06 June 2011

Cricket & A Red Door

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK


It is the cricket season in England now

I had thought cricket was a sport of a bygone era,
but it actually is played on many greens throughout the country
each Saturday and Sunday

It is a sport that I know absolutely nothing about,
but somehow I just love it




Men who look between the ages of 30 and 70
appear to play just for the love of the game
with few crowds or many paying attention

It appears sweet and pure to me,
in its quiet flow

Like gentle background music
to a perfect day

30 comments:

Raine and Sage said...

Lovely sentiments. Cricket is hugely popular in Australia, and summertime is synonymous with cricket on television for days on end.
We have a local park that is often full of Indians playing cricket. As you said, "just for the love of it".

Pet said...

I used to love the cricket season, and the shandies at the club bar. I love how your blog brings back all this memories on me! I used to get excited with the very same things. No blogs then to share these things, lucky we are now.

Jenny said...

Beautiful photo! It does seem sweet and pure, unless it's your school aged son who's playing. Then it is the longest game ever that eats up your entire weekend. ;)

the fishermans cottage said...

My brother and husband both use to play.. I remember it being the same and I remember the 'teas' were a very important part of it :) x

Emma said...

I grew up with cricket, At boarding school we used to get the day off school if the First 11 were playing. My 6 year old now plays it for his summer sport! x

Laura said...

I miss the sound of leather against willow. My brother is huge into cricket, as was my grandad. I remember many a summer staying at my grandad's house, with test cricket on, and me begging to watch Neighbours... happy days. Don't forget the cucumber sandwiches! Lx

Natasha said...

It's rugby season here but all my son wants to do is play cricket! Hubby and son both love it and would play it all day every day if they could!

Best wishes and happy week,
Natasha.

flowers on my table said...

I love the look of those men in their whites on the village green....so English. I love the houses and the little church in your photo too! Have a happy monday, love Linda x

Jane said...

Ooh, that's music to my cricket tragic ears, Laura! I posted about the game at http://www.lifeonplanetbaby.com/2010/11/in-praise-of-baggy-green-cap-my-love-of.html - it's a very hard game to describe to a novice! J x

Paul said...

Cricket has an iconic status in England amongst many people. I used to live in Headingley, which is home to the Yorkshire cricket ground and has hosted many big internationals. Cricket used to be much bigger in the 70s when I was a kid, then soccer took over. :-)

Having said all that, I always found cricket a pretty boring game to play, never mind watch. It goes on forever and it you are not batting, bowling, or wicket keeping, then you are just stood around! :-)

Paul
http://fromsheeptoalligators.blogspot.com/

Pink Princess said...

I know nothing about cricket too but it seems very English to me!

Sarah said...

Oh fun!! I love that you are embracing the culture of your new home!

I Dream Of said...

Looks like a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Seems a bit more civilized than baseball for some reason -- maybe it's the Cricket whites!

Robynne's Nest said...

I'm not allowed to talk about the cricket...my husband just shakes his head...we're living here in England and the Aussies lost the ashes!!! Aussies take their cricket VERY seriously...especially when it involves their rivalry with England! Robx
p.s. great photo...love the little chapel in the background with the red door!!

Privet and Holly said...

I've never seen
a cricket match.
Seems to go with
the English flow : )
I need to learn more!
Happy Monday, Laura!
xx Suzanne

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I remember watching cricket games when we were in England. I never did understand what they were doing...but you are right, it seems elegant and old-fashion, and quite wonderful.

Hines-Sight said...

That little church is precious in the background.

Sara Louise said...

I absolutely love the white uniforms! They look so proper! :-)

Taylor Made said...

We are not that cricket mad in our house...the men in my life love a good AFL match though.....what a beautiful church as a backdrop though.

Pretty said...

I cant seem to get into it, although I like to watch the kids play it. Rugby, on the other hand... love love love... :)

Paula
http://realhousewifeofsingapore.blogspot.com

Tiffini said...

yes...kind of like a storybook or old movie where time is slower and life is sweeter:)
xo

About Last Weekend said...

What a wonderful game and beautiful photo! Cricket is huge too in New Zealand - bizarrely besides rugby - so I grew up with it. Slow and very choreographed...

ann said...

I remember watching a bit of cricket in Dublin. Couldn't figure it out.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

There is something special about cricket on an English village green :)

lisaroyhandbags said...

I love these things about England - it's like stepping back in time. Similar to the lawn bowling club in Oakville, Canada in white outfits - something I haven't actually ever seen anywhere else :)

Elizabeth said...

Love the photo but I do not understand the game.

American in Bath said...

I love the cricket. I can't sit through a game without someone next to me telling me what is happening. Nonetheless, I love the cricket.

Gris fleur said...

I took so many pictures of this little church already. I has a very mysterious felling of the past. Queen Victoria gave the land to have it built.One of my favorite place with Ripley and its old broken church surrounded by cows. So so romantic !

Gris fleur said...

Ok two mistakes from the previous post !!! It has a very mysterious feeling...Sorry !

MARCO PASHA said...

I don't know much about cricket game but I can imagine that it is very exiciting.