Strength

I’m back from another long day in A&E because of this bastard disease, Crohn’s. I’ve previously written here about my diagnosis and first operations (have a gander, it’s thrilling – intensive care and everything).  Cutting a very long story short since August 2013 I’ve had 6 operations 5 of which were within 20 months of each other. I had my most recent operation two weeks ago for an anal fistula (google it, you won’t be disappointed).  Over this past weekend a (very painful) lump came up and I’m having fevers and not feeling at all well so my IBD nurse (firmly) suggested I attend A&E. IRead More →

I’m quite a politcal beast and one thing I’m really passionate about is voting (if you’re eligible) so here are my top tips for voting: Vote! Just effing vote.  If you only read the first tip that’s fine! Vote!  Did you hear me? Vote!  Got that? Good. Oh, and VOTE!!! Register to vote. In order to vote you need to register to vote, you can do that here.  I’ve even put the link in for you.  Aren’t I nice? You have until 23.59 22nd May 2017 to do it. Get it done – now, or after you’ve read this.  Whatever. Postal Voting. If, like me, you are aRead More →

We’ve all met a “gentle parent”, in fact I am one, well mainly. We’re usually easy to spot. Our children wear cloth nappies and are breastfed, we’re vegetarian or vegan, we baby wear. We don’t shout at our kids (that lasted about two years with my oldest and about two weeks with my youngest, make if that what you will). The most important thing about being a gentle parent is, well, being gentle. Listening to your child allowing them to have a voice. I know it sounds arty farty but it works for some children. The problem with gentle parents is that, to be honest,Read More →

3 girls in a park

Recently I was tagged by both Carter Family 4 and Pass the Prosecco Please to write 20 things you didn’t know about me. So here goes: 1) I don’t have a middle name.  When deciding what to call me my father suggested naming me after an engineer, Mr Wankel. My surname is Knight. You get the idea (Wankel Knight…) 2) I nearly died following an operation to remove part of my bowel (due to Crohn’s) after I developed a leak and septicemia in 2013 when Big L was 2. I was in intensive care for a week and spent a month in hospital.  I had 5 operations in aroundRead More →

Can of Kopparberg

We recently bought a larger barbecue to replace the small two-man jobby that has seen us through the last seven years. It has fared us well, we bought it from Homebase for the princely sum of about £15. I think they still sell them now and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending one. We’ve just outgrown ours (plus we left it out over winter). Anyway I ordered a new one from Tesco Direct, we’d got £42 in Clubcard vouchers and I found a decent barbecue here that was half price at £75. The service from Tesco Direct and their delivery company Arrow was great.  We were kept informedRead More →

I know most of my posts are either rants or my attempt at humour (if you haven’t read them please familiarise yourself with them here) but with the school holidays fast approaching I thought I’d share my favourite outdoorsy places local to me.  Obviously that will mean eff all to anyone not from around these parts.  Sorry about that! I love getting outdoors and I don’t like paying for it so they are all either free or cheap! Here goes: My first favourite place is Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve on Bradbourne Vale Road.  I’ve had a love affair with this place since I was a little girl andRead More →

Whilst leafing through magazines at the hairdressers today (I know, hairdressers – get me!) I came across Hello! Magazine.  Not something I would ordinarily read but I thought I’d have a quick flick through.  One of the first articles I came upon was about the fella that was once the werewolf in True Blood, you might also know him from Magic Mike and his equally gorgeous wife who was in Machete Kills. They were posing in their glorious house so I thought I’d cut through the crap for you.  I’m nice like that. Firstly, a pic of the impossibly attractive pair.  I think they lookRead More →

I’ve been lucky enough to reach the ripe old age of 39 and not have a close encounter with the Big C. Friends and family members I’ve lost have not suffered from cancer.  Until now.  My Bestie’s beautiful mum was diagnosed just over a year ago and now cancer is stealing her from us.  And I’m fucking angry, no, I’m livid.  How dare it? How dare this disease walk into our lives like it owns the place and take someone so wonderful? My Bestie and I grew up together, both of us were only children so we spent most of our time together, right upRead More →

Yup! I’ve done it! I’ve lost just over a stone in five weeks. No fad diet. No diet club. No starving myself. Just healthy eating and exercise! I know I said I’d try to post weekly about my diet but I’ve been a bit distracted with one thing or another so it’s been nearly two weeks. Anyway.  Who cares? The fact is I’m still losing weight which is in itself a minor miracle.  I normally lose a couple of pounds then give up. I’ve decided there are no “naughty” foods.  Everything in moderation.  I fall down if I feel like I’m depriving myself so thisRead More →