29 Mar 2015

Our summer of sport is over

We rounded out our attendance of World Cup Cricket with the game between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground. There's nothing like watching your national team. The crowd had a very large and loud Sri Lankan component so it was even more satisfying to see Australia win. There have been very few games on free to air tv, so we've been relying on the imternet to follow what's happening.

The final is happening as I write this, and the two host nations Australia and New Zealand are competing for the prize. It's been such a lovely time I'm sorry it's come to an end. And I (mostly) aren't that concerned about who wins. They've both played well and we really do feel a kinship between our nations.

6 Mar 2015

More World Cup Cricket, Canberra

The second game played in Canberra was between the West Indies and Zimbabwe. We saw a spectacular world record partnership from the West Indies, and were very pleased to see Chris Gayle in such fine form, Zimbabwe didn't embarrass themselves.

 It was quite cold towards the end of the game, as this player keeping his hands warm in his pockets shows. Just after I took this he took a good catch, so he was clearly paying attention while looking very casual.

The final game in Canberra was between South Africa and Ireland. We had much better seats for this, and my son and nephew picked up lots of autographs from the players.  They were very pleased about this, as it hadn't happened where we were seated for the previous games.  This is probably enough reason for us to pay for more expensive seats.  Not in this case though, since I won these tickets from the Hyundai promotion.  We enjoyed being able to give our original tickets away to another family.
It was a beautiful evening.

After attending all these games, I'm getting pretty good at catering for them.  I visit Costco, where I buy some baguettes, cucumber, a roast chicken and Pepsi. We take the prepared chicken baguettes in a softsided esky, along with the chilled 600ml Pepsi bottles. Only unopened drinks in plastic bottles, less than one litre are permitted inside, so these fit the bill perfectly.  They're also $2 each, as opposed to the stadium price of more than $5. An assortment of fruit, biscuits, some chips and jelly snakes, and we're set for 7 or so hours of cricket watching,

I've taken my knitting along to several games, and gotten very little done - I need to count doing my current pattern, and get far too distracted. Usually, I'd just start something new, but I'm trying knitting monogamously this year.

So far in 2015 we've attended 10 international games of sport, which is just astonishing. We're so glad the soccer Asian Cup and this cricket World Cup games have been held in Canberra - it's been fabulous.

19 Feb 2015

Back to school vs Cricket World Cup

 It's a clash of two cultures in our house at the moment.  We're trying to take a methodical, routine-based approach to a smooth start to the school year, but this has been met head on by the excitement of the Cricket World Cup.

School's going well for us, and it was great to meet our children's new teachers. I think this year should go well.  A new friend and a surprisingly early school camp are helping me feel hopeful.

I've been indulging in the usual cleaning once the children have returned to school, so that's keeping me busy.  Lest you think this is a treat, it's not, but I'm finding as I age, order in the house increases my calm. Other people discover this a lot earlier, but there you go.

School pickup also provides me with me that oasis of calm, knitting time. I'm knitting along with Ysolda's Follow Your Arrow 2. I'm a week behind, but that's OK.

Australia and New Zealand are the joint hosts of this year's Cricket World Cup. There are three games being played in Canberra, and we're hoping to attend them all.

Last night we watched Bangladesh play Afghanistan. It was Afghanistan's first game in a world cup, so that was pretty exciting. I was really surprised though by how many Bangladeshi fans were present - it seemed like Manuka Oval was full of them.  

The atmosphere was different than the other games we've been to - lots of excited cheering, flag waving and dancing. It was great - we had a fabulous time. Other things were different too - very long lines at the coffee stalls, and no waiting at the bars. It was also 6 hours after the start of play before the first Mexican wave. But it was a good one - five times around the stadium.  There was only one other wave - and it was travelling in the opposite direction to the first.  This one only made it once around before being interrupted by a wicket.

The game was good too - despite being beaten, Afghanistan didn't embarass themselves.  The Bangladesh team had impressive fielding - always nice to see. 

I was glad to see the Zing wickets we'd enjoyed during the Big Bash League final were being used in the World Cup - they're so easy to see as a spectator. The big screens didn't seem to show many replays, so it was doubly important not to miss a single wicket.  One nice touch was the drummers stationed around the ground.  Their accompaniment to the bursts of music between overs really involved the crowd and added a touch of magic,

Next week, the West Indies and Zimbabwe!

5 Feb 2015

The end of summer

The last week of January is always an uneasy one. I'm feeling the strain of so much marvelous, uninterrupted family time, and the children are feeling the uneasy anticipation of returning to school.
We had a surprisingly cool summer holiday this year, so the blow up pool we finally splurged on hasn't really been used all that much. I've used it a few times in the evening after a warm, argumentative day, but the hordes of mosquitoes that joined me made it a less than relaxing experience,

On the bright side, this is the third day that my children have been back at school, and all is well.  This is a minor miracle, considering the anxiety that has plagued us for years.

So far my days  have been catching up on the errands I've been putting off in the school holidays.