It was a novelty to spend a week in my home country after three weeks of travelling on business. I concede that a week in Naples, Florida, followed by a a week in Barcelona and then another week back in Naples might sound idyllic to you, but it was hard work and tiring. We had some fun too, and that was also tiring.
So this week, I have been working from home, catching up on all the tasks that were neglected to some extent while I was away. Lots of coffee has been consumed but I still ahve plenty left to share with you all.
I also spent a day remembering my Mum, who passed away exactly eighteen years ago. She was a beautiful and very talented lady and I will never forget her. My thanks to those of you who shared my memories and sent me kind and thoughtful messages. Follow the link and take a look.
The weekend has started well. I ran the Andover parkrun this morning at a steady pace, and enjoyed it despite the freezing conditions and a spattering of sleet. This afternoon I played hockey for Andover Diamonds, the veterans’ wing of the local hockey club. We were up against tough rivals, West Wilts, who beat us 4-2 earlier in the season. Today, we well and truly turned the tables on them, running out 8-1 winners. Better still, I scored the eighth goal and was runner up in the vote for Man of the Match!
After the game, I made friends with a beautiful dog that belonged to one of the visiting team. It is a Bacardi Shepherd or Berger Picard called Tilly. I have never encountered this breed before. Isn’t she lovely?
Tomorrow, I’ll be running again. This time in the Longparish 2nd Sunday of the Month 5 km handicapped race. It is a fun and social run around the village of my wife and many generations of her ancestors. It is a scenic route that takes in the River Test in Hampshire.
After the run, we share tea, coffee and flapjacks. Join us!