Writing Wednesday – Part 3

How about some writing for pure escapism? This week we look at just that as well as looking outside yourself for inspiration and the trend that is 'nature writing.' As promised in the vlog below, here are some pictures that I have taken during my break in France to offer you some more inspiration for your [...]

Writing Wednesday Vlog – Part 1

Hello all, This is something that I have been putting together for a while and I am SO pleased to finally be uploading my first Writing Wednesday Vlog. This series is really about the joy of writing and living more creatively. Using writing to help you through trauma or negative experiences, or just for the [...]

Sun, Sand & Septicaemia! (part one)

Well that was NOT part of the plan when my family and I decided to go on a dream family holiday to Mauritius! My husband and I worked, saved and planned for months. We were so excited to finally be going and once there, it was as close to paradise as I could have hoped. We [...]

Book Review – One Million Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley

I first heard about One Million Lovely Letters about a year ago when a friend sent me the link to the website.  I was beyond amazed by the concept - if you feel like you need a hug in an envelope, email Jodi Ann Bickley and she will handwrite you a letter to remind you how [...]

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Day 18 – Know Your Colostomy from your Ileostomy

Day 17 - My DictiOSTOMY! This is something that is commonly confused, especially by the media, so this is basically it in my version of a dictionary - My DictiOSTOMY STOMA Stoma, literally translated, means 'mouth' or opening.  In this case referring to the opening from the colon coming through the abdomen. COLOSTOMY The more common, or [...]

The Stupid Things People Say When You Have Cancer!

When You Find Out You Have Cancer... I would prepare yourself for when people say (what I think) are very stupid things. The most common comment being “I knew someone who had cancer and died”, seriously, who are you helping when you say that? There is also my personal favourite, “just think positively and you’ll [...]

Hartwell House Hotel and Aromatherapy Associates – Anti-Bucket List 2015 Update

One of the best things about putting 'visiting Spa's' on my Anti-Bucket List is getting to do one of my favourite things…. visit spa's! Last weekend I had the complete joy of visiting a new spa near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, at Hartwell House Hotel with my lovely friend L.J. Ross. The old manor house has been turned [...]