having a child in hospital. It seems a fairly innocuous thing, something routine, standard even – until it’s happening to you, and then it is a confusing, emotionally exhausting and terrifying time. Indulge me for a moment; put yourself in shoes that I hope you never ever have to actually walk in. spital bag

On the way into the parents room you run into a shell shocked Mum looking bewildered and bereft at a kitchen without so much as a cup in it. This, you realise, was you yesterday. So you smile gently, say hello ask if she would like a cup and a coffee sachet as you have spares. She tries very hard not to cry, and fails. She apologises ‘for crying but my child has just been admitted, I’m terrified, I have nothing with me and I shouldn’t be crying over this as it’s just coffee’.

But it’s not just coffee and you both know it. This is compassion, in a cup. It’s a ‘this experience totally sucks’ solidarity moment that you will both remember forever. And yes, it’s also coffee.

Haunted UK Locations – My Favourites

My favourite Haunted UK Locations Some of you know that my husband and I used to run an overnight ghost hunting events company a few years ago. We guided groups of patrons through some of the UK’s most haunted locations so they could experience the history, atmosphere and, if they were lucky, the paranormal presence […]