It was the first night of our trip to Center Parcs. The rest of the Marshall clan hadn’t yet arrived, so my little family of three were exploring. Whilst Phil was talking to reception, Lottie the dog and myself sat outside watching the world go by. And that world was full of children… and sport… … More The Other Path
It was one of those precious times where the whole world is rosy and the face can’t stop grinning. One of those rare occasions where the specialness of a moment is realised at the very time it is occurring. I was bobbing at sea, aboard an inflatable dingy, laughing as Phil attempted to row us … More My Best PH Holiday
I watched the Royal wedding from a ferry on the high seas. Excited and engrossed in the TV commentary, I thought little of where I was. However as the happy couple were eventually pronounced man and wife (incidentally in the exact same spot in Windsor, that Phil proposed to me, many moons ago), I suddenly … More Crossing The Sea
We’ve recently returned from a hectic family holiday to the Peak District. Eleven chatty adults, two monkey toddlers and a dog. It was lively! 😛 But amazingly my body coped brilliantly- it was one of my strongest holidays since developing PH. It seems I have completely bounced back from my unexplained deterioration of last autumn. … More Putting My Body To The Test
I adore the countdown to Christmas. As the first drawer on my advent calendar is opened, life suddenly becomes more magical and exciting. One whole month surrounded by twinkly lights, sparkly tinsel and memory-laden tree decorations. Four weeks of planning and shopping and wrapping and giving. Twenty-four days of indulging on Christmas films, Christmas chocolates, … More Finding My Christmas Spirit
A fortnight ago something monumental happened. After many years of waiting and asking and being told “Not yet”, we eventually got to babysit the nephews overnight! As they’ve never before had bedtime away from their parents, it was a big deal for us all. My sister and Adam had their first date night in six years, Jacob … More The Nephews First Sleepover!
In 2012, my brother-in-law’s father sadly died after a short illness. At the time my eldest nephew Jacob was only 15 months old. His Grandad was a lovely man who clearly adored him, and was a significant part of his life up until that point. But he died when Jacob was young, very young, too … More Will They Remember Me?
We booked our annual holiday with Phil’s family many months ago. Restricted by my need to stay near to Harefield Hospital, and the want of an easy week, we decided to go to Woburn Centre Parcs. My first ever trip to a famous CP! We were charmed by the website- a fabulous swimming pool, acres … More A Family Holiday to Centre Parcs
I was four months in to a year long volunteer placement in Ethiopia, when my sister announced she was pregnant with her first child. My gut instinct was to rush home, but after some agonising, we decided to stay in Africa, as planned. Through photos sent over the slow sketchy internet, I watched her stomach … More The Ill Aunty
Like everyone, I love holidays. However, life is never simple, especially with an illness, and our intended vacations this year haven’t really gone to plan! So far we’ve planned four week-long trips away.. and have had to cancel all four at the last minute. 2016 has been a crazy year, with more than my fair … More Changing Holiday Plans