The dust has finally settled on Saturdays opening game for Peter Duffield and Mick Godber. A definite improvement on previous games this season and we were only denied a point by a controversial penalty in added on time. The players were so incensed that they surrounded the ref at the final whistle (about 1 minute after the penalty) that Damien Magee was shown the red card.
The day didn't start well when full back Aaron Pride got lost and turned up about 15 minutes into the game (despite the fact that he was originally in the starting line up at number 2). Andy Rushbury started instead of Aaron and new boss Peter Duffield was livid before the kick off.
Coincidentally we play Carlton again on Wednesday night in the league cup - again at Stoke Lane and then again a week on Saturday in the FA Trophy (would you believe again at Carlton).
Photos from the game can be seen here: Carlton v Belper
Sunday saw the Olympic Road Race in Denmark. Britains Mark Cavendish was favourite to win the gold medal despite no English winner since 1965. We watched the Singapore Grand prix before setting the hardrive to record the highlights and then heading off to Ashbourne to have tea with Sallys brother. Just as we were leaving Hadge sat at the PC and said "Mark Cavendish has won the cycling" - so much for avoiding the result !
While at Brother-inlaws I took a few snaps of their cat Dart, here are a couple of them
I especially like the last one. For any interested togs reading this it was taken with a 50mm 1.4 lens, in the garage under artificial light with no flash.
Work yesterday then went to watch my nephew play football on the school field. Due to the later start my bike ride of 8 miles ended in the dark. The nights are really starting to draw in now and it was dark for about 7:15. One minute it's still quite light the next thing it's as though someone has turned the big light out. I've got three lights on my bike but I think I'll invest in a 2nd back light to be on the safe side.
Today we went to Cromford Canal to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather (up to 23 degrees with more forecast for the next few days). Due to work on the canal there is a limited length that can be walked without going into the woods and a boggy route so we walked to the High Peak Junction and then back to the Rugby club. After a coffee at the cafe we walked into the mill complex where they have opened a Christmas Shop !! It is September 27th !!
Tonight we were treated to a stunning sunset as the warm day gave way to a clear night. I snapped a few shots from the bedroom window as the sun set over Far Laund.
Tomorrow we hope to have a trip to Chatsworth for a bit of a picnic and maybe a quick cycle ride in the sun before we head off back to Carlton Town for the League Cup tie. Lets hope it doesn't go to extra time !