Out of my depth

If I tell you something, do you promise not to laugh? At least not to my face anyway? 

Tonight I took some of my church youth group to the annual denominational swimming gala. The kids get so excited. Little lady has competed for the last three years and even D entered a race this year, desperate as he was, to be like his sister. Between the group we brought home 14 medals. Little lady won 3 of those, including a bronze for the 11years and under race, competing against girls 4 years her senior 😀

But that’s not what’s keeping me awake tonight. I have so many thoughts going around in my head. The main one being the fact that I competed tonight. In a bid to cajole one of the other mums (a fantastic swimmer) to sign up for the adult race, I agreed to sign up myself!! Me, a non-swimmer, someone who avoids water as much as possible!

With all my ear problems I do not swim. I haven’t swum since school probably. If, and that’s a big if, I do go in the pool, my hair never gets wet. It’s actually easier to tell people that I can’t swim than going into my whole medical history and why I am afraid to get water in my ears. (Also why I don’t have my hair washed at the hair dressers but that’s another story!!)

So tonight, I was signed up for the adults’ race. Little lady’s face was beaming with pride. How could I back out? I jokingly (half??) told the lifeguards to be ready to rescue me, I told the time keeper in my lane to go get a sandwich. I had already written myself off before I had even got to the edge of the pool. All races start in the water and as I got in I started to panic. I wondered if I could actually remember how to swim! I had borrowed Little Lady’s goggles and putting them on I felt like a fake. I was fearful of letting her down. I knew I was going to finish last and that didn’t bother me, what did bother me was making a fool of myself. What if I made such a fuss and a big scene that I drowned myself during the race?? Not a good look for someone actually employed by the denomination is it?

The whistle blew and off I went. I was amazed by how clearly I could see with goggles on. Do you know I have never worn goggles to swim in my life! We didn’t have them as kids and as I said before, I don’t swim now. It was amazing to see everything underwater. It was so clear and calm.

 Well until I had to breathe anyway! Now, I have watched hours and hours of Little Lady’s swimming lessons. I have seen Olympic swimmers on the TV. Quite simply, you turn your head to the side, take a breath and put your face back in the water. Easy. Except the first time I tried it, I swallowed a mouthful of water. The second time I tried it, I didn’t get a full breath. It is not as easy as it looks! By the time I got to the end I was so desperate for air I thought I was going to pass out. 

But… I didn’t. Yes I came last. 4th out of 4 (one of which was a 14year old girl who just wanted a go!) but according to hubby I didn’t lose by much so that’s some consolation. Little Lady even said I “wasn’t bad” High praise indeed!

Tonight has surprised me in different ways. 

  1. That I had actually managed to convince myself I couldn’t swim
  2. Goggles make a world of difference to swimming
  3. I wasn’t *that* bad 
  4. How much I actually enjoyed swimming

Maybe I should pack my specially-made earplugs and Little Lady’s goggles and go for a swim by myself another day. I think I might like that.

Pentecost Picnic

I’m a bit behind with posts which is why I am only just writing about Pentecost!

One of the items on my Day Zero List is “go for a picnic”. On Pentecost Sunday the local council of churches put on an outdoor service on the green around the castle. Little lady, D and I walked down after church and sat on the grass to eat our picnic.

After the picnic the kiddies joined in with some of the games that were organised.


D in the skipping race!

At 2pm most people moved into the marquee for the service.

We went in briefly for me to do a reading on the stage but it was very warm so we came back outside and sat back on the grass instead.

The whole thing was very well organised and there were a lot of people there. The service, which was a joint effort between the churches, was very uplifting and the PA system meant that we could sit outside and still hear what was going on inside the marquee.

We were also lucky enough to be blessed with fantastic and glorious weather. Oh and I crossed an item off my list 😀

43. Go for a picnic

Happy Easter

I know it’s a day late but Happy Easter everyone. It has been busy here this weekend as Easter is a BIG event in the Christian calendar. We had services on Good Friday and then spent Saturday setting up the hall ready for the big Easter breakfast we hold, allowing the whole church to come and eat together before the service and rejoice in the fact that He is risen!

Enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend whatever you do. Here are some pictures from yesterday.

Tables all set


Breakfast at the ready

The cross

Covering the cross with flowers


These photos were taken on my phone as I forgot to take my camera with me. Sorry.