Showing posts from March, 2014

Evesham Scene: Admiral's Advice: Westminster Calling,

Today ( 29/3 ) D. and I spent a morning in a spring-like Evesham,where temperatures at one ' o ' clock reached 20C.
Here is a Spring celebration:


@CTFCOfficial Cheltenham Expects--- Shoot when you  Come into your Opponents' penalty Region and Exact goals. SCORE Robins!
P.S. and they did 1-0 away to Hartlepool United ( Jermaine McGlashan )

It was a grey day in London last Wednesday ( 27 / 3) When D. and I and daughter L. made our way to Westminster Abbey, near Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

Westminster Abbey Entrance

Westminster Abbey, the burial place of Kings and Queens and notable persons from the Arts, Music, Writing, Poetry and Science fields is a truly invigorating experience and although the cost of admission is £18 ( £15 Cons. ), a little steep indeed; the quality of the monuments and tombs, combined with the history of the Abbey, where worship has taken place since the thirteenth century makes this a special place…

Dancing Severn: Admiral's Advice: Major's Spring Greeting.

Last Thursday  ( 20/3 )  D. and I went for a walk alongside the River Severn at Apperley. The river, as you might have expected was full and wide; but what was surprising was the strength of the current which looked like a succession of Bore Tides; or as D. put it dancing waves. See for yourself.


@CTFCOfficial Cheltenham Expects--- Do try hard and
                                                                 Remember, it is
                                                                 Always better to
Don't DRAW Robins. COYR.

PS I didn't ask the Robins to lose! They managed to go from leading  0-2 at half time to losing 3 - 4 playing away to AFC Wimbledon.

"What Ho- thought it might be time to greet you in 2014. The Memsahib is currently bivouacked in deepest Dorset, sorting out watery problems with our holiday cottage, due to those wretched floods. She expects…

Racing Reflections: Admiral's Advice: WW1 Remembered.

A Race

Anticipation as the
Roar of the crowd tingles nerve ends.
And moves adrenaline into overdrive.
Coming over the last fence together,
Ecstasy or despair awaits.

Ck 15/3 /'14

Well as I write on this Saturday ( 15 /3 ) the balloons have come down from the bookie shops
and the racecourse has began the cleaning-up process. The National Hunt Festival is over for another year.

So what did we learn from this festival:

1 The order is changing, younger horses are taking the place of the older ones. Big Buck's and Hurricane Fly did not run up to form. Big Buck's the hero of eighteen successive victories, including four World Hurdles, was wisely retired from racing. Bob's Worth and  Sillviniaco Conti, the two horses at the top of the betting didn't get home. We saw the next generation of winners on parade; including two scopey Irish juvenile hurdlers  Vautour and Faugheen from Willie Mullins stable. Names to keep an eye on.

2. In this sport small stables can still win the big …

Spring Tops: Admiral's Advice: Roman About: Festival Fever

Let's kick off this week with some spring views from Cleeve Hill, which overlooks the Racecourse.

We went for a walk last Tuesday (4 / 3 ) on a beautiful morning with blue skies, rapidly drying ground and a gentle breeze to accompany our footsteps. A glorious start to the month of March.


@CTFCOfficial Cheltenham expects---  Always seek to                                                                   Win                                                                   And show                                                                   Your superiority AWAY the Robins.


Last Friday ( 7 /3 ) D and I visited Chedworth Roman Villa for the first time since 2012.
The main baths with their mosaics are now housed in a purpose- built building.

The above shot taken in 2012 when it needed some final work. The wood used is larchwood; which complements the colour of the  mosaics.

The top frame shows the floor in '12: the bottom frame s…

Ben Nevis (eventually ) Scales the Heights: Admiral's Advice: John Arlott: White Carpets

A few weeks ago, the weights came out for this year's Grand National, to be held on April 5th, at Aintree Liverpool,
The race always throws up a story and I was reminded the other day, whilst watching race videos, of the year 1980 and the victory of Ben Nevis.
Originally bred in England, he went point to pointing and eventually won a race and in so doing caught the eye of an American gentleman, Redmond C. Stewart Jnr.

He took a shine to the horse, bought and transported him to America; where after a modest start he managed to win the prestigious Maryland Cup in 1977 and 78.

Aimed at the Grand National, the horse was brought back to England to be trained by the Late Captain Tim Forester, at his stables in Lambourn.

I had the great fortune, whilst on a racing trip, to meet with the Captain, who graciously allowed us to wonder around his cottage and view his trophies and racing memorabilia . Tim was a true gentleman, who allowed his horses to slowly come to themselves. He never rush…