Your Woman in Wimbledon: Day Six

30 Jun

London in the sunshine is a rare delight.

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Wimbledon tennis in the sunshine is even more special. We watched a parade of eager spectators stream past our flat en route to the grounds and to The Dog and Fox pub in Wimbledon Village. The pub’s questionably labelled ‘Beer and BBQ Garden’ is actually just the space between pub and footpath and by 4pm the boisterous crowd threatened to spill onto the road.

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I think this guy just cycles around dressed like this because he likes it.

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The sun brought out private enterprise too as the neighbour’s kids setup a strawberries and cream stall and sold out fast.

We saw Petra Kvitova come back to finish off Ekaterina Makarova (still believe there was enough light to finish that match on court 1 last night), much of the Laura Robson win and bits of the Aussie matches: Samantha Stosur’s loss and Bernie Tomic’s surprising win on centre court. Bernie seems a changed player compared to his toddler antics of last year. Hope it lasts.

But first there was the rugby. I was one of two Australians in a packed Wimbledon Rose and Crown pub with a big screen in every room tuned to Etihad Stadium. I kept very quiet until the try scored by the Wallabies and then let rip. Close to full time with Australia up 16:15 the Brits thought they had it stitched up with a penalty kick opportunity. As happened to our kickers last week luck deserted them and Halfpenny missed. I didn’t rub in Australia’s victory as I have to go back next Saturday to see the final test match. Oh, in case you didn’t see that last missed penalty here it is. The screamer is me.

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Between rugby, food shopping, a walk on the Common and cooking the first proper meal I’ve made this week, the day disappeared and it was time to get back to the small screen to watch first Novak win quietly and easily against French matinee idol Jeremy Chardy, and then at exactly 9:30pm Serena win noisily and easily over the never-say-die Kimiko Date Krumm. Contrasting but highly entertaining matches.

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The Common has separate cycle paths and bridle ways. A lovely green lung in South West London.

The weather forecast is for more sunshine tomorrow but as it’s a rest day for players Wimbledon will be in recovery mode. Stuart and I plan to venture along the Thames to Hampton Court Palace in search of Real Tennis.

Back on Monday!

4 Responses to “Your Woman in Wimbledon: Day Six”

  1. Michelle Noble June 30, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Have you seen any Wombles yet???
    Love M&B xx

    • Sharon Tickle June 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

      Not an actual Womble Michelle, but lots of noises in the woods. We had no idea there were so many trees on the Common.

      Have seen our share of Wan$ers though, sadly several of them Australians…..

      S&Sxx

  2. Heather Watt June 30, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    Glad to see the improved weather for you. Gave us fond memories of walking at Wimbledon Common last year which was also a beautiful day. You seem to have survived the danger zone in the pub while watching the Rugby – great game and hope you have your Aussie, Aussie, Aussie etc all tuned up for the next match! Watching the Tour now. Weather is rubbish here and Kevin is back in as leader of the Labor Party. Only happens in OZ!

    • Sharon Tickle June 30, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      Hi Heather and George, No point rushing back then if the winter weather is rubbish! Stu is looking at flights now.

      Been watching the political shenanigans. Live by the sword die by the sword I say!

      Doesn’t present a very good choice for the general election though. Time for a big shake up I’d say.

      Love,

      S&Sxx

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