Farm Life – June 2015

Having sold our house in Nottingham road due to the stairs becoming too difficult, we have moved into a cottage on the family farm. We are all very happy here and are enjoying having cows, horses and motorbikes on our front lawn. From what feels like a frantic couple of months, It feels wonderful to be able to stop and enjoy our time together.

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In conjunction with an old friend and team mate Stefan Terblanche, and the SA Rugby Legends we feel privileged to have been able to make a contribution to ex WP rugby player John van Dyk who has recently been diagnosed with MND. We wish him and his family all the strength and courage that they are going to need to combat this disease.

Sixty rowdy Landsdowne Road Rugby Club members arrived in Cape Town for 2 weeks to play the grand total of 1 game against a Mossel Bay club. 60 players into 80 minutes goes 1 and a half minutes per player, so rugby clearly not being the main focus of the tour but rather team building. Paula and I went to Cape Town to meet the new and out going presidents as well as some old friends. These chaps have planned a Black Tie fundraiser for The Ryan Walker Foundation in September which we are hugely looking forward to. The club presented me with a famous print normally reserved for outgoing presidents, which is a huge honour and has found a special place on my wall.

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5 Irish lads, including 3 ex team mates from 1998 are cycling Martigny to Nice in the Alpes. It’s 672kms over 6 days, climbing at least 3 mountain passes a day, including 12 passes featured in the Tour de France. All to raise awareness and funds for RWF. This is truly inspirational and we are so grateful to these chaps. We are blessed to have them as friends. Follow their route here.

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After being inspired by Bernardo Pinto Coelho, a Portuguese guy diagnosed with ALS, and having recently seen John Maclean’s story on Carte Blanche, I have started training with a personal trainer and a Pilates instructor. If you have a moment, I encourage you to read up on these 2 brave men.

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The cows were very inquisitive with all the new action on the verandah and certainly the best gym I have been to. Finally, we are preparing ourselves for what seems to be a very dry and inhospitable winter in the midlands. We hope to have some news on the American trials in the next newsletter.