Just in case anyone was concerned I'd broken my brains out on skates, I'm glad to report that I've gone skating TWICE so far, and I'm getting better!
Yesterday I did six laps round the rink - and I enlisted a couple of complete strangers as cheerleaders, who pumped their fists in the air and spurred me on! (I made it clear that I was a first-timer, so ANYTHING I did was amazing).
We put our skates on tonight again, and this time I did TWELVE laps around the rink, and it took exactly the same time (45 minutes) as the six I did yesterday. And I haven't fallen once ....yet!