my summer so far
friends, shamanism is not without its responsibilities, so i am sorry that i have been invisible for so long again. to put it simply, i have been working my arse off. and then, on top of that, we are still without the internet at home.
we have managed to arrange a new computer, though, which is currently at charlotte’s mom’s house – but its been there for over a month now and we haven’t had a chance to go and get it!
apart from working i have been having some fun too. i’ve been to the movies a few times, which is about 3 times more than I did last year! i saw watchmen, star trek and terminator salvation. i thought watchmen was okay but too much of a fanboy movie. i loved star trek and enjoyed terminator quite a lot. in terminator i particularly liked sam worthington’s performance – he was the perfect mix between vulnerable and capable. capable seems an odd word to use, but that’s the word that was going through my head the whole time. he just exuded capability – i thought to myself, “now there is a man!”
of course, i’ve been reading lots too and have read some good books and some less good books. i’m planning to blog about them very soon – come hell or high water (the latter being surprisingly likely with our english summers!). i’ve decided that i will take a gonzo approach to my book reviews as part of the reason that i post so few is that they take me so long to write. so I hope you don’t mind the change in style!
the village hall (and our club house)
i’ve also been playing a lot of cricket. yes, i finally got off my arse and did something. every year (for I don’t know how long) i’ve been saying two things – i’ve got to learn how to play cricket properly and i’ve got to sketch or paint more. well, there hasn’t been much art going on but i have managed to get out on the cricket field! 😀
learning to play cricket is quite a big thing for me because i love the game so much. i’d always played “backyard cricket” (as most south african and australian boys do) but only decided to try to play the game in my late teens. it wasn’t a great success as all the boys (even the worst of them) had been playing for years by then and so there was no-one on my level and i was way out of my depth.
i didn’t get very far but each year afterward i told myself that i was going to learn properly – get some coaching or join a club. but each year there wasn’t enough time or i was just too lazy. i still kept on messing around in practice nets with my friend, quintin, though, so at least i was playing a bit.
this is me wearing all the gear (i’ve since stopped wearing that thigh pad – it’s not a very good one and is more of a hinderance than a help!) btw, i played very badly on this day.
then, when we moved to our village last year, i discovered the village cricket team and decided to join. i played three games last season and was terrible but this year things have been going much better. improved a lot and am now one of the regular members of the team.
the players in the team are all a great bunch of guys and i really enjoy playing with them, so i’ve been having a great time this summer (when the games haven’t been rained off!). going around to the villages in oxfordshire is also really cool as you get to know the county better and discover all these quaint and picturesque villages. i really must take my camera with me one day and take some proper photos!
our cricket field is particularly picturesque. it has a club house, and is bordered by a graveyard, a farm house and sheep field! it really is perfect 😀
the farm house
two batsmen completing a run (you can see the sheep field in the background there – no sheep this time, though)