Miele, Gemma Sheppard Style Tips and Talking Laundry

my idea of hell - no pairs!

“It must be so hard” people say when they hear the Cheetah Keeper has frequent nosebleeds – “he must get so distressed”.  Well – actually he doesn’t get distressed and we manage that bit generally well – what gets to me is the blood on the walls and the amount of washing involved – sheets, […]

Waddesdon Manor at Christmas

Waddesdon Manor, National Trust, Christmas, Special Places

After our let down by Wyevale last weekend, we decided that we needed to do something festive and so returned to somewhere that we know and love – Waddesdon Manor.  Owned by the National Trust this the first place we visited when we became members in the spring of 2013 and having read rave reviews […]

International Cheetah Day

Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus, Whipsnade Zoo

December 4th is International Cheetah Day – this occasion cannot go unmarked on this blog!  Run by the Cheetah Conservation Fund, the day is aiming to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah – or in social media speak #savethecheetah. The Cheetahs in my house are busy at the moment – the main two, […]

Great Customer Service in St Albans

Great Customer Service, St Albans, Karma

With the repercussions of my last post still wandering around the internet (Wyevale only got back to me today – 6 days after posting), I thought I’d counter that negativity with a post about some really great customer service I’ve received recently, here in my home town of St Albans. To make it very clear, […]

Wyevale – The Cheetahs Are VERY Disappointed

Wyevale Garden Centres, Christmas, Let Down

Things have been quiet on here of late – the Cheetah Keeper has been very keen that we should post ‘good’ stuff about the Cheetahs, us going out and doing things and happy goings on.  To be honest, material for all three of those categories has been lacking – or we’ve been so busy going […]

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 […]