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This Dutch Dam is just about holding...

There’s a well known poem called Welcome to Holland that would be familiar to most parents of disabled children.

I am not a fan, but Holland has stuck in my head as an analogy for special needs land, especially as it is below sea level, so constantly threatened with being overwhelmed, all those happy colourful windmills like the educational toys we hope our children will play with, and the clogs we use to kick ass to get everything they are entitled to and need. 554 more words

Reasons To Be Cheerful

A life changing week?

It could have been, and maybe it still will be, I’ll let you know… In the meantime, here are some related reasons to be cheerful… 521 more words

Reasons To Be Cheerful

Looking Back, Looking Forward

All the Christmas jumpers and socks have been worn, the tree needles are being walked all over the house, the laundry basket is overflowing, the fridge is nearly empty, and it’s time to reflect. 396 more words

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Scraping the barrel

We need help. We’re not coping. But with one exception, we’re being ignored. Just like so many other families with disabled dependents. I’m sure I’ll manage to keep going, so long as the universe doesn’t throw any more curved balls in my direction. 181 more words

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Stress, steps, signing up and a surprise


Let’s just sprint through the bad stuff: life is still stupidly stressful: even my eating and sleeping is now affected (this almost never happens!). I’m lucky that I’ve been offered counselling, but emotional support will not improve things, it’s action and solutions that I need, so I turned it down. 509 more words

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The Princess Party

On Friday afternoon it was just another ordinary school classroom. Twenty four hours later, it had been transformed into a magical grotto full of light and colour, music and balloons, a candy cart and the sweet smell of cake. 275 more words

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Verdant - Mary Lou

Cloudy yellow, very faint head. Ftesh, fruity and citrus on the nose. Juicy mouth feel. Citrus and pine. 5.2%

Totally Subjective Rating: 4/5