I can't believe that it's a week since I posted on this blog. I think it may be the longest period I've gone without posting when I've been in this country since I started the blog in 2007. I am now hitting the problem of currency. All my posts for Art Deco Weekend and even my Northland posts will no longer be current and whilst that won't matter in the least to you as a reader it's a question of mindset for me, the writer.
As you may imagine it's been a busy couple of weeks and the tournament was particularly time consuming both in terms of time spent on the lawns and time spent socialising and, I have to admit, sleeping. Gone are the nights of 5 hours sleep; now I seem to require 6 or even 7 hours and it's eating into my 'doing' time [sorry Francis, I feel sure you wouldn't approve of the use of those 's].
Excuse me whilst I deprive a mosquito of its existence. I can't go to sleep or type a blog post with a mozzie buzzing around. Done. Leastways lots of spray distributed liberally in the area of the room to where he (or, worse still, she - the bitey one) retreated. Oddly I have become more allergic to mozzie bites rather than less as my time here progresses. Fortunately Mozzies carrying any disease likely to be serious to man are rare in New Zealand.
The tournament was both enjoyable and, for me, successful. Having languished in the doldrums for the last season with relatively few tournament successes I managed to win the Bay of Plenty Golf Croquet Open Championship. I was, I have to admit, fair chuffed. That evening I went to Katherine's for supper with some of her friends and family. As one might imagine from her blog the company she keeps is equally interesting. I had a wonderful evening. When I replied to her question as to how I'd done at the tournament with the news of my win she responded "and how are you going to blog about that and not sound as though you are boasting?" (or something like that). Well you can judge whether my mentioning it was boasting or not. I'll accept whatever judgement you bestow. 'Cos I won!
So today I am thankful, as I usually am these days, for my full and interesting (to me) life. I am thankful for the win which has lifted my croquet spirits from the doldrums.
But to put all that into perspective I am thankful today for the news I received last evening from a croquet friend and doubles partner with whom I won the Vets (veterans - nothing to do with furry creatures) this year. She has had the all-clear after her latest check-up after having had a cancer removed last year).