Finally managed to drown yesterdays migraine in cups of water and lemon and ginger tea (helps with the nausea).
I am so very lucky in that I very rarely suffer from these crippling headaches – but a few days running non-stop around Glasgow in the heat (Yes – even in Scotland) and not really drinking enough, if I am honest, completely floored me.
I should know better – because what I did was self inflicted …………… but I have learned my lesson and will take Sugah’s advice and make sure I drink a litre of rehydration solution when I return home from our frugal adventures in the heat. Now I know you can buy the little sachets – and very convenient they are too when you are travelling ………….. but really all they consist of is some sugar, some salt and a spot of flavouring.
Sugah (the sports scientist remember) and being my frugal friend shared with me the right recipe to make my own. This gives you the “safe” proportions of salt to sugar and Sugah assures me that it is OK to use with even wee kids – although the usual safety warnings apply in that any child with D&V more than 24 hours should be seen by a Doctor.
Still its simple enough that you could make it anywhere – Sugah has even made this in Delhi with the packets of salt and sugar from a MacDonalds. Apparently “Delhi Belly” is more than a rumour!!! This is so easy its hardly even a recipe – but I have written it out and popped it in my first aid box just in case I need it again.
- 6 level teaspoons of sugar
- 1 level teaspoon of salt
- 1 litre of boiled and cooled water
- 200ml of orange juice or a splash of fruit cordial to make it more palatable (although Sugah recommends this “neat” if the kids have upset tummies)
Basically – well!! Erm!! Tip everything into the water and stir till the sugar is dissolved …………………. and drink. That’s it!!
So I did and drunk one glass straight down and am now sipping the other whilst I fill you in on where we were today to get so hot and bothered.
Today – me, Mum, the two lads and Hermione took off around the coast to Kirkcaldy where they were having a Street Festival of International Music. Completely free (naturally) and held in the High Street.
I am a great believer in attending as many of these “organised events” as I can – after all if no-one attends them then the council will stop putting them on. Hows about that for a perfect blue sky?? Was lovely. Toasty hot with a gentle breeze coming off the sea.
Lots of “peerie-wally” Scottish flesh on show …… but be gentle with us guys we are really not used to the good weather and we always get caught unawares by this “Summer” thing. Indian Drummers – they were FABULOUS!!! I know I shouted just then, but you had to in order to be heard over them – they were also phenomenally loud.
We spotted them later as we wandered back to car – taking a solemn picture of the War Memorial with their drums and cymbals carefully arranged around. Turns out these guys are not only fabulous musicians but Ex-Forces too. These guys (and gals) are a Polish Clown troupe – sooooo funny!!! Of course it helps that both boys have a great sense of humour when it comes to Slap-stick and pantomime.
The kids sat for ages totally engrossed …………… in all the heat of the High Street they squeezed down into the front and made camp at the white line under the grown-ups feet. They weren’t completely abandoned – that’s my Mums legs in shot – she eventually managed to wiggle her way to the front too. They were great value for money – brass band, diablos, juggling balls and clubs, dress up, puppets ……………. the lot. In fact their set lasted for forty minutes and hardly anyone left. This High Street used to look like this every Saturday – absolutely packed. But the shop owners I chatted to today said that this was the busiest day since the week before Christmas.
Seems to me we are not the only ones tightening our belts these days.
As we wandered along here back to the car we also passed a German Rap Band (really), a modern dance troupe and a New Orleans Jazz Band who were fabulous!! In fact if you shut your eyes you could almost believe that you were in Bourbon Street itself!!! Well you have got to end with a F.U.F (Full Up Finish) haven’t you??
Standing Ovation for the bright spark who thought up the idea – and a bigger one for the sun that shone all day and brought all the families out into the High Street to make this a buzzy and busy day all around.
And it was FREE!!!
So I challenge you to find out some Free activites that are happening around your local area this summer – after all, people put their hearts and souls into organising these events and the best thank-you we can give them is to turn up and take part.
What’s coming up in your home town??