First off – 'The Rock n Roll Rugby Tour' to South Wales was a great success. My lowly attempt at being a rock star ended up looking more like Neill from 'The Young Ones' – at least we were only in fancy dress on the last day!
We were made very welcome on the Saturday as guests of Caerleon RFC, a beautiful club on the site of a Roman fortress near Celtic Manor (Ryder Cup Golf fame) close to Newport, Gwent. Later that afternoon we travelled into the Valleys to watch Newbridge RFC play and win handsomely, meeting with both the team, their chairman and their great supporters, who gave us a genuinely warm welcome in the hillside !
On the Sunday we played a couple of friendly games at Chepstow and from there it was back home. Anyone who has ever been on a rugby tour will know I have missed out an awful lot – but as Richard Jackson (a tour veteran) said before I went "What goes on tour – stays on Tour!" Seriously, though the boys were very well behaved and played some excellent rugby to finish off a great season. Having now toured to England and Wales, next year it's Bonnie Scotland!
I managed to start functioning normally several days later and eventually I was coaxed out into daylight and encouraged to re-landscape the rear of our garden which had turned into a bit of dustbowl – I honestly can't remember when it last rained. Bizarre for April – where are the showers?
Anyway, perhaps the word 'landscaping' is a little grand, but it did involve a lot of digging, levelling, raking and lugging of over 30 bags of slate!
I know I should have ordered a giant bag but the job sort of grew from our original plans. I managed to do all of this without serious injury, which I am chuffed about, as it means I can continue to start gently working out again and burn off some of the excess calories that I mysteriously ingested in South Wales!
What were your thoughts on the Royal Wedding?
I obviously got into the spirit early as I knew that I was launching the Clogau Gold TSV on the day and at home our Close had organised a street party, which was a fantastic fun, bonding experience.
I'm not getting all nostalgic and dreamy-eyed but I genuinely sensed a 'feel good factor' and a sense of togetherness generally – as I said on air, some of my friends would not call themselves Royalists but even they genuinely enjoyed the event and ensuing celebrations and many spoke about the amazing show 'we' put on for the happy couple and watching billions. I understand that some may not have enjoyed or shown much interest in the day – but I really felt it brought us all together for a day or so. What do you think? Is it just me?
Love to hear from you, until next time…