The cricket match was in Southend as always at the old school's grounds against a team called The Mount who use the ground as their home ground -- and really it is a lovely setting. The concert was at the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto.
I arrived on May 24th, Bermuda Day -- in reality Queen Victoria's birthday and a holiday celebrated around the Commonwealth by being whatever's national day BUT not in Britain curiously. It was raining when I arrived and was around 50 degrees. Typical for the year apparently but it came as a shock to me as it had started to warm up in Bermuda.
Fortunately my friend Kevin who I was staying with suggested a short drive out into the lovely Essex countryside and lunch and a couple of pints at a 14th Century coaching inn in Maldon called the Blue Boar Hotel. An inspired suggestion. The place was wonderful and had a large roaring log fire to cheer us all up.
|The Haywain by John Constable|
|With Gill. Andy in the background.|