I woke to a real good frost in Nelson on Saturday morning. I had a disturbed sleep and woke with a start at 7:18am so had to rush to get away on time. Was so glad that John had covered my windscreen with a tarp. But in the few minutes it took from uncovering the windscreen and driving out onto the road it was already icing over again – brrrrrr, I hate the cold!
I was very glad I had packed lots of my Icebreakers and that I had bought gloves last week cuz I had everything on plus my jacket and scarf. The day began at 8:30am with André as our tutor this time. He is the owner of ‘Triple 1 Care‘ It was very interesting having a change in tutors. They don’t normally like to do this but it was unavoidable this time. He was very good but a lot more intense than Glen. We spent the morning working inside as it was quite cold. André was really good at throwing us in on the deep end and putting us on the edge. Jenny and I were talking in the morning about something to do with the course and he called us through the door. There was a body face-down in the toilet! Of course we were then timed as to how long it took us to resuscitate and manoeuvre it correctly – not too good at that stage I don’t think-!!
In the afternoon we had two scenarios outside. Using a picnic table as the fuselage of a crashed plane we had to extract and keep alive the two people trapped inside. Then there was a car wreck with 3 young guys (actually 3 of our class mates!) trapped inside. That was interesting-!!
I went up to Estelle’s for dinner Saturday night. I was soooooo tired that I didn’t make it a late night. Had a great sleep but woke before 5am so read until 6:30. Nice to have a leisurely shower and get organised without having to rush. We did a lot more reviewing of equipment and then after lunch we went out up into the Marsden Valley regions near Stoke and went through some more scenarios.
The first was reasonably basic and we had to work in small teams of 1 patient and 2 care givers. The 2nd scenario was much more intense – 3 parachutists crashed in the bush somewhere. The rest of us had to find them and then deal with what we found and get them out to the helicopter landing spot. Really great example of leadership and teamwork skills. We did really well and André credited us with 8.5. Pretty jolly good! I was totally knackered after all that intensity and scrambling up and down banks and lugging bodies and the hardest part – thinking/remembering what to do first and next!!!
After I left I popped in to pick up some curricula books that I had lent Estelle, helped her to find some online and then after grabbing a snack for dinner I met up briefly with Anson at his bosses place. Finally left town around 6:30pm. I was glad of my ipod to keep me company for the drive home. The road was really really busy over the Whangamoas but from our turn off at SHW6 I never saw a soul.
I thought that I would find the children in bed and all quiet when I arrived at 9pm but instead was welcomed by 3 little ratbags who had created havoc, Seb on the computer and Tim on the phone. So I wasn’t too impressed. Sent the children off to bed and unpacked and tidied up what I could.
Daniel, Sheri and their two Josiah 5 & McKayla 11 months (from Australia) had arrived Sunday morning and are staying in The Croft for a couple of weeks. Daniel & Jonathan went out to do mussel work with Tim – all day Monday and most of this morning. Sheri was fantastic – got stuck in and helped the children clean up their rooms, vacuumed and then totally cleaned up Nathan’s room. I am sure he will be very happy to see it when he gets home. Eva spent the day helping Jesika clean the Lodge etc.
I had a lovely visit Monday afternoon from Anneke – a neighbour from 1.5hrs drive away! It was so nice to sit in front of the fire and chat for an hour or two. She hadn’t been able to get to my b’day so she came to deliver my gift – a lovely kete – a Maori woven flax basket -. Full of home baked biscuits and a bottle of Baileys
Today we spent all morning making pumpkin soup and getting veggies done for dinner. In between everything I am trying to de-junk my room, the school room and the office. Just feel like I am going around in circles cuz when I make a start somewhere I get called away. Tim has just taken everyone except Sheri and McKayla out mustering so I am off to have another attack on one of the rooms……..