I have just spent a very enjoyable three days based in the historic capital of Mercia, Repton. My mother is doing a terms teaching at the school where C B Fry enjoyed his education and Roald Dahl endured his.
On the first of my two full days there I travelled to the surprisingly scenic town of Burton on Trent. The approach by bus, whichever route you come in by from the direction of Derby prepares one to be unimpressed, which makes the town more appealing once you get there. There is a surprisingly well kept and attractive pedestrianised precinct, some parkland by the river and a gem of an establishment connected to the latter called The Park (Old Peculier at £2.05 a pint being one of its virtues).
On day two I visited Derby, and found it to be a very attractive town as well, doing a good job of displaying its historic bits to best effect. The day was marred slightly by the fact that I got on the wrong bus out of Derby and could not get back on the right bus until Burton. This meant that I was only just back in time for supper before heading out for our one evening engagement, a concert in the school’s music centre given by the Carducci String Quartet. This was quite simply magnificent, starting with a classic from Haydn, taking in a piece by Shostakovich written when he was doing his own thing and ending with one of Dvorak’s American compositions.
When I got back home yesterday afternoon I was seriously overheated from the journey and really not good for much. The return journey took longer than the outward one had, as a a ten-minute delay at Willington (nearest train station to Repton) meant arriving at Peterborough half an hour later than intended, and the bus back from Peterborough to Lynn was then delayed as well. I could have done the whole journey by train but that would have added a change at Ely to an already multi-stage process.
Two photos this time – one of my share of a potato harvest from my aunt’s allotment, the other a standard “View from the rooftop”.
What a few days we have had in world of sport! A US Open final in which tennis was taken to new heights, especially by the amazing Novak Djokovic, who is heading for the best season in modern tennism having last only two matches so far (as opposed to the previous record for a full season of three by John McEnroe).
England (with the last match underway at 2:00PM today) have already settled the one-day series v India. While for the second year in succession the County Championship went down to the last session of the last day of the season, ending with Lancashire’s first outright championship since 1934 as they beat Somerset and already relegated Hampshire baulked Warwickshire, largely through South African stonewaller Neil McKenzie.
This week also saw the first ever day-night championship match in this country. While I am all in favour of new ideas being given a fair trial I have to say that this country is the least suited of all major cricket playing countries to day-night cricket because of the extended twilight period we get. I am fortunate enough to have watched day-night stuff at the Adelaide Oval where one barely notices the transition from natural light to floodlights because there is little twilight and because they have superb floodlights.
Today’s “View from the Rooftop” is of an apartment block called the Granaries. When looking at flats I viewed one in there. All I will say about the inside of that building is never mind cats, one would be hardpressed to swing a mouse in one of those flats. However the external view is quite decent:
England could settle the one-day series v Indis today to complete a superb summer. Meanwhile in at the US Open, although it was business as usual in the seniors with Murray losing a classic semi-final, three of the four semi-fiinalists in the boys singles were Brits.
I have discovered that the wilko’s whizzer bought as part of my house move does a wonderful job of preparing ginger paste.
The county championship is going down to the wire in both divisions. In division one Warwickshire have a 3 point lead (with a possible 24 points to be obtained in the final game) over Lancashire who won their match against Hampshire with three minutes to spare. In the second division there is a three way tussle between Surrey, Northants and Gloucs for the second promotion slot behind Middlesex. The highlight of yesterday’s play was the bowling of Simon Kerrigan in the Lancashire victory over Hamsphire (9-51, while the much more experienced spinner Gary Keedy had to settle for one at the other end).
I conclude this post with another view from the rooftop, something I intend to become a regular feature of this blog, the centrepiece this time a ridiculously grand looking Almshouse complex (no, I do not have the sun at my command, I am merely adept at choosing when to take my pictures: