Wednesday, 6 April 2011


I'm afraid I'm going to have to take a small break from blogging. I feel dreadful about it but I'm left with no option, really.

When I got home from work this evening, I found my wife in a really bad way. I mentioned in the 'Comments' section the other night that she suffers from a chronic, genetic and degenerative condition called Ankylosingspondylitis. It's most closely related to Rheumatoid Arthritis - basically the body attacks it's own immune system which can lead to some pretty nasty symptoms. At present, it is manifesting itself in the eye. Helen has a severely inflamed iris. To say that's painful is an understatement.

It has happened before and lasted a week before the drops she was prescribed started to take effect. Whilst we wait for the drops to work this time, she needs my full attention. The children need looking after, meals prepared and all the other things that generally we share responsibility for and unfortunately something has to give.

I'm hoping to be back in a couple of days, certainly by Monday at the latest. If it's going to be any longer than that, I shall let you know.

I do still have to go to work, and I will still be placing bets at lunchtimes. I'll bring everything bang up to date when I start blogging again.

Sorry about this, and best of luck with your punting in the meantime.


  1. All the very best to you and your wife Rowan. Things like this make us realise what's actually important in life. Really wishing you all well.

  2. Hi Rowan

    There are far more important things in life than updating a blog. you have got your priorities right full stop.

    I hope your wife is soon on the mend and look forward to reading your excellent blog when you return.


  3. Hi Rowan

    Sorry to hear about your wife.

    Family always comes first, hope all works out for you.


  4. Best wishes mate, hope she improves sooner rather than later

  5. Hi Rowan,

    Hope your wife feels better soon. Best wishes to you and your family.


  6. Have found the blog both extremely interesting and very useful and appreciate the effort and time you put in. Give my best wishes to Helen. Hope she is feeling better soon.

  7. We all give you our support Rowan, don't rush back. We'll have more fun without you anyway lol.

    Right guys, lets take over the blog, whose with me??


  8. Best wishes to your wife and good luck to you coping with everything else


  9. Hi Rowan,

    I read your blog daily and I can honestly say it's filled the hole left by JP's exit. It is an excellent read and very thought provoking. Family comes first however and I wish your wife a speedy recovery. I look forward to your next post whenever that may be.



  10. Hope everything is well in the end mate x

  11. Hope your wife gets better soon.

    Not quite sure why you are apologising, some things in life are more important than Blogging.

    Take Care and Good Luck


  12. Wow. Thank you very much to all of you. I'm reading these comments from my desk at work and if I'm not careful I'll choke up. That wouldn't be good for my colleagues to see - you don't know how many hard stares I've had to give the guy who delivers sandwiches each Friday to get my 'hard man' image to stick!

    Seriously though, I'm touched.

    Helen woke up this morning with the pain having eased as the drops take effect. She can't see out of the bad eye but it's a step in the right direction.

    I'm very hopeful of things getting back to normal on Saturday - obviously I'll be home all day and that means I can be a lot more organised.

    Thanks again,


  13. Good luck with everything mate

  14. Sorry to hear about the wife, but taking care of the kids and wife must be a lot more satisfying that ranting on a blog! lol

    At least you can place the bets whilst you're at work!

    All the best, Koda