Saturday, 9 May 2015

Saturday

So I find myself awake at first light. This would be fine, except I as up at 2.21am for a wee. I'd been in such a lovely deep sleep too. These days I'm like am old man with a dodgy prostrate! It was that last large glass of juice before bed that did it! I wondered why I'd had no page views for my last post '380' It isn't very interesting  I grant you, but it does help to hit 'publish'! 

Also because it's Saturday the weather is rubbish. I'm laid in my comfy bed, pottering around in Blogland listening the to gale force winds blow down my chimney. Not heard much rain lashing though.

Today I will mostly be indoors! I'm waiting for a delivery of rugs I bought in the Next sale months ago. These rugs I'm sure will be going straight back. You can't really gauge the colour in a photo! I had a text from 'Neil and Darren' telling me they'd be here betwixt 9.15am and 12pm.

Until the rugs appear I'll do some chores. The chores I have planned are catching up with last night's Gogglebox and a little bit more of my knitting. After 'the rugs which won't be staying' are dropped off I'm going avisiting my friend and her adorable squishy, smiley, happy darling little girl. The one who that last cardi n hat were for. She's 9 months old. And super diddy! The cardi n hat will fit her at Christmas we think! ( In all honesty, I think I'm putting up with my friend JUST to cuddle her daughter!! ) ( In all honesty, I think my friend is putting up with me cuddling her daughter just for some adult conversation! ) Actually in all honesty my friend and I are actually best friends  now and have been chums for over 35 years!

Really, she was my sister's friend first! I didn't steal her or anything! They were in the same class all the way through Primary and Grammar. Being three years younger than me,  I obviously looked down on her in disdain at both schools! Being older I was far too superior to even acknowledge them both publicly! But when we met up in the year I was retaking my Biology A Level, we just clicked. Her folks were like mine and vice versa. We lived at each other's places. We watched the first episode of The Simpsons together!

During my time at College doing my two year full time BTEC National Diploma in Nursery Nursing - the second year that anyone had done this Brand New Qualification which was supposed to be a better more academic qualification than NNEB, I spent it with my dear friend, described above, who I'm going to see later on. We were both Grammar School drop outs ( not really, but see my last post but one!! ) we were famous for wearing black cardigans - great big huge knitted things and for being top of the class in all of the subjects! ( Come on! We were ex grammar! ) We both left with 19 Distinctions and 1 Merit. It was hard to get a Distinction - the subjects were varied and difficult too. We went on our six three week block placements together.  We didn't go as a pair into classrooms, like the student teachers seem to do these days, we had to work separately. Our actual work load was nothing  like these day release girls we get coming to school now. In the first year we had to choose three different school/nursery settings. We were actually doing what student teachers do. Going into Reception Classes and planning and Teaching, being observed and Graded on everything. In the second year we had to choose establishments in the Special Needs Sector. This was in the days before Inclusion and the closure of the Special Schools. We did our three weeks in a School for autistic children, a school for children with Learning Difficulties and a school whose catchment area was basically a poverty stricken slum. These were very very very difficult places to be plunged into. I'm glad we had each other for support. All of this made me the Teaching Assistant I am today! The BTEC was my way into Teacher Training post A Level Failure. However, after a six week stint nannying in Spain, I came home and created the Uni one with the HG. That put my teaching career on hold again!


Aaaaaaaachooo - uurrrrgh sorry, out of nowhere I just sneezed all over my iPad! Bear with whilst I clean up!!


Yes, that may have been way too much information but you know how I like to share! I think it was a rogue sneeze and not another bug descending upon me! I feel absolutely fine now!




Lots of Love from

Rachel *Look carefully at the paragraphs* Radiostar
Xxx

Ps. What did you seeee? Did you see what I did there??!! 







10 comments:

  1. Saturday!
    Wish I had found your blog before as the way you write makes me smile and then wish I could write like that

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    1. Found it Sue! Yano, I think exactly the same way as you re YOUR blog!! Xxx

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  2. Your two writing styles are so different, and I enjoy both of them.

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    1. At first I thought you meant me Pam and I felt ever so slightly worried I was a split personality like a good Rach n a bad one! But then I realised you meant me n Sue!

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  3. Was that intentional? Hurray it's Saturday.
    xx

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    1. But of course Mum! 😉 I planned it all!

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  4. Your post took me back to my days training for my NNEB. I was 16 yrs old, way back in 1978 and that course was 1 of the most fun, gruelling, interesting and full on things ive ever done. The range of placements from nurserys, special schools, even a stint on a maternity ward was so wide ranging it opened a world I had no idea existed! I went straight from there, at the ripe old age of 18, to be a nanny in London with the sole charge of 3 week old twin girls and a 3yr old! Sadly the course no longer exists which is such a shame as it really equipped me for the wonderful career ive enjoyed for the last 35yrs. Paticularly as the course was for 'nice girls who didnt want to be secretaries'! Lol. Thanks so much for bringing back so many lovely memories, xx

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    1. It was a very indepth course on the study of childhood and hats off to you surviving a very demanding career. Thanks for taking the time to comment xx

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  5. I wanted to do the NNEB course or a social workers course but they were both full by the time I applied, hence the secretarial college. Then a job where I was earning money replaced all thoughts of going back to college. I did have regrets about not doing the NNEB but in hindsight I'm really glad the social workers course was full. I'd have been rubbish at the job. My best friend hails from our first day at secondary school 37 years ago. Sometimes we only see each other once a year, but that connection is always there. PS. I am so fed up of trips to the loo in the middle as well lol xx

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  6. It amazes me how us like minded folks find each other! X

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