EASTER CAME AND WENT
There was a time when most people looked forward to the Easter holidays because it meant four days away from the factory or office. A time for worshipping for many, special sermons and favourite hymns. A time for family gatherings, for treating children. Not this year though. Not 2020. The majority of members are of an age where work is but a distant memory, where every day is now a holiday. The deadly coronavirus, already responsible for thousands of deaths world wide, also “killed” Easter. No church goings. No family lunches. No social events. No sport. At least not for the law abiding. Amazingly quite a number have chosen not to be guided, not to stay at home, not to keep a distance from others. One hopes they don’t have to pay a price for their non compliance. Just this morning comes news that Prosegur have had to persuade players to leave the driving range and one of our courses. How thoughtless can man be?
It was Aristotle who once said “The world was made only of earth, air, fire and water.” That was long before Covid-19 came along. On which distressing subject our Captaincy Team have words to add.
PICTURES V WORDS
With no action on which to comment we could have made out a case for not producing a newsletter this month. However, our appearance record is unbroken thus far so the challenge is accepted, the emphasis being on the past with help from a goodly number of pictures.
Judi Lentelink first started working her camera here in 2000, the year she and Louis bought into Las Terrazas off-plan. Since moved, of course. She has dug out three photographs which fit our current criteria.
The avalanche of old photographs has been divided up. This month we stay on the subject of courses in their infancy. Next month, when there is likely to be little of a golfing nature on which to report, we will turn to people, highlighting the social side of our members!
Meanwhile you are invited to click on the link below but, please, make allowances for memory lapses and speculative captions!
NEXT ON THE AGENDA
A jolly group shot came our way starring former Captain Ron Chesterton centre stage and looking happy. As well he might because it transpires the picture was taken on his 70th birthday when “There was much wine consumed and I have to admit I had a bit too much.” A state shared with others it is separately reported.
To further quote from his recent missive:
“So, what to do during this lock down. Blenheim has put us on furlough until the end of June as the palace is of course closed completely. We can still walk in the extensive grounds which are very beautiful in the Spring. We have had dry sunny weather this last two weeks but with a chilly wind. This weekend the temperatures are due to rise to 19 C which will be welcome.
I have embarked on a project to improve my cooking skills and have managed an apple and rhubarb crumble (success) , chicken, leek and mushroom pie (success) and today a coffee and walnut cake (failure but I blame the recipe from Nigel Slater). I have also done some interior decorating which was overdue. Jenny is keeping up with her reading and gently supervising my attempts at cooking so that’s great.
We met with David and Hazel Gilchrist just before the lockdown and enjoyed a meal in Marlborough at Rick Stein’s. Sadly they had to cancel a very nice planned holiday to Russia.”
Following the appearance of our baby Kestrel in last month’s issue came a photo as if by way of explanation. We would never have thought Michael Kruppa to be a ‘twicher’?
WORD OF ADVICE
If you do have to venture forth and are stopped by the police, remember to shut off your engine and put your mouth into neutral.
It has not escaped notice that this word has become more popular of late, especially on the nightly Matt Hancock Show, struggling somewhat without Boris Johnson. Not long ago the in word was “absolutely”, used as either a “yes” or a “no”. Now answers are increasingly prefaced by a “So” followed by a short pause. “On going”, “unprecedented”, “incredibly”, “critically” and “ramped up” also appear at frequent intervals. One could run a book on who uses them the most. How about that Merv?
March and April were to have been busy months for our various teams. Then there was the first Cabell Robinson Cup to be played over two days starting tomorrow 14/4. A lot of administrative work ahead for all the leaders seems inevitable. Even when the lockdown is lifted one doubts very much whether there will be a mad rush to catch up. Those more cautious will be wanting to see the death rate stats proving that all is well to “socialise” again.
WEDDING OF THE YEAR RE-VISITED
We covered Erling’s wedding to Marta last month but illustrated only by “amateur” pictures. Since then the work of the professionals has come to hand so we invited the happy couple to pick a handful for us.
BEEN THERE. DONE THAT.
This little piece will be a test for our younger members probably, and a real challenge for those not of English origin. The only point of the subject is to show that what is being done now is not entirely new. There have been previous plagues.
“In 1630 the Lord Mayor of London addressed one of the Livery Companies thus:
NEWS FROM DORSET, ENGLAND
There has been a helpful response to our request for stories and pictures of days gone by. One ‘supplier’ who shall be nameless sent about 70 photos going right back to the days of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John it would seem at first glance. One balks mentally at the sorting task ahead but full marks for enthusiasm?
Meanwhile comes a friendly update from David and Hazel Gilchrist, accompanied by easy to read pictures.
“In truth life is not so different back in the UK although we can leave home for exercise every day and there are far fewer police to enforce restrictions here than in Spain. The vast majority of the people in the UK of course behave in accordance with the guidelines whilst a few choose to flout them, possibly to attract attention or ‘publicity’ in this media dominated age. We are fortunate to have several large areas of common in walking distance from home and can enjoy quite substantial walks seeing only the occasional soul at which point all concerned veer apart to ensure the 2 club (metre) length rule is strictly obeyed. Yours truly can be seen social distancing below!