It's hard to even contemplate how the parents of Charlie Gard are feeling right now. This is such a sad story but it also makes me so angry. I try not to rant too much here in 'brew-land' because I always intended it to be a peaceful fun place and to leave troubles behind but sometimes there's a need to speak out loud.
When I first read about Charlie I did think that maybe it was the kindest thing to let him go as his quality of life would be quite minimal but then I had a serious word with myself and thought who the heck am I to come to that decision, and would I think that if he was my child? The answer is no I probably wouldn't. I admit I don't know the full facts but I do know that I am a parent and I always fight for the best for my boys and my goodness, even harder if it came to saving their lives.
Charlie Gard has a very rare genetic condition and yes there is no guarantee that Charlie will survive if his parents take him to the U.S for what is said to be experimental treatment but shouldn't they be allowed to try? The European Court have decided that the treatment would actually do him more harm and not help his condition at all but how do they know that if it's experimental? They have said that Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity, something that is actually denied by most adults with a voice in this country. I just think it's so hard to hear this decision from a court of people, their decision is 'final' as if they've just issued an eviction notice for someone to move out of their property.
This is a little boys life, a boy who can't make a decision for himself so it has to be decided by someone else. You may say that having gone through the legal system in the UK and now in Europe that evidence must point towards a decision that is correct and in the best interest of Charlie but I just feel that this decision should be with Chris and Connie, Charlie's parents. You may say that they want to just hang onto him and not let go but surely you would want to make sure that you are doing the right thing before you do?
Wasn't it not long ago we were watching two parents get arrested for insisting on an alternative treatment for Ashya King who was poorly with a brain tumour? Didn't the NHS here say that Proton Beam Therapy would have no effect? Yet Ashya is now recovering and cancer free. That wouldn't have happened if his parents hadn't fought for what they wanted for their son.
Ok a completely different case and a different illness with a completely different prognosis but I am still trying to get my head around the parents not having full control. Why can't these parents just go and do what they want with their child. I would want to. I would take on board what the experts say but if there was a chance of something more and something on offer wouldn't you at least want the chance to decide whether to take it?
Maybe I'm wrong and maybe it is the kindest way to let him go, to stop his suffering, Let me know what your views are. Like I say we don't know the full details of his condition and like I said maybe evidence does prove that it is what should be but my argument is that the final decision should be left to the parents not the courts.
Thank you for letting me air my views, I'm sure it will be a case to be debated for a while to come in one way or another.
I will be back tomorrow with a Verse for Thursday.
Take care for now.......
Now and again someone comes up with a great idea to raise money and. the awareness so many charities need. I have sang, danced, walked and abseiled for charity but never thought for a moment I would be knitting for a good cause. Saylavy a local bookkeeping company here in Derby are working in partnership with The Padley Group to encourage people to get knitting for The Big Derby Knit. They want to get 200+ scarves by October this year to distribute through The Padley Group who help homeless and vulnerable adults on our streets and to raise awareness of a continuous problem not just here in Derby but across the UK.
So what do you have to do? Just knit a scarf.....easy peasy. I haven't knitted for years and it's funny how you can get straight back into it. It doesn't have to be anything elaborate and you don't have to be a professional knitter. I've got my mum knitting again after a break for years and we are both loving it. We are having a really nice mum and daughter bonding session, not that we need to bond any more than we are. Superglue has got nothing us, we are quite well bonded but it is really nice to do something together and something that is relaxing. It's caused a few laughs as well already and that was just casting the stitches on. They say it's good for you, can relieve stress and depression. I am finding it quite relaxing so far and I can't stop, I tell myself this is my last row but then carry on and on. Fun, relaxation and doing something worthwhile for charity, what more could you want?
This is the appeal from Saylavy and details of their campaign, they do have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BigDerbyKnit/
So what are you waiting for? Get knitting. I personally have found some nice chunky multicoloured wool and 10mm bamboo needles from Hobbycraft. I have cast on 35 stitches and just using a simple knit stitch to keep it simple. It's up you though, just go with the flow, as long as we can provide something to provide a bit of warmth to those who are outside during the winter months.
Thanks to my friend Ros who recommended me to the Big Knit and I hope we can get more people knitting and get to the target of 200 scarves.
Thanks to you as well for reading and I will be back tomorrow with a verse for Thursday.
Take care for now......
I visited the first ever Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show at Chatsworth on Sunday and it was very good. We had not been blessed with great weather a few days leading up to the show which ran from Wednesday 7th June until Sunday 11th June with rain hampering the proceedings slightly. Press day on the Tuesday prior to the public opening was a total washout. There were also traffic issues, people queuing for hours to get into the show so a few teething problems for the organisers.
I have to say though by the time we went along on the last day, the weather had cleared a little and we didn't experience any major traffic problems. They were very good at keeping ticket holders up to date with information. I received an email a day before informing me of the forecast and to advise good footwear as it would be muddy underfoot. It was very muddy, resembling a music festival rather than a flower show. It was time to get the wellies out and go and mix with the country folk.
We took a steady walk around taking in the various stalls, exhibits and of course stopping for a brew on the way. Stopped off for a jacket potato for lunch and just had to have some ice cream so there was plenty to eat and drink on the day. getting to some of these facilities was a bit tricky as it did involved wading through a small mud bath but hey it was ok if you went prepared.
There were two huge flower marquees and the inflatable conservatory which was filled with tropical plants and banana trees, something which Chatsworth itself is renowned for, yes bananas grow in the heart of Derbyshire. That's more than I can do, I love to look at all these amazing creations and admire people with green fingers but to be honest? I could kill a cactus. I have been know to throw the odd bouquet of flowers together though as I am a qualified florist but I am just a bit unlucky with plants.
You may be asking why I went to this flower show, well everyone likes a trier don't they and I think it's my sheer determination inside that tells me I am going to have plants, I am going to get my garden sorted and I am not going to murder anymore plants, these sort of events give me inspiration to get started. I did buy a beautiful Calla Lily which is now sitting in my garden and I am keeping a close eye on it. I have a horticultural defibrillator on stand by to zap it back to life if I feel it is slipping away.
Overall I was really pleased with the show, I think sometimes it takes time to get a big event perfected, blimey it was only the first year so it wasn't going to be perfect and it was bound to have some tense moments. One thing we cannot guarantee in this country is the weather so if you're British you get on with it the best you can and smile!. We took the advice from the RHS and went to the event a little later than the advertised start time which was a good idea. It was a bit of a walk from the car park to the show for some but there were shuttle buses available to make things easier.
People were friendly, some dressed to the nines, wellie spotting was good, there were some very nice ones. I felt quite underdressed with my boring walking boots on. I would go again next year, with posher wellies if need be and an umbrella to match but we won't need those next year as I'm ordering sunshine. I feel for the Duchess at Chatsworth as she had around 90.000 visitors and they didn't half ruin her lawn but I'm sure someone from the RHS will restore it back to it's original glory or nature will.
I was slightly disappointed that there were not more display gardens. A great one from Radio Derby which depicted different areas of Derby and Derbyshire with well known landmarks on display. It is worth a visit though next year and if you are thinking of going in 2018 the tickets go on sale on 1st September 2017 on the website at:
So I may see you there, who knows but for now I will pop off to water my lily and catch you tomorrow for A Verse for Thursday.
Thanks for reading.......
Well I suppose it's been busy being invented and I'm glad it has because this piece of kitchen kit is just brilliant. It does everything. It bakes, steams, stir fry's, shallow fry's, deep fry's, slow cooks, stews, makes rice, pasta, soup and yogurt. It delays the cooking time and automatically keeps your meal warm after the initial cooking stage for up to 24 hours.
I was looking to upgrade my current air fryer as I wanted to cook healthy food enabling me to hopefully stick to my diet and make some tasty gluten free meals. I caught sight of this baby and wondered whether it would be better value for money and it is as I don't have to use different pieces of equipment and it has cut down on how many saucepans I use. I can now get rid of some of my other devices to make some room. I took a look at the reviews online regarding the Redmond RMC-M800S-E and couldn't find one negative comment. Now you usually find one person who can't find anything good to say about some products but no, I could only see people raving about it. I was skeptical, nothing is that good surely, I'm not a great cook so I bet I can find something wrong with it but I honestly can't, not so far anyway.
In the box you get the cooker, a steaming basket, deep fry basket, measuring cup, serving spoon, stirring paddle, user manual and a cookbook including 100 recipes. It even hooks up to a fancy little app on your phone and from there you can look up recipes and control it from your armchair so no missing a question on The Chase or Pointless. Amazing eh? The bowl which you do all the cooking in is sturdy, non stick and the whole thing is so easy to clean. This model was reasonably priced at £129.99 from Costco, there are other models available from a range of different outlets so it's good to do some research to find out which one is the best one for you.
I totally recommend this and love it that much I have started to write another blog just dedicated to top tips and recipes for the multi cooker. It is called 'Multi Cooking Mum' and can be found at:
I've only just started it up and am planning to update it every week so keep an eye out. If you would like more information about the Redmond Multi Cooker you can find it at:
The link to this cooker at Costco is: www.costco.co.uk/view/p/redmond-smart-multi-cooker-rmc-m800s-e-232326
I have baked a cake, made some bread, stir fried and made a chilli in it so far and looking forward to experimenting more with it. I think it is a smart gadget for any kitchen and doesn't take up too much room. I'll keep you posted how I go with it anyway.
Thanks for reading and I will be back for a Verse for Thursday tomorrow, it is bound to feature the General Election, what else can be happening tomorrow?
Take care for now.........
What to Buy Wednesday
From January 2018 I've decided to shake Wednesdays up and review products that I have purchased so we go from random thoughts to important retail therapy for the new year.