|a mackerel sky - the view from my back garden yesterday|
All of the online classes I've mentioned so far have been organised by Goldster. I thoroughly enjoy the classes I do regularly but am feeling in need of something slightly different that is more for entertainment rather than learning, so I signed up for a few of the sessions run by Mirthy. I tried the first one yesterday, a Community Coffee Morning, with no idea what to expect from it and as it turned out it was the very first session of it's kind so it was new to everyone. It was organised via Zoom and after the initial introduction the participants were divided into break out groups of three or four people for the opportunity to unmute and chat to each other. There was a 'leader' in each break out group to help get conversations started if needed and the break out group lasted for 20 minutes, so enough time for each person to introduce themselves and for a bit of a conversation. When the 20 minutes was up we were automatically returned to the main Zoom screen and then divided into different break out groups for another 20 minutes for the chance to talk to some different people, and then finally back to the main group for a final chat with the Mirthy organisers which was more of a short Q&A session to see what we all thought of the set up. I really enjoyed it and can see that in time I will get to 'know' some of the regulars. This will fill a need on the social side of things as it provides the opportunity to actually talk to others rather than using the chat messages, so I will be adding this to my diary. One lovely coincidence was that one of the 'leaders' looked familiar but she lives in the Midlands so it was unlikely that I knew her, but it turns out she used to live in Trowbridge and ran the local shop on the estate where my niece lives. As soon as she said that it all clicked into place and I knew where I'd seen her before. It's a small world!
The others sessions I've signed up for are a coffee and cryptic crossword group where participants will put their heads together to solve a crossword, and two of the book club events ... the book of the month review (Snowflake over Bayview Terrace by Fay Keenan) and a book club games session, which I think is a literary quiz. So, three more things to look forward to before Christmas and fortunately, none of these clash with my regular Goldster classes.
The Age Well class was about the importance of sleep. My own sleep pattern is improving and although I have a night here and there where sleep seems to be elusive, most of the nights are good nights and I average seven hours of good sleep.
Today, the only thing in the diary is the nutrition focus which is looking at ways to outwit the excuses people make to avoid eating healthily. We have covered this subject before but she always adds extra information when repeating topics, so I expect to pick up some ideas. Apart from that, I'm hoping to see my nephew and family tonight but it will depend on what time he gets home from work. If it doesn't work out for tonight I'm sure we'll find time over the weekend.