First open air swim

The pool was open, bright and early, just like they said it would be.  So far, so good.  I walked there at about eight o’clock, (I’m so lucky to have this facility on my doorstep) and booked in.  I was nervous, I’m not very good at swimming, and am actually frightened of the water, something which I am gradually overcoming, but the good news is that, in that HUGE (Olympic sized pool) there were only five swimmers!


Five swimmers and two of these:

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My idea of heaven-in-a-swimming pool …



The outdoor pool is now open!  (Fingers crossed that it will stay open, on past form, the pool usually closes after a week or so,and then opens again, and then closes again, and so on, until September.)  So, I’m intending to go to early birds tomorrow, all being well.  The only thing is, that it has rained all day today, and it has been freezing cold.  The pool is lovely and warm, but the walk from the changing rooms is not.  The worse bit is the cold on your feet, as you can wrap yourself up in your towel to keep your body warm until you get in the warm water. 

So, I have found these:


£4.99 from SportsDirect – a bargain.  Warm feet tomorrow, hopefully.

Half term!

A whole week off – well almost, I’ve got some marking to do and stuff to drop off at the office, (one of these days I will have a holiday without having to go into work) and I’m really looking forward to doing some gardening:

some flowers …


some vegetables and herbs …


and lots of these …

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m also hoping to do some of this:

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And I have to do some of this:

I have a novel to finish!  Well, at least I have the cover, so it’s a start I suppose…..

It’s going to be a busy week …


No, not me, silly, I just went there to watch, that’s all.  It was nothing to do with the men in Lycra, I assure you, more to do with the summer opening of the open air pool.  I love our open air pool; it has helped a lot with my nervous swimming, mostly because it is so big, and they don’t let children in at the same time as adults, so I have plenty of room to panic perfect my stroke.  The pool was glorious:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was the perfect day for a swim.  The pool apparently wasn’t heated, and swimmers were advised to wear wetsuits, but not many of them did.  These Triathletes are hardy souls. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut they did seem to enjoy every minute of it.  They were queuing up to get in.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand gave it their all once they were in the water



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAeven though they must have realised what was to come:



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA And after the bikes, you’ve guessed it – a run!  They were amazing – people of all ages and sizes competing and having fun.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI know what you’re thinking.  Am I doing it next year?  Well, I did think about it, but well, no thanks.  I’ll watch from the sidelines, thank you very much.

Giving blood

Well, there’s a tale to be told …….

Last summer, one of our young students was tragically killed in a road traffic collision.  He was only 18.  I never knew him personally, but his story touched so many hearts.  He was a catering student, and his friends and lecturers in the Catering Department got together and discussed what they could do to honour his life.  They came up with the idea of having a blood donor session at college.  What an amazing idea it was!  Students and Lecturers alike lined up to give blood in his memory.  Including me.  Although my session did not actually go to plan….

The giving of the blood was okay, in fact it was more than okay.  “How long will this take?”  I asked the nurse, “about 4 – 6 minutes”, he replied.  “Wow, is that all?”,  I turned to the person in the chair next to me, “He said it takes 4 – 6 minutes”.  “46 minutes!” she replied, looking a little stunned.  “There’s a very good reason why it doesn’t take 46 minutes,” her nurse told her.  Giggle giggle, so far, so good.

Blood donation over (nine minutes later, not 46), I got up to have my drink and cakes that the catering students had so lovingly prepared.  Only, I never did get the cake, because what happened next was not on the original plan.  I fainted.  Spectacularly.  I was embarrassed.  Spectacularly.  But I gave my pint of blood.  And my soul.  What I went through was nothing compared to what the poor student and his family went through.  So, I would do it again.  Only, they won’t let me.


As they say in the TV advert ‘Do something amazing today.  Give blood‘.  You won’t regret it.

Twice in one day!

Well, they played a Joni track on desert Island Discs yesterday (BBC Radio 4), and then, guess what happened on Something Understood that night (BBC Radio 4)?

Another Joni track!  Pity I can’t add a video of the track here, as it doesn’t seem to be on Youtube, but it was a goodie.

(From the album Wild things run fast, track 11 – Love)

Desert Island Discs

This morning, on Desert Island Discs, Damien Hurst.  Tracks were:

  1. The Clash, The Magnificent Seven
  2. The Trashmen, Surfin’ Bird
  3. Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi
  4. The Beatles, Everyone’s got something to hide except me and me monkey
  5. Bob Andy, You don’t know
  6. Ian Brown, F.E.A.R.
  7. Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, X Ray Style
  8. The Stone Roses, I am the Resurrection

Well, I just have to link to this, now, really: