Getting ready for 9 & 19!

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The countdown is on…in five days I will be in London with my husband (having not seen him since December!), in six days we will be in Paris for the first time and in seven days we will be sitting down to our first (and possibly only!) Michelin Star restaurant dining experience!

I cannot wait!

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Challenge 17 – Nailed It!

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This one was a whole lot of fun!

Five Year 10 students are with the Royal Air Force on work experience this week. They have had a superb time working in a number of different locations, learning about the history and different roles in the RAF. Today they were going to RAF Stenigot to see what happens when members of the RAF, including the Royal Signals, are sent there for training and assessment. They knew that they needed a head for heights but they weren’t quite sure why.

RAF Stenigot was a Second World War radar station. It was part of the Chain Home radar network which assisted the British Army to identity and respond to enemy planes. After the network was decommissioned, Stenigot radar tower remained as the only memory of this important work.

The RAF continue to use the radar tower as part of their training and assessment programme. Our students had the chance to climb to the 50m and 90m stations, the two platforms shown on the photo below. Somehow, they also managed to arrange for me to go to the top at 360 metres…all the way up a maze of ladders. It was hard work, on the shoulders and arms mostly, as lactic acid set in during the climb. But our efforts was wonderfully rewarded with the views at the top!

When we got to the top we were also greeted by an ammunition box and a book that all successful climbers sign to say they have visited! My fellow climber and trip arranger, Aggi, wrote in the book and proceeded to drop the pen…watching it tumble through the tower and onto the grass below. Muppet!! Needless to say, she didn’t climb down to bring it back up again!

What a fabulous day…a challenging climb, superb views and fabulous company. Thanks to Aggi, John and all the gents at the RAF for making this possible. This is one experience for the memory book!

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Challenge 17…

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How on earth did this one appear?! Aggi has arranged for some of our Year 10 students to spend their first work experience week with the Royal Air Force. Those at RAF Digby will be climbing part of the Stenigot Tower and she managed to arrange for me to head to the top…!!! Just about to research how tall this tower actually is!

Challenge 20

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The email finally arrived. It is official…I will be heading to London on May 28th to meet Her Majesty at the Buckingham Palace Garden Party. I’m so proud, very excited and somewhat daunted at the thought of finding an outfit and hat to suit the occasion. Time to shop and to practice my curtesy!

Challenge 18…The Ballet

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The tickets are booked! I challenged my students to come and experience the ballet with me for the first time. Eight of us are ready for the experience! I’ve booked our tickets to see the Birmingham Royal Ballet perform at The Nottingham Theatre Royal on May 22nd. That’s a packed week of challenges with the ballet, CaniX and Buckingham Palace trip in eight days!!

CaniX

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Another challenge is booked! Pip and I will be running a 5km Canix race in Cannock on Sunday 24th May. Pip’s harness and lead have arrived and once she has recovered from her operation, we can start training and teaching her to ‘pull’ on the harness…something I never let them do on the lead!

The challenge of Canix is for Pip not to be freaked out by lots of other dogs, to love her running and to lead me around the course to a super time. Given that she currently has a tummy full of stitches and feels rotten, we have a lot of recovery and training to get under our belts.

Lots of protein on the doggy diet this week. Ten weeks to race time. No pressure Pip!

 

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