While I was relaxing in England in the summer of 2012 I received an email from Jenny Clarke, World Number 1 Association Croquet champion. Whether the numbers were down or whether she hadn’t seen me play, I’ll never know. But the email strongly encouraged me to apply for a wild card to enter the 1st Women’s Association Croquet World Championships that were to be held in Melbourne in October 2012. She said I wouldn’t stand any chance of winning, but the experience would be memorable. Continue reading
2012 This was the year I visited Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Diego in the States, Bayonne, Biarritz, Paris, Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Verneuil in France, Alresford, Bristol, Broxbourne, Budleigh Salterton, Farnborough, London (including a visit to the 2012 Olympics), Nottingham and Sussex in England, Como in Italy, Blarney, Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Dublin, Kilkenny, Kilarney and Waterford in Ireland, Lake Bohinj, Vintgar Gorge, Lake Bled, Radovlijica and Ljubljana in Slovenia, and finally Singapore…
Singapore 14-18 September 2012
The flight from Slovenia to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Singapore took all day but I had good seats and an easy journey with a bit of sleep for a change. Adam was at a meeting when I arrived and Janice was shopping so I sat and relaxed on their balcony and read my book until they arrived. It was great to have a lazy evening and an early dinner and catch up with all the news. Continue reading
So where is Slovenia? I discovered that heaps of people, like me, don’t really know. It’s actually bordered by Italy on the west, Austria in the north, Hungary on the north-east and Croatia on the south. It’s almost land locked, except for a small amount of coast close to Trieste on the Italian coast in the west. Its capital is Maribor which is in the north-east, close to the Austrian border. Continue reading
There were still more highlights to enjoy during my last few days in London. The first was a visit to The Globe Theatre – a treat for me from all three girls – to see the Taming of the Shrew. In all my years living in England I’d never been to The Globe so this was a very special treat. We walked along the banks of the Thames, had a leisurely meal and sat in very good seats to enjoy an excellent performance. We even saw Judi Dench who was sitting not far away.
The next morning it was a bit of a rush to unpack, pack and leave for Liverpool Street. Alan met the train at Broxbourne and it was lovely to be with Sally again. Continue reading
We certainly packed a lot into our four days and it would have been even better if the weather had been kind. Nevertheless, we picked up a hire car in Dublin and drove straight to Galway, hoping to see the ‘sun go down on Galway Bay’. Continue reading