About

Over the last two years since my husband Trevor was first diagnosed with cancer in his neck we have both been involved with the Mouth Cancer Foundation (MCF) which is a registered charity in England. They have an online support group, provide information for both professionals and the general populace and also offer advice on all sorts of issues related to cancer of the head and neck, or mouth cancer as these are also called. I really don’t know how both Trevor and I would have coped with his situation (with both cancers as it turned out) if not for the love and support from friends made through the forum. It, and they were truly life savers for us and made a terrible road just a bit easier to endure. Each year in September there is a 10km fundraising walk to aid the MCF which is held in Hyde Park, London. As a tribute to Trevor’s inspiration to many people all over the world through the forum, this year I am going to go and take part in the walk. His attitude, friendliness and determination to win the battle he was facing resulted in the establishment of Trev’s International Fan Club! (TIFC). It was all very tongue-in-cheek however the sentiments of the members were sincere and he is sadly missed by many. I will be doing my best to raise funds between now and my departure on 20th September and I will keep you posted on anything that I might be involved in, in case you feel inclined to support me. I have opened an account for donations and will take a bank draft with me to present personally to the founder of the MCF charity, Dr Vinod Joshi. This is a secure account and I have applied for an ABN in order for the usual tax deductions to apply should anyone require it. Alternatively, a website has been set up for donations online. Due to the fees applied on this service for donations outside the UK, I’m not sure this is the way to get the best ‘value’ out of any (Australian) donations. Some people may prefer to donate this way though and I’ll be very grateful for anything and everything you or your friends may feel inclined to donate.

79 Responses to “About”

  1. londonorbust Says:

    Hi All
    It’s very early days with this site and I hope to keep you posted with my progress, be it with fundraising or any exciting news generally.
    We, Peta and I are planning a fundraising dinner for Sat 29th August so keep it free and come along if you can ~ finer details to follow.
    I am receiving offers of items for an auction so will incorporate that into my fundraising somehow and again, post details. It is also my plan to auction THE WIG! There is a funny story behind the making of the wig Trevor is wearing in his picture on the TIFC link (and all fan club members too!!) It recevied international recognition on a craft website so must try to advise those members as well.
    So much to do! I’ll be in touch soon but please feel free to drop a line (submit a comment!) and keep this blog alive.
    Thanks ever so
    Love
    Deborah

  2. Hey there Debs

    this is so impressive,did you do it all by yourself?
    For anyone who didn’t know Trevor he was the Dogs B***** and i dont expect to ever meet anyone like him again.He embodied the words life,love and family,and he fought the bastard disease to the very last breath.All of this he did with no small help from the wife he adored and stood by him through thick and thin.

    Debs you are a legend.

    love and hugs Liz (lets hope are boys are kicking up a storm wherever they are)

    • londonorbust Says:

      Howdy Liz
      That would be the day when I could put anything together on the computer! Of course, once again it was Peta to the rescue. She did a great job, didn’t she? Aaron put us onto the website and Peta did the rest.
      I think you could say there has been an underwhelming response to this so far! Here’s hoping things pick up.
      Catch you Liz. Thanks for you lovely words.
      Deborah

  3. Hi Debs, great website, one of the best I’ve seen with good access to other sites. you are doing so well to help raise the profile of the Mouth Cancer Foundation. Trevor is sadly missed

    • Hi Fran
      Glad you like the website. I was very impressed with the speed of the connection with the links too.
      If all I do with this is raise the MCF profile, I’ll be happy but I’ll be really, really, REALLY happy if I can ‘pay back’ even just a little for all that Trevor and I got from the forums.
      In a few hours it will be 12 months since I came back on board. We got his second diagnosis tomorrow. What a year!
      You be sure to stay in touch and I’ll catch up soon.
      Deborah

  4. Am devastated that I missed any notices, and didn’t contact you earlier. I am so dreadfully sorry for the loss of Trevor, but you had many, many wonderful years with a true gentleman. Love to you and yours.

    • Tracey, is that you? Tracey S in Adelaide? Your address seems different.
      I’m sorry you didn’t know Trevor had passed. He died on Mother’s Day. I have thought it a bit strange that I hadn’t heard from you but figured one of the girls would have told you.
      I hope you’re well. I’ll try to catch up in the next few days.
      Love
      Deborah

  5. Hey Deb, This is a wonderful website. Aaron, Peta and yourself have done a fantastic job. The support you gave Trevor over the last couple of years was outstanding. You put everything in your life on hold to give Trevor the best quality of life that was possible. My hat goes off to you. These support groups are fantastic, because they can relate to you and vice versa. Good luck with your fundraising and look forward to seeing some photos of your walk……

    • Hi Sally
      I did nothing for Trevor that he wouldn’t have done for me and it was my pleasure to care for him.
      Thanks for your lovely words. Peta particularly did a great job setting up this page but we wouldn’t have known where to go if not for Aaron (but then he likes to tell me where to go!). I think I did a great job keeping the coffee coming ………
      Shame I’m going to be away for the footy finals.
      As I mentioned in the private email, Sal ~ you get all donation details for Aussie bank account in the ‘online donations’ tab above.
      Cheers
      Deborah

  6. tony and kathy Says:

    Hi Debs

    Finally found your blogg, took me a while to get to it, looking forward to seeing you in September.

    Had a problem getting on to the site using FireFox so that could be the problem why not to many folks have logged on.

    See you soon

    Take care

    Lots of love

    Tony and kathy

  7. Hi there you two!
    I’m so glad you made it. I know of a couple who are still having ‘issues’ getting on board.
    I’m hoping Trevor’s sister Pam hasn’t gotten lost out there in cyberspace because she was having a big problem connecting. I hope, like you, she turns up soon.
    It’s only 83 days til I land in London! Woo hooo. See you pretty soon after that I hope.
    Love
    Deborah

  8. Pamela Carter Says:

    Finally made it but on a friend’s computer. It was great that you could spend a little time with me albeit too little. I sure miss my BIG little brother and thank you for being such a wonderful wife to him. I’ll try again from my pooter when I go home on Saturday.

  9. Laura Wise Says:

    Hi Deborah
    Wow what an amazing job Peta, Aaron and yourself have done. JUst wanted to say that this is a fantastic idea and and i believe you r doing a great job supporting the Mouth Cancer Foundation. Hope your trip to London will be a success and that you have a wonderful time while you are over there…
    All our Love
    Jack, Laura, Marley and Charlotte Wise
    xxoo

    • londonorbust Says:

      Howdy
      Glad you like the blog. Peta’s done a fantastic job, hasn’t she? I hope I achieve something for the MCF, funds raised, increased awareness ~ something. I know I’ll have a beaut time and can’t wait to meet up with everyone over there. Only 82 days ( I think!) to go.
      Give our babies a kiss from Granma.
      Love
      Deborah

  10. Fran Van Cleemput Says:

    Hi Deborah
    Just looking at your blog now. Fantastic, what a great job. I love the photo of you and Trevor, that is exactly how he looked when i had my short stay with you both back in March.
    love Francine & Katheryn

  11. Fran Butchart Says:

    Hi Deb
    What a clever chick you are, and of course Peta and Aaron.
    Great acheivement.
    Iam sure you have acheived a lot for the MCF and the support groups.
    I know Tricky Trev is proud of you and what you are doing.
    Ron and I really enjoyed your visit with us and I especially enjoyed
    our trip down south.
    Take careLove Fran and Ron.

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hello my dear mate (and Ron!)
      Well here’s hoping we’ve made some progress with this whole response thingy!
      As I have said, if the only thing I do with this blog and my whole ‘crusade’ is raise one person’s awareness of head and neck or mouth cancers, then I’ll be very happy. That being said though, mate I’ll be even happier if I raise a bucketload of cash as well!!
      Thank you to you and Jahna for the offer of a fundraiser over there in the west. What have you planned? Can’t wait to hear.
      Cheers dears
      Love
      Deb
      xx

  12. Fran Butchart Says:

    Hi Deb
    What a clever chick you are, and of course Peta and Aaron.
    Great acheivement.
    I am sure you have acheived a lot for the MCF and the support groups.
    I know Tricky Trev is proud of you and what you are doing.
    Take care
    Love Fran and Ron.

  13. Joan P. Says:

    Hi Debs

    Hi Debs ………..what a wonderful site and tribute to Trev………good jog you all did. I became widowed at age 41 (many moons ago) and I became like the Energizer Bunny and just kept going and going keeping busy all the time. Just take time for yourself and smell those flowers. I’m looking forward to your walk and you’ll have a wonderful time. Best of luck with everything. That auction will be great fun.

    Joan P.

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hi Joan
      How nice of you to drop in and take a look. Don’t make it a one off thing though because I hope to be able to update with information, pictures of auction items for the fundraiser and anything else I can think of that might get some interest going!
      The ‘your comment is awaiting moderation’ issue has something to do with me needing to approve your post. Each time someone enters a comment I think it goes into hold mode until I give it a tick of approval. I hadn’t even seen your first post when the second popped up. Never mind, we’ll get there in the end.
      I don’t think there’s much chance of me ever becoming an Energizer Bunny lookalike! Do they have Energizer Elephants? I just feel driven to do all this for some reason and I’m happy to go with the flow. I have been out giving Trevor’s bulbs a good sniff today. They smell beautiful. Will we catch up at the walk, Joan? Or maybe before or after? Angie (bless her) is being my social secretary and she’d love to hear from anyone who would like to catch up.
      Thanks for your good wishes ~ and don’t forget to keep checking in.
      Love
      Deborah

  14. Joan P. Says:

    Hey Debs……….I just checked and I have no idea what ……….Your comment is awaiting moderation means I certinally didn’t type it. The computer gremelins are at it again. Ahhhhhhhhh what a way to start the morning.

    Joan P.

  15. Morning Deb, What’s the status of the bulbs? Please send me a photo when they are in bloom.

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hi Pam
      The first jonquil has been flowering since last week and another opened on Sunday. New life. How lovely.
      It’s funny because I went back to work last week as you know, and it feels like a new beginning for me too. There is something bigger at work here….. quite strange. I feel as though I’m just being carried along with little control over when and how I go. It’s not a bad thing!
      Hope you’re fine. Thanks for ‘dropping in’ again to my blog. There will be updates on various things, pictures added etc as I get my head around things.
      I’m going to start selling handbags, jewellery and fashion accessories at the end of the month to fund my crusade. There’s lots on the go at present.
      Love
      Deb

  16. Deb, They do say Life is a series of new beginnings and hope you have time to smell the Flowers along the way or the Jonquil at least! Just go with the flow.
    Love Pam

  17. Deb
    You amaze me how strong you have been through all of my brother’s troubles and the support you gave him made me extremely grateful that he had a wife like you. This idea is a fantastic one and I will help anyway I can.
    See you soon

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hi Chris
      Glad you like the idea of my blog and my ‘crusade’ and all that. It’s very exciting and I’m sure we’ll do a good job for the MCF in Trevor’s name. Keep Aug 29th free and invite friends etc. I’ll catch you before then of course but it will be good to catch up.
      Love
      Deb

  18. Hi Deborah ,had no problems pasting the link in .Goodness me I am so impressed ,what a fab site you and the family have put together .You have indeed put your heart and soul into this and the fundraising ideas sound as if they will be a total winner.With your good self heading the top table there will not be a spare seat anywhere .

    Looks as if the photo album on MCF will be a busy place also ,so make sure you get some goodies take ,lol.

    Take good care of yourself Deb’s and don’t you dare burn yourself out before this famous walk !! Tee Hee.

    Best love ,

    Paul & Bell . xx

    • londonorbust Says:

      Bell what a darlin’ you are! As if you haven’t got enough on your plate without taking the time to drop in a comment. I really appreciate it.
      I am putting everything into this ‘crusade’. I’ve said it before but I really do feel that I am just being taken along on a ride that is meant to be. It would mean so much to Trevor to know I was giving someting back to everyone who travelled that horrid road with us and cared and supported us every inch of the way. You know exactly what I’m talking about so you will understand where I’m coming from. I feel that when I have done this, there will be other things for me to do but I will be able to lay Tricky Trev’s thread to rest and be satisfied for my efforts.
      Talking about burning out! I think I’ll be falling on that plane and dropping into unconsciousness til I arrive in London! So much to do and the time is flying by. I have much organising to do. We’ll get there though ~ everything is very laid back and stress-free (if I say that often enough ~ I’ll believe it!)
      Thanks again for your post ~ take care of yourselves
      Lots of love
      Deborah
      x

  19. suebernhardt Says:

    80 or so days to go. We hope your boots are made for walking? What a wonderful loving tribute to Trevor who is missed so very much but no one really dies when a memory lives on And what memories there are eh? Keep up the great work or should I say the great love in what you are doing.
    Lots of love Sue and Linds x x

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hello you two!
      Sue, I made a BIG mistake in the calculation of numbers of sleeps til I leave ~ it’s only 58!!!!!!!!!! Ey yi yi. Don’t worry about the boots being made for walking ~ what about the body? The poor, poor knees and bung hips?? Yeeoww. Let’s not go overboard on the whole memory thing ………… There are some beauties, aren’t there. We sure have had some good times together ~ lots of lovin’ and lots AND lots of laughing! What a lovely friendship we’ve shared all these years. It’s just great.
      I hope you’re feeling OK ~ both of you.
      Lots of love
      Deborah
      xx

  20. tony and kathy Says:

    Hi Debs

    Just going to place an order for a couple of the “t” shirts great job.

    Speak to you soon

    • londonorbust Says:

      What colour shirts did you choose? I can’t make up my mind. Now ~ how many days will I be away ………….

  21. Hi Deb,

    Great job on the blog it looks great. Just a quick note to let you know that I have updated the post on the craftsters site, and let them know what has been happing and how things are moving forward. Good luck.

    Love to all
    Jane and crew

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hi Jane.
      Thanks for doing that for me. Do you think they will remember the famous wig????
      I think I’ll put it up for auction on this site and the highest bid come midday (SA time) on 29th August wins. What do you reckon? I’d love it to have a good ‘home’. I will pay postage costs.
      Hope you’re all OK.
      Love
      Deb
      x

  22. I am sure they will remember the wig, it was a great hit when posted and even became a featured item for a month and won in it’s category for the year as well. It was still high up in the posts so has been viewed regularly but last post was Dec 08. Do you think that ebay might be a better option, I think some people would feel more secure placing a bid on there rather than through the blog. Let me know either way and I will get back to the craftster site and let them know.

    • londonorbust Says:

      My brain is seized at present so will have to put decisions on hold for a day or so but will let you know the minute I get my thoughts organised so that you can rally the troops!

  23. I’ll buy a couple of Patsy’s books and send them down for your raffles or auction, they are very humorous. What date do you actually leave SA. Love Pam

    • londonorbust Says:

      Great to hear from you, Pam and thanks for the offer of Patsy’s books. Every little bit helps. I had a parcel the other day from a lady I don’t even know, containing goodies for my auction! I leave on the 20th Sept. That’s a mere 51 days!!! Love Deb

  24. Hello aunty Deborah

    I just wanna let you know you are the strongest and most deturmend women i know to be be so strong to do what you are doing after uncle trevor past on, we will all miss him greatly im just thankfull i got to see him one last time before his departure it ment alot to me after all tose years to be able to see him.
    all my wishes to you for your trip to london for the MCF 10km walk.
    i would like to make a donation to help
    and or one of those great ‘t’ shirts

    all my love
    Zoe

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hello Zoe.
      What a great surprise to hear from you. It’s lovely to know you’ve taken the time to drop in on my blog and thank you so much,love for you lovely words. It means a lot to me to be doing this in Trevor’s memory. He’d be rapt to know he was half way famous! I can assure you, I’m not so strong (I’ve spent the last two days in tears!!) but having a purpose has perhaps helped me to deal a bit better with Trevor’s passing. It just feels like the right thing to do. When I commit to doing something I like to see it through to the end so that is what drives me. If you would like to donate or even buy a shirt ~ I can’t decide on a colour! You only have to click on the links here and it will give you details.
      You take care Zoe ~ and thanks again.
      Lots of love
      Aunt Deborah
      zzz

  25. Joan P. Says:

    Hi Debs…………..what kind of things do you need for the auction? I could send you something. Please set me know along with the address where to send it. You’re doing a great job.

    Joan P.

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hello Joan
      I am just putting all sorts of things together for the auction. It’s lovely of you to offer but the cost for you to send anything, and the time too I imagine just make it not worthwhile. It’s very kind of you to offer though and of course, if it’s what you really want to do then all items would be gratefully received. I think your efforts and money would be better served if you went to the ‘just giving site’ on the online donation link.
      I hope you’re well. Haven’t heard if I’ll get to meet you while I’m over there?
      Cheers
      Deborah

  26. Hi Debs………….I won’t be one of the ones goling over there not that I wouldn’t love to but anyway I checked the shipping and I know what you said I guess I just didn’t think about it. I will go to the just giving site and make a donation. Have a great week

    Joan P.

  27. Hi Deb,
    When I ran into you at Coles I was shocked to hear about Trevor. Often said to Robert we need to make the time for a BBQ with you guys, but life just seems to fly by. I am so sorry for your loss. I had no idea what to expect when you mentioned a “blog” I know dumb baby boomer. Anyway as you can see I have explored it. Just like you to turn your sadness into a positive. Just great. I will have to get Robert to help me with the donation thing, so that will have to wait until the weekend. I was thinking of sending flowers but the donation is probably better. I hope it all works out in the UK, and you achieve what you have set out to achieve and get to have a ball.
    Love Cheryl

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hi Cheryl
      What a lovely surprise to hear from you! Actually your email brought on the water works. You know, it’s very sad that it takes a major trauma and/or loss in one’s life to make you appreciate the here and now. It’s OK to plan for the tomorrow’s but hey! they don’t always come so it’s best to love yourself silly and make the most of every minute of every day because the truth is, you just may not get another one!
      Most people I’ve mentioned my ‘blog’ to give me the same empty look that you did when I mentioned it to you. Tee hee. It’s all very new to me as well and thankfully Peta is very clever (and patient) or I wouldn’t have been able to do this. It’s very important to me not just for the sake of Trevor’s memory but also for the gratitude we both feel/felt for the existence of the MCF. What’s the chance of you getting to my dinner on the 29th August? I will drop an invitation in the post anyway and you can see how it works for you.
      Great to catch up and just terrific to hear from you.
      Love
      Deborah
      x

  28. Hi Deb,

    I think I mentioned to you the other day that I was with the Army Reserve. At this stage I am expecting to be off to Canberra on the 29th August, however it still isn’t confirmed.

    Spoke with Robert, and after re reading your intro it might be better to give you the cash? What is the best way?
    Love Cheryl & Robert

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hi Cheryl,
      Drats! If it turns out you aren’t off to Canberra, think about coming along. The account details for local donations is on the blog. If you put your cursor over the ‘online donations’ link (without clicking on it) it will give you the account and BSB details. Let me know if you have any problems but I think you’ll be fine. Sometimes it seems to stay highlighted for longer than others. I don’t know what that’s about (being so computer savvy and all!)
      Catch you later
      Love
      Deborah

  29. Hi Deb, Sent 3 humorous books signed by Patsy you should get them by Tuesday. Pls email me so I know they have arrive and good luck with the auction. love Sis

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hello Pam
      Thanks very much for the books, they will be gratefully received. I have been up to the Riverland today to do a handbag/jewellery party and had some lovely Banrock wines donated, among other things. People are so generous. It’s just great to see.
      Hope you’re well
      Love
      Deb
      x

    • londonorbust Says:

      Howdy Pam
      Thanks a million ~ books arrived today! What a treat, and great to have them autographed/signed to boot. Thanks too to Patsy. I’m getting so many offers of auction items, I don’t know if we’ll be able to cater (space-wise) for any guests! I hope we get some of them too! People generally are very kind and generous and only need cause to point them in the right direction. Take care.
      Love
      Deb
      x

  30. Hi Deb, Now that you have the wine I will just have to make some special bottle carrying bags for the auction! I started another quilt over the weekend and really getting excited about our trip to S.A. and your dinner. I know it will be a screaming success. What else could it be with you as the hostess..

    • londonorbust Says:

      Love you too Shash and also love all the effort you’re going to on behalf of my cause. Where would I be without you all? Your maching must be smokin’!
      Toodles
      Deb
      xo

  31. Sorry…..forgot to say…. Love Ya Heaps, Sharyn

  32. Bec Barnett Says:

    Hi Deborah,
    You are one impressive woman!! You too Peta!! I recieved your invitation today for the auction. I can’t get over there unfortunately, but I want to contribute to the auction. Where do I place bids?
    Trevor would be so proud. You are working so hard for such a great cause. Such a generous woman with a huge heart.
    Love from Bec.
    XXXXX

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hi Beccy
      I figured you wouldn’t be able to make it over for the 29th Bec, but wanted to let you know we’d love you all to be here (as I’m sure you know anyway). I’m still up in the air re the auction. I’m thinking to put at least one ~ the Jennifer Barnett original drawing, on ebay and have it finish at say 9.30pm on the 29th. That way, anyone ‘out there’ can be bidding as can anyone who is actually here ( I think). Can more than one person be bidding from the one email address? I don’ t understand how it all works and will be calling on my niece, or anyone who can help me out in this regard. The only other way I can think of is to get the pictures up on this blog and then perhaps if anyone wants to bid on something, they can let me know what they are prepared to go to on any particular item and I can keep placing their bids. I have had some lovely things donated and then some simple, little things which are just space fillers and for smaller bids so there’s something for everyone and should be fun. I have run my auctions like this at the last two Biggest Morning Teas and they went down well. Here’s hoping. Do you have any ideas of what items you would like to bid upon?????????? Could it be that beautiful drawing? A quilt? Some Banrock Station wines? Or maybe a very nice handbag would be more to your liking………………. carrier bags for wine bottles all ready for a Christmas present? Books? The list goes on …………..
      You’re right Bec, Trevor would be proud however I think it would be just as easy to be proud from the comfort of his own home and I’d appreciate it very much if he’d get himself back here and pitch in to help!
      Thank you so much for my birthday goodies. I particularly loved Ava’s art work. Just beautiful (as is my blingy D)
      Love
      Deborah
      xxx

  33. Been thinking about you and hope the Auction went well. I’ve been flat out as Homecrafts Steward at the GC Show. Let’s know the outcome of last night when you surface, I’m off to do my duty again. Bye for now and love to all, Pam

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hi Pam
      What a fantastic, successful, fun time we had on Saturday night! I am so blessed with the wonderful, supportive friends I have and once again they all came to the fore and supported my fundraiser. It was just great. I was blown away and very relieved there was no blood shed over the auction! It was so funny to watch (usually) placid and friendly people teetering on the brink of violence to protect their precious lots as things hotted up and the countdown began for the close off of the auction. Just terrific.
      The amount raised was staggering but I don’t want to reveal that just yet, and maybe not until after I have presented my cheque to the good Dr Joshi on September 26th! I want it to be a surprise.
      How did your show end up Pam? We had the Gawler show on the weekend also and as usuall threatened to flood on the first day. Great that the weather picked up yesterday ~ cold but sunny.
      Catch you soon, Pam
      Love
      Deb
      x

  34. Hi Deborah, where do you get the time to do all of this?, are there enough hours in the day?. I’m not going to the MCF walk, too much work on etc. It’s a shame because I would have loved to have met up with you. I’ll follow your progress online. Look after yourself, Hagg.

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hello Hagg
      What a lovely surprise to find you here. Being busy means I sleep like a log so that’s a good thing! I’m so disappointed we won’t catch up. How far are you from London? Would I be able to get closer to your place to make a meeting possible? It’s a bit frustrating not knowing how far point A is from point B! It’s going to get really exciting now with only 19 sleeps to go. I don’t even have a suitcase at this point!!!! Oh well ~ if I’m totally knackered on the 20th, maybe I’ll sleep the flight away ……
      Thanks for dropping in Hagg. Love to you and Haze.
      Deborah
      x

  35. Hi Debs,

    I have eventually found the link and am looking forward to meeting you on the 26th. Havent got my tshirt yet or offically joined your team – that is all a bit too organised for me, but I am intending to be there!

    I would have loved to have been able to host you while you are here but Chaz still gets upset with what he perceives to be my continued unhelathy obsession with his cancer, so I am afraid don’t feel I can. I am sorry about that.

    It sounds as if you are doing remarkably I must say. What a brave woman you are. You must be missing Trevor terribly, but I suspect thoughts about heading over here in 15 sleeps are probably helping. Very exciting!

    Take care, big hugs

    Cathy

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hello Cathy
      Welcome to my blog! Lovely to find you here just now. My friend has just loaned me a suitcase. She convinced me that buying a new one to travel overseas is not a good idea due to the bashing it will get! My luggage is either too big or not big enough and because I’m not tripping off O/S every other week, it does seem silly to get a new case.
      I’m so glad we’ll get to catch up and thank you for the ‘otherwise’ offer of accommdation. Very kind of you. I don’t know that I’m any braver than anyone else we know who has been down this horrid path, Cathy. I am so committed to this trip in Trevor’s memory and honour that it all just feels ‘right’. Maybe I’ll come unstuck when I get back home but being able to say ‘hello’ in person to our wonderful online ‘family’ and being able to hand over some Aussie funds as a thank you to Vinod will be very satisfying and fulfilling. Trevor and I were both very lucky (in a very unlucky kind of way) that we had the time, knowing there was not a lot of time, to make the most of every day. You’ve heard me say it all before but we really had a good thing going on and it just got stronger and stronger and that’s pretty special. I’m grateful we were able to say and do all we wanted and needed to say and do. Our last two years were very precious. Sad, but precious.
      That’s all pretty heavy! Sorry about that!
      Yes! I can’t believe that when I go to work on Monday, I’ll only have 10 working days left. I’m getting very nervous but also very excited. I’ll have to get on top of my packing (or at least any shopping for my packing) over the weekend because it’s the last chance I’ll get. Once the packing is under control, I’ll be much more relaxed!
      Have you been in touch with Angie? Are we able to get together other than at the walk? I hope so. Get Chaz out on that bike of his and reassure him the conversation won’t be morbid and based on cancer stories!
      I’m really looking forward to seeing you soon.
      Take care yourself
      Love
      Deborah
      x

  36. Fran Butchart Says:

    Hi Deb
    Here Iam at last.
    Pat has hade the op and came home last Wed but was taken back in
    yesterday with a mini stroke I forget what you call it but you will know.
    He is ok and back home now. A bit of a scare to say the least.
    Sorry about being so slack I will ring you before you leave. Malcolm and family arrive the day you leave for the UK.
    Love to all
    Fran, Ron Buster and Lucy

    • londonorbust Says:

      Fran, my mate
      I had responded to this post of yours so I wonder where that’s gone! I expect Pat had a TIA but hope he’s up ‘n at ’em now and really on the mend.
      I hope I get a chance to catch up with you this week but if not, be sure to keep checking in.
      Love to everyone
      Deb
      x

  37. RRRRRRRRnnnntyyy
    talk about communication probs! Bon Voyage and sweet travel wishes to you directly from the rainy deseert!
    PLonked a little sugar in you donations account….. have a swell time

    hannah may

    • londonorbust Says:

      Howdy Hannah
      ‘Communication probs’ is a bit of an understatement don’t you think? Why can’t I contact you?????? Anyway we’re here and that’s great. Thanks so much for the ‘sweetener’! Tonight is my last sleep under my own roof so it’s all very real now. What if no-one likes me and I find myself on the streets of London (good name for a song), abandoned and alone and, and, and ………….
      My plan is to keep a bit of a diary happening on here so stay tuned ……….
      Your everlovin’ Aunt
      Deb
      xxx

  38. Not sure if you managed to see the photos of the dress on my flikr…. thats were the sweetner came from literally, there is a lot of sugar in 130 cupcakes!
    You are fabulous and the overseas people will love you to bits. Did you get in touch with the ‘five W’ thingo? or did you actually never get that message?
    love you lots, travel safely…..sorry i will miss you when we are in Adelaide in the next couple of weeks.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hannahmaycaspar/

    • londonorbust Says:

      This is the first time I’ve been able get to the link, Hannah. The dress is absolutely fabulous, although shame you didn’t have a close up of detail in it. Little wonder you won, you clever thang!
      I don’t know anything about the ‘five W’ thing. Have I forgotten something?
      I too am sorry are paths aren’t going to cross when you’re down. Be sure to travel safely and I certainly plan to do likewise.
      Toodles
      D
      x

  39. Hey you
    you will be wandering the streets of london next sunday thats for sure lol.Have a good journey sweetie and see you soon(cant wait)

    kove and hugs

    liz

    • londonorbust Says:

      And hey back to you, Liz.
      I am set to leave home in approximately 5 hours! Best I get to bed. I’m really looking forward to seeing you. Is everything worked out on that front now? See you soon
      Love
      Deborah

  40. Hi Deborah,

    Just wanted to wish you bon voyage and good luck for the walk (although I’m not too sure about those high heeled trainers!). Would have loved to have met up with you but we will be on safari in Kenya at the time. Since Robert’s diagnosis we’ve been determined that we’re going to see and do as much as possible, which is something positive that we’ve been able to take from our experience with this awful disease. The weather here is unusually warm so I hope you have a lovely day for the walk and a fabulous trip in all.

    Watch out for those squirrels in Hyde Park!

    With love

    Lorraine & Robert

    • londonorbust Says:

      Howdy you two
      Great to hear from you and just terrific to hear from people with like minds. Anyone who doesn’t get the ‘make the most of every single moment’ message when faced with, or having faced cancer, just doesn’t ‘get it’ generally in my book. Time is gone soon enough and death leaves a huge gap so the memories and satisfaction you build and ‘earn’ in the process of the disease, helps to tide you over the rough patches in it’s wake. Go the two of you ~ and Kenya no less! Great.
      I loved your little squirrel quip. There were some good chuckles over the whole squirrel ‘discussions’, weren’t there? Tee hee. I’ll have my own little fella to keep me safe from the wild ones!
      Here’s hoping your travels bring you Down Under at some stage. Always a bed at my place.
      Have the best holiday
      Love
      Deborah

  41. Hi Deborah,
    Good luck with your travels and the walk. I’m well pissed we cant meet up but I’m thinking of you on your adventure. Take care, Hagg.

  42. Pamela Carter Says:

    Hi, Waiting for your first post from London. Hope the flight was fun. We had a monster red dust storm on Wednesday and I’m still cleaning up here and am going to my house shortly. Even though it was completely closed up I noticed when I called in that there is a layer or rusty dust everywhere. Shades of Denial Bay!! Good luck with the Walkathon.
    Love Pam

  43. Hi Deb, It was so good to receive your news this morning as I was beginning to think that you had done a Ronnie Biggs/ Christopher Skase disappearing act!!. You are obviously having that well deserved and fantastic holiday. Lap up all the lovely Irish and the rest of your adventure.
    Love Sharyn

  44. londonorbust Says:

    Hi Shash
    I have posted on ‘the journey begins’ so have a look there. Not much more than what Peta would have forwarded to you, but you might find it interesting.
    Hope all is well at your end.
    Love
    Deb
    x

  45. Hi Debs………….sounds like you have a great time, so glad for you. Are you rested up yet? Just wanted to check in and say the we missed you, welcome back.

    Joan P.

    • londonorbust Says:

      Hi Joan
      I’m having a great time. Thanks for your interest. Have a look in on ‘The journey begins’ link above. That has a bit more detail in it. Hope you’re well.
      Deborah

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