We arrived back in England on Sunday to find the country in the midst of hosting the Rugby World Cup and itself already eliminated from the competition. You might think that would be sufficient to avoid all further interest on my part in the tournament. However, yesterday I returned to the gym I frequent with a view to making amends for the inevitable overindulgence and lack of vigorous exercise that go hand in hand with a good holiday.
It seemed that not only had I missed England's vital games but also the arrival of New Zealand's All Blacks at the hotel to which the gym is linked. However, and with their next match scheduled to take place in Newcastle on Friday they were still very much in evidence, not least in the pool and spa areas.
Needless to say the Aquafit class in which I regularly participate had a far higher attendance of members than normal. Who says that retired ladies are too old to admire the toned muscles of those who play sport?