Friday, 30 October 2015

Happy Planet Accessories: Wow, what a week!

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Happy Planet Creative Arts CIC: Happy Planet Creative Workshops

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hello peeps.

Time flies by
weeks go awry
oh me oh my
big sigh...

What have I been up to!  let me think....... after being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia life took a different route.

After years of thinking no one understands me, and being brushed aside, I finally have a name to call the invisible demon, that has caused me so much pain and distress over the years.

On the day of my diagnosis, my rheumatologist recommended the Newcastle Support group to me.  I didn't go directly as anxiety levels prevented this, but I did join the facebook group, and explored some of the links to get information.

I did eventually go to the Newcastle support group and it was lovely to meet new people, and see a familiar face or two.  Attending the group opened up new doors which I probably wouldn't have known about had I not have gone.

What doors!  I hear you say...well...I know some of you are going to say nooo when I tell you one door was exercise, yes... exercise.  How can we exercise when we are in so much pain!  Well we have the privilege to have Adam coaching us.  Adam aka The Fibro Guy is passionate about helping people with chronic fatigue and pain - invisible illnesses.

Following our work out we have an appointment with magic hands Jan who gives us a massage to help get rid of some of the knots that have us so tangled.

How many of my family and friends know what Fibromyalgia is?  I am hoping that the majority of them do......

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Friday, 24 July 2015


Hi everyone

I have been diagnosed with Fybromyalgia and there is not a lot of people know what it is or how to manage the pain and all the other symptoms that go with it.  I must admit I had never heard of it till they were testing me for it and even then I didnt know how I was going to cope.  The Consultant advised me to join the support group and it took me  a while but I eventually went to a meeting and was glad I did.  I was made to feel welcome and there was lots of information in both literature form and from others experiences.

The group was told of an opportunity to do some light exercises with a personal trainer call Adam, which he has devoted his day off to do and at no cost for group members...WOW... and if that wasn't enough he has also managed to get a lovely lady in to give those in the group a massage at reduced rates to help get rid of some of those painful knots.  It doesn't matter if you cant join in the exercises, you can still book for a massage.

There are some amazing people out there who from their own personal experiences go out of their way to help others.

Adam is and I quote "putting together a two disk DVD, documenting his journey, educating, creating pain management routines and personal training those with the syndrome".

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Monday, 8 June 2015

All in the name of Love

My husband works at Beacon Hill school which was purpose built for children with special needs.  The staff and parents of the children, are amazing and always looking at ways to raise funds for the school.   Last year was the first sponsored walk in the Lake District up Scafell.  This was such a  good weekend and everyone who turned up enjoyed their time, so this year the consensus was to go to the Lakes again and do a different walk and/or the Dragon Boat race.The majority made the journey after work on Friday, pitching tents and parking camper- vans. It was a challenge trying to get some of the tents up, but the community spirit wasn't going to be defeated by a bit wind lol.  All tents up, a few bevvies for some and it was off to bed.

Up and ready for their walk and 1 woman and her dog (me) versus 10 tents and high velocity winds.  

Come back from loo and one tent being carried into barn including contents, first casualty.  Checking tents on way to ours and Ben does a Houdini out of his coat, went tearing across field stopping just  to look back with a look of glee on his face before tearing off again.. Captured Ben at the wall and we return to check tents.  Hooray the farmer came around with his hammer and spare pegs to help secure tents, this done and about to go in tent and yes Ben did another Houdini.. He didn't run this time he just explored behind the tents .. Finally crawl into tent shattered as hardly anyone had slept with the high winds.  I heard Julie, and her gang who arrived with the buffet for the everyone, shouting about tents, literally fell out of tent to go and help , just in time to see Carly and Ellen running after tent number 2 making a break for it complete with contents.  Another casualty for the barn...The fun continues... third tent hit the ground but didn't blow away so was grounded with weights while the food was unpacked and set up for the weary walkers, kettle on and booze at the ready for when news was broken about the fallen tents and the weather was about to change again with rain on the way. 

Too windy for the ducks to fly, walked through the camp

Uncertain if Dragon Boat Race going ahead, Ruth and Nikki H drove off to find out the verdict... It was a Yea, so buzzing with excitement everyone got into their groups of yellow and red, with ribbons being displayed in their hair or as arm bands and yellow or red stripes on their faces. All fed and watered everyone piled out of barn to board the minibus only to find the Dragon Boat race was cancelled...back to the barn just as the heavens opened. what to do... what to doo.... go home, stay in barn, kip in tent for another sleepless night or book into hotel, that were the options...News broken and decision made we would sleep in the barn..wohoo warm and dry (bonus). Party on... with team challenges in the barn with red and yellow teams, such a laugh and Ben was in his elements getting lots of cuddles and attention. games over and rain stopped it was off to the pub, dogs were allowed in and Ben showed everyone what we meant about his banshee squeal lol.... 

Butter wouldn't melt lol 

Pints drank and back to the barn in dribs and drabs, Ben being a good watch dog and barking when anyone came in the barn, even charged at Mark when he tried to get into tent lol ....
Morning breaks and the wind has died down and a bit of rain and then sunshine. Nice bacon butties and cups of tea all packed up and homeward bound, has certainly been a weekend to remember.....

I am so pleased I am getting anxieties under control which is enabling me to do and go to more places with Mark..

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

May Already

Good grief! where does the time go?

So much to do and not enough time to do it in - I feel i'm going round in circles and not getting anywhere.

It is such a nice feeling to have some good news for a change. 
We've had engagements, Births, and Christenings which were well received after the family losses we have endured over the past 18 months.

We have a lot of big birthdays this year comprising of 50th, 18th, 60th and 80th and i'm bound to have forgot some :).

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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Terry we will miss you.....

Happy new year every one shout!!
this year is going to be better no doubt.
January came and went, no sorrow for the family this month was well spent.
February came with birthdays galore, and a 90th birthday for Terry,
a mother and mother-in-law.

Alas she has dementia and doesn't understand,
why everyone is singing and clapping their hands.
The celebration seemed to much for her, as to her bed she took.
She couldn't keep her food down and quickly threw up.
The doctor was called and the family sent for, Terry,  the mother- (and in law) was ill,
the family around her no DNR along with no pill.

Her pain was numbed so she could sleep,
and everyone showed respect by adhering to her belief.
They called the chaplain, who gave her a blessing,
and told by the family if its time, then go, with no messing.

This lady is to be admired, reaching 90 years young, with thirteen children that she bore,
Sadly, her husband and five children went before her
For all she had forgot, the family that remain, she never lost that cheeky smile when mischief came her way.
A mam, a Grandma both great and greater, an aunt and a sister, a friend and a neighbour.

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

The Old Low Light

The fish quay has been at the heart of North Shields life for over 900 years and the re-opening of the Old Low Light provides an exciting new opportunity to celebrate the heritage and culture of this historic area of the town. 

The Old Low Light team is interested in your views on ways that the newly restored building and its surroundings could be used for art events.  We would, therefore, be very grateful if you could spend just a few minutes to complete our short survey before 24th February 2015.

Please follow the link to our survey at The Old Low Light survey

The Old Low Light is a Grade ll listed building and the oldest surviving building on North Shields Fish Quay. It began life as a lighthouse belonging to Trinity House of Newcastle which was enclosed within Clifford’s Fort in 1672.

Now given a fresh lease of life, the Old Low Light offers a wonderful venue where the story of this community can be explored by local people and visitors.

We look forward to hearing your views on what you would like to see happening at the Old Low Light and we’re very grateful for taking the time to complete this short survey.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Valentine Deals

Valentine is just around the corner so why not check out gifts and ideas on Amazon, just click on the word valentine below x


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