I have, as I mentioned, been to the Veteran's Croquet Tournament. As always we had a great time although the weather was the worst it's been in Dannevirke since I've been going to that tournament. Sometimes the wind was so strong and hot that it was shorts and poloshirt and others it was cold and full rain gear. The only fairly consistent constant was the very strong winds. Few of us like playing in the wind. Few of us like playing in the rain. However I played the Glad Game - warm rain and warm wind are preferable to cold wind and cold rain!
|Weather over the Ruahine Ranges|
The tournament was mixed for me given that I have hardly played any croquet for 6 months whilst in the UK. However after two days of Association Croquet where I played some really good stuff and even more superb crappy stuff I played Golf Croquet today with Margaret who has partnered me in The Vets for four years and we won the doubles tournament. The best we'd managed previously was 2nd. So all in all a Pretty Good Day on the lawns.
|John Wall a senior player and in this case Tournament Manager, Margaret and me.|
So it was only when I woke this morning in the motel and put on NZ TV One's Breakfast Show and they said it was Friday that I remembered that I hadn't done any posts whilst I was away and hadn't done my Thankful Thursday post either.
So today as I drove home in the hot sun along the same traffic-free state highways that I'd driven down on and thought how wonderful this land is:
|The Ruahine Ranges of New Zealand's North Island covered with The Long While Cloud which gives the country its alternative name|
I felt that all was as well in my little word as it possibly could be.
This evening Wendy came down for a chat just after 7pm and Martin came down after 9pm and we had a good old chinwag and catch-up and the odd glass of something with some cheese.
What could be better in my world? So today, even thought it's Friday (or it was when I started this post!) I am very thankful for croquet and the enjoyment it gives and for the privilege of living - albeit only part of my life - in this wonderful land called Aotearoa - The Land of The Long While Cloud.