Good King Hal was feeling slightly less negative this week. Either that or he has just been shot by a Dalek in the 1960's, which is jolly painful.
And so it was back to Dunster for another visit to a school that I love very much indeed. That was the plan, but things depended as to how the weather was intending to behave. The weekend, Saturday aside, had been mostly cataclysmic with deluges of rain and high winds. Already saturated ground couldn't cope with the extra water, and it had flooded many side and minor roads. The drive out to Dunster from Taunton is along a main(-ish) road, but I had visions of it being submerged in various places. I was really in two minds whether to try and get there at all as reports on the radio and TV suggested that parts of the south west were giving passable impressions of the Marianas Trench in the Pacific. But to be honest, I just sailed through (no pun intended).
Dunster is such a beautiful little town and looked delightful in the watery morning sun when I arrived. I was as ever so warmly welcomed by everyone at the school, from Mr Hoyland, the head, right through to the cooks and the caretaker. This was my 9th visit to this school since 2004 and it was just as much fun as ever. I sat and ate with Mr Hoyland in the big dining hall during the lunch break. He was thoroughly impressed that my lovely son James had decided to become an Arsenal fan. I suppose it could have been a lot worse - it could have been.... argh... I can't even bring myself to say it.... A.... Man United fan. ARGH! What a horrendous thought. I really would have to sell him off to a vivisectionist if that happened. It would be for the best.
The afternoon was a blast and ended with a very closely fought joust which the gents managed to struggle through and win on the very last quoit after being miles behind at one point. Suddenly the year long competition is closer than it has been for a long time. Our score is:
GENTLEMEN 7 - 8 LADIES
So back to the car for the long slog back to Crewkerne, but it was again quite easy, even the bottle-neck that is Taunton centre. Home cooked sweet and sour pork with sticky rice was the order of the evening and helped make a very tired, but comfortable King. That evening I received this nice message from Mr James the teacher who had booked me at Dunster this year. It read:
Hi Mike/Good King Hal,
Thanks for a great day! We had such a good time and the children got so much out of it! They haven't stopped talking about it all afternoon. I am sure it will be the talk of the week!
Thanks again for a super show,
Now that makes doing the job worthwhile! Off to the Maynard in Exeter next...