No booze was drinked during the WCF last night that's why we were able to get at with a '5' on the clock (just). We had tipped England to be beaten by Holland in that match. Nuff said. But we're really glad that football playing Spain beat the 'kick the legs (and other body parts) from under yer' Dutch. Only criticism of the Spanish was that when they were fouled they did tend to roll around with a bit too much gusto, bunch of drama queens! Perhaps there should be a time limit on the time taken to take the free kick and the guy that was fouled has to take it - that'd get em up quicker unless of course they were stretchered off in which case they'd have to be substituted. Ohh jeee gonna have to write to FIFA now with loadsa 'good' footy ideas. The players just ain't as tough as they used to be. Years and years and years ago my dad played a match against a touring side from Nigeria (their national side?) at half time my dad's team had to ask the ref to ask the Nigerians if they would wear boots in the second half as their feet were too hard and that in the days when boots were boots not the modern softy dancing slippers with studs! Footy rant over at least until 'Pool get duff decisions from Howard Webb - poor guy did well under torrid conditions - hope he's as lenient at Bloomfield Road on his days up here this coming season. Then there's the Euros in two years time - can Capello help us win that, will he still be in charge???
After brekkie we had a trip up north to a favoured wetland. Not been for ages as Frank isn't allowed anywhere near the place. But today we had no Frank and we were looking forward to a great safari. Doh...two coachloads of school children; now we've nothing against educating kids in the ways of the wilds indeed we do plenty of it ourselves including writing this rubbish in the hope that one or maybe two children read it and become enthused enough about the natural world to want to put their Nintendo down for five minutes and get outside and start looking and seeing. BUT do they have to be there on our only visit for months? Then we discovered a gaggle of volunteers were painting the hides including the exterior on the 'wrong' side - again this has to be done otherwise they'll rot away in the damp conditions but did it have to be done today?
Whilst we were hoping our close male would reappear a female Red Deer walked out of the reedbed and started feeding on the reed that had recently been cut. A four pointer male, still in velvet, stayed just inside the reed edge and wouldn't show himself for a photo - he was feeding on the very tips of the taller uncut reeds.