Saturday, 10 September 2011

A Day In The Life Of A Cricket Widow

Mick used to play cricket before we met, but he gave it up, along with football, as he damaged his knee ligaments. Daniel has been playing cricket now for quite a few years and it's rekindled Mick's enthusiam so much that they now both play for the same team. His knee ligaments are no better than they were twenty years ago, but he knows not to moan to me about them as he'll get no sympathy. Daniel plays most weeks, but Mick will often take a week off so that he doesn't abandon me too often. They're both playing away from home today, so I thought I'd show you what I've done with my day.

Eleanor had a birthday party invitation so Mick dropped her off on his way to cricket.

First of all I thought I'd better sort out the pile of magazines which have been at the side of my bed for months now. They're sorted in to three piles, one for my dad, one for Mick's auntie and uncle and one for someone at Mick's work. I never throw a magazine away.

Next, I got my crochet out. My blanket it coming along well, though I don't know how many squares I've done, I really need to count them. I've done this on and off all day.

Eleanor came home from her party this afternoon and we all had cuddles on the sofa whilst we watched Forest Gump. I don't know why I keep watching it, it makes me so depressed. I think it's had the same effect on Archie too.

We took Archie for a walk before he had his tea. This is a flower display outside the primary school just around the corner from where we live. It's one of the Yorkshire In Bloom displays.

Archie loves his walks in the woods.

We took a detour on our way home to say hello to the horses, but they had just been given their tea so they weren't interested in us.

When we got home, I decided to pick the ripe tomatoes in the greenhouse. Eleanor came down the garden with me and found this tiny frog. She put it down at the side of the little pond and it jumped straight in.

When I came out of the greenhouse it had started raining. This is my tomato haul from today, and they're still coming. I would recommend growing tomatoes to anyone. You haven't tasted a true tomato until you've grown your own.

It's now after 7pm and Mick's just rung to say he's on his way home. It's the last match of the season next week so I might get my family back for the winter months.


  1. Looks like a lovely day, Ethan (my oldest) is in to cricket - hhhmm it looks like I might have to get used to being a cricket widow when hubby goes to watch him in future !

  2. I tried to grow some tomatoes a couple of years ago but just as the tomatoes started to ripen they got blight :(. I'm going to have another go at it next year, now that I've moved house and garden!

  3. I'm a golf widow on a Saturday but as yet I still have two small tortures,sorry, kiddies, to keep me occupied during the afternoon! Cx

  4. What a fab photo of Eleanor and Archie! I like cricket, I used to do the scoring for G's team way back when we first began seeing each other, not sure I can remember how to do it now though. Hope the blanker keeps you snuggly in the winter.
    Lisa x

  5. That sounds like a really lovely way to spend the day. We still have tomatoes coming too. They seem to be slower this year, with not too many ripening at once, which is good. Have a good week. Ros

  6. A good day by the sound, and look of it!
    Terrific pictures, especially of Archie and the frog.
    My own tomatoes tasted good while they lasted, which was rather briefer than I'd hoped for thanks to blight! Flighty xx

  7. I completely agree with you about tomatoes - now I don't eat them at all in winter, as the taste just does not compare. Ours are really slowing down now - not really enough sunshine this year for a good tomato crop.

    Pomona x

  8. Yep with you on that about that tomatoes! And really enjoying our sweetcorn too - a completely different taste homegrown!

  9. Your day looked nice, your tomatoes look very yummy. My oldest plays American football so that is all of saturday taken up with that. Season ends in november so not too long. Your magazine stack reminds me of the one on my side of the bed. Too many!

  10. Thank you for all your lovely comments, they really do make my day.

    Rachel - Such a shame. Do give them another go though now you've got your garden. Try strawberries too, your boys will love them.

    Lisa - When I looked back at the photo of Eleanor and Archie, it looks like Archie's fur is part of Eleanor's hair. If there's a week when Daniel doesn't get picked for the cricket team, he scores and earns himself a tenner. It's a win win situation, either he plays or he earns some money.

    Ros - My tomatoes have ripened over a longer time this year too. The upside of a not too good summer.

    Pomona - I don't eat tomatoes at all unless they're home grown either. You can't beat that home grown taste.

    Jo - I love home grown sweetcorn. I left mine languising in their pots too long this year before planting them out and they've come to nothing. Such a shame.