jamie goode's wine blog: An organic Langudeoc red and yet more cricket

Thursday, June 14, 2007

An organic Langudeoc red and yet more cricket

It's been a bit of a cricket-focused sort of week. On Monday and Tuesday evenings I took the boys down to a local artificial wicket, where we set up our new sprung stumps (a great purchase) and trained for a hour or so each time.

Then on Wednesday evening, eldest son had an under 11 game, which I watched. He opened the batting and played like Chris Tavare, surviving for 8 overs and scoring just 1. Both he and I expected this to be hist last meaningful contribution to the game. But then, as our team bowled, he came on as second change and delivered four overs quite beautifully, taking one wicket for 9. Life is full of surprises.

Another surprise was that today, youngest son, who is in year 4, got a call-up to the year 5 (Under 10) team and played his first proper game of cricket at Hampton Wick. Playing with the older lads, he didn't get to bat, but was kindly given one over to bowl. He did OK, and I was very proud of him. This is all the more impressive because a year ago he showed no interest in sport at all.

Tonights tipple: an organic Languedoc red - Chateau du Parc from Marks & Spencer. It's a medium bodied wine with a distinctive peppery freshness. Actually, it's *really* peppery. It's honest and delicious, and good value at 4.99. The Rosemount from last night is still tasting nice after being open for a day.

Aside: I've been playing with Flickr. My very first efforts are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamiegoode/ - if it works well, I'll put all my pictures (gazillions of them) here.

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At 11:20 PM, Blogger Paul Tudor said...

Not sure that playing like Chris Tavare should be encouraged!

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Aside: I've been playing with Flickr.'

Hmmm Not sure playing with flickr should be encouraqed! Interminable shots of vines enlivened by the occasional barrel are about as interesting as watching Tavare in his prime!

At 1:21 PM, Anonymous DB said...

I'll vote in favor of more interminable shots of vines, but then I'm obsessive on the subject and mine may not be a representative opinion.

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I guess I'm a bit of an anorak - but I find looking at pictures of where a wine has come from helps me understand the wine a bit better.

Tavare was appalling, but you have to respect the guy for his approach. My childhood hero was Geoff Boycott, I confess, but Tavare made him look positively sloggish.

At 5:53 AM, Blogger Malcolm Williamson said...


Since you have only two sons they should be referred to as the elder and younger, not --est.



At 1:11 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Malcolm, thanks for the correction! My bad, as the Americans like to say.


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