I went up to visit The Duchess and we had a celebratory gin and tonic with the inevitable Egg and Chips lunch.
I can't recall when or if I had been previously, but it turned out to be a really good day.
Breakfast at Morrisons and then a nice stroll with friends and their family around the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens.
This time I managed to get through in an hour and a quarter.
It should be less, as the registration takes about 2 minutes and the initial form filling and test another 6 or 7. In my own experience the donation part is normally less than 15 minutes.
At my previous appointment, I did not get to the chair and left disgruntled after 1 hour 40 minutes, as time was pressing.
The donor sessions are apparently booked to 120% capacity to ensure a good turn out.
If everyone turns up, the system grinds to a halt and leaves regular donors frustrated.
That said, I think it is a good thing to do if you are able to and I would like to see more people do it.
I think that a poster campaign said that 96% of the population rely on the 4% who give blood.
I expected a few comments and pleadings to stay or to do just one last camp, but it was a little intense at times:
"You just have to come to camp and cook"
"What about the poor cubs that haven't had an Eggybread breakfast ?".
"Who will use the oval pans now ?"
"My wife doesn't want to come and help if you aren't there"
"Pete promised me a free evening if I got you to come"
I am stepping away from Scouting - I feel it is the right thing for me to do now.
The 24 years I have done Scouting has in the main been very enjoyable, and given me great and happy memories.
But everything has it's season.
That really just about sums up why I am stepping aside.
Not as many cards as I have seen previously, but many many couriers have brought flowers for lucky recipients.
All of which is fine, but why people feel the need to gush their undying love on this one day of the year, I just don't understand.
What about the other 364 days of the year?
That is all I am saying.
Let's be careful out there.