Day: August 10, 2011

Just because you’re paranoid….

Last night we had a blackout. The lights went out and all the alarms went off in the local area, so I knew it wasn’t just us. I had spent the evening watching the news, with a rising feeling of fear. I’m usually fine with blackouts but last night I felt cold, hard fear. I honestly thought that somehow the looters had managed to attack the power grid. It seems a bit silly in daylight but at the time it felt like anything was possible. It was worse because I was alone in the house with my daughters. Luckily they were all in their beds and sleeping soundly. I was worried already because my husband was out on the mean streets of Birmingham – don’t worry he was working – not rioting! I somehow thought I would be able to go on the internet but everything was down. I had also only just started charging my mobile so had about 2 minutes of battery. I sent a text to my husband saying what had happened, and asked facebook if everyone else had lost their power – but before I could read any answers the phone switched off. The only thing I could do was look through pictures on the computer. This helped a bit. I found it calming to look at pictures of happy times and the smiling faces...

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Learning to Love Swimming

I have always loved water. There is nothing I like more than a walk by the beach or along the canal. You can go every day and it will look different. If I could change anything about where I live in the midlands I would pick it up and put it slap bang next to the beach. I love to swim, you feel so free in the water, weightless and calm. It was always really important for me that the children learned to swim. I took my oldest daughter as soon as I could when she was a baby. She hadn’t been that keen on a bath at first but quickly grew to love it. As soon as she could walk she would jump in – completely fearless. Sometimes she can be a scardey-cat on land but as soon as she gets in the water she transforms. I took her to baby swimming lessons at first but after she was a year she began to dislike them. I like that you put the babies under water as I think they get used to it, but the classes are a bit full on – sometimes they just want to play in the water. When she began to cry when we were at a class but would love when I took her in the week I knew I needed to stop....

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