Wednesday, 29 August 2012

More sunny sporty pics to cheer me up in the rain.

 A few sporty pics to cheer me up in the relentless rain.  I should be on the golf course now but we were rained off by a torrential downpour.  You CAN play golf in the rain of course, but the sheer volume today was epic in its proportions.  The greens were flooded within 40 mins so we had to come in, thank the Lord.

These were taken a few weeks ago the Friday before we went down to London for the Olympics.  We're watching the 2nd Test match against South Africa at Headingley.  It was a great day out.

I've not been there since the new Media Centre was built.....very swanky.

Rich and his pal Sean.

The longest "beer snake" I've ever seen.  Chains of plastic pint glasses collected throughout the crowd and then joined together as the afternoon gets more beery!  Maybe not the most sophisticated entertainment but it relieved a rather dull game.

Sean acquires a "flankie".  Half flag, half hanky!

Oh God, there are 2 of them...

Next day we're at the Olympic Stadium (mercifully sans flankie).

Mobile beer seller - genius!

Then on Sunday over to west London to dump our stuff at my pal, Natalie's place and meet up with some Uni/college friends for lunch.

Then a boat trip down the Thames to Excel for the boxing.  It was a great trip and a bit more interesting than sitting on the tube for hours (although we did loads of that too).  London looked very glamourous.

We alighted at North Greenwich next to the O2.  The quickest way to Excel was on the cable car link over the river.  Rich declined so it was a couple of tube stops instead!

So, that's all the pics for now.  Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting instalment!!

Only joking.

We've had another hectic Bank Holiday weekend: 

We went over to my parents for a couple of days Thursday and Friday.  We played golf (badly) on the Friday at a very smart course near there.  Then had supper with my parents, sister in law, Her sister from Malaysia and my niece and nephew.  It was a brilliant, funny, chatty evening after which we took Dad for his weekly trip to the boozer.  It was great catching up with the Canadian half of the family.  They are great kids and good company and their Mum is a proper laugh too. 

The youngest lad, Lachlan is about to start a couple of semesters on a Tall Ship with the University of Nova Scotia.  Lucky beggar - they start in Instanbul, through the Med, down to Senegal, then over the Atlantic via the Azores to Rio de Janeiro.  How exciting for an 18 year old boy eh?

Mum is declining badly I'm afraid.  She won't shower or change without a great deal of "persuasion" and wants to go out every afternoon back to Grimsby to "her Mummy".  Poor dad, it's hard on him so I take over the showering, hair washing and clothing duties when I can.  It was rather upsetting this time as she was not her normal pleasant self.  There was a nasty streak to her.  So, while I remind myself that it is the disease, it was hard to listen and stay nice.  Very hard.

Saturday it was back to Sheffield for the football.  Another stirring victory over Millwall this time.  Our 18th consecutive unbeaten game (most of which have been wins).  It really is fantastic being a Sheffield Wednesday fan at the moment, long may it last.

Sunday was walks and boozing with my London friend who was up here staying with a mutual friend, Stacey.  (Stacey came up here to visit once and met a mate of mine, Jim and they have been married and lived here for years!)  Bit of a big night I'm afraid but luckily Rich and I had to catch the last bus at 10.30pm so we weren't in as bad a state as the others!

Monday, a rainy day out at the local agricultural show with my friend Natalie from London.  We couldn't quite believe we were going out in the downpour but it calmed down eventually and we had a fun time wandering round the stands and watching the gun dogs and sheep dogs and cart horses etc.  Natalie is a proper townie so loves all the country stuff.  Apparently, according to Stacey, she spent most of the evening surfing the net looking for properties up here!!

I took Tuesday off too to meet yet another London mate (Rachel) coming up with her husband.  Just to add to the inter-twining complexities, Paul was at college with me and Stacey and met Rachel at my wedding.  So I'm a proper matchmaker!  We don't see them often as they have kids (one of whom is autistic) and a very busy life in London so it was great to have a few hours catching up in Castleton. 

Then, finally, a dash into Sheffield for yet another football match.  This time a Cup game against a Premiership side, Fulham.  And we WON!!  And played brilliantly.  We're into the 3rd round and are now 19 games unbeaten.  Heavenly.

So, all in all, a hectic weekend.

I had been looking froward to rounding it off with a game of golf but now...a quiet morning catching up with blogs before heading off to work.  Back to REAL LIFE soon....booooo!!

1 comment:

Peridot said...

The situation with your mother is really hard - I do feel for you and your dad. I've heard it described in many moving ways - essentially the strange contradiction of the person you love no longer being there whilst still being (physically) there. Hope that's not a crass thing to say.