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A week of firsts … And surprises

Settling in nicely to this retirement lark! I even have a whole week of almost nothing in my diary next week before my trip to Prague ….. And am not feeling stressed out! But this week was quite different. Seemed to pack an awful lot into it and started new projects and new experiences.

The week started with a new experience. For what seems like months, I have been training with the Red Cross to be 1. A Community Based First Aid (CBFA ) educator 2. An events first Aider. Lots of workshops. The obvious first aid classes but also Moving and Handling, Protection of Vulnerable Adults, Children, CALMER which is basically psychological care of self and others, and induction into the Red Cross. On Monday I had my first CBFA teaching session. A full day with about 8 others at a secondary school in Glasgow. Fourth years. Early start – had to be there for 8.45. Didn’t help that phone sat nav took me to a dead end and told me to turn left! Luckily I could see the school from there so followed my own navigational instincts and found my way into the school. Reception were a bit unfriendly. And unhelpful. But once the actual teacher was found, all was very friendly. We were being split into five groups with up to 22 boys and girls in each. I was working with a very experienced educator, thank goodness, as I had no idea how these sessions were delivered. I mostly sat and watched and played patient. Ready to do the next one myself although I would introduce far more student led sessions. It was a bit chalk and talk! The kids were so funny though. Boys with total disinterest on their faces – but obviously listening because they were often the ones to answer the what do you do next questions. The girls more bothered about make up and short skirts than carrying out CPR properly. But again they proved to be interested and interesting once they got to know us. They all evaluated us well!

So home, once again getting lost. To an amazing thunderstorm! At 5pm it was sunny. At six the lightning crawled all around Troon and the thunder circled us. For almost three hours. It was very impressive. Not one to fear nature so enjoyed watching it and ventured out in my car at one point to feed my daughters cat. However the thunderstorm caused a bit of a disaster. As the final huge lightening strike lit up the sky our tv went bang, never to show life again. And even worse our internet went down! No tv, and no internet. Had to take up knitting!! still without a TV five days later but the internet sorted itself out. Thank goodness.