Getting ready for a business trip to Canada and USA has taken up most of my time. My colleague and I leave tomorrow evening - drive down to Heathrow, stay overnight and on Sunday, we fly to Toronto and on to Sudbury Ontario to start a hectic 5 days.
In summary this week:
Monday - the Duchess was one of four candidates to be interviewed for the post of Vice-Chair of The Sheffield & District Junior Sunday League. Needless to say - she didn't get the job. Just as she didn't get the Secretary's job when she applied for that some months ago.... despite being one of the most experienced members of the Junior League Committee. Still, as I said to her - do you really want to be closely associated with the despotic set-up that is apparently the League's structure just now?! Anyway - it's their loss but to cheer her up, we went to the Orange shop in Meadowhall and upgraded her mobile to an iPhone (not an iPhone 4 mind - couldn't have that cos I can't have one yet!)
Tuesday night we were at Christchurch Meadow to watch Belper Town and Carlton Town draw 0-0. We dined at George's Fish & Chip Cafe again before the game. I took a lot of pictures but haven't had a chance to create an album yet but here's a few to be going on with:
Simon Harrison - on season long loan from Harrogate FC
Love this shot - I call it "Determination!"
It was a grand night for watching football with a full, bright moon
There's something about an empty stadium after a game!
This was a much better performance than last Saturday against Sutton Coldfield. After the game, Manager Andy Carney explained that he felt Belper could not afford to lose their first home game and so the plan was to keep it tight at the back and in midfield and then, towards the end when tired legs started to take effect, introduce Federenko and Jenkins as "fresh legs" to harrass tired defenders. It almost worked. We absolutely battered them last 20 minutes and were very unlucky not to snatch a win.
Wednesday evening - I got bogged down at work and didn't get home until gone six so we didn't stray from the house.
Thursday - the Duchess met me at Meadowhall after work and we ate at Harry Ramsdens (Yeah - I know - fish and chips again!) before shopping for new shoes for me for the trip.
Friday - up at 5:15, in the office for 6:15, left work at 2:45 pm rather than the usual 1:30 "Friday Finish". This afternoon - cleaned the car and now need to start getting ready for tomorrow. Plan is - Supermarket, early - pack bags for trip - head down to Belper for FA Cup Preliminary Round v Holbrook - shoot back to Sheffield, pick up bags and then collect my colleague from his home in Aston (Sheffield, not Birmingham!) on the way to Heathrow.
I'll try to blog from the road next week but we're on a very tight and hectic schedule so if I don't get a chance, I'll tell you all about it when I get back (Saturday 4th September, about 4pm at home in Sheffield!)