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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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Category Archives: 2012
Every year, for as long as I can remember, I have always taken the year that was and written a review of it. As a child it was in paper diaries; for the last twelve years or so it has … Continue reading
This morning we had our final meeting with Sheila, our Compass counsellor. Since that first meeting, when I was still so withdrawn and suspicious of strangers, it hasn’t really felt like counselling at all; it’s been more like visiting a … Continue reading
I spent much of yesterday attempting to compose my thoughts and feelings concerning my meeting with Sheila at Compass and what was discussed there. I couldn’t really piece it all together, so instead I gave you some fluff about my … Continue reading
Friday: Just for a change I was completely organised and had to do very little packing on Friday morning (toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, laptop). All of my family’s Christmas gifts were wrapped and packed, I’d planned my weekend wardrobe (although – … Continue reading
It’s that time of year again, when we return to my hometown of Cheltenham to visit my family. As usual Mum will have tacky singing, dancing Christmas stuff invading her living room (says the girl with the talking Dalek and … Continue reading
I have always harboured an acute interest in food from all around the world, and the attendant customs. There is very little that I won’t eat – although I draw the line at anything with tentacles, and I can’t eat … Continue reading
I went to bed last night and have woken up another year older. Yes, ladies and gents, I am thirty-nine today – and not ashamed to admit it because I don’t feel it at all. Perhaps I can no longer … Continue reading
Thank you so much, Dear Kitty: Some Blog for this award. If you’re interested in natural science, please drop by and visit her! A second nomination has also just come in from my dear friend The Heretic. Please be sure … Continue reading
Because our friends and family are scattered all over the country, we at Tribble Towers really have to plan ahead, and even then we can’t fit everybody in! Yesterday I made my now-famous (sort of) piccalilli – with a difference. … Continue reading