Wednesday, 25 November 2009

A Trip To The Vets

We arrived in Dannevirke last night and are staying at the Destinations Motel.  It is one of the best I've stayed in in North Island.  It'll doubtless find it's way into a later posting.

I'm sitting in the Rangatira Croquet Club clubhouse. I'm here for the Vets Tournament. Not a meeting of vetinarians you understand but of veterans ie those of us over 60. I'm playing Association today and tomorrow and then Golf Croquet Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Last year I didn't play Association and then my partner and I came second in the doubles and, if my memory serves me correctly, I came third in the Championship Singles.

The weather is absolutely idyllic: full sun and only a slight breeze. It'll be up in the mid 20s by lunchtime.

An Association game lasts a maximum of 2 1/2 hours in this tournament and I have a bye in the first round so I have 2 1/2 hours to spare. I've used up much of it now chatting as people wander in and out. So I'll end this and go and have a wander and see how people are doing.  The disadvantage is that anyone with a first round bye goes on to the lawns with no feel for them against an opponent who has just played for a while.  Ah well.

It's not a bad way to spend a life.


  1. Good luck, really pleased you are experiencing good weather, bloody awful here.

  2. Sounds like a lovely day! Hope you are happy with the results of your games. And, even if you aren't, at least the weather is good.

  3. Bragging about good weather is not appreciated here at the moment! We've now added gales to the rain and it's dark and miserable and yuck, yuck, yuck...

  4. Agreeing with Scriptor today, about the weather... ;)
    Just also realised how inadequate my experience of a few garden croquet rounds in my childhood probably is when it comes to understanding the intricacies of the level you're playing at, hmm. Not sure it's any use asking what golf croquet is for example, because most likely I wouldn't understand the answer!
    Anyway I hope you'll be able to play well enough for your own satisfaction...! ;)

  5. Hope all went well and that you had a good time!