Phew…it is hot here!! I know that I shouldn’t complain about the heat – but for me it really does make certain health issues a lot more exciting!! All you POTSies out there will know what I mean! This weekend has been all sport….Wimbledon tennis, Grand Prix, Henley regatta and not forgetting the World Cup football!
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I actually managed a trip to Henley in my role as chair of my old school’s Friends committee – we represent old boys and girls and parents. We jointly host an annual lunchtime drinks gathering for past and present rowers from the school, but this year there was a clash with a little England football match taking place in Russia. Henley Regatta is one of the last bastions of the old world – that is the world with a definite dress code and very limited technology. So no smart phones, social media, electronic score boards or…..TV screens. This year the committee actually made the announcement that gentlemen were allowed to remove jackets in the Stewards’ Enclosure due to the heat!
The day was sweltering, yet we still received many visitors to our pitch in the Henley Cricket Club – it was lovely meeting so many young people who love their sport and working within a team to represent their schools/clubs/countries. Whilst rowing is a sport that probably is still not readily available to all, don’t be fooled by these photos of an elite occasion – the early morning starts on a freezing winter day, sitting in a boat somewhere on a river…..and the training is hard.
My partner in crime on Saturday, my old teacher Nick, was secretly pleased that I couldn’t cope with the heat for too long….because it meant that we skipped a trip to the Stewards’ enclosure and snuck away early. Guess what we were home in time for?!
Hubby and the politics student were running the penalty shoot out at the primary school fete on Saturday – I have never seen hubby contact someone as quick as he did after England beat Colombia (Yes, on penalties!) to “advise” the fete organisers that they should change the opening times. So we arrived home to a husband sitting in front of the big projector screen, unable to move after a couple of hours in goal, and 20 minutes in to the football. I sat down and have struggled to remain upright ever since. Something very strange with dysautonomia is that your body is unable to regulate temperature changes, so yours truly is dripping one minute and then covered in goose bumps & shivery the next!
The excitement in England at the moment is reaching fever pitch – again we are witnessing young men who are passionate, talented and want to play as part of a team. They seem to respect each other and respect their manager. I bet Gareth Southgate didn’t reckon that this World Cup would send him into the stratosphere of fashion icon though – those waistcoats have apparently driven up sales across the nation!
It has taken me all day to write this so apologies for mistakes today! I have a mixture of chronic illness posts, a great post from a student nurse (I guess I would say that) and a new blogging tag from Em at The Pickled Blogs project which you should all take a look at! Sit back with a cuppa – or in line with Henley and Wimbledon a glass of Pimms – and enjoy!
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Have a great week – and if you are following enjoy the football on Wed!