Pigeon training – FA Colombofilia http://facolombofilia.com/ Tue, 10 May 2022 14:32:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://facolombofilia.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-3-120x120.png Pigeon training – FA Colombofilia http://facolombofilia.com/ 32 32 Councilors’ concerns over poor condition of Tenby town walls persist https://facolombofilia.com/councilors-concerns-over-poor-condition-of-tenby-town-walls-persist/ Tue, 10 May 2022 11:46:33 +0000 https://facolombofilia.com/councilors-concerns-over-poor-condition-of-tenby-town-walls-persist/ The poor condition of the historic town walls of Tenby continues to worry local councillors. Members of Tenby Town Council were told earlier this year that plans to improve the condition of the town’s walls had been stymied due to a lack of funding from Pembrokeshire County Council. At the beginning of last year, in […]]]>

The poor condition of the historic town walls of Tenby continues to worry local councillors.

Members of Tenby Town Council were told earlier this year that plans to improve the condition of the town’s walls had been stymied due to a lack of funding from Pembrokeshire County Council.

At the beginning of last year, in addition to discussing carrying out works on the walls, the city council also established a list of goals and objectives to be pursued with regard to the improvement of the five arches of the city. , which are part of the structure.

Speaking at the last City Council meeting, Clr. Ms Christine Brown asked if a response had been received from the PCC on the situation, with the Registrar stating there had been none.

Clr. Ms Brown said she was very concerned as White Lion Street was in a shocking state with weeds and pigeon droppings everywhere.

“Clr. Blackhall previously said we could do something shortly, but it’s almost May. Is there anyone we could contact to try to do something? ” she asked.

Clr. Ms Sue Lane said the City Council had written to the Welsh office in the past, suggesting they might now write to MP Simon Hart.

“Something has to happen – they have to work for us,” she remarked.

“It’s the entrance to our town,” Clr continued. Mrs Brown. “Clr. Blackhall said we could get funding, but no progress so far. We have to have a plan, who do we talk to? »

The clerk said that Helen McLeod Baikie was a department head in the CCP, but due to the pre-election period, very little would happen now, but the city council could work harder after the election.

Clr. Ms. Brown said, if you read the minutes, it’s like the CCP has been shut down!

Clr. Ms Lane pointed out that there were nearly 4ft tall weeds around the benches and asked that the area maintenance crew be assigned to deal with it.

She said she was president of Tenby in Bloom and her daughter had repeatedly requested over the years for access to weed spraying training, but nothing materialized.

Clr. Blackhall agreed the case seemed to drag on unanswered, but he understood the clerk about the pre-election period.

“Hopefully our new council will have this issue as an urgent item on the agenda. We need to give the relevant authorities another blitz, call a meeting to invite everyone to attend. Tell them a month in advance when the meeting will be,” he said.

Clr. Ms Brown agreed that a meeting should be arranged so councilors can convey what they want.

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Birdwatching – and hunting – has a long local tradition https://facolombofilia.com/birdwatching-and-hunting-has-a-long-local-tradition/ Sun, 08 May 2022 16:29:00 +0000 https://facolombofilia.com/birdwatching-and-hunting-has-a-long-local-tradition/ January 09, 2022 During the Christmas season, many people become nostalgic, remembering Christmases past, especially happy Christmases spent with family and friends or an unusual Christmas. This is especially true for those of us who are in our later years. Since our energy levels are lower, we spend more time sitting, remembering those happy times […]]]>

During the Christmas season, many people become nostalgic, remembering Christmases past, especially happy Christmases spent with family and friends or an unusual Christmas. This is especially true for those of us who are in our later years. Since our energy levels are lower, we spend more time sitting, remembering those happy times of years past.

Recently, during one of my nostalgic “remembrance sessions” that I held during the last Christmas season, the Christmas of 1951, 70 years ago, came to mind.

In the summer of 1949, an army reserve unit, the 426 Field Artillery Battalion, was organized with units at Mount Airy and Winston-Salem. “A” Battery and the Medical Detachment were located at Mount Airy, with the rest of the units located at Winston-Salem.

When the Korean War began in June 1950, 426 was immediately activated and ordered to report to Fort Bragg in September. There were 78 Mount Airy/Surry County men who were activated and ordered to report to Fort Bragg. Some of these men were soon released for various reasons and returned home.

426 remained at Fort Bragg until the summer of 1951 when it was deployed to Dolan Barracks, Schwabisch Hall, Germany.

The Mount Airy/Surry County men held prominent positions throughout the battalion, particularly ‘A’ Battery. A large majority were World War II veterans; most had families with children in Mount Airy.

As Christmas 1951 approached, the question arose of how best to celebrate the Christmas season 3,000 miles from home and our families. There was a general consensus that we should do something special that would capture the true spirit of Christmas gifts.

After a period of discussion between the men, we decided to organize a Christmas party for young children in an orphanage located near our military base. There were about 50 children residing in this orphanage. Most of the parents of these children were killed during the battles of World War II. We wanted to give this Christmas party with our own money without the intervention of the military command. Led by Mount Airy/Surry County Senior NCOs, we raised and several hundred dollars were donated.

The plan was to bring the children to our military base, give them a meal of traditional Christmas food, bring Santa Claus, and give each child a gift and a treat of candy and fruit. The army dining hall was decorated with a Christmas tree, Christmas lights, and other Christmas greens and decorations like those that would have been made at home. Never had an army mess been so elegantly decorated for Christmas.

The children were brought to the base a few days before Christmas so that the men could throw their own Christmas Day party. A military man hosted each child (my guest was a 5-year-old who didn’t understand English; I didn’t understand German either, but the Christmas spirit overcame language barriers).

The plan worked perfectly; the children were visibly excited even among a group of strange men in army uniforms and in an army dining hall. The men were equally excited about the Christmas spirit and the opportunity to please a group of children. They enjoyed a touch of Christmas similar to that which would have been celebrated at their home in Mount Airy. The children enjoyed a wonderful Christmas party and cherished their meal, gifts and treats.

These Mount Airy/Surry County men brought Christmas cheer to children 3,000 miles from home, children who probably wouldn’t have had much to celebrate in a country shattered by the ravages of the Second World War. There had been little recovery in Germany since the end of the war. The destruction was to be seen everywhere; millions of German servicemen and civilians were killed during the war, including many parents of the children we served. The German economy had not recovered, and a large majority of the population was being fed by American relief efforts under the provisions of the Marshall Plan.

What was done by Mount Airy/Surry County men for some German orphans on Christmas 1951 is typical of what American servicemen do wherever they go, be it Germany, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, in Iraq or Japan.

Mount Airy/Surry County men known to be at Schwabisch Hall at Christmas 1951 who supported the Christmas program for orphaned children included the following: FSGT Zack Blackmon, PFC Frank Haynes, MSGT Thurmond Miller, SFC Joe Bill Neal , SFC Jack Leach, SGT Calvin Welborn, SFC Robert Holder, FSGT Austin Perdue, SFC Jack Robertson, SFC James Callahan, MSGT George Carroway, SFC Harold Sells, SGT Cecil Chandler, SGT Russell Inscore, SGT Aubrey Wall, SGT Dennis Chilton, SGT Charles Allred, SFC Howard Beeson, SGT Harry King, CPL Paul Welborn, SGT Kent Gibson, SGT George Worth, PFC Buford Harvey, SFC Robert Riggs, SFC Harold Moxley, SGT John Browne. (If I missed anyone, please excuse me).

All of these men, with the exception of Robert Riggs and I, have since passed on their eternal reward. No doubt this act of kindness to a group of orphaned children is part of their written record. Their children and grandchildren can be proud of what their fathers and grandfathers did to make Christmas a happy occasion for some children who were orphaned 70 years ago. They followed the example set by the Master Teacher when He said, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them. For such is the Kingdom of Heaven. And he laid his hands on their heads and blessed them” (Matthew 19:4).

I end this nostalgic trip down memory lane on a personal note: John Browne and I took the train south to Goeppingen, Germany, base of the 28th Infantry Division, to spend Christmas Day with my cousin , Grover Holder. Once there, we met other Mount Airy men, including Bass Shelton, whose home was on Franklin Street. Fred Murphy, who along with his brothers had a country music program on WPAQ Radio in the late 1940s.

John Browne, upon returning home, worked in the office supply business for many years. He served for nine years on the Mount Airy City Schools Board of Education and for 22 years as Mount Airy City Commissioner. Grover Holder became a Baptist minister serving churches in North Carolina and Virginia for more than 50 years. Fred Murphy, back home, continued his career in country music. I was a teacher/administrator for 36 years in Mount Airy City Schools and Surry Community College.

Christmas 1951 might have been a lonely and depressing day, but the true American spirit of helping others brought joy and a festive spirit, both to a group of orphaned children and to a group of men, 3,000 miles from home. The true spirit of Christmas giving can be found and practiced wherever one is on this special day.

Editor’s Note: Reader’s Diary is an occasional feature in The Mount Airy News, featuring memories and stories from local residents.

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Social media post sparks investigation at county animal shelter – WYSH AM 1380 https://facolombofilia.com/social-media-post-sparks-investigation-at-county-animal-shelter-wysh-am-1380/ Wed, 04 May 2022 19:47:01 +0000 https://facolombofilia.com/social-media-post-sparks-investigation-at-county-animal-shelter-wysh-am-1380/ A social media post alleging ‘inhumane’ treatment of animals at the Anderson County Animal Shelter that began making the rounds last month has now resulted in an investigation and prompted official responses from the director of care and of animal control Brian Porter and his boss, County Mayor Terry Frank. The allegations were contained in […]]]>

A social media post alleging ‘inhumane’ treatment of animals at the Anderson County Animal Shelter that began making the rounds last month has now resulted in an investigation and prompted official responses from the director of care and of animal control Brian Porter and his boss, County Mayor Terry Frank.

The allegations were contained in a post shared on Facebook on April 21st by an employee of the animal shelter and say that Porter performed euthanasia illegally and that he violated euthanasia protocols, including using a method described as inhumane and “extremely painful”.

The post says Porter’s license through the state to perform euthanasia expired at the end of February 2021, but he continued to euthanize animals until late last year, when he would have taken a sick leave which ended very recently.

The social media post contains allegations that Porter routinely uses a method of euthanasia known as the “heart stick.” In this method, a needle containing medication to stop the heart is inserted into the heart and is described by several veterinary organizations as a last resort measure that should only be performed if the animal is in a coma or completely sedated. because it is said to be extremely painful. The practice has been criticized across the country in recent years.

In a statement emailed to WYSH, Porter writes that “the statements and others written in the social media post are inaccurate and have misrepresented me”, and indicates that he intends to vigorously defending what he calls his “compassionate life”. , the humane treatment of animals, including humane euthanasia in accordance with the Humane Euthanasia Principles, Procedures and Guidelines required by the State of Tennessee. »

Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank said in a statement also emailed to WYSH that an HR investigation into all alleged policy violations is ongoing, writing that “euthanasia on place has not taken place at the Anderson County Animal Shelter since mid-December of 2021, and any humane euthanasia required would take place onsite at a licensed veterinarian’s office.

As the investigation into the allegations is ongoing, the mayor says no further comment will be made until that investigation is complete and when it is, the findings will be made public.

You can read statements from Mayor Frank and Director Porter below.

We have also have a link to the original Facebook post also on our site.

Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank issued the following statement:

“In regards to a widely shared social media post alleging inhumane actions by the Anderson County Animal Care and Control Director, an active Human Resources investigation into the alleged violations is currently underway. Classes. The widely shared social media post is one employee versus employee and touches on many areas of county politics. On-site euthanasia has not occurred at the Anderson County Animal Shelter since mid-December 2021, and any humane euthanasia required would occur on-site at a licensed veterinarian’s office. Director Porter strongly denies the allegations against him. As there is an active investigation underway, no further comment will be made until the results are presented. A review of the results will be published.

In response to a widely circulated social media post, Brian Porter, Director of Anderson County Animal Care & Control and Anderson County Animal Shelter, issues the following statement:

“A recent social media post by a colleague alleged that I violated euthanasia procedures by euthanizing with a ‘heart stick’ as the first step in euthanasia. These and other statements written in the social media post social media are inaccurate and have misrepresented me. Using all legal means at my disposal, I intend to fully defend my life of compassionate and humane treatment of animals, including humane euthanasia in accordance with the principles, procedures, and guidelines for human euthanasia required by the State of Tennessee.

I have a lifetime of experience in animal welfare and through my leadership efforts, working with mayors and commissioners over the past 15 years in Anderson County government, we have built a shelter, developed partnerships with numerous rescues, and successfully and consistently facilitated the placement of cats. , dogs, kittens, puppies and sometimes pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs and more, in adoptive and loving homes. I’ve worked with animals since I was 16, including veterinary and emergency pet clinics, and the University of Tennessee.

My whole life has been working with and caring for animals. My work today is driven by my love of animals and my desire to provide compassionate and humane treatment to every animal we encounter. Every animal that suffers makes me suffer, and every animal that dies is a death that I mourn. I have never done anything to hurt an animal and I never will.

“My training and experience is extensive and includes, but is not limited to, completion of the National School of Cruelty Investigations Training Academy at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the Law Enforcement Training Institute and School of Law and University Extension in conjunction with the American Humane Association; University of Missouri-Columbia National Animal Control Association Training Academy, Law Enforcement Training Institute and School of Law and University Extension in conjunction with NACO; Basic animal control officer training; Agricultural Disaster First Responder Certification Training by the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and Knox County; as well as training in animal euthanasia by the Humane Society of the United States, Knoxville-Knox County Animal Shelter, and the University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine.

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex visit Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda https://facolombofilia.com/the-earl-and-countess-of-wessex-visit-saint-lucia-saint-vincent-and-the-grenadines-and-antigua-and-barbuda/ Tue, 03 May 2022 05:25:15 +0000 https://facolombofilia.com/the-earl-and-countess-of-wessex-visit-saint-lucia-saint-vincent-and-the-grenadines-and-antigua-and-barbuda/ On During Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, the Earl and Countess meet with communities, local entrepreneurs and artisans, and young people, to celebrate the islands’ culture, future and vibrancy. The Earl and Countess of Wessex are visiting Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda from Friday April 22 to […]]]>

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During Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, the Earl and Countess meet with communities, local entrepreneurs and artisans, and young people, to celebrate the islands’ culture, future and vibrancy.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are visiting Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda from Friday April 22 to Thursday April 28.

During his visit to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Earl of Wessex met athletes preparing for the Commonwealth Games, to be held in Birmingham this summer. Meanwhile, the Countess spoke to women in leadership positions about the community’s response to the La Soufriere volcano eruption. Their Royal Highnesses also congratulated those who recently completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

In Antigua and Barbuda, the Earl and Countess of Wessex heard more about the importance of sport in the community. Their Royal Highnesses met some of the legendary cricketers of the West Indies and the national rowing teams of Antigua. They also attended a reception for local artisans and non-profit organizations.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex explored the varied landscape of Saint Lucia, visiting sulfur springs and Pigeon Island National Site. The Earl led an Investiture on behalf of Her Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses attended a service to mark the Queen’s seventy-year reign.

St. LUCIA

Day one

Their Royal Highnesses began their six-day visit to Saint Lucia where they were warmly welcomed by the Prime Minister and the Governor General.

Upon arrival at Hewanorra International Airport, they inspected the honor guard, before proceeding to Government House to meet His Excellency Mr. Cyril Errol Melchiades Charles, Acting Governor General of Saint Lucia. Their Royal Highness then met with the Prime Minister, the Honorable Philip J. Pierre.

day three

On Sunday April 24, the Earl and Countess attended a service at Holy Trinity Anglican Church to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Their Royal Highnesses then visited Morne Fortune, a historic site which also houses the graves of Saint Lucia’s two Nobel Laureates, Sir Arthur Lewis and Sir Derek Walcott.

Day 4

In St Lucia, the Earl and Countess of Wessex attended a reception for Commonwealth military veterans, Saint Lucia Redcross and St John Ambulance at the High Commissioner’s Residence. Among the attendees was Haynes Cyril, 100, President of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Service League.

Their Royal Highnesses also joined the Acting Governor General of Saint Lucia, Mr. Errol Charles, in celebrating those of Saint Lucia who received their International Gold Medal from the Duke of Edinburgh.

Day 5

The Earl and Countess of Wessex traveled to Soufriere where they visited the Fond Doux cocoa plantation where they learned about the process of cocoa production and how it contributes to the local economy.

The Earl and Countess then visited sulfur springs, a geothermal field and a dormant volcano with natural mud baths. Their Royal Highnesses explored the site and heard about the history, evolution and eruption of the volcano.

At the Soufrière mini stadium, the Count and Countess attended a show celebrating the young people of Saint Lucia. Did you know that more than 60% of the population of the 54 member countries of the Commonwealth are under 30?

On behalf of the Queen, the Earl of Wessex conducted an investiture at Government House in Morne Fortune.

Day 6

On their last day in the Caribbean, the Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Camille Henry Memorial School and Patricia D James Secondary School where they attended performances and met local staff and students.

At the Pigeon Island National Site, Their Royal Highnesses heard about how climate change is affecting the region. The Countess concluded her visit by planting a tree in the island’s 44-acre island reserve.

St Vincent and the Grenadines

On Saturday April 23, the Earl and Countess of Wessex spent the day in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, starting the day with a meeting with the Governor General and Acting Prime Minister, the Honorable Montgomery Daniel.

The Earl then visited the Diamond Track at the Sir Vincent Beach National Stadium, where he will meet athletes training for the Commonwealth Games to be held this summer in Birmingham. Her Royal Highness also had the chance to watch a special 70m sprint in honor of the Queen’s 70-year reign and presented trophies to the winners.

The Earl paid a visit to Arnos Playing Field where he was able to watch the end of a women’s T10 cricket match and meet some of the national sports teams including netball and tennis.

Meanwhile, the Countess of Wessex was hosted by the La Garcia dance company at St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College.

As part of her work to advocate for the need for support and equality for blind and partially sighted people, Her Royal Highness met with representatives of the Society of and for the Blind, as well as local women entrepreneurs.

While at the College, the Countess also met with local women’s groups who shared their experience and role in the community’s response to the 2021 La Soufrière volcano eruption.

The Earl and Countess then attended a reception for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, where they presented gold medals to 13 youngsters.

At the Botanical Garden, Their Royal Highnesses had a close encounter with St. Vincent’s national bird, the Amazona guilingii, met local school children and had the chance to plant a tree to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee .

The day ended at the Prime Minister’s Residence for a meeting with Acting Prime Minister Daniel Montgomery and members of Cabinet.

Antigua and Barbuda

The Earl and Countess of Wessex met West Indies cricketing legends Sir Viv Richards, Sir Richie Richardson and Sir Curtly Ambrose during a visit to Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

During their day in Antigua and Barbuda, they were greeted by a guard of honor before meeting Prime Minister Gaston Browne.

Their Royal Highnesses met local artisans, creatives and community groups at a reception at Government House.

At the National Sailing Academy – which offers free swimming and sailing lessons for school children – the Earl and Countess met disabled sailors benefiting from the Sail-ability programme.

At Clarence House, Their Royal Highnesses each planted a tree to mark The Queen’s #PlatinumJubilee.

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Review Fritton Lake Club House 2022 https://facolombofilia.com/review-fritton-lake-club-house-2022/ Sun, 01 May 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://facolombofilia.com/review-fritton-lake-club-house-2022/ The word luxury is rather loaded, isn’t it? It’s entirely…subjective. For some, luxury is soft white sand kissed by the ocean, infinity pools, silver service, sunset yacht cruises. For others, it might be something as simple as a small packet of cookies on a hospitality tray. A fluffy bathrobe hanging in the wardrobe. My own […]]]>

The word luxury is rather loaded, isn’t it? It’s entirely…subjective. For some, luxury is soft white sand kissed by the ocean, infinity pools, silver service, sunset yacht cruises. For others, it might be something as simple as a small packet of cookies on a hospitality tray. A fluffy bathrobe hanging in the wardrobe.

My own vision is quite boring. Give me a soft bed, good food, and a nice place to curl up with a good book, and I’m the cat with the cream.

Last weekend I found a new kind of luxury on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. Somewhere that blurs the lines. Fritton Lake, a private vacation retreat for members, with guest accommodations for “outsiders” in its clubhouse, pavilions and cabins, is not all about manicured lawns and homogeneity. It has a slice of something for everyone.

A wacky restaurant/bar/lounge/hotel. Wild forests with shaggy edges and fields of tall grass. Swimming in the lake and paddle. A bathing terrace à la San Tropez.

A country retreat that’s wild around the edges. A laid back place mi casa su casa where guests are free (within reason!) to wander around and create their own adventures.

And an adventure that we lived. Beginning with a hilarious (and really very informative) boat safari on the serpentine 2.5 mile Fritton Lake with the big boss of all things outdoors on the 5,000 acre estate – Matthew.

A human encyclopedia of nature and plants, Matthew took us to the farthest reaches of Fritton’s watery heart, revealing that it was dug in medieval times, Fritton’s water is the same drunk by locals of the region and, delightfully, that in Viking times the site was known as Lovingland. This point in itself is incredibly appropriate. Love… the earth. Because that’s exactly what Lord Hugh Somerleyton has dedicated the past 20 years to, donating over 1,000 acres of the estate to his ambitious rewilding programme, which seeks to create a sustainable environment supporting birds, insects, local mammals and plants.

Matthew told us large black pigs, Highland cattle, Exmoor ponies, Welsh black sheep…even water buffaloes, have been brought into the Somerleyton fold as part of the ongoing project. And that the field is absolutely flourishing.

Neither my friend nor I were sure he was just being romantic with his stories of birds and beasts gathering at the water to drink by the lake in what looked like a heavenly dream. But we definitely tasted the harmony and balance of nature at Fritton – the only sound beyond our boat’s outboard motor, the sweet melody of birdsong.


The sandy beach of Fritton Lake
– Credit: Charlotte Smith-Jarvis

Matthew pointed to Egyptian geese and the latest wave of bluebells in the woods. Egrets fresh out of their nuptial dance. He spoke fervently of Somerleyton’s resident songbirds – nightingales, firecrests, wrens. And projects to create a habitat for doves.

It’s a pity that the boat got stuck in an invisible hidden tree. But, I’m not going to lie, my friend Rach and I thought it was hilarious to need to be rescued. “Things like this always happen to us,” she thought to herself. And she’s not wrong either!

Maybe it was better if the trip was a bit short, because we needed time to explore anyway.

We undertook our own tour, discovering fragrant walled gardens, wild water swimming, fancy pants pool, gym and new boutique. There was lawn and clay tennis. A floating sauna. Volleyball. Two playgrounds for children. A 5 km walk. An artificial beach. Even a bird’s skin nestled among the trees.


Rachel, Charlotte's friend, in the Billy Ward Suite at Fritton Lake's Clubhouse

Rachel, Charlotte’s friend, in the Billy Ward Suite at Fritton Lake’s Clubhouse
– Credit: Charlotte Smith-Jarvis


One of the Fritton Lake Clubhouse lounges

One of the Fritton Lake Clubhouse lounges
– Credit: Charlotte Smith-Jarvis


The game room at Fritton Lake's Clubhouse

The game room at Fritton Lake’s Clubhouse
– Credit: Charlotte Smith-Jarvis

Accommodation takes the form of lodges (many are private, with more being added), cottages or rooms in the Clubhouse building itself, formerly The Fritton Arms pub – where we lay down for the night.

Scented with firewood and looking like it’s been plucked from Country Living magazine or the pages of a Designer’s Guild catalog, the Clubhouse is an eclectic series of intertwining informal rooms downstairs. We liked the vibe of the multi-purpose lounging/dining areas and the goofy “den” with its game tables and mounted stuffed fish.

Something that caught both of our ears was the soundtrack of the hotel…the whole site in fact. Music floods almost every space and seems to have been curated for its location. The front lounges are a bit jazzy. It gets livelier in the bar, restaurant, and terrace, which is divided into a series of outdoor “rooms” separated by potted plants. By the pool, the soundtrack of Ibiza chillout meets Sunday brunch. And the organic gym pumps up tracks to get you pumped.

There was even music playing in our room, Billy Ward, when we arrived, adding another layer of texture to the lovely patterned suite, as 80s sounds blared from a Roberts radio.

The room had a cool, chintzy vibe, with floral prints galore, inflatable beds, plump pillows galore, ethical toiletries (and toilets), a TV, a chest of Teapigs, and Paddy and Scott coffee. (get your bottle of milk from the bar) and a spacious shower, big enough to share. Be sure to bring your phone charger plug as there are no USB plugs.

After getting acquainted with our dorms, we had a drink on the terrace, before grabbing towels from the outside rack and heading down to the pool, which is beautiful. Buffered by a red brick wall, the deck manages to avoid most of the wind blowing off the lake, and is truly sunbathing, with padded lounge chairs and wood-burning stoves set up in the changing rooms, for cozy evenings. after swimming. At around 30°C, you won’t get frostbite if you go swimming.


A view of the pool deck at Lake Fritton

A view of the pool terrace
– Credit: Charlotte Smith-Jarvis


Charlotte's friend Rachel relaxes by the fire on the pool deck at Fritton Lake

Charlotte’s friend Rachel relaxes by the fire on the pool deck at Fritton Lake
– Credit: Charlotte Smith-Jarvis


Stroll across the lake to Fritton's Floating Sauna

Stroll across the lake to Fritton’s Floating Sauna
– Credit: Charlotte Smith-Jarvis

Speaking of frostbite, a must for any visitor to Lake Fritton is a session in the sauna, which floats on its own pontoon above the water. It is free for guests, but must be booked in advance at reception. Hang up your towel and step into the warmth, adding citrus-scented steam from the bucket inside and admiring the view from the huge picture window.

You are invited, if you dare, to dive, at the Wim Hof, into the lake to activate this circulation. My friend Rachel, an integral member of the outdoor swimming brigade, didn’t need to be told twice. She walked straight in and told me it was “refreshing”. I was happy enough, thank you, to dip my toes at the water’s edge.

There was just time afterwards for a bit of reading by one of the pool deck fireplaces, before changing for dinner.

The Clubhouse menu is seasonal and as sustainable as possible, using local ingredients and estate-raised beef. It’s also, I think, reasonably priced.


Pigeon tart with truffle puree and braised vegetables

Pigeon tart with truffle puree and braised vegetables
– Credit: Charlotte Smith-Jarvis


King crab with wild garlic and black garlic ketchup

King crab with wild garlic and black garlic ketchup
– Credit: Charlotte Smith-Jarvis

Highlights of our stay included a fresh spider crab in an intense wild garlic broth with sweet black garlic ketchup and a delicate pigeon and mushroom pie, cooked to order and encased in batter with crumbly butter. Served with braised greens and truffle puree, it was pure culinary bliss.

A Pump Street chocolate and olive oil ganache over cocoa nibs and crushed hazelnuts was sublime and not too sweet. And we both thought the spicy vegan panna cotta, with poached rhubarb, pink pepper and strawberry dust, was surprisingly good. It had the perfect wonky texture, and the heat from the peppercorns was enough to tingle the taste buds, rather than being fierce and overpowering.

We finished with a nightcap of hot chocolate and hit the hay – floating on our pillow top mattresses, with their puffy pillows and cozy duvets. I would even go so far as to say that it is the most comfortable bed I have slept on in quite a while.

While I hit the snooze button, Rachel broke into a run in the park (nothing really stopped her), and we had a quick breakfast before yoga in the gym.

Yoga is Rach’s thing, not mine, I’m a dedicated Pilates girl. But the friendly instructor won me over with her functional class, which focused on grounding our feet in a series of deeply invigorating movements to stretch and tone the whole body. Can I be converted?

Departure is at 10am, but you can still enjoy the facilities for the rest of the day. And enjoy it, ending the weekend with another jump in the lake (for her), a sauna, and lounging by the pool. A wonderfully relaxing break. We both thought some of the younger staff needed more service training and the breakfast menu needed a bit of work, but overall Fritton is really quite lovely.

Frittonlake.co.uk

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Pokémon Black and White: The funniest Pokémon https://facolombofilia.com/pokemon-black-and-white-the-funniest-pokemon/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 16:30:00 +0000 https://facolombofilia.com/pokemon-black-and-white-the-funniest-pokemon/ With each new region discovered, the Pokedex grows, bringing to life a whole generation of lovable Pokémon. But among our favorite cuties, like Pikachu and Eevee, and mighty gods, like MewTwo and Dialgia, there are the… other Pokémon. Those who got harassed in the tall grassand were probably crafted very late at night by a […]]]>

With each new region discovered, the Pokedex grows, bringing to life a whole generation of lovable Pokémon. But among our favorite cuties, like Pikachu and Eevee, and mighty gods, like MewTwo and Dialgia, there are the… other Pokémon. Those who got harassed in the tall grassand were probably crafted very late at night by a desperate animator who hoped no one would look too closely.

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Pokemon Black and White’s Unova region has its fair share of absolutely baffling and hilarious designs that make you wonder how any of the professors take them seriously enough to study them.

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Funny and adorable often go hand in hand, and that goes double for the mustachioed giant dog Pokémon. His Lillipup and Herdier pre-evolutions are basically just burrows that most players will encounter early in the game, even in Striaton’s first Gym. But out of nowhere, he grows to the size of a horse, and his pretty whiskers grow two meters long, trailing behind him in the wind.

It’s worth catching and training the first Lillipup you encounter in the tall grass, just so later in the game you can crack a gigantic living carpet that likes to give kisses.

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9 Musharna (psychic)Munna and Musharna Pokemon Go Psychic Type

Known as the dream-eating Pokemon, it might be the cutest thing to ever earn that title. Musharna looks like a cross between dolphins and tapirs, and the hallucinating gas could be mistaken for outer intestines. It evolves from Munna which is no less funny and looks like a child’s toy covered with flower sticky stickers. Both fly, producing Dream Mist and looking vaguely threatening.

In the Dreamyard, the player will encounter a cutscene featuring Team Plasma and a Munna, but if you hang around long enough, you can grab your own, if you think it’s worth the nightmares.

8 Sigilyph (psychic flight)Sigilyph Pokemon Go Flying Psychic Type Unova Region

Sigilyph is another contender for the odd-looking Pokemon with seemingly missing features. You might mistake its body for its head, as it features two blind eye patches, but the real eye is between the wings on what could be an Unown.

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This Pokémon is based on ancient geographical drawings in the desert sands of Peru, a cool concept but oddly executed. Designers have somehow transformed the Nazca lines into a creature children can fight with, but its tiny trident arms and lack of a mouth secure Sigilyphus a place among the funniest Pokemon in the Unova region.


7 Reuniclus (Psychic)Reuniclus pokemon Anime Psychic Type Unova Region

It’s the Pokemon that multiplies, whatever that means, and it’s covered in green slime that forms a bigger body than it can control. The pale little body in the middle isn’t that weird, but with the floating orbs that make up the skeleton of its elongated appendagesthe Reuniclus is a very fun little creature.

Instead of using their psychic abilities to fight fighters like most psychic-types, the Reuniclus and its pre-evolutions use their minds to control giant club hands that grind enemies to dust. How can something so cute be so full of rage? People who drink green paste are said to gain wisdom beyond their years, then die immediately because it’s incredibly toxic.


6 Garbodor (Poison)Garbodor Pokemon Anime Poison Type Unova Region

This guy became a bit of a meme right off the bat, with Trubbish and Vanilluxe being very low effort and lazy. Fans angrily pointed out that they simply brought inert objects to life instead of intricate designs from the early days of Pokemonlike Pidgey (a pigeon) or Ekans (serpent spelled backwards).

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Garbodor looks perpetually surprised to be alive, as if a pile of garbage really remained so long that it became sensitive. He certainly won’t win any beauty contests, which sounds positively tacky, but there’s a certain charm to Garbodor and Trubbish. Even perfect video game worlds have trash cans, of course.


5 Cryogonal (Ice)Cryogonal Pokemon In The Sky Anime Unova Region Black and White Ice

Cryogonal might be the most angry, and therefore funniest, snowflake out there. These Pokémon turn to steam and evaporate when they get too hot, but reform when cooled, so logically they could end up in human drinking water sources during summer. Let it sink in.

Besides their bizarre chemistry, their eyes and mouth also glow behind the crystalline structure which is stuck in a menacing frown. The color scheme is metallic which makes them look more like an army of whimsical and wintry robots than animals that form in snow clouds.

4 Stunfisk (ground electric)Stunfisk Pokemon Black and White, Ground Electric Type Smiling Fish Anime

Stunfisk appears to be based on the actual stonefish, which looks like, you guessed it, stones and causes horrible pain in any foot that steps on it. They’re even known as Trap Pokémon, but instead of poisonous barbs penetrating your flesh, this happy little guy electrocutes his unsuspecting victims as they frolic in bodies of water.

The shape of the fish itself is pretty uninteresting, but it’s the blank staring eyes and a vacant smile that suggest it’s awfully happy to see you suffer that grabs us. It will mercilessly kill any aquatic Pokémon living nearby if someone accidentally touches it. But what a stupid smile he has!

3 Tornado (flying) / Thundurus (electric flight) / Landorus (ground flight)Tornado Thundurus Pokemon Flying Electric Ground Type In The Sky Lightning

It’s time for more mustache Pokémon! These three have no legs between them and instead float on their cloudy bodies, looking like incredibly angry geniuses. Each has its own unique head-tail thing, covered in lumps that seem to have no purpose other than to look like very crispy mats.

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In Black 2 and White 2, when exposed to Reveal Glass, these three transform into their Therian forms, which might remind you of birds and cats with really fancy hair and purple bras, always sporting d impressive white mustaches. These forces of nature take themselves too seriously for their hilarious appearance.

2 Cubchoo (Ice cream)Pokemon Anime Cubchoo Crying Ice Bear in Unova Region

This little cutie is disarmingly sweet at first glance, but the consistency of his mucus is what determines how he behaves in battle, which is a fact that immediately reduces his charm. Cubchoo will constantly sniff his own snot which otherwise runs down his face. You can’t help but laugh at the otherwise innocent bear as its nose drips with raw ice power.

It will evolve into an intimidating bear beast, and the watery boogers will obviously have frozen into a rather fashionable pointed beard. Until then though, this very cold little one will continue to wipe his nose on the back of your pant leg.

1 Ferrothorn (steel grass)

Where to even begin with this thing? It’s the thorn pod Pokemon, and it’s another biological entity that’s somehow made of metal. With the three arms on the head, he can walk around, like a very spiky top that can also hug you.

The tips of their hand-feet can cling to the ceiling of caves and absorb nutrients from the rock. You wouldn’t want to look up in the dark and see those orange eyes staring at you, but when it looks like a trampled durian fruit, it’s hard not to laugh instead of running away.

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Pigeon peas help Malagasy farmers produce food despite drought https://facolombofilia.com/pigeon-peas-help-malagasy-farmers-produce-food-despite-drought/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 15:27:00 +0000 https://facolombofilia.com/pigeon-peas-help-malagasy-farmers-produce-food-despite-drought/ ERADA, Madagascar, April 25 (Reuters) – Growing edible crops was so difficult for Kazy Zanapijo in drought-prone southern Madagascar that she often had only wild plants and cacti for sustenance and feed her children – until she begins to grow. pigeon peas. The legumes, scientifically known as cajanus, are promoted by CTAS, a local non-governmental […]]]>

ERADA, Madagascar, April 25 (Reuters) – Growing edible crops was so difficult for Kazy Zanapijo in drought-prone southern Madagascar that she often had only wild plants and cacti for sustenance and feed her children – until she begins to grow. pigeon peas.

The legumes, scientifically known as cajanus, are promoted by CTAS, a local non-governmental organization dedicated to improving agriculture in the region, as they are drought resistant, highly nutritious and good for the soil. .

“I used to plant other things but they weren’t growing. Since I started planting pigeon peas, I have harvested a lot. This has allowed me to feed my 10 children,” said Zanapijo, who was pulling plants with a baby strapped in. at his back.

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The plants, which look like slender shrubs and reach about waist height, provide not only legumes that are good to eat, but also woody branches that can be sold in the market as kindling.

The far south of Madagascar has repeatedly struggled with food shortages due to a combination of drought, soil erosion caused by high winds and deforestation, and extreme poverty. Climatologists say the rains will become even rarer and less predictable in the future. Read more

Pigeon peas are a staple food in India, but in southern Madagascar subsistence farmers traditionally grow maize and sweet potatoes. Over the past decade, these cultures have often failed.

CTAS encourages farmers to switch to pigeon pea and offers training to support them, although a growing number, including Zanapijo, have made the switch without CTAS, simply because they have seen the success of others.

“We had been to the beach and on the way back I saw pigeon peas growing. I decided to plant some,” she said.

Initially, farmers are encouraged to plant pigeon peas only, in neat rows perpendicular to the direction of the wind. This helps stop erosion and over time replenishes the soil.

Later, farmers can add other plants between their rows of pigeon peas. Zanapijo now grows sorghum, maize, wheat and watermelons.

“Before, we had no food, it was really hard,” she says. “I made a big effort to achieve this good result. Some months, I was even able to buy notebooks for my children.”

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World Championship: Williams and O’Sullivan step up a gear to shine at Crucible https://facolombofilia.com/world-championship-williams-and-osullivan-step-up-a-gear-to-shine-at-crucible/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 22:04:00 +0000 https://facolombofilia.com/world-championship-williams-and-osullivan-step-up-a-gear-to-shine-at-crucible/ The six-time champion predicted carnage before a ball was pocketed at this year’s tournament, such was the draw that saw Ding Junhui and Stephen Maguire – both veteran campaigners at the Crucible – emerge from qualifications. So the biggest shock in Sheffield came when there were no shocks – apart from a stray pigeon that […]]]>

The six-time champion predicted carnage before a ball was pocketed at this year’s tournament, such was the draw that saw Ding Junhui and Stephen Maguire – both veteran campaigners at the Crucible – emerge from qualifications.

So the biggest shock in Sheffield came when there were no shocks – apart from a stray pigeon that somehow ended up in the Crucible arena yesterday after- noon. Of the top 16 seeds, only three – Barry Hawkins, Shaun Murphy and Luca Brecel – fell at the first hurdle.

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Unlike F1 drivers, who are largely dependent on the car below them, snooker players rely totally on talent, and O’Sullivan, John Higgins and Mark Williams – think green baize rather than the grid starting point for this trio from the “class of 92” – go on to be three of the best men in the sport.

Mark Williams in action against Jackson Page. Photo: PA.

Welshman Williams beat second-round opponent and training partner Jackson Page 13-3 to book their 11th place in the quarter-finals for Sheffield.

His six tons tied the record for the most breaks in a century in a best-of-25 match at the Crucible, as he took the win with a session to spare. For good measure, he also added eight more 50+ breaks.

“I don’t think I can play any better than that at my age,” Williams admitted, appearing on the Crucible for the 24th time.

And many in the sport believe Williams has the game – and the temper – to add a fourth world title, having already won the 17-day marathon in 2000, 2003 and 2018.

Yan Bingtao versus Mark Selby. Photo: PA.

“Lee Walker worked on my game a bit, taking it apart and putting it back together.

“Players these days don’t just roll the ball, they hit it. We tried different things with my technique, including hitting the ball a little harder and taking more breaks.

“We older players have to adapt our games in order to keep up with the younger ones.

“I know I’m going to fall down the rankings eventually, so I’m doing everything I can to make sure I stay ahead for as long as possible. I knew coming here that I had a chance to win the title because I played well for most of the season.

Resuming with a 7-1 advantage overnight, Williams showed no mercy to 20-year-old Page, who is training at his club Tredegar.

“It’s tough for me to beat Jackson with a session to spare,” Williams explained. “But I played well and kept him under pressure for the vast majority of the game.

“I was in the same position last year, losing to Selby with a session to spare. It’s a learning curve and it’s all about how well you can bounce back.

“I wanted to go out there and destroy it, like I do with everyone else I play with. I’m a little disappointed for him because he wanted to do a better performance than that. I didn’t give him many chances. I don’t think he will be too discouraged.

O’Sullivan also has a foot in the last eight after establishing a 12-4 lead over Mark Allen. The six-time champion only needs one more frame when they resume this afternoon.

Higgins starts his second round match tomorrow against Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham.

Sheffield-based Yan Bingtao and Zhao Xintong are two players hoping to challenge the ‘Class of 92’ trio.

The duo – who train at the city’s Victoria’s Academy – resume their second-round matches this morning in contrasting positions.

Last season’s Masters winner Yan, 22, is tied at 4-4 with defending champion Mark Selby. Their match was briefly interrupted when a pigeon made a surprise appearance, swooped down and landed on the table, before being introduced. Tournament officials later confirmed that he was caught and released unharmed.

But British Championship winner Zhao faces a tough task to reach the quarter-finals, with Maguire needing just two more frames after taking an 11-5 lead overnight.

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Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex’s trip to Grenada as part of a Caribbean tour is POSTPONED https://facolombofilia.com/prince-edward-and-sophie-wessexs-trip-to-grenada-as-part-of-a-caribbean-tour-is-postponed/ Thu, 21 Apr 2022 16:00:05 +0000 https://facolombofilia.com/prince-edward-and-sophie-wessexs-trip-to-grenada-as-part-of-a-caribbean-tour-is-postponed/ The journey of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex to Grenada as part of a Caribbean tour has been postponed after consultations with the island’s government and Governor General. The Earl and Countess of Wessex are due to travel to the Caribbean tomorrow as part of a trip to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – and […]]]>

The journey of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex to Grenada as part of a Caribbean tour has been postponed after consultations with the island’s government and Governor General.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are due to travel to the Caribbean tomorrow as part of a trip to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – and are due to visit Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as Antigua and Barbuda.

Trips to the Caribbean islands will see members of the royal family go on a charm offensive in a bid to build support for the monarchy in the region.

However, it will be an uphill battle with Antigua presenting an open letter on reparations during the visit.

The chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support Commission, Dorbrene O’Marde, told a local radio station: “Essentially, he supports the positions taken by other… people with regard to the issue of redress and the inability of the Crown’s lack of apologies both as a family and as an institution for their role in the enslavement of Africans in the slave trade and in slavery of Africans.

This follows Prince William and Kate Middleton’s trip to the region last month, which saw the couple face backlash over “avoidable public relations” mistakes.

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex’s trip to Grenada as part of a Caribbean tour has been postponed after consultations with the island’s government and Governor General

William and Kate have been greeted like rock stars in Belize, Jamaica and now the Bahamas – with cheering crowds chanting “we love you” – but they’ve also faced challenges in three countries with burgeoning campaigns to complete independence from the UK and demands for reparations for the slave trade. .

There was several missteps, including photos of the couple shaking hands with black children through a wire fence in Trench Town, Jamaica. They were also accused of taking part in a ‘colonial style’ photo op while driving around in a 1953 Land Rover inspecting troops, with William wearing a military uniform.

The future king was also accused of being ‘deaf’ and failing to show the ‘courage’ to apologize for the slave trade in a historic speech, while the opening event in Belize had to be postponed due to protests.

Starting tomorrow, The Count and Countess will meet with communities, local entrepreneurs and artisans, as well as young people, to celebrate the islands’ culture, future and vibrancy.

This follows Prince William and Kate Middleton's trip to the region last month, which saw the couple face backlash over

This follows Prince William and Kate Middleton’s trip to the region last month, which saw the couple face backlash over “avoidable public relations” mistakes. There were several missteps. They were accused of taking part in a ‘colonial style’ photo op while driving around in a 1953 Land Rover inspecting troops, with William wearing a military uniform (pictured)

Another incident included photos of the couple shaking hands with black children through a wire fence in Trench Town, Jamaica.

Another incident included photos of the couple shaking hands with black children through a wire fence in Trench Town, Jamaica.

During his visit to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Earl of Wessex will meet athletes in preparation for the Commonwealth Games, to be held in Birmingham this summer.

During this time, the Countess will speak to women in leadership positions about the community’s response to the La Soufrière volcano eruption.

Their Royal Highnesses will also congratulate those who have recently completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

In Antigua and Barbuda, the Earl and Countess of Wessex will learn about the importance of sport in the community.

The Platinum Jubilee Tour in its entirety

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Republic of Ireland from Wednesday March 23 to Friday March 25, 2022.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas from March 19-26, 2022.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from Friday April 22 to Monday April 28, 2022.

The Princess Royal visited Papua New Guinea from Monday April 11 to Wednesday April 13, 2022.

Their Royal Highnesses will meet some of the legendary cricketers of the West Indies and the national rowing teams of Antigua.

The Earl and Countess will attend a reception for local artisans and non-profit organizations.

The couple will explore the varied landscape of Saint Lucia, visiting Sulfur Springs and Pigeon Island National Site.

The Earl will lead an Investiture on behalf of Her Majesty, and Their Royal Highnesses will attend a service to mark the Queen’s seventy-year reign.

The Jubilee calendar is one of the first signs of the new monarchy, with Prince Andrew and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex having previously taken similar trips abroad.

The Queen, who no longer flies, shouldn’t have traveled, but it’s rare for the Wessexes to go on a joint high-profile overseas tour that would otherwise have gone to Harry and Meghan.

It was long believed that Prince Charles would ‘shrink’ the monarchy when he becomes king to eight key members.

Trips to the Caribbean islands will see members of the royal family go on a charm offensive in a bid to build support for the monarchy in the region.

In November, Prince Charles traveled to Barbados for a ceremony marking his historic decision to depose the Queen as head of state.

Other Commonwealth countries in the region, including Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Dominica, already have their own heads of state.

Last year John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize, did not rule out his nation following suit, saying: “We have to find what is best for Belize.”

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“My father joked, you know I’m English, I don’t know the rules of the game” https://facolombofilia.com/my-father-joked-you-know-im-english-i-dont-know-the-rules-of-the-game/ Sat, 16 Apr 2022 07:17:00 +0000 https://facolombofilia.com/my-father-joked-you-know-im-english-i-dont-know-the-rules-of-the-game/ COROFIN HAS BEEN home to the Andy Merrigan Cup five times and although he comes from a family not steeped in the usual sporting tradition, Dearbhla Gower grew up rubbing shoulders with some of the team that has dominated the all-Ireland men’s club scene of late. years. Gower, who walked away from the Galway facility […]]]>

COROFIN HAS BEEN home to the Andy Merrigan Cup five times and although he comes from a family not steeped in the usual sporting tradition, Dearbhla Gower grew up rubbing shoulders with some of the team that has dominated the all-Ireland men’s club scene of late. years.

Gower, who walked away from the Galway facility this year due to work commitments, was next door neighbor to Corofin stars Liam, Cathal, Darragh and Seán Silke.

“When I was very young, I was around eight or nine, I used to play with the guys, all my neighbors, I’m actually neighbors with Liam Silke and a lot of the Corofin men’s team,” Gower said.

“I played with the guys until I was about eight years old. But then I got upset because apparently I wasn’t allowed to play games with them. So my poor dad, to keep me from losing interest, created a team of girls under 12 for the ladies of Corofin. He just asked if there was any chance I could train with them.

“The manager was lovely; she said she would try to give me some playing time, five minutes at the end.

However, the Corofin U-12s only had 13 players that day, so eight-year-old Gower had to substitute for the full slog. It was another tough introduction for the future goaltender named TG4 All-Star.

Eventually, she joined a more suitable age group and her father, David, was brought in to help her train.

“The manager was struggling to get people to help so he asked my dad because he was at every training session dropping me with another girl in training,” Gower said.

“My dad joked, you know I’m English, I don’t know the rules of the game. And your man Bernie Glynn said to me, ‘as long as you can pick up cones, that’s all you must be able to do’.

David Gower went from cone collecting to Corofin LGFA Secretary and then Registrar for a long time before finally taking over as President.

It was an unlikely journey to the top, but Gower achieved it through great dedication to the club over several years while his daughter paved the way to senior Galway Ladies training.

Dearbhla Gower has made the senior team and gradually become one of the best goalkeepers in the country – she was nominated for a TG4 All-Star last year, alongside Meath’s Monica McGuirk and Ciara Trant from Dublin.

But of course that was McGuirk’s price after a celebrated year for the Royals as Gower was forced to rethink her future at Galway, work and travel making that impossible.

The 24-year-old is a veterinary nurse at Ark Vetcare in Kilmacud, and although she had to give up her cross-county ambitions for the time being, she wanted to keep football going somehow.

“I have just transferred to Kilmacud Crokes in Dublin,” Gower said.

Dearbhla pictured with her father, David

“I graduated from university in 2020 and obviously, like everyone else in lockdown, nobody knew what was going on. The only place to find work at the time was in Dublin. All my friends are here too, we all have jobs here.

“I completely uproot my life in Dublin then. I started my freshman year working full time and all that craic. So like the Galway experience, it was difficult to get around. It was exactly the same with the club. I love Corofin, I’ve been playing with them since I was eight years old. My father was very involved in the club too.

“But unfortunately I had to make the decision last year because I wasn’t training and I wasn’t starting. Kilmacud was so lovely when I played with County, if I couldn’t come home they let me train with them because I knew a few girls from college.

“So I made the decision at the start of the season to just transfer with them. It was difficult and I talked about it a lot with my father and myself. At the time, I think it’s the Good choice.

“I drive now but I don’t have a car. But at the time I was not driving so it was very difficult to commute. This is obviously the reason why I could not commit to Galway this year.

The Galway ladies are going through their own period of transition with Maghnus Breathnach and Fiona Wynne at the helm this year, but they have Senior Championship winners Kilkerrin-Clonberne All-Ireland to return.

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Gower certainly won’t be available in 2022, but she’s determined to wear brown again in the future.

“I graduated about a year and a half ago, so I don’t know where my life will take me. It’s still realistically unknown,” Gower said.

“You know how things change all the time, in terms of work. The main issue, I would like to go back and say this to Maghnus and the management and committee involved, if things change in the future, 100%.

“My dream would be to go back, having a Galway shirt on your back again would be amazing. But this year the commitment, and when you can’t fully commit, there’s no point in half committing , you are underperforming and dragging the team down.

For now, being an animal lover and working with animals is the perfect existence for Gower. When she was still in her final year at UCD, she and her roommates had a puppy, an old blind cat, newborn kittens they had to feed in the middle of the night, and a pigeon.

But those days are over as she focuses on her career for now before potentially wearing a Galway shirt again soon.

For now, she will be supporting her homeland every step of the way, and she knows they won’t be far off in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship this year.

“It was a good chance in the league for the other girls to step up and show up as well,” Gower said.

“I think a couple younger girls got up and a couple girls who maybe took a break and came back. It was a good opportunity for them.

“Obviously I would say they are disappointed with the way the league has gone, but they will definitely learn from it. Last year we only reached the quarter-finals of the league, we We were also a bit disappointed, since we were finalists two years before.

“With all of that in mind, they’ll learn from all of those things and hopefully carry on this year. And I’ll be supporting them every step of the way as well.

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