Monday, 25 June 2012

Fundraising and Other Challenges!

Sorry to have been away from my blog for so long but I've had a very busy and tiring week. Eldest daughter Emma arrived home from uni the Friday before last with enough stuff to fill a house! I'm still stepping over boxes in the hallway which she can't fit in her room but it's lovely to have her home.

On Thursday evening I helped her with a charity fundraising stall at a local school.


We made tea cup candles and lots of homemade cakes. 
On the wall of the school hall was a painting of the Queen that made me smile. The sun streaming in through the windows made the jewels in her crown sparkle and it looked so pretty!
On Saturday Emma had a stall at 'Chistlehurst Rocks', an open air musical event that went on into the early evening. 

 She had cakes, plants, jewellery and bric-a-brac for sale.
 The music was fantastic and there was a great community atmosphere.
We sold out of all the homemade cakes and biscuits.
 A really long, tiring but enjoyable day.
The high winds were a bit worrying at times but we managed to hold onto our gazebo and bunting...just about. Emma is now a little closer to her target fundraising amount. She has another open air event booked for July and she's hoping to squeeze a boot sale in if the weather improves.

On Friday I had my hospital appointment and was told I have breast cancer. I have further surgery this Wednesday and the results will let me know if the cancer has spread and what further surgery/treatment I might need to have. Fortunately the cancer is small and the least aggressive kind so I am thankful that it looks as though it has been caught early. I'm so glad I went for my Mammogram!
It's going to be difficult having further surgery as I'm still recovering from the first surgery but the sooner it's done the better!
Here's a picture of one of my Dahlias flowering in the garden with a lovely bumble bee visiting. I hope you all have a lovely week with lots of sunshine. 


  1. The cakes look yummy!
    Sorry to hear about the breast cancer, I had the same twenty-two years ago, still here to tell the tale!!
    Julie xxxxxx

  2. Thanks Julie. That's very reassuring to hear! I don't feel scared at the moment because everything is happening so quick and as it's been caught early I hope it hasn't had time to spread.

  3. I am thinking you, glad you have your lovely daughter at home keeping you busy.
    Thea x

  4. Hi Jacqui: I'm so glad that you went early. That is so important for anyone else who may be reading this. My daughter did and it's been 9 years cancer free. It sounds like your's is similar to hers. You certainly have two beautiful daughters, and they will be a huge help. Take care and all good things..Happy Monday..Judy

  5. Hi Jacqui! So sorry to here you have breast cancer. I will be praying for you and complete healing. Take care, and many hugs to you! xo Heather

  6. Sending good thoughts and prayers for good news and a speedy recovery!! So nice to have your oldest home with you!! Let's hear for mamagrams!!