Congrats to Declan and Sandra!

2.06pm, Thursday 16th December, Yalumba Clocktower, Angaston, South Australia
Now folks, I might not be a cricket fan, but seeing as most of this nation is – I’ve just tuned in to the BBC website’s live twitter on the Third Ashes Test under way now on Day 1 over in Perth, Western Australia. And my one question after an hour’s play with Australia batting and the score at 3 for 33 is this: “Who is the last person in Australia that you’d want to change places with right now?” Yep – easy – Ricky Ponting, Australia’s captain, out for 12 himself. As you could imagine, everything vaguely English in Australia is now getting all revved up as the possibility of retaining the Ashes becomes more of a probability the longer the two teams play.

So – on to a much brighter subject!

I’ve just had a text message from the chilly wilds of Galway on the West Coast of Ireland. In that part of the world, Yalumba is well looked after by the Owens family. Declan and Sandra Owens also have the best wine shop in the city – Thomas Woodberry’s Wine Merchant in the Old Town. As of this morning, they’re also the proud parents of baby number 1, a little girl weighing in at 8 lb 7 oz. That’s pretty healthy, considering Dec is only about 90 pounds himself, wringing wet! It’s great, great news. Congratulations Dec & Sandra from everyone over here, and I shall enjoy going out shopping for Wineshop Barbie and similar toys before my next trip to Ireland!

Oh, hang on a minute … back at the Ashes – another one’s out, and Australia is 4 for 46. If they continue this way, the English are going to be insufferable. Hopefully they’ll have forgotten by the time I get back over there in September 2011!

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