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Friday, 5 April 2019


On 2nd January we picked up the sixth member of our family (i only have 2 children but we do have a cat) Another female, a little dachshund we named Betty. Betty is my gift for getting through my cancer treatment, and although Harry was very much against having a dog he couldn't really refuse.

Enjoying taking her on our walks on the beach 

travelling in the car 

And what a much loved member of the family she has become. A complete puppy pain sometimes but very cute, loveable and funny.

Of course My Sister Mabel now has a range of various up cycled dachshund fabric dresses, bags, and tops (available on the website) 

Sunday, 10 March 2019


Can't believe we are already three months into the New Year. and four months since my last post. I should've made it a New Years resolution to do at least one post a month (but I didn't).  So a quick synopsis of the last four months.

At the end of November I set up a stall for The Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market. Lots of preparation, and a lot of commitment both financially and manpower. I met some lovely people and made some money ....but i won't be doing it again!

Christmas came and went with a beautiful Christmas tree, presents and a poignant moment when I realised that this would be the last Christmas that Mabel would believe in Father Christmas. She even asked me several times as I tucked her in on Christmas Eve, but I didn't think this was the right time.  I must say I felt kind of sad that the magic would disappear for both of us after this year.   

Lots of walks on Dartmoor and the beach to blow away the cobwebs

We finished the year with an impromptu New Years Eve party, which left me with the mother of all hangovers the next day!!

Goodbye to 2018. It was definitely a lot easier and better than 2017, but not as good as 2019 is going to be.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018


Can't believe so many months have passed since my last post. 

Sometimes keeping a blog feels just like another commitment, another social media platform I have to update, along with all the other admin type rolls that go with having an online business. 

But then I remind myself that this wasn't started just for my business, this is photo documentation of our family life. `When I've asked the girls if they think it's a good idea and something they will look back on they have always genuinely said yes.  

I remember spending many hours looking through family photo albums old and new. It doesn't happen anymore, and and boxes of photos (someones memories) turn up on a market stall or at a car boot. I'm not about to start printing photos and putting them into albums, so I will carry on (albeit with a six month gap) and I will continue to write this for my girls and hopefully they will enjoy sitting one day flicking through their pages of memories. 

We all made some great memories in the Summer, when we set off for our holiday to Valencia.  This year we were really please to invite my friend Becka and her boys, it was so lovely to share the Spanish experience of wonderful sunshine,beaches, food and drink.

Barely a month back. kids were back at school I have an impending Christmas Market to stock, but I was back in Valencia. This time we stayed in the city for 4 days and experienced all that it gave us. An amazing fiesta, wonderful food, a modern art gallery, warm climate and travelling through the city on an electric scooter for the first time. I can definitely say I'm in love with Valencia, and Harry and I would very much like to divide out time between the UK and Valencia in the future.

So it was back home and to work making stock, for a month at the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market starting on 15th November until 16th December.

Thursday, 6 September 2018


Two great weeks of festivities at our Carnival and Regatta 

An amazing achievement for Mabel, she learnt to ride a bike.  As she  has a left side weakness, which causes her problems with balance it was an extra proud moment!

and there was no stopping her. Here on the boardwalk on Torquay seafront. 

We are normally away on holiday when the British Firework Championships take place on the Hoe in Plymouth, but this year we were lucky enough to be able to attend.

New lined tote bags available on the website in September 

and still making more and more Christmas decorations 

Sunday, 22 July 2018


With the continuing beautiful weather, we set up The Back Beach Club a few weeks ago, and it's become a Saturday afternoon/evening regular. We get there when we can, bring the children, booze and food and sit back and enjoy the company and the view. We're thinking of ways in which we can carry on through the Winter. Maybe a problem keeping tabs on the kids in the dark!

A few weeks ago we were invited to a mini festival (Frogfest) in a field in Shaldon. Another beautiful evening with the most spectacular sunset over the river.

A little excitement hit the town last week, with the discovery of a WWII unexploded bomb under the pier. The town was cordened off and the bomb taken out to sea and eventually exploded by the Navy. 


I haven't done any events for sometime but I did book a few this year. The first was a two day event in Dartmouth which was a very hot but successful event. 

The second was The Exeter Craft Festival the weather was absolutely sweltering, which didn't help to bring the crowds out, and England played in the semi-finals on Saturday which completely killed the trade! All that aside it was a good three day event.

And so the kids are just about to break up from school, and it's looking like it could be continuing good weather. I've started the Sumer sale, and I've also been accepted for a pitch at the month long Exeter Christmas Market starting in November, so lots of stock needs to be made (I'm excited and a little worried) We're heading off to Spain at the end of the month, and all is good!

Wednesday, 27 June 2018


The recent half term we found ourselves in the usual position where Bella has one week off and Mabel has two. Mabel and I decided to take this opportunity to go to London and visit friends and family. Prior to our visit I offered Mabel a show of her choice in the West End, but she turned  me down, and explained that what she really wanted to do was visit Battersea Dogs Home, the location of her very favourite TV programme.  For The Love Of Dogs. 

First stop was to my cousin Richard and his wife Mervi, who have recently returned back to England from New York and now live in Ottershaw. Mabel couldn't have been happier as they also now have 
an 11 week old puppy Duke.

The next day it was off to Kingston and friends Steve and Ang and their daughters Megan and Emma.  Funny enough they also have a young Spingador Charlie, so once again a very happy Mabel

We left Kingston the next day, and headed into London. First stop had to be Hamleys, and because for all other children half term had been the week before, it practically empty

I was very exciited by the prospect of being in town for the Summer Art Exhibition at the Royal Academy, but alas we were about 3 days too earlier, so we wondered around anyway and took in the sights, and a little Grayson Perry preview.

We stayed with our friends Scott and Heather and although they don't have a dog anymore, they do have Gino their son,who Mabel enjoyed  getting to grips with playstation games with. 

Scorching hot the next day we headed for London and the Embankment. We took a stroll through Battersea Park and eventually got to Battersea 

And then we were there, and with a £2 entrance fee, it was considerably cheaper than a West End Show.  I was amazed at the size of it, and obviously how generous people are to this charity.  We weren't aloud to photograph the dogs but  they all looked longing at us as we passed their kennels (which was a little heart breaking) and of course we then went upstairs to see all the cats and kittens. 

Finally that evening we stayed with my friend Chrissie who was celebrating her birthday with a great group of women, many of whom I hadn't seen for a while. The next day it was home.

Treatment update

I haven't done a treatment update for sometime, as there has been nothing really to tell, I finished the herceptin in March and then the day the girls broke up for half term I went in for my last bit of surgery my "designer nipples." this was a small day surgery operation done under a general anaesthetic to reconstruct the nipple, tattoo the areola, and remove the ports (which had been used to expand the implants)  Of course there was the usual list of possible complications, but I feel lucky to say it all went very well and I'm very pleased.  I have one follow up appointment in a couple of weeks and then thats me totally finished.  Hooray!!