Sunday, 27 July 2014

My Sunday Photo - 27/07/2014

I can not call this Silent Sunday this week as there is a story behind this photo. 

This is Pete the duck (The light coloured duck)




We met Pete the duck about a month ago at Chew Valley Lake.

Matt decided his name was Pete.

We found out that Pete the duck did not appreciate the Kit Kat that Cameron tried to feed him.

Pete the duck did not want us to leave.

As I got into the car, he followed me and started quacking outside the car door.

When I wouldn't respond (I believe because I wouldn't open the car door) He went round the front of the car, sat down and just stared at us almost as a protest!

I actually had to get out of the car and shoo him out of the way!

I often wonder what would have happened if I had opened the car door that day!

Last week, we returned to Chew Valley Lake and found Pete the Duck (We knew it was him because of his markings)

Safe to say, Pete was not our friend that day and ignored us!

So there we have it, this is the story of Pete the duck!


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Friday, 25 July 2014

Weekend Blog Hop - 25/07/2014


Hello #WeekendBlogHop -pers!

I hope you have all had a good first week of the Summer Holidays!

We're doing an Instagram Link-up again this week. Do please ensure you follow both of your hosts.

This week, it was my turn to choose the Blog Showcase. It gets harder each week, so many lovely posts to choose from! 

This week I have chosen this post from Lindsey at 101 Things To Do With Kids

This post really took me back to my childhood. I used to love making Plastic Cup Telephones when I was younger and it's something I want to make with Cameron as I know he would love it. 


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  • Comment on the most recent post of the two blogs ahead of you in the linky. If you have already commented on that post, pick the post published before that. 
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Silent Sunday - 20/07/2014




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Friday, 18 July 2014

Weekend Blog Hop - 18/07/2014

Hello Blog Hoppers!

I hope you have all had a fab week!

We're doing an Instagram Link-up again this week. Do please ensure you follow both of your hosts.

Vicky chose the Bloggers' Showcase chose this weeks Blog Showcase. This is what she said:

"I chose "What Next?" by Laura M George. That feeling of "what next" is something I still get now at the grand old age of 33. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, and this post really struck a chord with me"


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  • Comment on the most recent post of the two blogs ahead of you in the linky. If you have already commented on that post, pick the post published before that. 
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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Silent Sunday - 13/07/2014




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Smear Tests


I had my first ever Smear test back in 2013.

I didn't think much of it at the time.

Then, I got the letter through the post to say my Smear test was showing borderline abnormalities. This is called dyskaryosis.


"1 in 20 people will have an abnormal smear result" 


"Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and 
the cells may go back to normal on their own." 

Even worse, I was told I had contracted HPV (Human papilloma viruses). 


"There are more than 100 types of HPV. 
Around 40 types of HPV infection can affect the genital area"

"There are two types of HPV virus that are known to be responsible for
70% of all cased of Cervical Cancer. HPV 16 & HPV 18
These types of infection have no symptoms 

HPV is essentially a Sexually Transmitted Infection. 

I was disgusted with myself. I had very few sexual partners and no one night stands. I had been as careful as I could have been. 


"Over 75% of sexually active women will get HPV at some point"

"The HPV virus can lay dormant in your system for many years
This makes it difficult to work out where it came from"

My world turned upside down. I was convinced that I must have the C word. I spent hours and hours a day looking through Google, researching, finding out what happened to other people in a similar situation.

I was sent a letter that invited me to a Colposcopy appointment at my local hospital to investigate this further. 

A Colposcopy appointment is where they use a special microscope to examine the cervix to look for the presence of abnormal cells. 

In my case, they put a liquid on my cervix, if it changed colour, it would show the presence of abnormal cells. 

Fortunately in my case, they couldn't find any. If they had found abnormal cells, they would have then taken a biopsy and I would need further treatment. Further treatment would have included burning the cells away.


"The removal of abnormal cells is nearly always 100% successful
and it is unlikely that they will return"


Last month I went for a repeat smear.

I was very nervous this time, wondering if the abnormal cells had just been hiding before and were now worse.

Again I was very fortunate that my smear test result came back normal. My abnormal cells had healed themselves. 


I now need to go for a smear test every year just to make sure. 

Smear tests are routinely offered to all women aged between 25 & 64

There has been a lot of media attention over the last few years saying that smear tests should be available to all sexually active women regardless of age. I agree with this, especially seen as it is HPV which causes 70% of all cases of Cervical Cancer.

I also urge everyone to attend regular smear tests.

Please do not leave it too late or keep putting it off. It is really not worth the risk.

Note: This is an anonymous guest post.