About Ann

Welcome to Ann Foweraker

– juggling hats and getting to grips

Oh I do like to juggle hats – yes, hats, those things I imagine I am wearing when I go out into the big wide world and DO things. Hats I can hide under – metaphorical hats that give me a role in the group I am in – and I am in quite a few – because ‘that’s what I do’.

You’ve got it – you can’t see me because I’m under the hat – so it’s okay for me to be big, bold and brilliant – because I’m wearing a HAT! With a hat on I can get to grips with all sorts of tasks!

I find interest, excitement and pleasure in the simplest and weirdest things. It might be the unexpected colour-mix of chopped veg … that funny video of a dog skateboarding … the new stuff I learnt and just can’t wait to share with someone – everyone –  or the weird and wonderful questions that occur to me when doing the simplest of things!

And – that is what I love to do – share my enthusiasms, my new-found interests and learning  – so , welcome to my blog – I hope you find something to get to grips with in these everyday things.

It is the everyday that attracts me as a writer too. I generally write thrillers – of the type that one reviewer called ‘an English Thriller’. No gratuitous blood and guts, no improbably car-chases or super-heroes … but a story grounded in everyday life with people you may think you know – and into this I throw the bomb of the unexpected – the unusual  – the extraordinary – and see how my ordinary people cope.

Do not be alarmed if you find a scattering of poetry on this blog too – poetry is part of my writing, part of me and has been for many years. I can be found writing and performing with the Liskeard Poets when called upon.

So, a blog that encompasses all that I am, and all that makes me the writer that I am… I hope you will find something to enjoy and thank you for stopping by.

Despite dark clouds on my horizon I have decided this year, and all my following years are going to be a POSITIVE years – I am set on channelling my inner pollyanna and subduing my grumpy-old-woman. More than anything I am coming to believe that our own health and well-being can be shaped by our outlook and, though it is good to vent and not bottle stuff up, finding the positive in life enriches, empowers and enables. So here’s to the new year – let’s see what delights we can find.

in best ‘pollyanna-mode’ – HAT with bells on 🙂

12 thoughts on “About Ann

  1. Hi Ann,

    I was wondering if i might please have your permission to use the image on your blog of the sand sculpture in your ‘How to make a sand sculpture’ article? I’m writing a newsletter for New Zealand families and would like to include this image. Is this OK??

    Kind regards,


  2. I am 82, and have a friend a friend a few month older. She has great vim and vigour despite macula degeneration and arthritis, travelling to family in Brasil, the U.S.A. and elsewhere for holidays. I cycle around here even up the modest hills of N.E.Essex. You may have a long and joyous life, but it cannot be guaranteed: the Book of Job – current reading for Morning Prayer in the Church of England – shows that we need to be humble. Perhaps if we and our leaders had been then the Climate Catastrophe wold not rear its ugly threatening head!

  3. Ann! Hello! I am suffering greatly with LS. I cry every day and am so desperate for a cure. I have tremendous pain every day from this and while naturally a person who loves life, this has robbed me of all of my happiness because of the endless pain. I was googling ways to help myself and found your blog post about Borax. I am going to follow your exact regimen and am hoping for the same positive results. Thank you so much for giving me hope! Lisa

    • Hi Lisa,
      I really feel for you – it is so unpleasant and upsetting! Do follow the amounts carefully and read the links (the bits in red) I have included – make sure the borax is as pure as possible and not a substitute .
      I hope it works for you as it did for me – and if it does (or even if it doesn’t) do let me know – you can use the email address on the borax page if you like to ask questions directly, (just close up the gaps to use it * the gaps are there to fool the spam-bots)
      here’s wishing that it works for you too!

  4. Ive recently been diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosis , Im only 26 and Its ruining my life , I read your story on Borax and I cant wait to try it I have been nothing short of miserable the last year . Ive completely changed in appearance I dont even recognize myself I will let you know If I get some much needed relief from your remedy. Thank you so much for sharing I truly believe your story was meant for me you are a blessing.

    • Hi Monique,
      Hope it works for you as it did for me. Follow the amounts carefully, and don’t forget the magnesium. Any queries feel free to contact me. Email address on the end of the LS blog post.
      Best Ann

  5. Ann, How are you doing with your LS? Do you feel it is still in remission? I am freshly diagnosed and doctor is giving me the steroids this week. I probably will start them just to get the inflammation down. I find that I have substantial swelling, not just itching. Do you think its okay to do the Clobetasol and the Borax topical treatments at the same time. I feel like I am trying so many things that I may not be able to tell what is working. I plan to start with the Borax baths and make your paste/balm. Then, I might get the confidence to take the Borax orally. Have you found any ill health effects from the Borax orally….or all good so far? Not stressing any of your other systems? Blood work okay? Also did you have any urinary symptoms from having both Borax and Baking soda in your baths? I tend to be sensitive in that area. Please let me know how you are doing. Your blog post even though about a year old gives me so much hope.

    • Hi Amy,
      Firstly, I am still LS symptom free!!
      You might get some relief from the steroid, but in my experience, and that of others, it is short lived, and makes your skin thinner. It also did very little for the vast swelling, whereas the baths did.
      Try the baths first. If you find they give you relief then this regimen may work for you too! Don’t forget to start the magnesium too!!! Very important. Re-read the blog post to get it right.
      The cream I made up replaced the slipperiness of the steroid cream and stopped drying and rubbing. Many have found it difficult to dissolve the borax enough, so I’d say just use coconut oil alone, or a good organic, non-petroleum based moisturiser, if you have this problem.
      If you decide to take the oral course, remember the high dose is for only 14 – 16 days, after that the maintenance dose is so low its less than people in borax rich areas consume naturally. (Incidentally with good effects,, not bad)
      Also good idea to take vitamin D3 in you live anywhere where the sun isn’t strong enough to make it in your skin over winter, as it is required for skin integrity, and it is our skin under attack from LS.
      Good luck, hope it works for you as it did for me, please do report back.

  6. Hi Ann, you certainly are an inspiration, and I will be trying your method, even though am in early 70s my husband and I have had good sex life for over 55yrs, which am grateful for not getting LS earlier. And much better to be open about such conditions although not always easy to talk about. Thanks from Joy

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