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I'm a 42 year old writer, living with my husband and a large collection of tarantulas in Essex. I have an adult son with severe autism and learning disabilities, I'm a media volunteer for Epilepsy Action, and - in spite of a disability preventing me from continuing in my career as a care assistant (I had also hoped to train as a staff nurse) - I give back what I can to my community by volunteering at the local library a few times a week. I am passionate about human and animals rights, and believe that all lives matter. I'm known locally as the eccentric Doctor Who fan who always wears fandom t-shirts and a smile. Oh; I'm also known as Spider Lady.
I enjoy baking, reading and gardening, and I have extensive ways in which to use garden ingredients for pickles and sauces. I've spent this year regaining my health after a near-fatal illness last summer, and encourage others to embrace life in every way they can.
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Monthly Archives: March 2012
To many people, epilepsy is merely a case of somebody lying on the ground twitching, drooling and possibly making some very odd noises. The impact that a seizure can have physically is not something that crosses the minds of some … Continue reading
Originally posted on Henchman-4-Hire:
Once upon a time, I couldn’t care less about Doctor Who. I knew it existed, I’m pretty sure it was on the Sci-Fi channel and I knew there was a special kind of nerd that…
The old man was talking to us – my cousins, my sister and I, as we passed him on Bournemouth Beach, cigarettes in hands, on our way to The Dolphin for a pint of Guinness. It was 1989, I was … Continue reading
I don’t believe that I’ve posted this recipe for sweet chilli courgette/zucchini before. My apologies if I have done so, but a friend asked and I can’t find any other entries on this subject. These delicious jars of green crunchiness … Continue reading
Originally posted on Grist:
Photo by Kris. Scotts Miracle-Gro products are known for zapping weeds dead. But it turns out they could be killing decidedly more attractive creatures — birds. Scotts pled guilty this Tuesday to charges that the company…
Lke many cross-stitchers I always have multiple projects on the go. Here are a few of the ones which still need me to have a “Roundtuit”: Flamenco: My grandmother adored the different shades of red on this piece, and I … Continue reading
This last week I’ve been somewhat busier than usual. Aside from joining in Needlework Days and doing lots of sewing I’ve planted seeds, potted cuttings from the Tradescantia plant that I inherited from my grandmother (which needs a good old … Continue reading
In my continued participation in Needlework Days I have finished one project (thank you eBay for having such fab sellers!) and unearthed a few that I’ve not completed yet. I hope you enjoy! “Red Rose”. Again using DMC threads. I’m … Continue reading
What comes to your mind when you view this picture? Do you think of a good pub or restaurant with friends? Do you imagine biting into that salad and sipping that wine, blending the flavours together into a perfect marriage … Continue reading