Thursday, March 01, 2012

Sepia Saturday : A Flying Visit And A Cover Drive


This is a bit of a flying visit. I have been a little busy these last few days and we are about to fly off for a week in warmer climes. We head for the Canary Islands on Sunday for a week in what we hope will be the sun and thus there will not be much activity on News From Nowhere for at least the next ten days. I am leaving you with a Sepia Saturday submission  for this weeks' theme which is GAMES. The picture would have been taken in about 1950 and it shows my brother Roger defending his wicket in what I assume was our back garden in Great Horton, Bradford.

Even though I was only four when we moved from Bradford, I can just about remember street cricket games and, in particular, being hit in the face by a well placed cover drive. It was only a tennis ball but it left me with such a psychological injury that I have avoided all kinds of active sport ever since (well, that's my excuse anyway). I do play a mean but relatively restrained game of chess and, as this tends to be via Facebook these days, I have so far avoided being hit in the face by a Kings' bishop.

My games during the next week will be limited to a little non-competitive beer drinking. And hopefully, the holiday will allow me to meet up with a favourite fellow-blogger. Please don't feel as though you have to comment on this post, I am afraid that I probably will not get chance to reciprocate until I return. But why not go over to the Sepia Saturday Blog and see what games all the other participants are playing.


25 comments:

  1. This is a great shot of you taking to the bat. Have a great suntan.

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  2. "Some parent" made an excellent photo of their"little guy" being an up and coming athlete. you have a great time in the Canaries.

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  3. Cricket and chess are two games I don't know how to play. I wish I were going somewhere warm to drink beer this week.

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  4. You obviously had a posh cricket set as you have bails on the wicket. The 50s were my 'best' cricketing days too. Good shot!

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  5. Hmmm... The impish look on that face leads me to think that you were up to no good with that bat!

    Have fun in the Canaries!

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  6. Safe journey, Alan. Have a fabulous break.

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  7. Enjoy getting a bit of suntan, Alan. Any chance of you teaching a would-be chess aficionado?

    Safe journey to you and GLW.

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  8. Have a great time! Me, envious...... no! Ha.

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  9. Have a wonderful trip Alan..enjoy the sunshine for all of us that are stuck in "winter" ! :)

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  10. Oh my goodness...that is an adorable photo! You really have some great ones of you and your brother,..and parents. :)

    Have a wonderful trip!

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  11. I got hit in the nose TRYING to catch a fly ball and have been scarred for life too. Watch out for flying bishops and we'll see you when we see you. Happy Travels!

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  12. What a lovely smile from Roger. I hope you’ll be smiling next week too! Have a good trip.

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  13. Have A Fine Holiday Alan! Enjoy!

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  14. Enjoy your trip! Apparently it is going to get MUCH colder here in dear old Blighty...

    (wonder what "Blighty" is by the way - do you know?)

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  15. I have to admit that I have never understood cricket but I certainly like the way it looks and the way the players look! :-)

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  16. Always a delight to see one of your family photos, esp. you and your brother as boys. Your brother appears totally in control of his wicket! Have a great time in the sun.

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  17. Never saw this game played. Guess it is not played much here. You have a great time and be safe.
    QMM

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  18. Well I don't think rain will stop play where you are at the moment.

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  19. What a cheeky grin the little Roger has :-) Jo

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  20. Great picture - what an adorable little guy with a dazzling smile.

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  21. Too cute. Is there a British equivalent for Tee-ball for children's baseball?

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  22. What a little cutie-love that grin! Hope you are having a fabulous time on holiday.

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  23. Wonderful picture, it sounds like you were quite traumatized! I really don't know anything about cricket, is that called a bat or paddle?

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  24. By the look on Roger's face, I think he was winning!!!!

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