Saturday, 23 September 2017

End of an era

The game was won, 
goodbyes were said
Tears didn't stop 
my eyes are still red.

Over 700 wickets 
For 2 county teams
Multi Championship winner
The stuff of dreams

Still a game left to play
A rabbit to pull out of the hat
A seriously must win game
For Ryan, we need to do that 

As the  season is ending
and the covers are on
Its hard to believe 
Our 'Siddy' is now gone

So thanks for the wickets 
The runs and the wins,
Thanks for the laughs
the waves and the grins

Thanks for the memories
now its time for him to 'chill'
An era has ended
Those are big boots to fill

(my favourite 'snap' I had only seconds to take it and its my all time favourite)

Friday, 22 September 2017

it's a very sad Fryanday

well it is finally here, the last day of the last home match of the season and what should have been HRR's last ever home game, however injury put paid to that and we just have to hope that we see the elusive curly haired one before he retires.

It is too sad to contemplate!

I do wish HRR well in his future exploits and know that we will still be seeing him around  Headingley.

However today is also very important for the rest of the team and for every one that loves Yorkshire to the core, we need 119 to win, I can predict I will have very sore hands today as I will be clapping every possible run!

Middlesex had a great win yesterday with Finny taking 8 wickets.

It really is going to the wire!

now a 'fiunny' thing happened when I got to chair had gone!

Well I was very put out to say  the least,however not content with removing my seat, they then started to dismantle the chairs around where I had taken up residence!
I had to resort to sitting in the Long Room but was looking over my shoulder in case they came for my chair in there too.

I had a wonderful day with Mark and we caught up on all the things we had missed since last seeing each other.
Today will be sad as it will be over 6 months until we can catch up again.

Now I am heading out for my morning ramble around the ground to see whats is going on, and then it will be time!!!

Very big day ahead, tinged with sadness.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The winter coats are coming out

Its a cold dark morning and as I went out for my early morning ramble I realised that the winter coats will be soon making an appearance.

 This time last year I had just arrived in 'that there' London and was walking around in a t-shirt and cardigan ( and leggings I hasten to add). yes I was on my way for the last 2 days of the Middlesex v Yorkshire match. And we all know how that ended!!

Today I am busy sorting my self out before I head off up the A167 .

The position for my boys this morning is still a bit wobbly.
Instead of wondering if we would win the title. we are in the race to the bottom!
We missed out on a  third batting point yesterday. but still took the first innings lead.

Its game on today but the weather looks as if it may take control if the forecast is to be believed.

I will just keep listening.

Matthew Fisher not only bowled well  on Tuesday, he batted very well yesterday too, yes I think that the future is looking brighter.

England are in ODI  action at  Trent Bridge today so hopefully they will get a game weather permitting.

Thoughts are turning to the weekend and the things that need to be done...............well we all know how that is going to end.

And now it is time to hit the road.

The blogs are getting as short as the days at the moment .

have a great day where ever you are.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Midweek already

So here we are and it is Wednesday already, cold and dark this morning and I am preparing for it to get colder and darker.
Yesterday was a full on busy day with lots of work and then a foraging expedition after work, into the woods that back onto the office.
We walked up to the 'Brick Train , a sculpture based on The Mallard,  The sculpture has just celebrated its 20th birthday, and is also a haven for bats.

We then walked through the woods and collected lots of berries and apples that are growing wild.

What had started as a cold morning ended as a glorious evening with blue skies.

Over in cricket world

Yorkshire were bowling and Brooks  starting the wickets tumbling.
It was looking a if I should cancel my hotel for Thursday evening, but as it is my last trip to Headingley  this season ,I am still debating it, I have until lunchtime today to think about it.

Matthew Fisher and Ben Coad took  5 & 2 wickets respectively and we can see that although we are losing HRR, the bowling future is looking bright!
Warwickshire were all out for 219 after Bell and Patel put on runs.

Odd to see Ryan Sidebottom on the field, not the 'real' one I hasten to add, as we know he is injured. But an 'imposter' playing for Warwickshire.
Sad that we won't see  R Sidebottom bowl R Sidebottom, would have been great.

In reply, Yorkshire lost K Brathwaite before stumps and closed on 62-1.

Middlesex seemed to be in trouble early on in their game, but a spirited fight back by Toby Roly Poly and the lovely Ollie Rayner, helped the cause.

England were in ODI action and after a rain affected start they  won by 7 wickets with a great century by JB himself.

Durham announced that Paul Coghlan is leaving them ( and joining Notts). I wonder who else will be leaving before we close the season, I've already put a tenner on one more of them.

I am now off to  do my last day at work this week and then no more hols until Xmas.

its goign to be long 3 months.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

another day

Another day dawns and we are now only a week until the last match of the season.

Where has the time gone?

Today sees the start of the ODI against the West Indies, they must be loving playing here in September, not the weather has been much to write home about all summer!

It all seems to have gone by in a blur!

 A blur is what I feel I am in this morning as the painkillers are doing their stuff to fight off the pain of the tennis elbow.

I'm hoping that by tonight it will be somewhat easier.

The penultimate County Championship matches start today and as expected HRR is unable to play in his last match at Headingley due to injury.

very sad for Ryan although I am sure that he will be showing his face around the ground.

The awful incident on Saturday night at Durham has forced the 'beach volleyball' stand to be close.
To be fair it is hardly ever used during the season and just helps to block the view of the castle.

I really hope that those who were injured on Saturday make a full and speedy recovery.

I know this is short but time is not on my side this morning ( or any mornings at the moment).

For those heading to HQ have a great day, for those watching/listening to the ODI , I hope that you enjoy, and for those on their way to work have a safe journey.

Monday, 18 September 2017


New week and new milestone in the blog as we hit the 1901st  post.

This morning though I am struggling to get anything done as I have had less than 3 hours sleep due to tennis elbow, which flared up last night.
After trying to get comfortable in bed and  taking more painkillers than I normally would, I gave into the idea that I would get little sleep and had a phone chat with a friend instead. Lots of cricket talk, and laughing which didn't make me any sleepier

Its going to be a long and painful day today!

there is not too much cricket news today apart from Australia getting beaten by India yesterday.

There are however lots of rumours circulating about what will be happening on the county circuit. Lots of 'who is going where' rumours although nothing set in stone.

Its a big week for my boys this week.

Will Warwickshire just be wanting to see the season out now that they are relegated?

Will Essex still be a bit tipsy after winning the County championship?

Can Surrey sink Somerset?

Well we will have to see as it all kicks off tomorrow.

Its a sad week as we are in the final two s'essions' for HRR, will he be playing this week?

Will his FC wicket haul increase?

Lots of questions and only time will tell, although gut feeling is that he won't be playing at his last home match.

Ah not a great thought to start the week.

Well best head off .

Have a great Monday

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday morning

In the words of Jimmy Ruffin,

'What becomes of the broken hearted
Who had love that's now departed'

well they are in the spare bed looking pretty rough at the moment!

I'm struggling to focus on anything, although the beds will be getting stripped very shortly so that will put an end to 'sleeping beauty'  having a lie in.

All yesterdays plans went out of the window at 3.30pm  when BKOTF tipped up with wine and a very sorry tale.

Long story short, we were up until the wee hours chatting after we had an 'expedition' which was supposed to lead to the cricket club but ended up with him in the bushes!

We did manage to watch some of the T20 from Chester le Street, The West Indies won.

Today is mainly about making things, wrapping things, housework and getting ready for the week ahead.

Oh yes and nipping to the shops for some leeks!

Not sure that you really needed to know that.

Thoughts are also turning to the cricket this week.

Relegation is still very real for us at the moment.

its a little bit too much to take in.

I'm off for coffee and then a brisk walk is in order, avoiding said bushes!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Super long lie in

Ahhh I find myself getting lazier and lazier as the mornings get darker and darker. I need to snap out of it!
I have lots to do today and have every intention  of getting everything done this weekend that us on my long list.

I will get settled to watch cricket tonight weather permitting.
However back to other cricket.

Huge congratulations to Essex for be coming Division 1 champions.
There will be much celebrating going on down in Chelmsford.
And rightly so as they have played brilliantly all season........ .
.....and of course there us quite a bit of Yorkshire input in there too.

Now why did we let that go?????

And talking Yorkshire we still have our hearts in our mouths.

Then news that HER is 50/50 for next 2 games!!!!

I cannot imagine him missing his last ever home game.

Can You?????

Well  this won't  get the kitchen floor steam cleaned


Friday, 15 September 2017

YEAY!!!! Friday

Its a cold dark Friday morning and  Autumn is definitely in the air. Yesterday consisted of torrential downpours and then brilliant sunshine, it was a mixed bag, I am guessing the same today.

A mixed bag is what we got in cricket too,
Essex beat Warwickshire and are now champions in waiting, its all very reminiscent of Lords a couple of seasons ago. Just having to wait on a result for confirmation.

Yorkshire put on a courageous display of batting to try to chase down nearly 600 runs, a half century by Hoddy, makes me wonder why he is so often overlooked?
TLJL hit 32 however HRR was stuck on a duck!, I was hoping that he would go out on a double century!!
Well stranger things have happened by bowlers!

This did not really help them as they had to follow on and were 59-1 at stumps.

I am sending rain down today.

Middlesex were not having a good time at all at Uxbridge ( which is something that I cannot say about the times I went with Harry ). Rain, ran and more rain.

Even though they beat us to the title last year I feel very sorry for the Southern boys!

the ECB have allowed Cook to rejoin Essex for the last two matches of the County Championship...........................well, well, well.

Obviously we will not be getting any of our boys back!

Lets not go through all this again though and just take it as a cert that if our lads play for England that's all they do!

well I have been invited to a wine and champagne tasting tonight and they have vegan selections too..

I might just pop along, it would be rude not too.

Now I am out the door and heading towards the 167.
happy Friday, its nearly the weekend

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Nearly there!

Ah its Thursday and we are nearly at the end of another week.

And what a week it has been, Essex stand on the brink of winning the County Championship and in doing so  have sent Warwickshire to certain relegation.

Ah its all to play for, in the race to drop to Division 2!!!

Middlesex were again thwarted by rain and they are now looking at going from the top to the bottom in one season.

How does it look for my boys?

Well after Rockerfeller CC put on a great batting display  closing on 592, Yorkshire staged something of a come back.

We are missing opener Adam Lyth who will be, as we speak looking forward to a full night of sleep after the birth of a beautiful baby girl, Ruby. An absolute little gem she looks too.

However the openers that we put in, K-C and Marsh managed to hold the fort until K-C went on 78.
Its fine we only trail by 421 runs!

Rain is the  thing that we need, and we have had so much of it, I wonder if there is any left?

Ben Coad who was missing from the starting line up came onto field as sub,and took a great catch, Jack Brooks missing for much of the season ( although often seen at T20 matches hob nobbing on the Western Terrace)took 5 wickets

we need points badly!

The match in Ireland against the West Indies was abandoned  and I am guessing that the remainder of the tour might be hit in the same way.

I however am heading out to face the cold today and hope that I manage to work my way through  my 'to do' pile.

Have a great day where ever you are.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A letter

Dear Messrs (messers) ECB
I hope you are sitting comfortably
Sipping on your Earl Grey Tea
To read this letter from me

Last year you fired a  warning shot
That ruffled feathers rather a lot
making cricket fans collars get hot
Whilst you did care not a jot.

You demoted  and fined one team of men
Sending them into lower divisiondom
Making them beg for extra yen
Whilst you supped a bottle of champagne or ten

Then you look for something more
To rip other counties to the core
Lets not allow some York lads to score
You all agreed with a resounding roar.

The season ends you go on jollies
Live up the time of tinsel and hollies
snugly under your ECB brollies
'what else can we do to be total wallies?'

Ah lets mess with the county scheme
That would be the absolute cream
Lets make it not so much a dream
Those members will all be snorting steam!

On and on and on you go
'lets make end of season a show'
We'll let some England players glow
ECB 'prison' for the other though

And so Messrs ECB
Let me ask this of thee
sitting with your overrated committee
Do you rub your hands with glee?

Has the death knell  finally sounded?
Has the County Championship floundered?
Whilst your bellies get more rounded
The cricket  clubs get firmly pounded.

So I wish you good day
In the best possible way
Nothing else left to say
Except, every dog has it's day!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

its getting colder

I was well wrapped up on my walk this morning, it sure is cold, and with no prospect of the much promised Indian Summer, I think that the winter coats, boots and hats will be making an appearance soon.

In cricket it is interesting to read that the ECB have released 5 players to join their clubs in the matches this week. Mark Stoneman has been allowed to play for Surrey, but obvious to see that non of the Yorkshire boys have been released to play in their match against Surrey.

it makes you wonder!

Much rumour flying around at the moment about players picking up their bags and moving to other counties.
nothing being mentioned at the moment so we will have to wait and see if the rumour mill is correct.

Somerset have taken a knock, as two of their bowlers are out for the remainder of the season with back injuries.

Its all kicking off in the last few weeks.

My boys are at The Oval this week and sadly 'James Bond' cannot be there , he is on covert operations else where.  I hope that he has a good week.

Scotland are going to be hosting Pakistan next season which should make for some interesting cricket, they are heading south later this month as they are taking on Papua New Guinea in matches at the beginning of October.

I am busy busy at work,  and the days are flying by, lets hope that they do the same in the build up to the new season.

A new TV box is winging its way to The Dame which should mean that she spends less time in the bar and more time being a couch potato.

My other friends who have just moved to France, are not having such a good time as it has been a fraught move.

Ah well time to move myself, but only out of the door and up the road.

have a cracking day.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Cold wet Monday

After and cold and wet trot around the town, I am showered and about to head out to the office, its not a particularly nice day out there, so I guess being in the office is the best place.

There is little crickety news as today most teams will be travelling to their away fixtures and preparing for the start of another County Championship match.

My boys are heading 'darn sarf'  and will be playing at the Oval tomorrow.

The West Indies are playing an ODI in Ireland on Wednesday before heading over for T20 at Chester le Street, judging by the evenings of late they had best pack two pairs of thermal undies!

Yesterday was busy with more chutney making, however if you ever hear me mention rosehips again, please remind me that deseeding the little blighters is tantamount to slave labour.

'Deseed the rosehips' the recipe said.

Half a pound of rosehips and two hours of my life later, I had a blister and had lost the will to live!

I do  though, have a very full pantry with some more chutney to be made with the odd left over fruit and veg that I have in the kitchen, so I will be back chopping tonight.

Over in France things have taken a turn for the worse as the TV box stopped working last night.

That was one very cross Dame.

Well its a short one as I have to try to sort out the orange afro before I head out of the door.

have a great Monday and try not to work too hard, there are still four more days to get through!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

late again

Well I am late with the blog again but I have been busy this morning, I took extra bags on my walk after spotting blackberries still around, so I returned home with rosehips, blackberries, sloes and elderberries.

Yesterday was a full on cooking day as I made elderberry and apple chutney, rehashed some crabapple chutney with some spicy plum. Yes the chutney shelf is looking very full at the moment.

My early morning walks are lovely, the town is quiet and I meet only a few dog walkers, I am covered in paw prints from a very friendly spaniel this morning who nearly jumped into my arms!

I should have been preparing to head off south today to meet Sophie but the weather forecast is not too good, so we decided to abandon our plans, however we will be meeting up soon.

It was a good day for England yesterday as they beat the West Indies to win the series, now we are heading to the T20's

There will be no new faces in the Ashes squad according to the coach, so hopefully we will have a strong and fit team.

Middlesex have been deducted points for a slow  over rate in their match against Surrey which is not helping their cause as they try to stay in Div 1.

This was the match with the cross bow incident.

My lads are off to Surrey this week and I am expecting nothing but an outstanding win.
HRR starts on 761 FC wickets I am not sure that he is going to get 39 before the end of the season but I am sure he will give it his all.

That's what I love about him, he may have slowed up in the last couple of seasons and been hit by injury, but he never fails to perform for the club. A true trooper and one that is going to be missed.

Right I am off before I start blubbing ( again), I think someone should run a book on how many boxes of tissues I get through in the last days of the last home game!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Busy morning

well I extended my morning walk, to gather a bag of elderberries to make some chutney, I found more blackberries too and also a lot of rose hips, I now have a rose hip chutney recipe and will be adding that to my list of chutneys to make!

I think I may be needing more jars!!!

Its going to be busy, busy, busy!

Its also going to be busy for the my boys in the last three matches of the season if we are to  come out smiling.

I had a conversation with my beloved Harry last night and we are both worried about our boys, and what is going to happen.
 The match yesterday was  a draw and we are both  on  114 points and sitting 5th and 6th in the table.

Its going to be nail biting I can tell you and I think that there will be a lot of chutney being made to keep me from thinking about it.

Over in the 2nd Division Worcestershire beat Notts and boosted their chance of promotion.

At the test Jimmy Anderson  took his 500th  test wicket becoming the first England bowler to do this.

This game is in the balance after England were bowled out for 194 and The West Indies are starting the day on 93-3.

It is going to be a test of nerve!

In  France the Dame celebrated her birthday yesterday and had a good day by all reports.

I am now about to get some washing in and get some chutney on before heading out for more rosehips.

Its chutney central here today.

have a good one!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Friday is here

Well its Friday, half day for me, and hopefully a full day for my boys after rain affected play yesterday.

However this was not before some brilliant bowling from the soon to retire HRR!

3-49, which adds nicely to his FC wicket haul.
What will his score be when he hangs up his jumper for the last time?

Rain and bad light brought an end to the day with Middlesex  on 108-3, we all know how this match is going to pan out,

we need rain to hit everyone today.

The third test was happening at Lords and it was affected by rain initially after which England bowled out the West Indies for 123, then found themselves  46-4.

This is going to be some match today.

Over in France the Dame is getting back to normal after her first batch of visitors, she is now ready for some R & R, not before the excitement she had finding the French equivalent of B & M!!!!!

I'm ready for the weekend, I am tired, I am also running slightly late this morning.

However I cannot go without a word about the 'Guard of Honour' at Trent Bridge yesterday, for their outgoing Captain Chris Read. He is retiring at the end of the season , and how wonderful to see the boys salute him

Even I had a tear in my eye.

Well off to do Friday.

have a great day

Thursday, 7 September 2017

What a difference a day makes!

well now, by the time I had walked around Headingley shop and back to the ground the morning was looking a lot brighter, well it wasn't raining and there were patches of blue sky.

The teams were on the field and all looked good to go.

I had a quick chat with John and  took my seat. Jim was running late so I settled back to watch the play as Yorkshire went into bat.

Now, a Middlesex bowler was positioned right in front of me, by the time that Jim came we were all having a natter. I have to say that this young man  chatted to us throughout his time over at 'cow corner' and between his bowling spells.

He was James Harris and although playing for the opposition, he was great fun. A credit to his club.

We lost Marsh and Lyth and even Captain GB couldn't pull off his usual heroics.

TLJL came to the crease  and got himself settled,  then everyone's favourite, Hoddy came in and these two set about playing a fabulous innings.
TLJL was first to 50, followed by Hoddy. We were on our feet clapping and cheering.

Hoddy fell at 50, but TLJL motored on. sadly he fell on 85 and I can tell you there were tears over on the boundary. They had however given our boys a great chance.

Stumps saw us on 317-7.

It was a lovely day and we were joined by Christine and Gary popped over to say hi too.

I would like to say thank you to TLML for coming over to see me at lunchtime. It was lovely to catch up and I will see you in two weeks time.

Sadly I am back to work today ......................but I will be keeping an eye on what is happening at HQ.

all that is left to say is


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

rain rain go away

After a very wet drive to Headingley yesterday the weather did not get any better.

I arrived at the ground and had a chat with Ray who is still working at the football stand end  although it will be his last season working at the ground.

Then I popped up to have a chat with Cally, nipped to the club shop and then sat with Steve and waited for the cricket to begin.

It didn't!

The Umpires obviously had a date with  a golf club.

Steve and I headed down to a local club and had a pint then I hit the shops and ended up in the French Cafe , having a bit of a chin wag with the owner.

It was not how I had planned my day but it was a good alternative.

The rain hit a lot of the matches yeaterday which makes me feel a little better.

Yorkshire have announced that they have signed Kraigg Brathwaite for the last two county championship matches. That should shake things up a bit.

News in that England will host Australia in limited overs matches next season in between test with India and Pakistan,

Ill be gettiing my ticket for that.

I am however hoping that I see some cricket today,  although judging by the look of the sky I would say that it is very doubtful.

I think that I will be heading back up the A1 a very unhappy lapin.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Another grey day!

It is now well and truly September complete with all night rain and grey mornings.
Where is the Indian summer that they keep promising?
Where are the sun filled warm days ?

well its not really something that we have experiences with regularity this season that's for sure!

Things are hotting up in the countdown to the one day series against The West Indies, and when I say hotting up, I mean a few people will be hot under the collar  when they see that Jason Roy has been named in the squad.
He has been unable to get past 20 runs in the last few outings , so I ask the question, Why????

Obviously every man and his dog wants a chance to get to Australia this winter, but, hell, do we want to win the Ashes?
He is said to be vying for his 'spot' in the team.

Official; seat warmer???

As the County Championship match begins today at Headingley between my boys and Harry's boys, I note that Steven Finn has signed a new contract with Middlesex.

The weather for all those heading down there today does not look too inspiring, but then again it looks the same all over the North of England.

This is a must win match for the boys and the weather needs to pull its socks up and dry up!

I will be keeping a beady eye on all the proceedings.

Over in France, Dame Didi got pulled over by the Gendarmes and breathalysed yesterday when she was on her way TO the Champagne House!!!!
I think that they  are keeping an eye on her!!!!

Well best be off and away lots to do today.

Have a great Tuesday I hope that the sun is shining on you where ever you are!

Monday, 4 September 2017

It's Monday again

So here is to another week, and the weather is on the turn. The mornings are now considerably  darker and  there was a chill in the air as I headed out for my morning walk.

It'll be coat, hat and boots weather before we know it!

Not that I am wishing this month away, it is the last lot of cricket that I will see for a while.

So yesterday, apart from a lot of sore heads in Nottingham ( and Birmingham), it was quiet on the cricket front.

It was great to hear Notts coach Peter Moore praising the team for all their hard work which has so far  brought home 2 pieces of silverware!

Leicestershire Head Coach Pierre de Bruyn has left the club after one year in the position, and so we wait for the Dizzy rumours to start!

And at Leicestershire, bad light was to affect the game between The West Indies and themselves and was drawn.

Australia are currently in action against Bangladesh and the Aussies look to have come out all guns blazing, Bangladesh are currently 53-2, Nathan Lyon  being  the boy!

Over in France, Didi is entertaining the cousins FloRo and Keifer,they are with her until Wednesday when no doubt she will be locking her door and not allowing anyone else to intrude in her peace and quiet.

Here at the Chateau it is Monday some of the schools will be going back so the roads will be worse than ever,

AND unusually for  a Monday, I have washing in!!

Short one today but hey, its Monday and I have a lot to do before I head out the door.

I wish you all a good week

Sunday, 3 September 2017

What a day!

Well now what a day it was yesterday.

Having seen Birmingham Bears go through to the final, I was settled for Hampshire v Notts.

I was on the fence!

And I was getting some very large splinters too!

it was great to see Michael Carberry back with Hampshire.

When Samit Patel took Afridis wicket with the first ball I was screaming 'SAMIT' which was unfortunate as at that moment the window cleaner decided to call for his money!!!
The look he gave me spoke volumes and I think that I may be looking out of foggy windows in future!

However it was not to be Hampshire's  day as Notts made it through to the final.

Everything was set, dinner made and all settled to watch, but we were subjected to a 'sing off'' between Bumble and 'Stumble'!

This really is dumbing down T20.

Listening to the commentators saying  that T20 is the way forward for domestic cricket also filled me with sadness, the County Championship is now a dinosaur if they are to be believed. And considering that most of them are in their spot because of CC and International cricket is worth them remembering.


Final begins and Notts were batting, losing 3 wickets in less than 5 overs was devastating however Taylor and Patel ploughed on and Notts finished on 190-4.

Bears in and I was finding it hard to watch. 2 wickets fell before the 3rd over and then Hain dug in!.

It went down to the wire and a brilliant win for the lads in green.

Edgbaston holding horrible memories for them, as it was were Bug Luke suffered his season ending injury, he was however there and I guess he will have a sore head this morning for a different reason!

well done to all the teams for  making it a great day.

Well done Notts and now I am back to stripping beds and  doing housework.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

It's finals day!!!!

Im up, I'm ready!
Washing is on, crab apple jelly is in the pan and I am waiting for Finals Day to begin.

As predicted by 'Psychic Sophie' the painting of the front of the house has not happened but I am getting on with other things.

As you know I am not a great lover of 'circus' cricket but I do understand its worth to clubs.

I love Finals Day though, especially the most important part..............................the Mascot race!

I have all my money on Vinnie the Viking and  am hoping he does us proud today.

First up in the cricket is Birmingham v Glamorgan at 11.00am

then a quick run to Aldi for wine, back for 2.30pm when Notts take on Hampshire.

Make dinner and then  6.45pm the final.

I'm excited!

I will be cracking on with some knitting whilst all this is taking place so the day won't be wasted.

It's sunny here in the North East of Blighty and I am hoping that the sun is shining in Brum.

The only downside is that 'Puppy boy ' is commentating and I will have to mute the sound as I cannot put up with a whole day  of his singing and high pitched waffling, getting all the players names wrong etc. It really is on a par  with 'Ya nar'.

Well this isn't getting the kitchen floor steam cleaned, so I guess I had best head off and get some more work done.

Hope that all my cricket chums who are travelling to Birmingham are there safely.

I will be looking out for you on the TV

have a fab Finals Day

*whispers*  Come on Notts!

Friday, 1 September 2017

Strange things!

So yesterday dawned as any other cricket day, and ended with the hope that an occurrence in London will be a one off.

Yes indeed, who ever would have thought that a bolt from a crossbow would be the cause of a match to be abandoned!

The bolt landed between two players and the umpires immediately got everyone back into the pavilion.
Spectators were told to take cover and after reports of the Oval being in lock down, armed police carried out a controlled evacuation.

I cannot begin to think about the thoughts that were going through peoples heads.

A horrible and terrifying experience.

It was reported that this was not an act of terrorism, and luckily no one was injured.

The game ended in a draw.

As I predicted last month on the 'Scarbados scale' Essex are edging nearer to a title win after sneaking up on everyone like little  ninjas.

Whilst the Notts ninjas stretched their lead at the top of Div 2 and head off to Brum today in preparation for T20 finals day tomorrow.

Today  is the first day of September which means that I am on the downward slope to hibernation, can you believe after all the excitement of the start of the cricket season we are now only  weeks away form the close!

That's not a happy thought for Friday! ( or any other day)

I have a lot to do today as it is half day! so I am keeping this short and hope that you all have a great day!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Early start this morning

Another dark morning, but I suppose waking up at 4am didn't help!

However dark it is outside there is lots of crickety news to bring some light to Thursday morning.

Firstly, after an outstanding win by The West Indies, Chris Gayle has announced that he wants to play Test cricket again. Due to  the W I cricket board policy that players could not play in International  matches if they have not featured in the domestic format, Gayle has not been in the side since 2014.
He has however been given a temporary amnesty and may feature in the T20 matches next month.
Do they need him in the Test squad?

Well I'm not sure as there are new stars in the making within the team.

Gayle has been travelling the world as a T20 'gun for hire' in the last few years.

After much rumour it was announced that Otis Gibson would join South Africa as Head Coach, which leaves the England bowling coach job up for grabs. As I said a couple of weeks ago, Jason Gillespie is again tipped for the roll.

To be honest he is rumoured to be in for any job at the moment.

Will he come?

My gut feeling is no, but you never know what will happen.

He could be in for a bigger job with Australia after they lost their first test to Bangladesh.
I am sure that rumours will be starting soon.

Rain frustrated those teams in the London area as Surrey and Middx  spent the morning playing Buckeroo in the dressing room before the days play  being called off without a ball being bowled.

Essex managed 55 mins of play before they were in the dressing room playing  Kerplunk and then heading home.

Here in the North East of Blighty we appear to have had the best weather.

now there's a pleasant change

Although saying that we have grey skies here this morning.

I am leaving early as I am going to try to beat the temporary traffic lights at  Harrogate Village....................


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Wednesday already

Here we are mid week already and that means that it is only 2.5 days to the weekend!

However lets not dwell on what's to come, lets look at yesterday!

and what a day it was.

With England going into the final day in a strong position, it was looking like a great days cricket, and it was!

With a record breaking two centuries in two innings  at Headingley by Shai Hope, the tables turned in the favour of The West Indies, who were looking like a very different team from last week.
an unfortunate near miss by Kraiff Brathewaite (95), saw runs racking up as the Caribbean crew  raced towards the winning line.

And they did, with 5 wickets in hand!.

Five days of play at Headingley, a win by  The Windies, setting this series up nicely.

Who would have thought this, yesterday morning, I bet the rum was flowing last night!

In the county championship, Middlesex made a recovery to take a bit of the shine off Surrey.

Notts continued to dominate in their chase to win everything that they can this season!

Will they be successful on Saturday?
well taking my Hampshire head off for a moment, I would say yes!

And I know someone who will be there, cheering them on like a mad thing!

I am hoping to get to the West Indies T20 match in the middles of next month, which should be interesting to see, if the 'big guns' arrive for the match.

However today it is back to the grindstone.

Ah to be in France where your choice is go to sit by the river and read or go to the bar!

Well hopefully it won't be long until I am doing that too.

have a brilliant day.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Back to work

Well its back to work today and no more Bank Holidays until Christmas, well that's enough to put a dampener on your week!

I am feeling considerable better than I did yesterday morning!!

Yesterday also saw the return of County championship matches.
Surrey and Middlesex are playing their derby match and Surrey look to be doing OK.
It is however early days.

Worcestershire played a great first day, as did Notts who on day one were into their second innings, 20 wickets falling yesterday.

Over at HQ the fourth day of the test saw sunshine and England  pushing for a win.
This has been a great test match and brilliant to see both teams playing so well.

I have a lot of work to do this week, and I have to try to get things moving here at the chateau.

There are lots of things in the pipeline and I want to get myself sorted out.

Over in France, the Dame is settling into a routine and generally relaxing and enjoying retirement. There is a lot of book reading going on until she is sorted out with her WiFi etc.

I am now about to head out the door.

I know this is short, but so is time this morning.

I have to say the the mornings are getting darker and I feel that Autumnal nip in the air.

Until tomorrow

Monday, 28 August 2017

Never again!

oh well better late than never as the saying goes.

and here's why.

1. Drove home from Headingley yesterday  morning, all good no real hold ups at Scotch Corner

2. sorted out the paint, did a bit of painting, made a late lunch settled down  to watch the cricket.

3. Spoke to my friends in Pinner as they prepare to move to France on Wednesday

4. Mr Funky the chauffeur popped in with huge bag of crab apples picked on golf course.

5. he dropped me at the shops to buy wine

6. Besty friend Chris called me and said 'come round'

7 walked round to her house, drank wine then brandy, couldn't walk home so managed to get upstairs   to her spare room.

8. Woke up this morning with a 9 stone doberman on me and a 3 legged lurcher  next to me.

9. walked home feeling awful.

10. made some breakfast and pickled the crab apples.

11. Put on cricket  and slobbed out on the sofa.

12. Continually muttering the immortal words 'never again'

13 Will now return to the cricket and no doubt fall asleep.

14. Am going to do a 'Sophie' and go dry for the foreseeable  future

15 Should know better and never learn!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

What a day!

well now, I am lying in bed in my hotel thinking about getting up and heading off home, which will coincide with everyone arriving at Headingley for the 3 rd day of the test.

It's going to be some day!!

Yesterday started off well as I headed down the A1 arrived at my hotel and parked up  getting into the ground by 9.30am

No queueing  at The St Micheals Lane end and I sailed through the bag check, so I headed up to the Long Room, had a chat with the lovely Geoff Cope and was given a lovely amount of licks from Lester the dog..

Found my seat and was settled with a pint by 9.50am!

Christine arrived and was on her own as Clare was ill, quick catch up and then Susan made it in time for the start of the game.

Now then, to say that the West Indies made England suffer is an understatement, to say the West Indies chipped away is very true,

Appeal after appeal went by, the runs were racking up, Kraig Brathwaite hit a century with an amazing six and the stadium stood to applaud it.

Shai Hope hit a century, this looked like a very different team from last week.
When Brathwaite was bowled by Stuart Broad, I don't think that there was one person at Headingley not on their feet, and he left the field with great dignity, acknowledging the whole ground. What a great player.

England were being thwarted  though and although they dismissed Chase, Shai Hope will be back at the crease this morning on 147.

The weather also did not let us down, with the exception of a slight shower early on, the sun came out in the afternoon and resulted in many of us getting a little tan!

I headed back to the hotel and had a bath!!
Yes the first bath since March!

I think I fell asleep earlier than expected but that is what a good days cricket and 9 hours of fresh air do for you.

Well best get up, have a cuppa and then head home for the joys of decorating, yes I really do have to do it this weekend, also need to get the masonry paint on the way home!

I will however be  TMS'd throughout the house and have the TV on downstairs  just to keep up with whats happening.

For those of you going today, have a brilliant time.

Ah well best get on my way

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Day out

well I am up, the food is packed and I am about to hit the shower and then get on my way to HQ for a day watching England take on the West Indies.

However before that, I am reeling to see that Hampshire have loaned out the lovely Michael Carberry to Leicestershire for the last 4 county championship games. He will return to the Hampshire squad for finals day next weekend.

So back to the test yesterday. if  Twittter was to be believed at 10am yesterday we were all looking for England to walk over the Windies.

England went into bat and before I even had time to think about my lunch, Cook , Westley and Stoneman were gone!
The Windies looked like a much improved team from last week.
Jonny B could not perform on home turf and went for 2.
Stokes got a century and England were all out for 258.

The Windies were 19-1 at stumps.

Last night saw the QF of T20 with Surrey playing Birmingham Bears.

Ah yes 'HWMNBNITB' was crowing that it would be 'walk in the park' for Surrey.

not so and Surrey ended up walking the plank as the Bears made it to finals day.

For the second night running their was controversy over a catch, similar to the one taken the night before by Peter Trego, this time a 'not out' decision was given and boos were heard ringing out around  the ground.

So we know the line up for Finals Day.

Its a tough one for me as I am backing two of the teams and obviously they are playing each other in the Semi finals!!!!!!!

Well hopefully I will get a winner.

Right off to start up the limo and head off.
have a great day!

Friday, 25 August 2017

Nearly there!

Nearly there, to the end of the week, its half day today so there will be double the work to get out of the way before I leave.

Nearly there, its a long weekend as we have the last Bank Holiday until Christmas. Lots to do and places to go, and thinking that the weather may be typically Bank Holiday!

Nearly there, with the full line up for T20 finals day.
Notts secured their place but not before nearly giving me ( and all the Notts fans ) a  heart attack, and not without controversy.
Yes old Peter Trego was again in the centre of it all.

I am not one for booing at cricket but the Notts fans let him know at every opportunity that  they thought he did not take a clean catch which dismissed Alex Hales.
In his usual style, he 'shussed' the crowd, which in turn backfired when Somerset lost.

Nearly there, with the preparation to paint the front of the house, since Wilko's have masonry paint on special this weekend, a trip to town will be in order on Sunday.

Nearly there, on my way to Headingley for the test, its tomorrow but I'm certainly excited!

Nearly there, just have to get in the car and head off to work, I am hoping the temporary traffic lights at Burtree are out of the way today, its a chuffing nightmare at the moment

And I'm off, have a great Friday.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

lots of cricket stuff!

well now, its Thursday and there is lots of cricket news.

Firstly, I did not jinx @GlamCricket and the wearing of the lurex and platforms paid off as they romped to finals days.

They had Leicestershire all out for 123 and  scored 126 with the loss of only one wicket.

Well done those Glam boys.

The lovely Abraham Benjamin announced that he was stepping down as ODI captain, but making himself available for all international formats. Well that's great!! I missed him this season!!!

England were in training at HQ yesterday ahead of their second test against 'The Windies'. who were being hosted at an official dinner in Leeds.

If the rumour mill is to be believed, Jason Gillespie will be heading to India next year to coach The Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.
Jason had a stint as bowling coach in 2011 with Kings XI Punjab.

Will this happen? well anything could happen!

Are Middlesex about to announce the biggest coup ever?????
Well if the rumours are true I would say yes.

And Notts have 'Steve' Pujara  for the last four County Championship matches of this season. 'Steve' did a spell at Yorkshire a couple of seasons ago. ( how he got to be called Steve!).

Over in France the Dame has been at the doctors and is about to have every type of injection under the sun, everything but a rabies jab apparently.
We have now altered the Xmas plans and I will be having my 'Noel' dans le Champagne region!

Wooooohooooo the local champagne house will be doing a roaring trade.

However before that there is a lot of things to do, of which work is one of them, so I am now off to do my thing!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Crickety evening

I set off from work  last night,to get home, dinner prepared and settled ready for the T20, and ended up having to take a very large detour due to various incidents on two of my potential routes home, so I made it through the door with minutes to spare.

Hampshire were in batting and I was keeping everything crossed
Afridi and Dickinson were in................................ and Afridi set about having  an absolutely brilliant innings.

100 from 42 balls before falling on 101, Vince hit 55 , and the lovely George Bailey  hitting 27, the boys from the south coast were looking good.

Saying that Afridi hit 100 off 42 balls does not really come close to what an amazing knock it was, his smile though said it all.

Hampshire closed on  249-8.

Derbyshire need 250 to win.

Having lost the top 3 batsmen before the 3rd over it was not looking good for them.

All out for 148 and Hampshire through to finals day.

Well if Yorkshire can't be there I have to back my second best team.

many happy memories of days at Northlands Road and Bournemouth and the United Services Ground at Portsmouth.

yes indeed happy days with great friends.

So tonight I will be heading home quick smart to  don my sparkles and platforms to cheer on @GlamCricket.

Now I have to head off to work as most of the 'boys' are at various sites and I am  virtually 'home' alone ( well apart boys in the workshop).

So happy Wednesday

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

autumn is approaching.....

.....and we have yet to really have a sniff of summer!

This morning I went out at 5.30am for my walk and it was dark and damp and had that 'autumnal' smell in the air.
Darker days are on their way!

However sunnier days may be happening for The West Indies as they call in the 'big guns' for the T20 series. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, have been named in the squad after a 'temporary amnesty' between the union  and the cricket board.
its a shame that this could not have been sorted for the test team.
Things do not seem to rosy in the Caribbean cricket sector

In this country, great to see that Billy Root and 'Big' Luke Fletcher have signed new contracts with Nottinghamshire. Both of then agreeing to stay with the club for a further two years.
Fletch is on the mend now from the horrific accident which ended his season, but by all reports he is keeping his mate Dave Bracegirdle company in the comms box.

Brilliant news for both lads! ( Billy and Luke I mean not Luke and Dave!)

The next 4 nights are full on cricket nights as the QF's start.

Tonight I am donning my Hampshire shirt ( so to  my mates in that region, don't bother buying a Finals day ticket it will be kiss of death) and cheering my former besty team in the South.

Tomorrow I will be cheering Glamorgan, only because they have the best Twitter handle ever @GlamCricket, I tend to think of them in flares and platforms and wearing a mirrored top hat a la Dave Hill from Slade.
yes strange things  go on in my head sometimes!

Thursday, Pink Hippo and I will be cheering on Notts and on Friday we will just watch.

Ah well that is all to come, now I am heading off to do my thing.

2 months in and it seems to be falling into place.

Until tomorrow

Monday, 21 August 2017

Another week begins

Yes its Monday and I am preparing for a busy week in the office and also in the chateau.

Lots to do, lots to sort out.

So yesterday was a 'free day' due to the cricket being over on Saturday and I headed off to see Kiki. Lots of stories about the cruise and more info on upcoming travels, I got home early afternoon and set about cooking.
I made roasted veg lasagne and then baked some chilli bread and  knocked up butternut squash and coconut soup. So that's lunch and dinner sorted for tonight!

news came through on the cricket front that the man with no lips has stepped down as Captain in all formats of the game! With only weeks left of the season it seems an odd time to step down.
The team are bottom of Division one , so even more turmoil in the ranks.

An absolutely hilarious video was doing the rounds on Twitter form the test, where a steward confiscated an inflatable ball. All the 'fancy dressers' got together to ask for the ball back.

Seeing a group of Hulk Hogans  and a pig racing to urge the steward to return the ball is hilarious.

If you can catch it, its worth a view, especially as Joe Root cannot help but laugh!

I had read about the 'plague' of moths  that was due to hit our homes. I am finding a lot of them around at the moment,  so I have orders cedar balls and am making up lavender sachets to try to keep them at bay. Little blighters seem to be popping up everywhere!

A good long walk is in order tonight as I am heading off to meet The Dames old school pal, Valerie for an hours catch up.
I have decided to walk which will help to clock up my miles this week.

well time to go, and the skies do not look too promising.

Have a great day.

Sunday, 20 August 2017


I'm running very late this morning with the blog. I managed a 1.5mile walk/jog ( with the aid of appropriate corsetry), I have finally put the veggies in to roast for lasagne, and now need to get showered and ready to head to Kiki's house, as I have been summoned.

And its not even 9am!

I am however feeling a little 'rough' due to a few 'sherry shandies' last night and a hazardous walk home ( round the corner really) which may have involved falling into the bushes near my house!

Oh dear!

I never learn!

luckily we don't have CCTV in my area!

I have the washing in and some on the line, although I have yet to strip the beds, this may happen after my trip to Kikis!

I had to turn the test match off yesterday as it was very sad to watch a once great team disintegrate.

I always have loved to watch the WI's  they always put showmanship into cricket, big names, big personalities.
To be bowled out for  168 &137 is awful to see.

well played England  but it is a sad time for Caribbean cricket.

I hope they last  longer next week!

Troubles with cricket authorities have blighted the team.

Is money the root of all evil?

Ah well no cricket today so best get on with things that have to be done...............  off to see Kiki.

have a peaceful Sunday

Saturday, 19 August 2017

We have sunshine!

I am up and been out for a 2.5 walk, I am now  looking at the lawns, and by looking I mean thinking 'maybe tomorrow I will give you a cut!'

There are however lots of other things to do and I will be making a start as soon as I find the will to do it.
at the moment I am watching 'the Worm that turned' on 'You Tube' !!!!! you can't beat a bit of The two Ronnies!!

So back to yesterday.
The test was ongoing and with former captain Cook having a splendid knock of 243 England declared on 518-4.
West Indies went in and lost Brathwaite before 'tea'.
Close of play saw the score  at 44-1.

well it should be an interesting day today.

Yorkshire were watching the T20 action  closely, but sadly for my boys it was not to be and they failed to make it to the QF.
So now time to concentrate on on the CC and get back into the form that we know and love.

Come on lads, its time to step up and show your worth.

Nottinghamshire are through and I am backing them all the way, I am also hoping that this isn't kiss of death!
they will be without 'Big' Luke Fletcher but I think that he is doing commentary so he will be involved all the way.

well this won't get the washing done! and as the wind is blowing too I see a good drying day.

Oh how rock and roll!!!

Well lots to do today and  I intend to get at least one thing ticked off my list

 have a brilliant Saturday where ever you are and I hope that the sun is shining.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday is here!

And so Friday begins a little bit brighter than yesterday morning, however yesterday was a day of two halves. Cold dark and rainy in the morning and brilliant sunshine and warm in the afternoon and evening.

how strange a thing is weather???

The Day/night started and  what a start. the much feted Stoneman  who had been brought into the team and replaced Jennings, fell just in the second over and was followed soon after by Westley, 8 not being their magic number.
Cook and Captain Root took over and with Cook on 153 not out and Root scoring 136, it was some first day!.

Jack Russell was at Edgbaston capturing this match on canvas, and by the look of his tweets this painting is going to be outstanding.

Over at HQ, The Vikings were in T20 action and 100+ seemed to be the number of the day for some players as Adam Lyth hit and broke the domestic T20 record of 161, falling 14 short of Chris Gayles world  record T20 score of  175.

Well done Lythy!!!

Yorkshire  finished on 260, which was the highest domestic T20 scored to date.

The current trophy holders Northants looked as if they would fight back but amazing bowling from Rafiq, Rashid and Patterson  saw them finish on 136 all out.

Great going by the lads and we are all holding our breath now to see if  they make it to QF.

Things are quiet on the France front as the wait for broadband/Wifi/telephone/TV continues and the data usage is nearly used up, it seems that the local bar does not have  free WiFi, although it does seem to have nice wine.
Joking aside it is wonderful to hear the news of life across La Manche.
I am ready to pack my bags and go!

However the handbag is all I am packing today as I head off to work.

Have a fabulous Friday, the weekend is just round the corner.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Raining again!

well it's back!!
and with gusto, or gusts as the wind was howling all night here in the North East of Blighty.
The scene outside the ch√Ęteau is not a pretty one!

However it is August 17th and one of the most important days in my calendar, so today I am thankful. rain or not!

Today sees the start of the first test against the West Indies, starting at 2pm and ending at 9pm(ish).
Good to see but not so good on your waistline, as meal times are all over the show!.
If I had my breakfast at 6am ( as normal) then lunch at 12 ( as normal)  I will be having an extra lunch around 4pm and dinner at nearly 7pm  with snacks in between!
I will have consumed my weeks calories in one day.

Oh well no change there!!!!

T20 saw Lancashire fighting to keep their hopes alight.
Worcestershire though are now out of contention

My boys are in action tonight and this is a must win game. will we get to QF?

well we have to hope and prayer that they will.

The team looks good although there are doubt about the wicket keeper, so lets see how we get on.

And back to the rain!!!
Will we see wall to wall sunshine before the end of the season?
Will we get to bask in the rays or be drowning in the rain?

 who knows and to be honest one hours play is better than none, no matter how cold you are.

Finally get well wishes to Jane who suffered  some horrific injuries yesterday trying to help an injured cat.

hope you are feeling better and on the mend soon.

I am out the door, have a good day.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Middle of the week again

Well its Wednesday and half way through the week already.

I have counted up the number of cricket days I have left  and wondered where the season has gone.

It seems only a few weeks ago that I boarded the plane and headed down to Southampton, when in reality it was April!

It has been a season of firsts too, first day/night County championship match, and tomorrow will see the start of the first day/night test.
Is this the way forward?
Well it will be interesting to see.

Last night whilst I was packing boxes of 'stuff' T20 was taking place and  poor old Durham suffered another loss at the hands of Derbyshire who are trying their hardest to qualify for quarter finals.

Middlesex also won at Uxbridge ( a lovely ground) and the south table is looking a little bit busy with 12 being the magic number at the moment.( Kent being the only ones not with 12). This is going to be some qualifying race. It'll be the F1 of cricket, who will get pole position????

Life in France is settling into a routine, going to be the bar seems to be the order of most days!
Although a trip to the cinema resulted not so much in seeing the film but having a nap.
The Dame has acquired a 'friend', a cat who has taken to sitting on her window cill and staring in at her.
I love all the updates, its great to see my sister settling in.

On this side of the channel, I am busy sorting things out (again) and the charity shop will be having a delivery at some point this weekend.

I am sue that when I go to work, imps come and deposit 'stuff' in my house!

Well talking work, I am out the door and off  to do some.

have a great Wednesday.

And the sun is shining here in the North East of Blighty

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The days

The days start to get shorter
The seasons end is nearing
Trophies still to find a home
Amid tumultuous cheering.

The sound of leather on willow
The heat of sun on skin
Players in their cricket whites
Ever hopeful of a win.

The colder winds are blowing
The disappointment of rain delay
Crowding into the  Long Room
Praying for some play

The days are getting cooler
The truth?, they've not been too hot
But I'd still make my way to cricket
Sun, rain, snow, the lot!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Hard hitting

The T20 battle is hotting up and yesterday saw a lot of action.

Aaron Finch hit his 3rd T20 century, his first in County cricket and did it with style.

114 not out from 64 balls. he just never seemed to perform when he was at Yorkshire. His heroics keep hopes alive for Surrey in this format.

Birmingham Bears are so close to qualifying they must be smelling  the homefires.
After walloping Durham  ( how much more can this club take?) they are on the homestretch.

Young  bowler Alex Hepburn produced the best bowling figures by a Worcester bowler in T20 blast but the Notts lads held on and walked away with a win. They are top of the table and looking good for finals day.

The West Indies  played their final warm up game against Derbyshire and now look to be ready  for their series against England.

Over in France, the order of the day was box emptying and it seems that these have mysteriously multiplied in storage!!! The Dame is working her way through them as we speak.

I am just fastening up another bag to drop off at the charity shop and then off to work..

No peace for the wicked!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Out and about

well it was an early start as I headed out the door at 6.30am for a walk,  good to get out and clear my head, lots going on in the coming week, lots to do.

After chatting to a few dog walkers and having some doggy hugs from a very friendly border collie, I filled a bag with blackberries and am now getting ready to make breakfast.

beds are stripped and in the washing machine, so Sunday is heading in the normal direction.

Yesterday however took a step back as the lads on a high from Friday night, lost to Leicester by 4 wickets.
They are going to make us sweat   to see if we get to finals day!

No action for the lads until Thursday.

Today there is a lot of T20 action so I had best get a wriggle on ready to watch this afternoon.

I am gearing myself up for my trip to see The West Indies in action in a couple of weeks, I am really looking forward to that match. a cracking day out.

I am undecided about whether to get on with the decorating, yes its still waiting to be completed and if I want to get the house on the market then I need to get going pretty sharpish.

Lots to do and need to magic up some enthusiasm to do it.

On my walk I was checking out the elderberries ( another couple of weeks for them to be ripe) and the sloes ( probably mid September for them), I am mentally preparing myself for chutney making and sloe gin preparing.
All ready for December ( I won't use the 'C' word).

Well not much to report today, so best to get on with the jobs in hand. and if it stays dry I may also tackle the lawns......................oh joy!

Have a super Sunday

Saturday, 12 August 2017

The most wonderful evening

After a busy morning in the office, I jumped into the limo and headed on down the A1, the roadworks from Barton to Leeming, still causing problems, and with the ones at Thirks still there it was a longer than normal journey, I imagine it will be a joy on the return drive!

I arrived at my hotel, and had a quick change, before grabbing some samosas at the Arab/Indian shop near the hotel. The lovely people there even called a cab for me! that really is service.

I arrived at the ground and was whisked off to my ' home for the evening'.

Being  able to catch the end of the Ladies match, it was great to see Yorkshire Diamonds win, which for me was a good omen.

I got a message from John who had spotted me and I loved that he was sporting his 'fluffy' Yorkshire hat!

I managed to see Clare and Christine from my seat and we were waving like mad to each other.

My boys came out to warm up and Jonny B and Jack Brooks came to sit along side me. Once again Brooksy not in the bowling side.

As the boys came out to bat I settled down with my hosts.

What a knock from Adam Lyth ,50 from 29 balls! Well that was a relief to see.
 Tom K-C's 45 put is wel in the game.However the need for David Willey to have another great knock fell flat on 18, TLJL hit a respectable 24 and the  crowd were right behind the boys.
We were all loving the runs and the atmosphere.

Rain came and  and we headed indoors,I manged to chat to a few people that I had met when I was with former President of Middlesex, Harry.
We got back out to play and  finished on 182-7.

In the break, The Chairman presented  Geoff Boycott with a shirt to commemorate his 100th , 100 which was 40 years ago yesterday.
We were chatting about where we were when this happended.
Great memories.

Then it was time for my Vikings to get on with the  pillaging .

Livingstone  went first and then Brown, we were  in fine voice!!!

And then............................................

well firstly let me say that I thought AB's catch which dismissed Eoin Morgan in the England v SA T20  earlier this season was outstanding but....................


He was outstanding.

I hope TLML saw it!

Well by this point we were all getting a little bit hopeful.

The lads from Wensleydale Creamery sitting behind me were enhjoying the whole thing too.
David Willey took a fab catch on he boundary only to injure himself in the process, but he was smiling as he left the field.

And then Little Timmy, decided to take matters into  his own hands and  with 6-19  he certainly did that. 4 wickets in the last over,made sure that Sky had chosen  the right match to televise!

We were all on our feet along with the vast percentage of Headingley!!!

With a crowd of over 15,000 it was some night.

Back inside, a quick drink and then time for 'Cinders' to head back to her hotel.

It was some fairytale night, what with 'Captain Fantasic' 'Stretch Leaning' and 'Hop along' Willey, what a great team and a great win.

I would like to say thank you to our Chairman Steve, who made this all possible and  to the lovely Jemima for looking after me. 
Absolutely wonderful evening.

I even got a word with Geoff himself!only one mind, he has enough words for everyone.