Teresa and Helen returned from their American holiday on Sunday, safe and well, after a brilliant experience organised by Teresa.


Birthdays for Roger and Helen in the middle of the month, with low key celebrations at home.

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For Roger a busy month of bowls, with competitive and friendly matches coming thick and fast, culminating on Sunday 25, finals day in the club competitions.  Glorious weather and a good turn-out to watch some high quality bowling – we have a couple of Worcestershire county players in the club at present, who contested the men’s final.


Further down the card, Roger and his partner had reached the mixed pairs final, but were well beaten on the day.  To add injury to insult, Roger had a bad fall on leaving the green, suffering lacerations to the backs of both hands which bled profusely.  Club members rallied round, two in particular staunching the wounds for almost half an hour, getting the bleeding under control before driving him home.  Teresa and Jay then took over, driving to Tewkesbury Minor Injuries Unit where the injuries were dressed, before going on to Cheltenham General A and E for a precautionary X-ray.  Here we experienced the effects of NHS cuts, waiting for over four hours before being signed off.  There was only one doctor on duty to deal with the steady stream of patients.  At least it wasn’t Saturday night, as no-one appeared to be drunk and disorderly, but some were nevertheless quite vocal in expressing their displeasure.





Roger’s hands were dressed twice a week by nurses at our local surgery before being signed off on 20 September, four weeks after the accident, so he was able to have one final game of bowls outdoors at the Closing of the Green on 22 September.


A busy month for Teresa, who for some years had been entering the Winchcombe and Broadway country shows.  This year she took on the additional challenge of the Moreton show – one of the Cotswold’s leading agricultural and craft shows, held on a large site next to the Batsford Arboretum.  For several weeks the kitchen was. taken over by entries for the cooking and preserves classes, while the dining room has been a studio for the selection of photography and other craft entries.


At Winchcombe, Teresa obtained her usual respectable haul of awards (Juliet and Sam also chipping in with some of their own), while at Broadway she won outright the overall cooking cup, which she has only shared in the past.




To her surprise and delight she also won first prizes at Moreton for her chocolate brownies and her lemon curd in the cooking classes, and first prize in the Dry Stone Wall class for photography.




On the left above, the winning dry stone wall photograph – our bowling friends may recognise it as the wall behind the club at Overbury, just above where we dispose of the grass cuttings after mowing.  And on the right, Teresa’s haul of cups and winnings – a well deserved reward for her efforts.




On Sunday 15 Teresa and Roger went to Bristol to see Helen and her new flat – the latter a lovely one-bedroom flat on three floors on the Gloucester Road.  A convenient location with a good local community feel, plenty of shops and only 15 minutes walk to her work-place.  Teresa also visited by herself a few days later.


On Tuesday 17, Teresa and Roger took our final ride of the year on the Gloucestershire-Warwickshire railway.  Luckily a warm and sunny day for the experience, which again included the re-enactment event for the local schools, simulating the Second World War evacuation exercise.


We also said good-bye to our old dishwasher after 17 years.  However, the new one has been a revelation in terms of performance, so Teresa was well-pleased in the end to see the old one go.


On Tuesday 24 Mike visited us again, bearing generous gifts.  A lovely lunch prepared as usual by Teresa  and some happy reminiscences, but also, I have to say, some very gloomy observations on Brexit:  the day after the referendum, we all felt it was a big mistake, and nothing since has changed our mind.


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