On Sunday 14th July, an enthusiastic group of players equipped with picnics and camping chairs gathered in the sunshine on the green in front of Penicuik House for the annual Croquet Event.
Jim R, Andrew and Ronnie had been up and about bright and early to lay out the greens and erect the awning where the traditional glass or three of Pimm’s could be served.
Although the numbers were slightly depleted because of the previous days postponement there were still ten teams available.It was obvious from the start that the only male pairing of Mr. Hope and Dave C. were taking the competition very seriously discussing tactics from the very first hoop of the first game.
Others were just out to have a good time and it was lovely to see some new faces in the company with Martin and Irene’s friends Sheena and Geoff attending. Roars of laughter and shrieks of dismay could be heard throughout the afternoon, and in one particularly contentious game our lady President Liz was invited to make a rules judgement which to Jim’s disgust did not go his way.
Picnics were enjoyed and the Estate Coffee Shop was kept busy supplying drinks and assorted varieties of ice-creams to refresh the thirsty players.
After each team had played five games President Liz presented the prizes. Martin and Christine definitely need more practice, but the outright winners to no-one’s surprise were Ronnie and Dave C.
It had been a lovely afternoon, and thanks are due to the Social Sub Committee of Kirsten and Carol for all their organisation, to those who set everything up, and to Sir Robert and Lady Faye for their continued support.