Hospitality and rugby

We’re at the end of another spell off the boat, and this period is best summarised as hospitality and rugby, due to the number of guests we’ve hosted and rugby excitement. We started off withthe company of Roger’s mum who had a little break with us. This was followed by our good friends Lynne and Rebekah who stayed with us whilst Nick was in Southampton general. Not the most pleasant of circumstances, but how lovely to spend some quality time with such lovely people. Fortunately, Nick is recovering well from his big op, and was released after a week, just in time to get home for his sons wedding – more of that later. 

Last Saturday, Jack, Polly and I had the great pleasure of joining the North London Brass Band, together with other members of our band, to play at Twickenham before the England France World Cup warm up match. We played on the concourse and at the edge of the pitch prior to the match as the spectators arrived. I have to admit to being a little distracted by the players warming up as we played, and the ball casually going over our heads during our playing caused a giggle. Fortunately it didn’t go down the bell of any of the Tuba’s!

We then lined up in the tunnel to go on the pitch. This was the most exciting bit, as we were counted down before being led in. We marched onto the pitch and proudly played Jerusalem as armed forces personnel brought out the flags. Such a fantastic experience to play and to hear the sound echoing through the stands. 63,000 people were there and gave us a huge cheer.   

Playing Jerusalem

  

this picture made it to the Guardian.

  

Practising & Chandlers Ford crew

  

Family (and Abi!)

  

The main attraction

The icing on the cake was seats to watch the match, which were ideally located for a fab view of the 1st half English tries. What a brilliant experience and fabulous memories. 

This last week has included 2 more guests, Ross and my mum, Polly’s birthday which necessitated another cake, and a wedding on the Isle of Wight of which I talked earlier. It was lovely to join Lynne and Nick to celebrate the marriage of their son Luke to Brie. A lovely sunny day, time with friends that I hadn’t seen for years and a lovely celebration – and so wonderful that Nick was well enough to enjoy the day with them.       
  Back to the boat tomorrow. 

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