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PEEPs

i got a real treat today. Emma was unwell and asked if I could go with Becky for a Peeps session. She had no idea what this was but it was a chance to spend some time watching how well she is settling into nursery.

 Becky is 3 already; how did that happen?

Anyway, I needed no persuasion! Having been away for twelve days, I was missing my beautiful grandchildren. I was there early. To a wonderful welcome! Nana shouts Becky. And little Evie with her wonderful little smile, just fell into my arms for a cuddle. For about half an hour!!

So off we trotted to nursery! Not very many children. Maybe 8? 10? Plus half a dozen parents. And one Nana! Becky signed in. Chose her activities. Then there was a wee chat, around nursery rhymes, about hand washing. Becky joined in quietly.

Then the Mums were invited for a chat about food budgeting. Peeps it seems stands for Parents early years education programme. ┬áTesco had supplied three baskets of food. One full of well known brands, one Tesco brands and one of Tescos value brand. We were then given a tutorial on checking labels cos sometimes the well known brands have more sugar or salt. Also kids won’t know difference between real and value weetabix and the like! Then we were invited to share a snack like the children, toast and bananas. Unfortunately I had to leave at that point.

But Peeps will continue. Apparently this is a new initiative both encouraging parents to learn together, and actually educating.

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Preparing for retirement

So, I wasn’t going to start this particular theme until I handed in my notice but having had a very pleasant walk down to Morrisons in the sun, I am thinking that just maybe retirement ain’t such a bad concept!! Took the long route along the beach. Waves were gently breaking on the shoreline, a few couples were strolling along the promenade, a handful of children were on the beach and the sun beat down on us all. Stopped for a while to watch several families of Eider ducks picking through the seaweed for food.

Eider ducks on the sea
Eider ducks

Would normally have been on my way home from work and missed it all. But retirement opens up possibilities of enjoying the rare sunshine.

Retirement!! Not something I was expecting to consider quite yet. Although I am 61 I still have loads of passion both for midwifery and for teaching. So I had always expected to go parttime for a while. Never even considered that this would be a problem, but when I went through the process and put in the request, it was refused. Three times!! On the third occasion, after a month of soul searching, I informed them that in that case I would be retiring. I certainly have no wish to continue working at the breakneck speed expected of everyone nowadays. And I have other things to do. Like baby minding!!

So I have decided to retire at the end of November. When I am due to get my Old Age Pension. Old!! It needs renaming. I am not old. So I am building up a portfolio of paid and voluntary activities.

I am already serving as an adjudicating member of GTCS. Have an interview to become a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games next month. Have completed my Instructors sessions for the SMMDP programme. And have registered to become a First Aider with the Red Cross. These plus the work I already do for the ARM and the VIDM should I guess keep me busy. I also have a book to update!!

And I haven’t even mentioned grandchildren….

This then is my first blog of my journey towards and through retirement. I wonder if I will be any better at writing this ‘diary’ as the ones I started in my teenage years.

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Visit to Edinburgh

Spent a lovely day yesterday visiting my son Andrew, his wife Emma and my granddaughter Becky. What a lovely family. And what a delight my granddaughter is. I cannot wait to have her to myself occasionally by minding her whilst mum and dad go to work. She is such a rounded wee girl for 7 months. Obviously content with life. Always smiling even when getting tired. Lots of laughs and giggles. Happy and keen to play with anything and keep herself amused. Sitting up confidently on her own, most of the time but desperate to walk. Strides out when held upright. A delight!!!

We spent a number of hours there and were looked after very well. Lovely lunch supplied by Andrew. Good conversation. Discussed the books by Julia Donaldson including Monkey Business which Grandpa Ian and Nana read out to everybody’s amusement. Including Becky!

Wish they lived closer….