More than a year already
6 months in.....
It was strange to be away from Newcastle for the build up to Christmas, for a start the sun was shining and only two weeks before I was sitting in the garden reading my book in just a t-shirt! There were great little Christmas villages with mini chalets selling loads of local gifts, warm gluvine and some great food. We had a week off over Christmas, which we spent with family in Ponteland. It was good to see them and friends at Newcastle Falcons but unfortunately thanks to British Airways, it was slightly stressful as they lost my bag until Christmas Eve!
On the field we are still on target to reach our goals for the season. As a team that has been brought together this year, I thought it was going to be much harder for us to bond as a group but surprisingly, we are a very tight unit and things are on track. We are heading towards the ¼ finals of the European competition (depending on the result this Saturday!) and we should finish in the Top 6 in the French league allowing us access to the Heineken Cup next season.
Last week we went to play Saracens in London. Each season we are allowed to take 2 jokers which means you can stay over in the place you have just played and not travel back with the team. I asked for mine when we headed to London so I could stay over and see family and friends and what a stroke of luck, we drew Saracens on a Thursday night allowing me the whole weekend to play!! I took some stick for that but nothing that would have stopped me having a night out in London…… My night out in London was probably nothing compared to the nights out that my ex-Newcastle teammate Ollie Phillips seems to be having in Paris. The reports that come in from Paris every week regularly feature star names like 50 Cent and Kanye West. He seems to be loving life up in the capital and knowing Ollie, he knows everyone already!
We are moving house again which is going to be a slight pain but the house we live in is being sold and we were under pressure for a week or so to find a house very quickly as it is very hard to find property down here. We found a newly built house and the view is fantastic, out to sea and maybe 15 miles in each direction. I can’t wait until summer comes in March (earlier than Newcastle!) so we can enjoy it properly.
We only have one game in February, away against Toulouse and we have a week’s holiday that I am looking forward to. Have a good month and I will look forward to updating you at the end of February.