HAPPY MOTHERS DAY
No, I hadn’t
forgotten although as you have probably realised you don’t have a present from
me but I’m sure my very organised siblings would have packed you off with a
present from us all and I’ll be “invoiced” for my third when I return. For those
of you who don’t know Mum (aka Mrs B) she is where I get my energy from and also
my love of Sport. A retired PE and Geography teacher by trade Mum was also a
talented athlete in her day – county Hockey player and lends her hand to most
sports. Last year she even completed her first sprint triathlon which is pretty
impressive for a Granny! Mum is currently out in Antigua awaiting our arrival
and knowing her the harbour will be decorated with homemade banners and she
won’t be sitting still. She has helped so much with this project and always has
an “I’ll do that” attitude and nothing is ever too much trouble for her. Rich
and I are very grateful for all her help and I hope you have an enjoyable day.
Sue – Rich has also
asked me to say a very Happy Mothers Day and he can’t wait to see you.
Back to the
Red Arrow is moving
along nicely and we’re now homing in on Dream Maker who were only 3 miles ahead
of us. HCL must have found their performance enhancing drugs because they are
now 60 miles up on both of us and I don’t think they can be caught. We’ve not
got 130 miles to fight it out with Dream Maker to the finish and we’ll give it
our best shot.
So I’ve been thinking
about when Red Arrow crosses the finish line and
I’m not sure whether I will scream, cry, clench my fist and punch the air,
shout “YES” really loudly several
times, slump my head and look down into my lap and just do nothing, jump into
the water and splash violently or shake Richie’s hand and not have to say
anything because we know what we went through. I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do
and in what order but I’m sure it will be a mixture of the above. After we have
finished the race we then have to row into English Harbour which is a mile or so
and by all accounts we’ll be joined by lots of boats following us in. When we
moor up in English Harbour this is where they’ll be our welcoming party to see
us and here is what I see happening………….
Giving her a big snog and a very long hug!
Dad - A
huge man hug for the old man.
Telling her to stop crying and lifting her up into the
air to celebrate.
Another big man hug as he is now likely to be there
which is brilliant news.
Everyone else - Lots
of hand shakes, hugs and tears. I’m
sure they’ll even be some surprise faces at the finish too!
I then want to call James Downie to let him know we’ve
finished and I’m sure he’ll be praying we arrive a sensible hour! I also want to call my brother and sister
to let them know it is over. I’ve
missed them both a great deal and they have both been very supportive. After that Woodvale have to whisk us away
to clear Customs and Immigration and never before would I have worked so hard to
get a stamp in my passport! Hopefully this all goes smoothly before we can
rejoin the celebrations. I also want to weigh myself before I forget. All the
rowers in La Gomera had a weigh-in before we set off and I want to know if I can
recommend this form of extreme exercise and dieting to my fat
COME ON RED ARROW – Double figures here we come!!!!
The row must go on – Antigua here we come!
Thanks to the following people for getting in touch with various
good luck messages, jokes, quotes, stories or general words of wisdom; Lloyd Cox, Cath Rogers, Catherine Grose, Viv Whiteling, Geoff & Shirley, David
& Debbie, Chris Holian, Geoff Bowie, Lou & Mark, Alan Thomas, The Loudins & Dan Holian.
A couple of personal messages from me……………..
Sorry, we’ll be there soon!!
Another Sunday missed, so it is now 17 Roast Dinners and one Christmas
The Swifts -
Enjoy Vegas and make sure you’ve taken out health insurance for the
Dinner sounds lovely and double portions for me please.
Wendy Newton –
They’ll be no spanking my arse when I get
back - you wait until your mother reads this!!!
Searle - Your
text has thrown a spanner in the works!!!!!! Noted about the last blog - good
I loved the story about the statue of the elephant in