Ann & Peter
in New Zealand
We've had this little competition on over here called the Rugby World Cup - not sure if you heard about it. Peter saw some of the teams walking through Hamilton where they were using a gym for training and we watched the semi-finals and finals on TV. A pity Wales lost to the French but a good result when the All Blacks won in the final - which was a relief as just about the whole country was at fever pitch!
October has been a bit wet at times, the river was very high and there was flooding in a newly planted field of sweetcorn just outside the village. It didn't stop us walking the pooches each day though.
News from Home
Clive, a friend from our old shooting club - 49th Rifle and Pistol Club - sent us a message ...
If you remember I set up the target shooting for the visually impaired. I felt it would be good publicity for the blind, 49th Club and target shooting in general if we could have someone famous to officially open the facility. Buckingham Palace advised me to contact the Lord Lieutenant's Office (Queens representative in the West Midlands) and the Duke of Kent accepted my invitation and is going to visit us!!! He is on an official visit to the Midlands in December and will have the Lord Mayor, High Sheriff and the Lord Lieutenant in the party and they are calling to Officially Open the Range for the visually impaired. So it has been frantic activity at the 49th, a new ceiling has been put in, club room painted, doors, walls, stonework, railings have been painted. This weekend we have work party to repair and paint the ranges. If nothing else we have got a lot of work done that was needed. I am having a plaque made for him to unveil and hopefully he will sign the visitors book. On top of that I have to be available in November for a visit by the Royal Protection Officer. As Alan Rose commented remember the Chinese saying, 'be careful for what you wish for, it may come true'.