The Brownie Banking


Well there’s an exciting blog title if ever I saw one.  As I sit here on the second day of half term, having been woken up (again) at unbearable o’clock by both Keepers still on British Summer Time, I’m at my laptop slightly too early for my liking.  My lovely volunteer who does all my […]

The Perfect Start to Half Term

Stag, Deer, Whipsnade Zoo

With the Sealion Keeper busy after school on Friday the Cheetah Keeper and I took the last chance of the year to sneak up to Whipsnade Zoo after school – now the clocks have changed we won’t be able to get up there before closing time.  Just the two of us – him making all […]

Does The Quality of Care Improve Recovery Time?

Zebra, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Invisible Disabilities

I was discharged this week from the Plastic Surgery team at Mount Vernon Hospital.  Almost 5 months to the day after the baked bean tin incident, they were delighted with the healing, apologised for the pain they put me through and admitted that, by treating me, they had learnt more about treating trauma wounds in […]

Welly Testing

Autumn, leaves

“I’m being honest Mummy, I really don’t want to go out” As I’ve written so many times, my two are outdoor children.  Known for mud angels (why wait for snow?), puddle jumping and generally embracing outdoor life they are happiest and most relaxed outside. It took us nearly an hour to get out the house […]

Dental Work With Ehlers Danlos Syndrome


One of the key diagnostic features of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is that analgesia (that’s painkillers in plain English) and anaesthetics – especially local ones don’t work properly.   The two main areas that people with EDS tend to discover this rather unpleasant (understatement) aspect of the syndrome are dental work and childbirth.  In childbirth, epidural anaesthesia […]

The English School of Falconry

Flying owl

It’s ages since we visited the English School of Falconry back in the summer holidays, but as we’re planning to go again over half term, I thought I’d post about it now as we had such a good time and this well kept secret needs sharing! Situated between Bedford and Biggleswade, the English School of […]

George the Dragon

George Dragon

Meet George.  George the Dragon (posing – rather beautifully – on the train) Why I am posting about a dragon?  Well this dragon is a very special dragon – a very special one indeed.  This is the dragon that got the Cheetah Keeper to sit through a whole film, at the cinema, in his own […]

Dear Doctor


I wrote a little while ago that our trip to Great Ormond Street Hospital in the summer had turned things kind of upside down, right way up and then left them hanging, slightly tentatively, just to one side of our normal.  As follows such an experience, a week, or two, or sometimes six later, the […]

Dear Brownies

Big Brownie Birthday logo, 100 years of Brownies

Dear Brownies We’ve nearly finished celebrating 100 years of Brownies – the Big Brownie Birthday.  Over the last year, I’ve worked with the other Owls to provide you with a programme of activities that (I hope) have challenged you, made you think, made you laugh, made a mess (that’s definitely true), left you out of […]

Zoo Babies

baby giraffe, Whipsnade Zoo, 2 week old giraffe

Over the summer we notched up a fair few visits to Whipsnade Zoo, plus one to London Zoo where we managed to give the lovely Cas from Mummy Never Sleeps and her little boy the most whirlwind tour ever.   There are plenty of zoo babies this year and I had been desperate to see […]