This is a personal blog. I post about whatever’s going on in my head. If I worked with you, this is the sort of stuff you’d hear as we waited for the kettle to boil.  There are glances at local politics, ramblings about living with chronic ill health, bursts of wild enthusiasm, and pauses while I recover. There are tales from the middle age, rants, book reviews, music snippets, links to better writers, and family chaos.

Our family mix are Spurs Fan, Girl1, Girl2, Harry, a bouncy Tigger-like Cairn terrier- and me, Speccy. We live in Belfast, Northern Ireland- a cold, grey sort of place: we look for the splashes of colour. We used to share our lives with Jake, the grumpy westie, but he left us a while ago.

Girl1 is 17, an independent, self contained sort. Unless there are birds about. She’s terrified of birds. Girl2 is 16, full of giggles, melodrama and chat. The girls do a bit of ballet, a lot of Irish dancing, and are lucky enough to get to travel abroad to perform sometimes. Spurs Fan is a primary school teacher and devotee of Tottenham Hotspur FC.

In 2006 I contracted ME, and had to give up work. Eventually, I discovered a whole new world on the internet, and began to learn a lot about health issues. Now, I volunteer for the PSP Association (my mum, Herself, died from PSP in 2011) and the NI Rare Disease Partnership.

I tweet as @speccymcspec


27 thoughts on “About

  1. Good to meet you! I am a writer of romantic fiction from South Africa and about a year into the blogging thing. Can’t imagine my life without it!

  2. I think I’ve probably met you. Or maybe just am very like you – knew nothing about blogs, did a bit of volunteering, bit of reading and embarassing the children. Am now discovering a virtual world – barely dreamed of conversations – ain’t life grand!!!

  3. Hi – thanks for ‘like’ to my granny teeth thing – that happened in NI also! A long time ago. Sorry you are so close to your loss. As soon as I read your stuff I thought I know folk like that – though they are all over the world, people who care and are kind. I am now a long way from there. Have fun say hello to the park for me.

  4. Can I please use your photo of the Ormeau Bridge tribute to Michael Caulfield with acknowledgement for a piece I’m writing for another blog? Someone removed the bike yesterday. Many thanks Phil

  5. Nice to find you. 🙂 I shall be in NI in a couple of weeks staying with Cousin in Co Derry not far from Magherafelt. I used to combine summer visits ith the Sperrins Hillealking Festival, but I am lazier these days…

  6. Hi Speccy, I have Fibromyalgia which is the main reason i’m out of work at the moment, at the beginning of the trawl through the maze of JSA/ESA/DLA & other benefits nightmare. My girls are 15 & almost 18 & my hubby cant stand football! We also have Lilly the cat, Myrtle the tortoise & Wilson the Cocker Spaniel who also came from a dogs home. Thanks for popping in for a visit at GM’s bidding 🙂

  7. I recently published Falling through the World ~ A journey through ME. It is a brief, easy to read novel based loosely on my own experiences. I thought fiction might be a good way to raise awareness without sounding too dry and scientific.
    As a blogger who also suffers from the condition, I wondered if you might be interested in reading it?
    If so, I’d be happy to send you a complimentary copy. There would be no obligation to read it but if you did and liked it, you might consider mentioning it in one of your posts. But, as I said, there would be absolutely no obligation to do this. I know how limited everyone’s time and energy is.
    If you’re at all interested, you can find out more at fallingthroughtheworld.com and get in touch with me at info@fallingthroughtheworld.com
    Please feel free to delete this comment. I’m not trying to be spammy, just using it as a method to get in touch with you.

  8. Hi Speccy – your photography is far from rubbish! Infact, would you be up for credited use of your shot of the Peace Bridge in a guidance document that i’m writing on good urban places in NI ?

  9. Thanks for visiting and following my blog! I am enjoying my look around yours right now. 🙂 I’m happy to hear the world of the internet has opened to you as it is a great place to be social for so many people with chronic conditions, my mom included. On a side note my good friends mom was recently diagnosed with PSP…

    1. LIsa, you’ll know I found you via Andra’s great post- I’m looking forward to getting to know you 🙂 I’m sorry to hear about your friend’s mum. Both of them will be glad of your support

  10. Now I know what you were doing in Belfast! Well hello, fellow Northerner. What a story! Well done on coming out of a traumatic experience with optimism. I think us that come from cold and grey see colour everywhere because of all those rainbows. My American husband couldn’t believe how many he saw when I brought him home. That explains us, I told him 🙂

  11. Don’t think I’ve visited your blog before but I’m looking forward to reading more, our lives sound very similar (bar the addition of one small boy here!) – I have 2 girls a similar age to yours and believe me, they regularly feature on my blog!

  12. Good to meet you! This is why I love the blog awards. Putting Irish bloggers in touch with each other. I haven’t had a chance to check out the other blogs in best personal, (and I’m a bit afraid to), but I’m delighted now I’ve found yourself.

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