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Graduation Day

Charlotte graduating in Physiotherapy at Manchester last week.

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Versatile Blogger Award

A big thank you to Marion, aka ‘Little Miss Traveller‘ , for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. It’s a very kind thought, and it’s good to know that someone enjoys reading my rather random posts!

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Great Manchester Run

Last weekend my daughter took part in the Great Manchester Run, to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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The Best Christmas Present Ever

Exactly one year ago on this day, my life changed in an instant. It was the day I got my Leukaemia diagnosis, and it set the scene for a challenging year ahead in 2014.

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Isla’s Christening

My niece Isla Grace at St Peter’s church for her christening.

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2014: One Hundred Years of Remembrance

Some good news, as it was announced last week that the ‘Tower of London Poppies’ exhibit won’t be entirely disappearing to its purchasers after Armistice Day, but instead some key sections of it will be travelling the country before becoming a permanent installation at the Imperial War Museum.

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Meet Kevin…

We have a new lodger in the house. Kevin is a Yemen Chameleon. He lives in a tree and eats bugs. Yeuuchh!

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Time To Say Goodbye

My Father passed away recently due to old age and ill health. The funeral ceremony yesterday went according to plan, with no traumas, and a beautiful piece of music to finish. But today, back home and on my own, I’ve been turning the wine into tears.

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Getting Well Soon!

A setback with my recovery, as I get hospitalised by an infection.

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Let me know when it’s over

A video diary of my Cladribine chemotherapy for Hairy Cell Leukaemia.

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Cancer only happens to other people

So here we are on New Year’s Eve, and while the rest of the world prepares to party, I’m sitting in a hospital reception waiting to see my consultant haematologist.

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Lest We Forget

Remembrance Sunday 2013. Matthew with 4 Mercian in Mansfield.

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Remembrance Sunday 2012

Matthew with 4 Mercian, Normandy Company, at this year’s ceremony.

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Charlotte’s Prom

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Ann’s Wedding

Ann and Spencer, married at St Peters, followed by a reception at the Norton Grange.

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Mum & Dad’s Golden Wedding Anniversary

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Some really bad snow and ice this week, with temperatures well below zero for several days.

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Remembrance Sunday

Matthew took part in the march through Mansfield on Remembrance Sunday, as part of a platoon from Normandy Company, 4 Mercian.

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New Creatures

Several new additions to the family this week:

Another greyhound, Luna, from the Retired Greyhound Trust at Sutton on Trent. Luna is about 18 months old, not much more than a puppy. She’s still a bit nervous, but is beginning to settle in to her new surroundings. Continue reading “New Creatures”

Lily Ann’s Christening

Lily Ann’s Christening, at St Peter’s church in Middleton, followed by a reception at Hollins Cricket Club.

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Greyhound Sanctuary, Sutton on Trent (Boxing Day 2009)

Boxing Day is traditionally a time for looking after those less fortunate than ourselves. Perfect, then, that the Retired Greyhound Trust should choose today for their Christmas Dog Walk!

Matthew is back from Afghanistan! (October 2009)

After a six month tour of duty in Helmand Province, Matthew returned home safely at the start of October 2009.

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