Currently the Mental Health care support for many women suffering with PND is totally inadequate and there needs to be a change.

This is what the petition says:

My wife Joanne (Joe) Bingley died on the 30th April 2010 when our beautiful baby girl, Emily Jane, was only 10 weeks old. She was suffering and being treated for Severe Postnatal Depression. The “Independent Investigation” into my wife’s death resulted in 21 recommendations being implemented across Yorkshire and Humberside. 10 years ago after the death of Dr Daksha Emson a panel of inquiry issued recommendations that should have lead to improvements across the UK. The Health Minister at the time, Rosie Winterton, issued a public apology and stated that Daksha’s tragic case should focus the attention of local Health Authorities and the National Health Service on improving mental health services for all. Over the last year I have learnt the truth regarding my wife’s treatment and death and that the failure to provide the specialist care necessary for women with postnatal depression is placing over 22,000 mothers a year at risk nationwide… please support our call to implement change

The Link: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/18754

If you want to know more about The Joanne Bingley Memorial Foundation and more about Joanne Bingley, here is the link: http://www.joebingleymemorialfoundation.org.uk/

Blueberry and Vanilla Scones

Ready in 25 minutes
Makes 8

225g Allinson Nature Friendly White Self Raising flour
Small pinch of fine salt
½ tsp baking powder
50g Billington’s Golden Caster Sugar, plus 1 tsp for sprinkling
75g unsalted butter, cubed at room temperature
75g fresh blueberries
2 tbsp soured cream
1 large free-range egg
1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract

To serve:
250g clotted cream
300g strawberries, sliced
1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
3 tbsp Billington’s Golden Caster Sugar

1. Heat the oven to 200C/ mark 6.

2. Sift the flour and baking powder in to a large bowl, then stir in the salt and sugar. Add the butter and using your fingertips, rub in to the flour until it resembles bread crumbs. Stir in the blueberries.

3. In a jug, whisk together the soured cream, egg and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and mix with a round bladed knife, then bring together the mixture with your hands to form a soft dough. It’s important not to over-mix or knead the dough to keep the scones light.

4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 2 cm thick and cut out 8 rounds using a 6cm round cutter. Transfer to a lightly greased baking tray. Brush the tops with a little beaten egg and sprinkle with caster sugar.
Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until risen and golden. Transfer to a cooling rack.

5. Meanwhile, put the strawberries in a bowl. In a small pan, gently heat the sugar, vanilla bean paste together with 1-2 tbsp water, until dissolved, then simmer for 2 mins until syrupy. Pour over the strawberries, toss and leave to cool until ready to serve.

6. Serve the warm scones with a dollop of clotted cream and the vanilla strawberries.

A strange week on the bargain-hunting front with me actually spending dosh on Him Indoors instead of myself or the children.

Do you like the title of this post by the way? I once worked/volunteered for Oxfam’s Trading Division as a Regional Media Coordinator. They had a big menswear promotion on one time and I had to promote menswear in the regional print and broadcast media. Whilst on the bus in Oxford, I passed a tailor’s shop. In old-fashioned gold letters, I saw the word “menswear” on the window whilst the bus was stuck in a traffic jam. I studied the word and suddenly the words “Men Swear By Oxfam” sprang into my mind. I used this in regional promotions and the Marketing Manager at Oxfam’s HQ went mad saying my slogan was so much better than their “Oxfam for Men”. Regrettably, the fascias and posters were already done so I did not see my name in national lights.

Anyway, I digress as usual.

I went to the bigger town near us with my Dad the other day and bought two books. One was about giving up smoking which Him Indoors says he wants to do. It was £1.50, was brand new and in the wrapping and included 2 CDS.

Then there was a book on psoriasis. Him Indoors suffers this condition badly and it impacts adversely on all of us in various ways. I am hoping this book will help me understand the whole thing much better. If it does, it will be £1.50 well spent.

On Friday, I went in for my usual fish and chip lunch with my Dad in our local town. It is market day too although there is only really a plant stall, a fish stall and a bric-a-brac stall. Not what I call a market but then I was brought up a mile away from the world famous Dewsbury market.

Anyway, I had a look at the bric a brac stall and saw a man’s suit hung up behind the stall. It was Marks and Spencers and I was almost sure it was Him Indoor’s size. I do not have a mobile phone currently so was unsure what to do, whether to buy it or leave it. In the end, as it was only a tenner I took it home. I am pleased to report it fitted perfectly.

Well, if Him Indoors is going to look the part at work, he might as well have a desk set too. I just liked the look of this and snapped it up for £3.

When I showed it to my Dad, I said “I did not really want or need it and no does Him Indoors but it was too nice to leave”. As I said it, I sounded so like my late Mum justifying a totally impulsive purchase.

It is Monday morning which means it is the day I weigh in.

Last week, I hit one of those annoying weeks where I lost nothing and stayed the same. So this week I had to dig deep to stay motivated and on track.

Things that helped this week included …

1. Finding a new product in the Co-operative. Smoked Salmon Trimmings for just over £1. They taste exactly the same as the smoked salmon packs that cost anything between £3 and £5. Result as I love smoked salmon. T

2. Finding low calorie and high carbs food in Marks and Spencer outlet at a service station when out on the road. Travelling is one of those danger spots I find where you just might give in to a burger so thanks M and S for keeping me on the straight and narrow.

3. Weightwatchers bread although there is quite a difference in calories between white and brown so I try to stick with the brown.

I have now hit the point in the weight loss where I can actually feel where it is coming off. I would love to say it is my tummy but for now, it seems to be coming off my legs mainly. I keep feeling air and space in my trousers where there was none before. However, some must be coming off my midriff too as I keep noticing when I go to the loo, I don’t always have to undo buttons and zips but can just pull them down and up. I know this is way too much information but it does prove I am losing weight. In fact, on Saturday, I spent the whole day pulling up my jeans that were falling down revealing my stretchmarks the nation.

I have a bag of clothes in a lower size at the side of my bed just waiting for the day when I can get into them.

The great news is that I have lost just over 2 pounds this week. Even in a week where I had fish and chips, a takeaway and a tipple or six.

It seems it is what you do most of the time that makes the difference.

Great boost at the start of the week and I have gone down to 15 stone something. I know this is still huge but it is way better than 16 stone something. Here’s to me for doing so well.

222 pounds and losing. Hope you see less of me next week.

Welcome to a Listography where we don’t have to think. This is great news as last week was a tough challenge thinking up 5 dates never mind 5 disastrous ones at that.

1. Halloween Carrot Cupcakes – I guess from this we can take it that I have lots of foodie readers and that I like to keep my blog topical when it comes to food if nowt else.

2. Savoury Dutch Pancake Recipe – Well, this goes to show my blog can be savoury as well as sweet. I quite like that idea.

3. Lincolnshire Hot Pot – more food. Is it any wonder I am weighing in stones overweight? Quite nice to see Hot Pot in the week where we lost the wonderful actress and singer, Betty Driver. She played Betty Turpin the long-suffering barmaid and cook at the Rover’s Return in Coronation Street.

4. Blog Hop Tuesday – this pleases me as will hopefully mean more people get interested in joining in with the Getting Your Groove back blog hop I launch every Tuesday. It is all about mums getting a sense of self in the midst of juggling work, parenting and the rest. If you have lost your va-va voom or never quite found it, if you want to rediscover or reinvent yourself, this is the blog hop for you. The good news is there are others on the same journey more than willing to offer support and ideas.

5. Get thin Freshers – Well, I guess I am on a journey to get to a reasonable size again even if not thin exactly. The Freshers bit means I went to university and have blogged about it. After all, way back in those days, I was a size 8 and thought I was fat. Oh to be so fat again.

So there are my 5. Have a go at Listography over on the Kate Takes 5 blog yourself.

You have a choice now. You can join the grooving mums some of whom are trying to get fit and healthy or you can think blogger it and indulge in the recipes for the lovely dishes outlined above. Which will it be?