Monday, 23 September 2013

Before I Die........

Stumbled upon an empty shop in That London where the front had been painted with blackboard paint and written on it 
'Before I die I want to..............'

Some answers are beautiful - 
'Make her smile everyday'
'Find the end of the rainbow'
'Go to Narnia'

Others just made me laugh out loud -
'Ride a motorbike with a monkey'
'Lie in a field covered in puppies'
'Eat a Great Parmo' - One for you kids from Middlesbrough there!

And my favourite - 
'Complete a yoga class without farting'

London I love you!

Monday, 16 September 2013

Holiday Memories 2013

Our holiday seems so long ago now, especially since I'm sitting with a hot water bottle whilst writing this!
Italy with the quattro formagios!
We had sun (hot!)
Fun (filling our pool with inflatables)
I had Prosecco (rude not to)!

Hope all is good with you and will blog soon x

Friday, 12 July 2013

summer's here.........

and it has been scorchio in the shires!

Cheese update for July so far:

Fluffy youngest has turned 13 (oh blimey TWO teenagers in the house)
She has left middle school and has started high school (for a two week taster).
We have the builders in (not a euphemism Missus) and a skip is parked outside!
Boy cheeselet's voice has broken (and he's as tall as me)
I go in for another operation on Monday (to fix some painful bits and bobs on the flap) - trying not to stress about it......

I'm sorry I've been absent but there seems to be too much going on.
I promise to be a good cheese and write again soon.

Enjoy the sunshine and pour a pimms xx

Wednesday, 29 May 2013


Well here I am again!

I have had my ups and my (very) many downs after this op.
My 'Flap' isn't quite healed but they have given me a temporary soft new boob to stuff into my bra so it balances up.  I was starting to walk sideways as was weighed down to the right.......! I will NOT be doing YMCA or Agadoo just in case the boob jumps out and causes injury to others ('Have you been hurt or injured at a wedding disco by low-flying cotton prosthesis - then call 555 B00B).  I go back to hospital next week to be fitted for a silicon breast.  I have been told these are VERY expensive and I need to look after it properly.  I'll make it a little box to sleep in at night time and read it a story!?!*&^!>?!@(

The poor old flap is a bit 'flappy', so it will need several fat filling injections taken from my stomach.  I'm now on the the list for lipo.  I am turning into a plastic surgery junkie. 
Stop me when I go for the trout pout!!!!

My leg scar is MASSIVE so my bikini-wearing days are over (sorry fellas)!  I can cover it with a big boy-leg-sarong-beach tent when I go on my hols. I know you're laughing at the thought of S U M M E R......How ridiculous! 
*reaches for the central heating button*

Well off to take Miss Cheese for an MRI now.  She's going to be brave and I will hold her hand.

Stay dry and wrap up warm

Monday, 1 April 2013

Mastectomy part I - The Flap!

On friday 22nd March I had my first mastectomy/reconstruction.

After my treatment for cancer and the 2 years that followed I decided upon this course of action as a preventative measure due to the nature of my initial diagnosis and my family history (we do a mean line in Breast Cancer).  This hasn't always been an easy decision and I have wrestled with it over the months. 
It was decided that I would have both breasts removed and reconstructed using the muscle, tissue and blood supply from my inner thighs! I nominated my stomach for the job but unfortunately my surgeon said it wasn't big enough for two boobs!!!! Oh how I laughed....and laughed...and laughed!!
I will have two surgeries (mastectomy/reconstructions) as the operations are too long - up to ten hours for one breast!
So it was last friday that I slipped into the land of nod and let the surgeon perform his magic.

Except that, true to form, this old cheesie body didn't like it very much.
I woke in recovery to severe chest pains and breathing difficulties.  They did a chest x-ray and several ECGs, followed by blood tests.  My blood pressure dipped to 71 over 43.......isn't that kinda dead?  There was muffled talk of Intensive Care and blood transfusions.    I spent nearly SEVEN hours in recovery in and out of sleepy land and covered in wires and monitors.  My poor husband was beside himself as he didn't know what was going on.  They then told me I had had to have a rib removed too?!?!?!?!?!?

The following six days were spent on the surgical ward being wired, unwired, drained, washed and fed (yum hospital food!).  One has to get used to the term 'FLAP'.  Apparently my breast is no longer but it is now a flap.  'Hello, may I look at your flap, yes that's a beautiful flap, your flap is healing very nicely' etc etc.  My flap is very purple, sore and small. Unfortunately I was next to a lady who had clearly been engulfed by an open sewer.  I know not what her surgical issues were but the poor woman obviously had many problems.  A flimsy hospital curtain does NOT an odour barrier make.  Why did they have to deliver my meals at the same time her bags were being cleared........every single time!!!  I grew sick of the smell of lemon disinfectant and the regularity of such procedures brought on an asthma attack.

My flap and I were discharged on Thursday (not before my daughter fainted on the ward on hearing my friend and I discussing, flaps, blood and drains - I'm sorry Fluffy, I hope the medicinal creme egg helped).  I have spent the last four days in much pain, tears and in bed.  The enormity of the surgery as engulfed me and if I sit for too long thinking about it, it makes me sad.  

There will be a FLAP part II to this story but I just need to get over this one first.

NEWSFLASH - What I thought was a clotted bruise turns out to be a very well designed areola and nipple combo! He's done a cracking job there on the old flap! Every cloud.......

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Look sharp.....

I think I might 'need' one of these beauties.

Made me smile!


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Nice vintage packaging & type

Hello it has been a while.........
Look at all this loveliness!

I've been away too long, so sorry.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

It's begining to look a lot like.......

Who's ready then?
Turkey ordered?
Themed your party food?
Ironed your sequins?

Nope, me neither........

Thursday, 6 December 2012


over on Planet Cheese.......!

Sorry it's been a while (again - am such a bad blogger).
Been walking in the crispy, frosty woods, saw Elbow in Wembley (I heart Guy Garvey), working, visiting family and planning Christmas......where does the time go?

Hope you are all well and wrapped up warm, brrrrr!

Friday, 16 November 2012

flower me happy pots

We could all do with a bit of cheer in our lives. so with characters such as Esmaralda, Alfonso, Lotta, Henrietta, Frede and Mr Clown these wonderful flower pots are bound to put a smile on your face.  
Change their hair-do's by placing a different plant inside.
So lovely!
(found via pinterest)

Thursday, 15 November 2012

lovely patterns

I stumbled upon this wonderful shop and can't stop drooling at the lovely things.
These great patterned tea-towels are far too nice for washing up!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Hello, it seems to be October.......

And i drifted off somewhere!

Sorry for lack of activity here in blogland.
Many things going on:

Teenager, pre-teen, hospital, schools, doctors, life, work......etc.

x I promise to be a good cheese and blog more - missed you guys x

Friday, 28 September 2012


In a sunny Portmeirion we did this!

x Happy anniversary Mr Cheese x

Monday, 24 September 2012

The Roundel - London Underground

Bob and Roberta Smith

Doug Fishbone

Sir Peter Blake

The iconic London Underground symbol has undergone a unique and artistic twist. Over 100 artists have reinvented the roundel for this new Art on the Underground book.

The Roundel: 100 Artists Remake a London Icon, is published by Art/Books on 22 October, priced at £12.95.

via design week

Friday, 21 September 2012

Harry Potter (& the grand evening out)

Not being a particular fan of The Potter 
(read first book but failed at the others) 
We ventured forth to Potter World - Land of wizardry 
(down the road in Watford).


I want to go again and peer through the world of Potter.........!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Good morning!

........sorry it's been a while!

Two weeks of fun in the sun.
Mr Cheese's birthday yesterday.
New school for Large-haired eldest.
Back to school for Fluffy.
Back to work.

What holiday?