I'm all croqueted out. Six days of 9 hours on the lawns in weather ranging from very hot (late 20s Celsius) to cold (mid teens Celsius). Sometimes with the heat has come humidity. Almost the whole time has been windy ranging from just plain windy to gales. Sometimes we've had blue skies and sometimes overcast and cloudy. On the plus side we've had no rain. The worst thing has been the gales. Not only is it hard to play accurately in gales but it's also saps your physical and mental energy hour after hour.
I'm writing this during a bye when I don't have to play for three hours. It's cold and gale force winds are blowing. When the three hours is up my travelling companions and I will be wending our way back from Palmerston North to our homes in Napier: about 180k/111m and nearly three hours driving for Judy in whose car we came.
It's a lovely tournament and overall I think there were about 80 entrants playing in various events. I've met some new people and played some very good croquet. I've also played some very bad croquet.
|Overall view of 6 of the 9 lawns being used for the tournament (there's actually more people playing than you can see!)|
|Doug Van Belle who won the tournament in the game against me playing a hampered shot being watched by a referee|
|A not-so-warm afternoon|
So tonight I shall be in my own bed. I won't have to be up at 6am tomorrow. I can have a relaxed day tomorrow recovering and taking stock. The Family will come down to The Cottage for dinner as is usual on a Friday. Life will return to what passes for normal.
For these simple things I am very, very thankful today.