It’s been a busy month for me with lots of different things going on which means my mind has often been jumping about from one topic to another. It also means that I’m feeling a bit drained. Much of these happenings have been good things.
The first two weeks of April are school holidays here so there were visits from school friends to co-ordinate, trips out to arrange and space for relaxing and unwinding to be managed. This year my son also needed to fit in some study time for exams that take place in May. Juggling the desires of a highly selectively social teen with a bouncy sensory seeking ten year old while remaining sane myself can be challenging and by the end of the school holidays I am very happy to get back into term time routines!
My husband, Neil, is a keen amateur landscape photographer and on Saturday 7 April he was up at Fort William for the launch of an exhibition with the Society of Scottish Landscape Photographers which including one of his images. I wasn’t able to go with him and I still haven’t seen the exhibition but it’s moving to an exhibition space in Leith, Edinburgh on Saturday 5 May so I’ll get to see it when it’s there. If you’ve not yet seen Neil’s photos please do take a look at his site Awen Photos, you can also find him on Facebook. Needless to say I am rather proud of his photographic skills!
Saturday 14 May saw Neil and I at the Druid Network AGM at the Bilberry Hill Centre near Birmingham. It’s a location that the Druid Network have used for several years and we are all rather fond of it. The Druid Network (TDN) AGM has a formal side to it but it is also a time of community connection, discussion, shared food and fun. It is a full day event and many of us stay overnight before dispersing across the UK the following day. Last year I stepped into a new role at the AGM, that of minute taker. I found that having a task to do helped me manage my social anxiety and this year I continued in that role. I’m not a fan of taking minutes for meetings usually but when both I and the group can benefit I am much more keen. Thanks to years of University committee experience it’s not a role I find difficult and TDN AGMs are more fun to minute than anything I have done in the past.
Just last week I had another AGM to attend. This one was for the RDA Glasgow Group and I was anticipating a much more boring and formal meeting. I was pleasantly surprised. It was anything but boring! This AGM took place on Wednesday 25 April in the evening in the RDA Glasgow Group conference room. The discussions that followed the formal reports were lively and I found the whole meeting much more interesting than I had anticipated. I was very tired afterwards though as there was a lot to concentrate on.
I’m becoming more involved with the RDA. While I was recovering from my unscheduled dismount and not fit enough to help out in classes I helped out in the office instead and took on the RDA Glasgow Newsletter preparation. I will be doing the next issue too although I’m not sure what’s happening after that as yet. I’ve also been doing a bit of work on updates for the RDA Glasgow website (feedback always welcome by the way). I’m now building up my fitness for helping in classes again and it’s great to be back doing that but I still plan to help out in other areas.
Which reminds me, today being the last day of April is also the last day of Autism Awareness month for several countries. World Autism Awareness Day is 2 April each year. Some areas of the world use the whole of April as Autism Awareness month. In the UK the National Autistic Society held a week long focus of events from 26 March – 2 April. Anyway, RDA National has been working on a new addition to its online learning courses aimed primarily at RDA volunteers and staff. This one is on Autism Awareness and it’s going to be officially launched very soon. I took part in the testing of the course and I am delighted to say that in my opinion they have done a really good job on this course with a good balance of information and practical suggestions.
These are a few of the highlights from my busy month. I’ve also been continuing in my book writing efforts and trying not to let self doubt stop me. I’ve been healing from my own injury and continuing to coordinate requests to the Pagan Healing Circle. And, as always, I’ve been continuing to devote time to my family and my devotional practices.