Sunday, 23 July 2017

Sunny Sunday

well it is suny(ish) here in the North East of blighty but the weather forecast for HQ is not great so I have had to take the decision not to go to the game ( if it is on that is). I am gutted!!!

I set off home yesterday thinking about all the things that I had to do once  I got there, and 3 HOURS later I finally arrived, hot and angry!
Why did it take 3 hours?

Well the Highways agency have thought that having another set of roadworks in both directions of the A1 would be a super fun idea, combine that with the 13 mile stretch that have been there forever ( due to finish Spring this year, now due to complete in WINTER, there has been some tea brewing on this job I can see).
Add to this roadworks on the bridge over the A1 at Scotch Corner which causes tailbacks on the slip road ( and onto the carriageway which is down to 2 not 3 lanes)  you can see that it is total chaos.

The school holidays have not helped either.
So I got home in the worst temper ever!

There was cricket on which was a relief........until it rained and put a halt to that! However Notts won on the Jack and Vera!

yes it was a great day!

and the evening turned out to be an absolute belter, blistering sunshine. What is going on?

However my jaunt around the charity shops before coming home was not in vain, as I managed to get my hands on a Le Creuset salt pig for the princely sum of £1, well that was a result!

so today I have to rejig what I was going to do and I may find myself painting in the 'throne room' and bathroom and if I have time repainting the boot room ceiling.
Washing is to do and beds to strip so  I will not be idle that's for sure.

I now have nearly 2 weeks without cricket as my next game is the T20 at Chester le Street before the Lady Lainey roadshow set off on holibobs to Scarbados.

I might finally get to tick some jobs off my list in the next 2 weeks........................then again.

well lets see how the weather pans out this morning I may reverse my decision.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

R & R ( Rest and Rain )

Good morning from a very rainy Saturday morning, I have been having a sneaky lie in and have been listening to the rain falling ( actually absolutely tanking it down) not so relaxing really as I am now thinking about all the washing that is to be done!

However lets talk about last night and the cricket.

I finished work and headed down the A1, and have to say a huge thanks to the Highways Agency for now adding another  set of road works on the 55 mile stretch of road that I cover to get to the  Leeds turnoff. Yes not content with a 13 mile stretch from Barton to Leeming, they threw in a stretch slightly further down. Ah the joy of the road travel.

Anyhoo, I got to Headingley and messaged Jimbo and Clare who both said that they would be there,Gary was already insitu!
I chatted to John about his new grandson George ( top name ) and Ray popped over for a chat too before resuming his duties on the football stand gate.
Then Dave and Molly ( and Timmy the bear) came over and we said that weather permitting we would  be at the game on Sunday.

Yorkshire batted and  after losing Lyth, David Willey came in and actually played a fantastic game, smashing the ball for 6 &4 and nearly hitting Clare and I at one time.

I was being kept entertained by 'Vinny the Viking' who has likes the fact that my hair and his beard match. Hilarious to say the least.

Willey hit 70 which gave us a good chance and with Marsh hitting 30 our total of 179-5 was  hopefully going to be good.

Bears went into bat and Hain was bowled by 'Timmy' before the 2nd over was over!
Bell gone in less than 4 and the Western Terrace was in good voice ( and making the best beer snake ever).
it did at one time look  as if the runs were starting to rack up, but at 9 wickets down, Clare said 'it could all be over in one ball'........and it was thanks to Timmy.

The crowd went wild ( well Clare and I did!).
Top night.........

........which is not what Aaron Finch had, after being run out by 'HWMNBNITB', as he walked off I am certain that he was not saying that he would be getting the drinks in later!!!!

And then there was Notts who have have a terrible couple of weeks with  injury and retirement.
Well they won their match and Riki Wessels score the first T20 century by any player at Notts. And halted Derbyshire in their tracks as they have been  running amok recently with wins over Yorkshire and Worcestershire.

Well done Notts, total fighters!

Well this is late and the rains appears to have stopped so I am off to have a wander to the shops

Have a great day 

Friday, 21 July 2017

Its FRIDAY!!!!


Time to don your cricket tops and head off to T20......................well if you have a T20 match tonight it is.

We have a T20 weekend going on as my boys take on Birmingham Bears tonight and Worcestershire on Sunday.
Its going to be a busy weekend.

I am feeling for all my Notts friends who are still reeling after the news that there will be no 'Big Lukey' for the rest of the season, and that Michael Lumb has retired, they have now lost Greg Smith who has taken the decision to retire from cricket.

I am willing them to have some good luck in the next few weeks. a great team with great supporters and one of the most lovely grounds.

The run of sleep disturbance continues, as the 'man' across the road is back in full engine running mode when he comes home.
He goes in and out of his house frequently between the hours of 10pm and3am, and when he parks up outside the house he leaves the engine running  ( and has  now has added 'Nutty and Bonkers' music just to add to the insult), usually for about 5 minutes but sometimes as long as 20 mins.
I know this as when he wakes me up I then do nothing but clock watch!

I fear that the curse of the red hair may soon take over as I am not good when deprived of sleep.

Everyone is on holibobs but me,Dame Didi is staying with her friend in another part of France and Kiki is packing to go on a cruise ( not sure where,)

 However another couple of weeks and I will be packing my case, putting my bucket and spade in the boot of the car and knotting my hankie ready for Scarbados.
I have a full time of it, as I am meeting eldest monster nephew for a coffee, and then spending Sunday at cricket with Jimbo, heading off out to the quiz on Sunday evening, then more cricket.

I'll need a holiday when I get back!

Well it is nearly time to head off on the A167 and work, its a short day today as I finish early.


Come on you VIKINGS!!!!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Another day dawns

Another day, another morning listening to the blackbirds singing happily, Pete the pigeon cooing and the magpies chattering to each other, apart form that all is silent. I have not one car has passed the chateau and I and not even seen a dog walker, All very strange, but very peaceful.
I'll give it another half hour before the peace is shattered.

last night was a full on cricket evening and Worcestershire were taking on Derbyshire

It was good to see Commando Boy back in action he managed to take one wicket but Derbyshre walked all over them and had an easy win.

This was all overshadowed by the return at Surrey of 'HWMNBNITB'!
Oh yes 'Biltong Boy' is back and  hit 52 so got top billing on all the sports pages today, as well as speculating that he may play for South Africa?


If this was serious I would be worried but as he is nearly 127, I doubt that SA would even look at him, they have young talent and need a showpony like I need a new pair of shoes!

Yes he  has made sure that everyone knew that he is back. however he was unable to field as he is far too good for that*

* he had a reported calf injury

the only calf I could think of was the fatted one that the loyal Surrey supporters had prepared for the prodigal son

enough already!

I am off on a rant

Nottinghamshire are not having a good time of it at the moment as Michael Lumb announced that he is retiring with  an ankle injury.
Lumb is a great player and it is sad end to his career.

I wish him well in retirement.

I however am now 47 years away from retiring or getting a state pension and to be honest I don't see that I will ever get one.
So i guess that I will just have to keep going to work.

Have a great day and its so close to the weekend I can almost taste it.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

wooohoo Midweek

This is what Wednesday looks like in the chateau, yes I am struggling to get out of bed and to open my eyes, I am not sure why, but think that is is lack of routine. Like a baby I need a set routine, and am going to have to start to get my act together.

The warm nights are not helping although today has dawned grey and overcast, it is unbearably warm, I think that there is a storm on the way!

I have been reading quite a lot that is being written about Joe Root as Captain, what I am about to say has nothing to do with being a Yorkshire supporter ( we've barely seen him inn the last 4 seasons).

Joe is new to the job, and lets face it we have all been there.

Joe is young and just what we need.

Joe is facing an uphill task at the moment with injuries to the squad and poor performances

Joe is the right person for the job with his great cricket (usually) and his very affable nature.

Joe probably doesn't give a hoot what the press say about him.

cricket is cricket, it is not football ( thankfully) where you are sacked within 5 minutes of losing a game.

Joe will be fine, he is finding his feet, and setting down roots ( pun intended)

If we have not improved by this time next year, then yes lets talk about his position.

Other England team news, is that Gary Ballance does have broken finger and will miss the next text.

well it was a busy old evening, when I got home, back lawns cut ( well hacked as I didn't put the new blade on).
Then I sorted out lunches for the remainder of the week, before catching up on a couple of things that I had recorded and headed off to bed.

this week is going way too fast for me, it'll be the weekend before I know it!

Hope that you all have a great Wednesday

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The working week begins again

So back to the office today after the long cricket weekend.

yesterday I rushed around after a very lazy lie in, getting sorted ready for 11am.

the sun was shining here in the North East of Blighty and also at Nottingham. Surely that was a good sign?
Even with a mammoth  run chase ahead of them, surely the boys could 'dig in'.

So they came out to bat and before I had even had time to make a cuppa, and hang my smalls on the line, Jennings was back in the pavilion.
its not been a great outing for this boy. I fear that if they hang onto him he may become the 'Roy' of the team.

It didn't get any better, Ballance took a knock on his finger ( which was scanned last night) and then was out 4. The Captain managed to double that and we were well and truly in the poo ( technical cricket term).
Could it get any worse?

Well yes!
With Cook, Bairstow Stokes and Moeen  being the only ones to get into double figures.

South Africa won by 340 runs

It was a sad say for England cricket however by all accounts it will be a grand day for the golf course today!

Time to move onto the Oval and learn some hard lessons from the weekend.

T20 tonight but not for my boys, who are not in action until Friday against Birmingham Bears.

I am going to try to get organised this evening when I get home from work and get the lawns cuts and the edges strimmed, however this will depend on how hot the day has been, there are a lot of lawns!

I also need to hack down the bushes at the side of the garage, these are not technically mine, but regardless of how many times I phone and email, the owners still do not deal with them. Some harsh hacking will be involved!

well that's all for this morning

have a great day and I hope that the sun is shining with you.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Very Very late this morning

I am very late posting this morning a I have had a super long  lie in and have just stripped the beds and sorted out a load of washing, I am on holibobs today to get myself over the weekend.

So to yesterday, I headed home and got back just before the lunch break, South Africa were holding firm at the crease.

After lunch  they continued to put on runs and when they eventually declared at 349-9, they set England 475 to win!

Can England do it?

well if the bowling is as aggressive today as it was yesterday evening I would say that they have a mountain to climb!

It all kicks off at 11am and I will be watching!
However at some point I may be watching through eyelids as I am still a little bit sleepy.

Good news from France that the box of goodies has arrived safely,although the new specs do not seem to be working and it seems it has nothing to do with Gin and tonic!!!

I also sampled  a fabulous bottle of real ale yesterday, it was a beer that had been brewed for the Cricket Writers club, I have to say that I enjoyed it very much.

well this is super short as I have lots to do before before 11am

have a great day

Sunday, 16 July 2017

What a day

Well  now,  what a day we had yesterday.

And despite grey skies we got through without rain!

So let's start at the beginning.
Up,showered, food packed. Out the door, on the bus, Trent Bridge!

We found our seats and game began.
England took an early wicket and it spurred them all on.

Clare and Christine arrived and were sitting opposite us. Much waving went on.

Meanwhile England went into bat and were 3-2  in the blink of an eye , then 'Gaz' and  Joe were at the crease.
They needed to get us out of the mire we seemed to in.
Joe hit  50 and was on his way to 3 figures...........not to be, he was on his way to the pavilion and that set the tone.
Even my lad Jonny B couldn't rustle up a ton.

Very poor batting!

All out 205!

South Africa back in lost early wicket and then motored on until close.
In between this we met up with Clare and Christine  (twice).  Had our own private drinks waiter (Terry) and got spotted from the press box!!. (Hilarious messages going back and forth and much waving)

Yes my friend Will was reporting on the test and saw us so we met him after the game for a quick catch up.
Then back to Sophie and Terry's where we spent the rest of the evening in  fits of laughter.
Ah it's a great tonic!!! And just what Sophie and I both needed I think.
What a day!

And now I need to haul my bulk out of bed get showered give Jess another tennis ball and  and get on the road back home.
Don't want to as I've had so much fun.

Have a great Sunday.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

South Africa Saturday

Good morning from Nottingham, it's a tad windy but that's fine as long as it doesn't rain,because I'm off to the test match!!

Should be a good day,South Africa batted all day yesterday and even though Faf is already out I'm looking forward to some great cricket.

I left work and had a leisurely drive down yesterday and found my way to Sophie easily enough.

I met the very lovely Jess who is now fully aware that I have a large number of tennis balls in my handbag.

We watched the Yorkshire T20 game, Sky were showing TNSLJL a lot as he was fielding on the boundary.

As Yorkshire went into bat the heavens opened  the umpires kept them on for longer than usual but to no avail.
We are not having such a good  time at the moment.

However a good time is what I intend to have today.

I am currently  listening to the chatter of magpies and cooing of pigeons,whilst debating whether or not to get up.

If there are any typos I apologise in advance. I am doing this on my phone without my specs on.

Well time and South Africa wait for no lady.

Have  a great day, I know I will

Friday, 14 July 2017

It's 'FUN' Friday

YEAY!!!!! it's Friday and its not a normal Friday either, I am at work and then heading off to Nottingham!!!

However it has been all stations go here at the chateau as I got prepared for the jaunt.

the new electric cool box is full and I think that I have everything that I need.

As I head off to Trent Bridge, the sad news from the club is that 'Big' Luke Fletcher has been ruled out of playing for the rest of the rest of the season. This is a result of the horrendous events of Saturday night. It's a  a blow for the Notts and Fletch fans, but its best to make sure that he is fit and well.

Speedy recovery Luke, we all wish you well.

In T20 last night there was a London derby and an exciting one it was too.
more members of the crowd had damage done, this time a phone screen was smashed.

Middlesex won by 1 wicket and I expect the former President to have been jumping up and down with glee.

Tonight my boys are in action, lets hope that the weather is kind to them and that they win.

Former coach of my boys, Jason Gillespie has been announced as the interim coach of Papua New Guinea.
A strange post to take up was my first thought.
However with the Australia A team tour cancelled I am guessing that work is work.
Lets hope he works his magic on the team.

It's always good to broaden your horizons.

Meanwhile back at the chateau, I need to get a wriggle on and pack the car.

I am not sure what time, or if I will get to post a blog tomorrow,  you will just have to wait and see.

It's Friday, its Test match and its a road trip,

hope your day is a good one!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Where has the week gone?

This time last week I was in a tizzy over getting sorted to go to Headingley to meet Sophie, now I am in a tizzy getting sorted to head to Nottingham to go to the test with Sophie and Terry.

Its all go for this Lady!

last night inbetween taking phone calls I managed to catch  some of the Susses v Hampshire match, although Sussex lost by 19 runs it didn't go without incident as David Wiese managed to smash a six which also smashed someones pint!

All the fun of the game.

news form Notts and not about Lukey Fletcher......they have signed Mark Footit from Surrey until the end of 2019. He moved to Surrey form Derbyshire but was unable to settle and asked to be released from his contract.

Lets hope that he settles in at Notts.

At home, things are still the same, the house clear out has ground to a halt due to cricket and I am very tired at the moment with long days in the office, whilst trying to get my head around all things electrical, chemical and water related.
Luckily yesterday I managed to find out about ground water , dosing tanks and Fluorosilicic Acid.
Well its good to learn something new isn't it!

I managed to also make a quick run to the post office in my lunch break and Dame Didi will have her new specs as quickly as air mail will allow.

Another job ticked off my list!

I know that the blogs have been short of late, but time is not on my side in the mornings, another couple of weeks will see me into a proper routine so bear with me.

And its nearly the weekend , early the test and nearly time to meet Jess the dog.

I have tennis balls packed to get her on side!

Until tomorrow when no doubt I will be  in a complete whirl.

have a great day where ever you are.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


It's mid week and strange things are afoot here at the chateau,......the washing machine is on already!!

well I need to be prepared for the weekend and my trip to Trent Bridge. The bag is waiting to be packed and I have sorted out the food that I need to take wit me, so i am a little bit prepared.

The  early morning washing is a must, and tonight..........well lets see what happens when I get home

Now to last night, I set off home in glorious looking forward to a quick dinner and then cricket........and how disappointed was I when the rain at Northampton put paid to any chance of men in blue heading out onto the field.

I can only keep my fingers crossed that  things get better  for Friday.

Still no news on the Australia pay talks, I find that as we are now in the middle of July and no deal is in place it must be  beginning to get a little worrying down under.

My twitter feed was full of HRR last night,  he had only been  doing a spot of modelling!
yes indeed, the curly haired on had been following in my footsteps and was looking very dapper i have to say.

New career?

Well he needs a few lessons in deportment before then, I am available for a small fee!

The sun is shining and the sky is blue here in Ladylaineyvile and I need to keep this short as I am going to hang my 'smalls' on the line before I head off to the office

I have a to do list as long as my arm ( and thats long) and just can;t seem to get anything ticked off it.

Hopefully today........

Have a great Wednesday

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Here we go.....

well it's Tuesday and the weekend is a distant memory, and the coming one is at the end of a long tunnel, however, we march on.

Lets have some crickety news to see us through.

'Big' Like Fletcher  was chatting on radio 5 last night and talking about the horrific events of Saturday.
He is very down to earth and just spoke about the incident as it was. A horrible accident.
He said he didn't see the ball ( luckily) and just remembered thinking that he could be in a lot of. trouble after being hit

he is on the mend although initially the Doctors told him he could miss the rest of the season.
he won't be playing for a while, but I expect that he will be around Trent Bridge.

The 'stump mic saga' goes on. after Kagiso Rabada was banned after being  picked up swearing at Ben Stokes!
Are they going to ban players who 'f' there way off the field when they are out and being filmed by a camera man who is right in front of them ( and they know he is there)?

Michael Vaughan has gone on record as saying that stump mics should be scrapped if they are going to be used to ban players ( the only thing he has said in a while that I agree with).

it's a farce, and its the ICC bods way of having another jolly to the UAE to discuss what to do!

Tonight see my boys in action against the current T20 champions Northants. I have to say I have a soft spot for Steeler the dog, their mascot who kept us thoroughly entertained at Finals day.
I will however be cheering on the Vikings!

Apart from work today I have a bag full of things to post and also  food to prepare, the hoover may have an outing and then I can sit down for a spot of cricket.

All in all I am going to have a very busy day.

Until tomorrow

Monday, 10 July 2017

A new week begins

after a very full weekend, its time to get my head into work mode for the week until I head off again on  Friday for a cricket weekend in Nottingham. Lots to do before then though.

Yesterday was a beautiful day and I was up and about strimming in the garden, tidying up the borders  before heading off to run errands for Dame Didi, then back home to get on with jobs and listen/watch the test.

It was good news for me to see Faf on the balcony looks like I may not be too disappointed on Saturday.

and we weren't too disappointed either with the England team, as Moeen Ali took 10-112 to lead us to a win over the South African team.

it was some match, and some of it I missed due to closing my eyes for 2 seconds*

*half an hour!

News came through that Big Luke Fletcher had been released form hospital and was making a good recovery, which was the news that I think everyone wanted to hear.

And then there was Australia!

the pay talks rumble on and the Australia A teams tour to South Africa has been cancelled.
This is not boding too well for the team and also does not put cricket in a good light.
Its sad to see this play out.

Its a full on T20 week, with matches on TV every night.
Yorkshire are in action tomorrow and Friday.

its a wet morning here in the North East of Blighty and i need to get a wriggle on to get to the office, so I will bid you all farewell until tomorrow.

have a great day

Sunday, 9 July 2017


I am up but not functioning properly today and nothing to do with drink.

Firstly, the events of last nights T20  kept me up way past my bedtime.

Birmingham Bears v Notts.

Notts batted and we settled down to watch the second innings with them bowling.

less than 4 overs in the lovely Luke Fletcher took the full force of a ball on his head.
I'm not going to rehash it as it was too awful for words.

however he was off the fields and being treated in moments.
the shock of the players was evident to see.
the match was finished after a break in play.
Bears won, but that is real matter.

Luke is apparently fine, after suffering a concussion, he was tweeting at midnight, so that was a relief.

The tweets of well wishes from players, clubs and supporters was amazing.
Firstly it showed what a well thought of player Luke is.
It showed that where ever your allegiance lies in cricket at these times, cricket is one big family.

After all this I went off to bed at midnight.......................

just in time to hear my neighbours come in from an evening out.

Ah yes true to form within 10 minutes the peace was shattered and war had broken out.

This continued for well over 1.5 hours!

So this morning I am struggling to do anything.

I do know that I have washing and housework to do as well as running some errands for my 'french' sister.

I suppose I should get on.

and so I am wishing Luke a speedy recovery and hope to see the big fella back on the field soon.

Right off I go

Saturday, 8 July 2017

The afternoon after the night before

Well I am home and I am a shadow of my former self. I think that once I have posted this blog I will be having myself a little nap.

And why  do I feel a little under the weather?

it was the annual get together for Sophie and I for the Yorkshire v Notts T20 match. And to  mark the occasion we had a little pre match cocktail party in our room at the lodge.

Sophie and I headed off over to the pavilion to see Cally and Dave Bracegirdle  then back to the room to get ready.

Our first guests were Clare and Christine, followed by Gary, and then Dave, Helen and the lovely Molly joined in, as did Jim, Tom and Steve, it was a room full I can tell you.

The rhubarb gin martinis went down a storm, and are now known as a 'Blast off'. Molly had 'mocktails' and Jim, Tom and Steve were on the lagers!
With nibbles and samosas ( courtesy of Clare and Christine) it was a cocktail party par excellence.

We headed off to get our seats, and the ground had the largest crowd outside of a roses match which was really impressive.

We were kept entertained by Vinny the Viking, who seemed very keen on the fact that MY hair matched HIS beard.

Yorkshire were batting and Adam Lyth hit a brilliant 82, before being bowled by Big Luke Fletcher, the new boy Shaun Marsh hit 60. with a score of 227-5 Notts went in.

They posted 179-8, giving the Tykes  their first win  and a record score.

We were all having way too much fun to go to bed so we headed over for the autograph signing where I was snubbed by a Yorkshire player......................yes its true!
I will not name and shame him, but I tell you this, that player has lost his most loyal supporter.!!!!!

We headed into town, which we knew was a mistake but did it anyway.

The photos seem to show that much fun was had by all.

I would like to thank Sophie for making the journey and to  everyone who called in for drinks.

What a night!!!!

And now I am totally flagging so I am heading off to bed for an hour

Friday, 7 July 2017

Ahhhhhh cricket day

It's Friday
Its's 6.30
AND IT'S T20!!!!!!

Well it will be later, and I am up with the larks, the sun is shining and I am getting myself organised!

I am meeting with the gang  and its a full on members evening out.With an 'Outlaw' thrown in for good measure.

I cannot wait!!!!

However lets have a peep through our fingers at what happened yesterday.

Well we lost,

and in  pretty spectacular fashion too,

by 179 runs.4 men down before 8 overs were bowled!

We didn't play well, and with the continued insistence of playing a sub standard opener who is obviously struggling, I think that they need to look long and hard before the next County Championship game.

The bowling is excellent but the batting is letting us down really badly!

England were in action yesterday and a certain Yorkshireman, now England captain  only went and scored 184 and will return this morning to the crease. My 'boy' Jonny B did not fair so well and went for 10.
It should be an interesting morning.

Over in 'La belle France' Dame Didi was out watching 'Le Tour' as it spend through her new home town, she had some fab photos which were evidence that she had not spent the morning at the local champagne house. She has been looking forward to this since they announced the route!

And so after torrential rain last night and thunder, today is looking calmer and much more like cricket weather, and so although this is short I am heading off to finish doing all my things before work.

Please be aware that the blog may not be posted until well into the after noon tomorrow.

Have a great Friday

Thursday, 6 July 2017

And it doesn't get any better

As the injury list gets longer and the scores look awful!

My other spy at the ground messaged me to tell me that Liam Plunkett had joined HRR on the 'fizzio's' bench ( not much room on there now I think!). Groin injury was his take on it, and reports seem to prove him right.
What is going on?
Well Somerset are looking  strong as they built a healthy lead, closing on 234-3

We need to get through today without any injuries!!!!

Scarborough has not been kind to the lads this week, same as last year with Middlesex.

Lets see what today holds.

After Hampshire posting 648 the other day which included 3 centuries,  Surrey rallied when Rory Burns hit 174*.

There have been some runs down at the Kia Oval..

Today is the start of the  Test and I have my radio in my bag, ready  to take its place on my desk,  this is 'little' Joey Roots first outing as England captain so lets see what he is made of.

Faf du Plessis has not returned from South Africa but hopefully he will be winging his way back in time to entertain me at Trent Bridge.

 And tonight its time  to get myself sorted for the weekend.

I can hardly believe that it is Thursday already, the weeks are starting to fly by again.

News for France is that the beautiful apartment with the hardwood floors and courtyard garden will be the Dames home for the next few months whilst things get sorted.
She is off on her holibobs to see her chum soon and then will be moving into said apartment.
She doesn't appear to have hit the champagne houses in the last day!

And just a word about a fabulous series that has played out over the last few weeks on BBC1.
If you did not see 'Broken' with the wonderful Sean Bean, then download it immediately, close the curtains and binge watch it.

As you know I am a huuuumongous Sean Bean fan, and can only say that this has to be the best thing that I have ever seen him in.


This series made me laugh, cry and think hard about life in general.

Well written by Jimmy McGovern.

Just watch it if you haven't already

Off to work.

A bientot

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Where is the sun?

Today the order of footwaear is more Hunters than high heels and I no likey!

I have even taken my ankle bots back out of storage, I am now totally sick of rain.

how very British!

we all complain about the heat and then when it rains ( which is good for the garden) we moan about that too.

And boy do we talk about it!

And talking is something that I hope was in abundance in the dressing room at Scarbados last night. Rain was a big problem with no play after 3pm, but Craig Overton was an even bigger problem as he took  5-76!

 Yorkshire were 159-7, not even our beloved Hoddy could really bump the figures up.

Tom  K-C ( hope he can bring the Sunshine band with him soon)  hit 31 and our hopes are resting on Adil Rashid  and Liam Plunkett, who as we know can do amazing things 9 but now on the 3rd day, I fear that a miracle is what is needed.
Granted the weather has not been kind, ( there you go another weather mention).

Temperatures in the south of the Champagne region have been much better and the Dame was visiting the local champagne house to get her feet firmly under the table.

An hour and 4 glasses later she zig-zagged her way home.
I hasten to add that she is not ( I hope) going to be spending her days sampling champers, today the real business begins.

I am trying to get myself sorted for my trip next week, as I head down to Trent Bridge, my bag is sort of packed, I have tennis balls in it.


well I am going to meet the lovely Jess, besty dog of Sophie and Terry, and to get on her good side I have taken a stash of her favourite toy!.

Right off to the coal face, and sending huge 'run vibes' to my boys, we need  batting points if nothing else!

Keep dry!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Not good news

Well it was not good news that I got through at  my lunchtime yesterday as my 'other' spy at the ground, messaged me to say that His Royal Ryanness had left the field and was not looking too good!

The club tweeted that HRR had a muscle injury to his back and it was  a possibility that he may take no further part in the match.

Well that didn't help me digest my mushroom risotto.

Somerset were in to bat and Liam Plunkett proved to be the scourge of the batsmen with an impressive 4-73 but they managed to rack up 268 before they were all out.

Yorkshire into bat............................. Lees and Lyth both went early and so did my blood pressure, why oh why is Lees still being picked, especially with his run of terrible form, which is continuing.

Our Aussie went next and left the new boys Brook and Kohler-Cadmore  to hold onto stumps.

Pretty shabby, I have to say!

I am hoping that they were fed, watered and in bed at The Crown by 9.30pm last night after an ear bashing from the Captain.

And if all that wasn't bad enough for Her Ladyship, the news came through that Faf du Plessis is not fit for the first test at Lords this week!

Give a girl a break!!!!!

First Dale 'the stare' Steyn isn't fit to board the plane to England, then Abraham Benjamin rules himself out of test cricket, now Faf  with fitness problems. He had better get himself sorted for Trent Bridge or there is going to be hell to pay.

These boys and there fitness problems!!!

Well all I can say is that I hope today brings me better cricket news!

Right I am off to do my thing!

have a great Tuesday.

Oh and The Dame is off on 'The champagne Trail' today, how lucky she is to live in the most wonderful part of the world!

Monday, 3 July 2017

New week.......

Which for some will mean  a trip to Scarborough to see my boys in action against Somerset.

Lots of comments on the team list as Tom Kohler-Cadmore makes his debut for the first team, and Alex Lees appears to get another life!
Good news that TLJL is in the squad and our favourite wicket keeper 'Hoddy' is back.

This is a match that we need to win, not only for the points but I think to focus the team.

good luck lads I will be keeping an eye on the scores.

There seems to be a lot of reshuffling at Worcestershire , after the departure of Tom Kohler-Cadmore , they released Alexei Kerveeze, who had been  with the club for 11 seasons. No mention of where the 27 year old is off to though.
They had better not be looking to get rid of 'Commando Boy!' or I may be on the march to New Road!

Yesterday I managed to get some jobs done here at the Chateau although I have a 'to do ' list for when I get home tonight and am determined to get through it.

As I was sorting out the 'stuff' to go on ebay, I found lots more that I decided to clear out.. Next stop the garage as there is quite a lot of stuff in there that needs to either go to the tip ( job for next Sunday) or be found a new home.
I am sure that when I go to work someone comes in and leaves things in my house!

it is well documented on here, my loved of shoes, handbags and coats/jackets, well after delving into the drawers under the spare bed, I realised that dresses where also a bit of an obsession and some that I know where not worn last year, so with complete brutality they too are now on ebay.

The exciting news of the day ( well it is to me ) is that I have finally found a window cleaner!!!
No longer will I open the blinds and think it is foggy!!!
I want to be positive about this one, but as I have been let down so many times I will just wait to see if he turns up.

And now?

well time to head off up the A167 and get myself to work.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

OMD!!! Late again

Well I have no excuse for being late this morning other than the fact that I kept turning over and going back to sleep, this is all new to me, its not something that I do, however I am just going with it, as I must need some sleep.

Especially after the excitement of yesterday.

So I got myself all settled down to watch the match and by 11.00.10am I was screaming so loud that the neighbours must have wondered what was going on, and what was going on was a dropped catch off the first ball of Luke fletcher!
Well that set the tone of the innings for Notts as there was some scrappy fielding and Mark Stoneman hit an unbeaten 144 to see Surrey on 279-9 at the end of their 50 overs.

I nipped to the local Co op in the break, this was my last ever visit as the store that has been there forever closed last night to be taken over by Macolls. End of an era at Neville Parade.

back home I settled down for the Notts innings,

Losing Lumb before the 4th over was not looking good, but Hales plodded on, and on and on and over took Geoff Boycotts record .
Players can in and went without really making a dent in the score, the soon to be retiring captain Chris Read came in and hit a great 58. the runs were clocking up.
James Pattinson came in, his last match for the team and now unemployed as the Australian pay talks still have not been resolved.
Hales and Pattinson saw the team through to an amazing win. Hales with an outstanding knock of 187.

Luke fletcher was so excited that I was worried the balcony would collapse!

What a well deserved win!

So the One Day cricket is done and we now move onto T20 with my first outing on Friday when Notts come to Headingley.

A big night out for all.

As for the Australia debacle, well it looks as if its not resolved the A team tour will be in jepoardy ( rather than South Africa!) and will mean that Jason Gillespie will be unemployed too.............

Right I am off to strim and trim the lawn edges and tackle the weeds, make up the beds and  probably hoover through the house.

Then its time to continue with the clearout and get things on ebay.

Never a dull moment here at the Chateau.

News from France, my sister has found me a bar to buy and has got her rail card, so there is no stopping her. She will be looking for a car as soon as she gets back form her 'mini holiday'.

Right you are up to date with all things so I am off to be productive!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Late today

I have just woken up!!!

I am not really being a lazy thing but I had gone to bed early last night as I was exhausted and then the eldest sister phones and wakes me up! after nit picking  for an hour and some she went off the phone to go to bed, leaving me  wide awake!

Ah family ????
the other bit of the family finally arrived in her new home village in France, and is getting her feet under the local bar table as we speak. Its sooo exciting for her.
I'm actually contemplating buying the village bar.

Now onto important things, my bestie mates Sophie and Terry  (and LL)  are on the way the way to Lords for the one day cup final, all my plans of things to do today have gone out the window as I know that I will be settling down at 10.30am to have a day of cricket.
I have to say that I am backing Notts and Pink Hippo is duly adorned in his Notts jumpy for the occasion.
I have champagne in the fridge ( any excuse).

talking about Pink Hippo, he is one lucky boy, as he always manages to get a 'like' from Big Luke Fletcher for his tweets!.

Champagne is not something that the Aussie team will be sampling at the moment as a lot of them are out of contract and the pay talks still rumble on. I find it hard to comprehend that they have got to this stage.
I have to say that I love the rivalry that is between our two countries, I hope that it is sorted soon.

After his amazing bowling display at Essex, Simon Harmer has been talking about how he will be bowling on a 'road' when he gets back to South Africa and being hit all over the place. I love that he is has just taken his achievement as a one off. How refreshing!

And cricket is heading back to terrestrial TV if the news is to be believed!

Ah yes just like the old days of watching with my Daddy and Great Uncle Jack ( without Great Uncle's  'colourful'vocals though). I may save myself a fortune on Sky payments!

And now to the sky, strangely, as I look out of the home office window I see a ball of yellow!
This is something that I cannot recall seeing for a while, I think that I had best head outdoors and top up my vitamin D levels

Have a great day and come on Nottinghamshire.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Cold, wet Friday

well it is cold and wet here in the North East of blighty, however down in the South nothing is raining on Dame Didi's parade as she prepares to board the shuttle and head off to her new life in France.
Yes today is the day that she arrives back on French soil and starts her life of leisure.................I will be there sooner than you think Didi!!!

Roll on Paris and Christmas!

The rain which is making England green again and causing my lawns to sprout too quickly, has also affected the 'pink ball' game very quickly.

My boys drew with Surrey in a horribly rain soaked game, Monday being the best day of all.

Hampshire and Somerset drew too in a very wet match.

However where they managed to play there were some outstanding events.

Essex were hosing the 'trophy sitters' Middlesex and with their South African bowler Simon Harmer taking 9-95, they are racking up the points at the top of the table.

In division 2 Northants had an amazing 2 two run win and deserved a massive pat on the back.

This weekend though is all about finals...........One day final, when Notts and Surrey come head to head.

I cannot wait !

There has been a lot commented on the 'pink ball' game, very much like the advent of coloured clothing into the sport. I remember it well and the fuss that it brought about. What I do know is that we don't like change, sometimes I think that we just have to 'suck it and see'.

today will be mostly about visiting friends and trying to get sorted for some decorating over the weekend ( with cricket thrown in for good measure).

And just to say thank you to everyone who commented , tweeted and retweeted yesterdays blog.

I have to say that Clare is an outstanding ambassador for both cricket and CWB, she is also a funny and kind hearted person, who I am proud to call a friend.
I for one will be backing her all the way in her fundraising to go back out to Africa next year.

Well time to wend my way to the office, but it is Friday and it is a half day...................what could be better!

see you tomorrow, keep fry and warm

Thursday, 29 June 2017

A wonderful adventure part 2

A wonderful adventure part 2

Back at the beginning of the year, i told you about my friend Clare who was off to do some amazing work with the children in Uganda.
Clare, an out and out cricket fan, wanted to use her love of the game to spread important information,

I recently had a proper catch up with her about her adventure.

Clare it’s been a couple of months since you got back from your brilliant adventure in Uganda
Tell me what your initial reaction to the country was, that feeling when you stepped off the plane
Well, it was 4am when we landed, so it was dark – but very warm. I could hear crickets in the background but other than that I kind of felt that I could be anywhere warm. Once aboard the team bus we set off on the drive to Kampala and it was still dark. I remember feeling a little disappointment that I couldn’t really see anything and didn’t get any sense of what the country was like.
What was your first job when you got there?
Our first job was to drive to the Ugandan Cricket Headquarters in Kampala – to the Lugogo Cricket Ground to collect our CWB t-shirts. When we arrived it was still dark, no-one was about and I still couldn’t really see anything – apart from the turnstile at the gates – it was one of those golden-oldie traditional types – lovely. Anyway we waited a while, until the T-shirts turned up on a moped and we hit the road again.
However, our first real job – after driving ‘the World’s most dangerous road’ from Kampala to Masaka and booking into our rather lovely hotel – was to deliver our first coaching session. Talk about in at the deep end!!
Safe to say I slept that night!!
Tell me what a typical day was like
Hmmm, a typical day…. Although the schools and areas changed a typical day was every day apart from our one day off!
Team breakfast – toast, eggs (however you like them), fruit and coffee between 7 and 8am.. Team talk, malerone reminders, plan for the day
Head straight out to a school or a local recreation ground ready for coaching from 9am… with flexibility for what is commonly known as ‘African time’
Sometimes there would be 100s of children ready and waiting and other times we would be hanging around – or playing various versions of golf or cricket
Sometimes we would split up to cover more schools
Sometimes we may have 3 or 4 schools at a time
Sometimes we would have 2 schools and then another may arrive, and another
Lunch – anytime between 12 and 2pm – light snacks/ street food and water!
Afternoon sessions ran from post lunch as long as the schools were available. Sometimes 4ish, even up to 6ish
Return to hotel – group chat – what worked well and what could we do better (inc 90 second restricted feedback from Manny – our local Ambassador and Ugandan cricketer – he could talk for hours)
shower and change, dinner, chill out and bed by 10 most nights!
We saw that you visited an orphanage whilst you were there, what were your feelings when you got there?
I prepared myself to cry buckets. I did not. I guess I thought I would find a desperate environment, filled with sadness, hopelessness and poverty. Poverty is a really strange concept and is hard to evaluate
How well do you think using cricket to get your message across to children is?
Cricket’s inclusivity makes it a perfect vehicle for getting the ABCT messages across to children. The way the training is structured, each cricket skill links to a part of the message, for example
A is for Abstain – in cricket when we are bowling we Abstain from bending our arm…. What things in life could we abstain from in order to keep us safe and healthy?
Participants then have the opportunity to practice their bowling action and volunteers reinforce the Abstain message throughout the session.
So the messages are clear, they are linked to a cricket skill and all participants have the opportunity to test their skills and knowledge – perfect!!
How hard was the HIV/ AIDS/ FGM message across?
In Uganda we did no work around FGM
I guess what I quickly realised (and I changed my emojis accordingly) is that the AIDS and HIV messages are the most important part of what we do. They are embedded into every part of our introductions, wrap-ups and throughout and during the coaching – the raison d’etre. So in this way it was not hard to get across. We had to get used to shouting condom and talking about AIDS and HIV – I think it was more challenging for us than the children. And because the way the coaching is structured – each cricket skill is linked to one of the A, B, C, T messages – it is unavoidable
Were the children aware of the issues?
Yes, some of the children were aware of the issues and the ABCT messages; however, our M&E figures clearly demonstrate the increased awareness of the issues post-sessions compared to pre-session.
How cricket aware were the children?
Most of the children have heard of cricket and some had played before – some had no knowledge at all – what was evident was the amount of fun they had learning about the great game!
You got to meet members of the Ugandan national cricket team, what were they like?
It was a fabulous end to our trip. The last day followed a night of thunderstorms and began with torrential rain – and it was chilly. We went to the school where I final festival should have been only to find that the Head teacher would not let us use his facilities – that, coupled with the rain seemed to spell a rather disappointing end to our trip; however our local Ambassador Manny, would stop at nothing to ensure the festival went ahead.
As luck would have it, the Cranes (the national team) should have played at The (Entebbe) Oval on that day too, but a hole in the covers meant that the wicket had a puddle in the middle of it so the game could not go ahead.
So we held our final festival day at the Oval – and the players supported us to deliver the sessions. They were great – they gave tips on skills and teamwork and provided hands on support with batting grip etc. They were down to Earth, helpful and keen to give something back to the youngsters. This provided the perfect conclusion too my trip.
Have you been bitten by the bug (no!!! not the one that did really bite you), the CWB bug?
In a word – Yes. I have already applied to go back next year and am planning (in my head) my fundraising ideas in preparation
It’s funny but when we went on the training weekend – the organisers talked about being part of the CWB family; and at the end of our 2 weeks, Greg reminded us of that and now you have mentioned it – I must say that I do feel part of the CWB family – I have defo been bitten by the bug.
How many words would it take you to sum up your 2 weeks in Uganda?
One, two a few or a book…
Totally awesome
Best 2 weeks of my entire life so far.
Challenging, inspiring, fun, rewarding, and motivating: I learned a lot about myself and the world around me and shared some of my lived experiences with others. I loved feeling satisfied and tired at the end of the day. The weather was just about right for me (hot and sunny). I have made some friends for life
And next year?
If they’ll have me I’d love to go back to Uganda and do it all over again

Thank you Clare for sharing your wonderful experience with us.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

rain, rain and some more rain

well the rain yesterday was so persistent that I decided to head home just after (normal) lunchtime and spend the afternoon with Dame Didi., which we did watching DVD's of 'Wallander'!!

Yorkshire did get out to play an hour later than expected time, and Kumar Sangakkara passed his FC 1,000 runs for the season with  a knock of 180*

In reply it will be a struggle for Adam Lyth to hope to get that amount of runs at the moment with his form being very up and down.
The same can be said for Alex Lees, our openers seem to have lost their way slightly.

At stumps my boys were 27-1

So will the pink ball, flood lit games take off?

Well for me to get to them is pretty much the same as a normal county match, I would have to take holiday, I am still undecided about the late finish.

Its also not great for children, as it may be past the bedtime for some kiddies.

We will have to wait and see what the ECB decide.

News from Yorkshire that Will Rhodes is moving to Warwickshire.
we wish him the best of luck with that.

It is grey and overcast here in Ladylaineyville today and I am back to work.

it is the last day that Dame Didi is with me as she now begins the full on move to France, tonight Scarbados, tomorrow Folkstone and then the Champagne region.

Yes things are changing. Doors are firmly closing and we are moving onwards.

I am moving towards the door to head off to the office.

Until tomorrow keep warm and dry

Tuesday, 27 June 2017


So yesterday, I got up and headed down theA1 to Headingley and went off to the EGM, where we were informed of the latest information on the money for the new stand.

I met up with 'Grandad' John to hear the latest from the 2nd's, John is a great member and true to the club, watching not only the 1st team but suppporting the 2nds and the Academy.
He also keeps me up to date with how TLJL is doing!

So back to the meeting and the stand, which  is needed to bring Headingley up to ICC specifications, and so ensure that we will be hosting international cricket for years to come.

It is also important for the new T20 franchise scheme, but to most members the money, debt and time scale are the most important things.

Steve and Mark laid it out as concisely and clearly as they were allowed to do ( some details they could not disclose and will be available in a few weeks), there were a few surprises re the catering, which if you are not involved in Yorkshire CCC will mean nothing to you, but to members it is a bit of a touchy subject.
And finally after questions (ZZZZZZZZZ) from the floor it was time to take my seat in the soon to disappear 'Lainey Corner' ( as named by Will Powell) and be joined by Mark and then Gary and Jim.

The gang were gathering, but sadly Clare was working and Christine had a migraine, we wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her soon.

It was time for the first day/night county championship game............................and HRR was the water boy!!!!


He is not cut out for this job and has to be the most overly qualified water boy ever!

Surrey won the toss and decided to bat.

Stoneman was gone  in just over 10 overs and Borthwick by the 21st but Burns was just chipping away ......slowly.

Roy hit 87 before being bowled by Brooks.

Burns was slowly heading to 90 before he was gone.

To say that it was slow going for the Yorkshire bowlers is an understatement.

Surrey finished the day on 374-6

As a spectator it was a strange experience to have 'lunch' at  4pm and 'tea' at 7pm.
It was odd to have sat 'all day' and then be wrapped in a blanky  at 9pm when I am usually tucked up in bed with a cuppa and a good book!

Oooohhh and talking good book, we had a chat with John from 'Cricket Yorkshire' and we were chattering about his great book .All wickets great and small', we are all looking forward to his next one.

Jim and I were the last 'men 'standing  over at 'lainey corner' until I finally gave in and saw the last 2overs from the warmth of The Headingley Lodge.

Today it is wet and miserable, however anything could happen before 2pm!.

Thanks to everyone for making the day such great fun.

I am now off for a wander around the ground and a trip up to the shops.

Have a great day.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Bye bye AB, AB bye bye

..................very nearly in the words of the immortal Bay City Rollers!

yes Abraham Benjamin has left our shores and that will probably be the last time that we ever see him play here. He has gone back to South Africa as he is not taking any part in the test series.

So lets talk about the final T20 which took place in Cardiff yesterday.

England took to the field and after Roy had gained his 'get out of s**t'  card in the last match, he lasted less than 2 overs.
In came Dawid Malan  and hit an outstanding 78, the highest scorer by a country mile and the possible contender for the openers spot I would think.

England posted  181-8.

South Africa came out and Hendricks was  gone again in less than 2 overs, he is the Roy of the South African team I fear.

Just after 10 overs Abraham Benjamin had gone and they were 4 down with  another 91 runs needed.

Well it wasn't to be their day, despite  spirited performances by  Moselie and Phehlukwayo.

Now it is onto the test series now and I will be heading off to Trent Bridge very soon.

Today sees the start of pink ball cricket, as we venture into the realms of day/night cricket.

How will this take off we ask ourselves?

well lets see how this week unfolds.

I have lots to do this morning, including attending a meeting!

well best to get a wriggle on.

See you all later

Sunday, 25 June 2017

I'm feeling very achy today

Well I struggled to get out of bed for two reasons this morning,

firstly  I finally got more that 2 hours sleep and I  feel as if I have taken the strongest sleeping pill in the world (please note I did not take a sleeping ill at all).

secondly, I set too and mowed the lawns at the front of the chateau .....and in a record 1.5 hours too, normally it takes me a week of doing little bits every evening...............which with hindsight is probably the best thing to do as I ache in places that you shouldn't ache my thumb!!!! WTH!!!!

Ah well it is done although I am going to give it a quick run over again today and then tackle to bushes  which need chopping back.

Then the Dame and I are heading to Tesco ( oh we have such exciting plans for today) before heading home to settle down for the cricket.

It is the last few days of the Dame staying with me before she heads off to France and a whole new life.
She is looking forward to becoming part of a small community  and entering into local events. She is already lined up for a Portuguese evening at the end of this week!!!

I meanwhile am heading  off on a mini holibob this week and hoping to make up for lost sleep, as well as catching up with friends.

It is going to be a difficult wee  also, in more ways than one, but that is ahead of me and not for right now.

so with out further ado I will go and strip the beds, sort out some breakfast,  and  get out in the garden to do 'stuff'.

there may also be a bit more cooking going on too.

Righio, time to head off.

Until tomorrow.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Another early start

well another morning of seeing the dawn, I have once again been up since just after 2am and  now ( just after 4am) I am here typing away.

At some point this weekend I think that I may just crash........................which is what my phone did on Thursday lunchtime.
I was unable to get anything sorted until yesterday afternoon when the very lovely man in the Vodafone  shop sorted the whole thing out for less than 10 minutes, and told me what to do in the event that it happens again.
Ah technology, great when it works, irritating when it doesn't.

And then there was a little matter of T20 cricket and I was watching with the now 'expert' Dame Didi.

Yes we are the same stock, the same cricket family, but somewhere along the years she has been ensnared by F1.
however she seems to have started to remember all the things that were instilled in us as children.

Yes she does know a 'wide', 'LBW' and how to heckle the players just like Uncle Jack!!!

And so we settled down to watch the game.
South Africa went in to bat and with Abraham Benjamin and Smuts being the highest scorers for their side they closed on 174-8.

Tom Curran made his debut and took 3 wickets as well as doing his aeroplane impersonations.

The dame was not impressed.

England went into bat and Billings and Roy ( who is now on his 29th life ) were opening , Billings did a Roy and was out before the 2nd over.
Roy however managed to stay  to put on 67 before obstructing the field and being given out.
There is a lot being said about this being a controversial decision, however   it was obvious to see and, he was gone.

It started to look a little bit as if England might be in trouble after they seemed to be coasting to victory.

and when Captain caught Captain it was looking even more as if S A were on the fight back.

Now if Carlsberg did catches ........................................

And you didn't have to be able to lip read to realise that AB  was not expecting it!

This will go down as one of my all time favourite cricket moments.

If you didn't see it then I am sure that it will be on You Tube  and is well worth watching especially the look on AB;s face!

then it was all over and South Africa had won by 3 runs!

It was a great game and now the Dame and I are looking forward to Sunday!

I am looking forward to getting the washing on shortly and getting myself organised for the  coming week.

But first I might see if I can get an hours more shut eye.

Ooooohhhh and before I forget .............................

Happy Birthday to our Chairman, I hope that you have a brilliant day.