Talk about it Tuesday 30/6/15


On Tuesday afternoons I go out to meet some lovely people and have a chat, cup of tea and quite often we have CAKE  They’re a friendly bunch, men and women, all mixed ages, and sometimes we really have a laugh.

Sounds fun doesn’t it, but what would you say if I told you it was a Cancer Support Centre and I’m a volunteer listener, now fun probably isn’t the first thing you’d think of.

Cancer support centres are very positive places, a place to talk where people will listen. Often set up by an individual who has been affected by cancer and hasn’t found the support they needed where they live.

Friendly staff and volunteers are available to listen with a cuppa and a smile. You can choose to get involved, or just drop in when you feel like a friendly chat and most services are completely free of charge.

We have lots of volunteers, many people who visit the centre for support often return to offer their help in some way. I think people return to show their support and thanks for ‘being there’ at a time when everything looked bleak.

Many support centres are self funded and rely on fundraising and grant applications.  Volunteers are the backbone of these organisations.

If you have time and there’s a cause or organisation that is close to your heart, why don’t you think about volunteering. An afternoon a week is all you need, and It’s a great way to gain confidence if you’re looking to go back to work.

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Bridesmaid or Italian movie star.

Today I’m joining in with #FlashbackFriday…

I think I’m going to like this linky, I have some fab old photos and it’s an excuse to look through them again.


This is my Mum and her bridesmaids. My parents lived in Liverpool and Dad worked for the Cunard Line, so they could afford to splash out on a big wedding.


We always laugh at this as Aunt Hilda, who always told everyone her name was Laurie, is looking at the camera as usual, she always fancied herself as an Italian movie star, haha.

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Talk about it Tuesday 23/6/15

Do you know the latest cure for Arthritis is a molecule from a Parasitic worm?

You probably don’t, but I read this stuff all the time.  After 30 years of coping with this condition I now take absolutely no notice.

Over 20 years ago I was given the wonder drug of the time, which nearly killed me. A  side effect of suppressed appetite, weight loss and extreme fatigue was rare and at first denied by clinicians,  after stopping medication the quick return of appetite seemed to confirm  suspicions.

What I have learnt over the years is every drug acts differently on each person, what works for you may not work on me.

Now I am a Mum, older and wiser I make my own choices and decisions. I now talk through ideas and suggestions and it seems to work.  I have a lot of damage to joints but I am well. I don’t dwell on my condition and tailor my life according to how I feel each day.

Around 10 million people in the UK are affected by Arthritis, you can find out more at NRAS

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From dialysis to dinner, Posh Pickles.

Do you like cooking?

I don’t, well not much anyway, but I do like tasty food and I’m always looking for easy tips and additions that can add flavour, that’s how I came across Posh Pickles & Preserves.

Steph the founder of Posh Pickles is an inspiration, she suffered kidney failure at the age of 20, and although dealing with a life changing condition she was determined to start her own business, which she now runs with partner Rob, in Cheshire.

Recently I went to visit PoshPickles, not only to sit in the gorgeous sunny garden and drink tea, but to find out what inspired Steph to start up a business, despite dealing with illness.

Steph knew her condition would dictate her working life so instead of worrying about the boss, she became the boss, and started the business in 2005,

The business went from strength to strength and won the Prince’s Trust Award for Business Success in 2006 and Outstanding Business Achievement Award in 2007.

Steph has always had a passion for food, taking great pleasure in discovering new and exciting flavour combinations that have created a delicious and varied range of chutneys, relishes, oils and jams, using all natural ingredients.

I got to try some when I visited…



The flavours are amazing, and with names like Peruvian Guindilla Fresca Hot Sauce,  Bloody Mary Chutney and Sticky Chipotle Onion Jam you know you’re in for something special.

Posh Pickles also blogs her recipes.

How about Sausage Curry with Cheeky Chilli Relish


PoshPickles happily donates money from the sale of Tangy Braeburn Apple Chutney to The National Kidney Federation,

Two million people in the UK have kidneys that are under performing. 60,000 kidneys have already failed completely (mine being two of them) There are 30,000 transplant patients that need ongoing support, and 30,000 dialysis patients and their families and carers that need ongoing support.

Always thinking of new ideas Posh Pickles now provide wedding Favours, how pretty is this.

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So if you’re looking for a tasty addition for meals or something different as a present, especially for a foodie, you can’t go wrong choosing a delicious jar from Posh Pickles and Preserves.

This is not a sponsored post, it’s about Steph, an amazing lady that’s working hard.



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That’s my Dad,


For Father’s Day

Who puts the bins out on a sunday night

And gives me a cuddle if i’ve had a fright

Who teaches me the difference ‘tween wrong and right

That’s my Dad

Who plays football when he’s not in the mood

Talks mum into buying my favourite food

Who stifles a giggle as he says trumping’s rude

That’s my Dad

Who read me stories but fell asleep

Buys football stickers for me to keep

Who picks me up when I fall in a heap

Thats my Dad

Who’ll stand in the rain on my match day

Who’s hair is going a little grey

Who’ll be showered with love on Fathers Day

That’s my Dad

from J x



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