Still on that boat…

Strawberry blonde in a dizzy world!

Mmmmmmmm cake!


Yay I’ve escaped the Bray (sorry mum!)

I’m having a lovely time with Sophie, Hayden and their rabbit Blossom in Devon. I was so excited I couldn’t stop taking all the way down, poor Sophie! A few hours after settling in I was passed a leaflet for a silent meditation retreat – yes, I get the oh so subtle hint!


I slept for a couple of days as the journey took it out of me but this was expected and hey, at least I’m in a different and a very pretty bedroom. I actually feel much better than expected which is great!

I almost brought some oats with me as I love a bowl of porridge in the morning, I don’t think I need to worry too much about running out. I think we will be safe if we get snowed in…for about a decade!!


We have had a great time going swimming in the mornings, it really is a hardship after a long and tiring swim having to share a jacuzzi with several buff rugby players from the Exeter Rugby Club that happen to use that gym. It’s terrible! I wonder why Soph has a membership there hmmm?

I also had a very romantic valentines day babysitting for a couple who were going out for a nice meal. I sat with a large gin an tonic and a huge apple crumble watching The British Bake Off – I don’t think you could better that. Oh maybe a couple of rugby players…

I was also fortunate enough to be aloud to join in with the Devon Bat Group Annual Skittles Night. Yes you guessed right I came pretty much last.


It was a good giggle though. I met a guy (an expert in stoats actually) who worked at Southampton University. Knowing precisely ONE friend who still works at Southampton I naturally had to ask the question. It was so funny he did actually know him, what are the chances, or does that just tell you something about the character of my friend? Yes Reuben I did hear stories of young undergrads following you around like a god, got this pic just for you 😉


What was more exciting was the amazing raffle prizes, OUT OF THIS WORLD. I was absolutely gutted my numbers didn’t come up. I thought Hayden had lucked out on his win, who doesn’t need rubbish bags?


But then this girl hit the jackpot. Doesn’t she look thrilled? I think she must have framed art works of the other four Take That members at home and she’s just found the missing piece.



I’m a bit gutted I’m missing my cousin Maggie’s 21st Birthday Party but I’m looking forward to the drunken phone call later (the contents of that may be on my next blog!). I hope you have a very happy birthday Maggie and i’ll celebrate with cake and Prosecco with you when I get back!

So I’m having a really lovely time in Devon. I’m sure I’ve put a stone on already, thanks to a combination of Sophie and Mary Berry! I’m off for another piece of me lemon drizzle cake, it’s a hard life 😉


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4 Comments to

“Mmmmmmmm cake!”

  1. Avatar February 16th, 2013 at 8:23 pm Snowy Says:

    Great post sues. Are they seriously all oats??? And anything can happen under the bubbles of the jacuzzi… This is gonna turn into 50 shades soon!

  2. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 1:17 pm Susan Cartwright Says:

    Ha ha more like 50 sheds of grey!! Yes it’s all oats, don’t think I can complain about being peckish for a while 😉

  3. Avatar February 19th, 2013 at 9:52 am Natasha Says:

    Did you have to call Reuben a God his head won’t fit through the door 😉 Great looking cakes!

  4. Avatar February 19th, 2013 at 12:55 pm Susan Cartwright Says:

    Doh! Sorry about that, bet he’s a nightmare to live with now 😉

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Was – independent, intelligent (with plenty of dizzy moments), successful, busy, funny (depending on how much Prosecco I and the people around me had!), quite stressed out but overall happy, without even realising how lucky I was.

Now  – ? just a mess really! I was diagnosed with Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV) eight years ago when my life changed dramatically. It’s a variant of migraine that means I feel dizzy and tired nearly all of the time. If I try and do anything ‘normal’ this sparks of vertigo which gradually gets worse and worse until I pass out unless I lie down for hours, sometimes days. What this means is I spend 90% of my time in bed in a quiet dark room. Normal activities like shopping, walking, going anywhere bright or busy, the cinema even visiting friends who have patterned wallpaper or a gravel drive is a nightmare!

I’m continually trying new medications, all of them with quite nasty side effects (worsening of vertigo, weight loss, hair loss and sense of humour loss to name but a few) to try and find the magic one that will work for me. Fingers crossed the one I’m on now will work, time will tell.

A good friend set up this website so I could become a ginger whinger. No I’m kidding, so people can understand what I’m going through and maybe it would help me to have a bit of a rant. I have quite a dark sense of humour, I think that’s the only reason I haven’t gone completely bonkers! I clearly don’t have the most exciting of lives but I live in a small village with some entertaining characters and I’m always having blond moments (I blame the meds but I’ve always been a bit dappy!). Who knows I may even get better, and I can assure you life will be filled with amazing adventures then!

Scrap that! After zillions of Consultants all saying that they know what’s wrong with me and that they can get me better. Endless drugs and procedures I was finally Diagnosed with Chronic Lyme which was great – until I find out that nobody in the UK has a clue how to treat it. That complicates things some what 😉