Archives for the month of: July, 2013


Here is an example of the map we are going to Create of Upminster for ‘The Gallery Project’. Any ideas what should be in it let me know, I’m thinking The Windmill, The Crumpled Horn, Upminster Park, Cyclists, Dogwalkers, School children on scooters, Yummy mummy with bugaboo, Joggers etc.

It will be available to be seen in the shop by September. Other towns can be created upon request, with your choice of content, your house? or school? or local pub? and people.




I’ve noticed as my daughter has reached the end of her infant school education how much her confidence has grown. She is top of her year, the oldest, more experienced in school life than her reception school mates.

With this comes the added confidence at home, the answering back, the ability to realise when she says no she can stand her ground and refuse to back down. I’ve found myself turning into my mother, phrases such as ‘Because I said so thats why’, ‘Wait until your dad gets home’. I’m starting understand my own mother more now than when I had no children.

My mother was taken from us by breast cancer when I was 21 before I had my daughter, so my motherhood has developed without her help or influence and it amazes me that I’m naturally doing the same things as she did with me when I was younger. One thing that does start to worry me is the mischief I got up to in my teenage years and at university, and I’ve still to reach that phase yet.. although I have a few years before we get there.

I’m grateful that my daughter still likes the park, an ice-cream and is currently counting how many sleeps until her birthday.. 46..

This mumsnet discussion on answering back definitely makes for an interesting read on the subject…

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Lauren’s Marvellous Medicine has been set up to receive donations and fundraising, to go directly to Lauren to pay for her cancer treatment that due to various ‘red tape’, she does not “tick the right boxes” to automatically receive from the NHS.

At a recent school coffee morning we held at Upminster Infant School to raise funds for Lauren. It was a combined effort with St Joseph’s School in Upminster. All the mums who supported it were amazing an enormous amount of baked cakes and we managed to raise £996 for her cause.

I am pleased to say they have reached their first target of £25k for her treatment which will allow Lauren to start Avastin when the oncologist advises. We are now moving on to the next stage of fundraising to fund the second cycle of Avastin. This cause is very close to my heart we have both suffered from aggressive Breast Cancers, and have children the same age. She is a very humble and inspirational mum and I wish her all the best for her future.


Lots of events are being planned, please see her facebook page for more details:


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Great highs, the depths of the lows and why at age 7 do I still have to remind my daughter to say please!

Great highs, the depths of the lows and why at age 7 do I still have to remind my daughter to say please!

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