Hello everyone! I see it's raining again, typical!
We’ve been really unlucky the past couple of weeks with the weather, I thought it was meant to be nice in England in August!
After last week’s match against Middlesex was called off, they started to dig up the pitch! You can see how it’s all progressing and how different it looks on our webcam, by clicking here.
This will be the first time that the Old Trafford outfield has been dug up in its entirety and a lot of things have happened on that hallowed turf! It’s absolutely brilliant that we’re going to get a state of the art drainage system in place (I’ve slipped too many times when skipping between overs after it’s been raining) but it’s good to take a moment to remember what’s taken place on the ground.
It’s also the same turf upon which I made my debut, a day in 2003 that I’m sure will go down in LCCC history! Let’s hope the new grass is ideal for dancing, high fives, celebrating and hooves – and more importantly, winning cricket games!
It has been hard to say goodbye to Old Trafford for another season but it means I get to go on holiday! I’m going to Blackpool and Liverpool this year, along with the Lancs team, so I can combine a seaside holiday with a cosmopolitan city break!
Blackpool at the end of August (27th-30th, LVCC) should be great fun – sun, sandcastles and cricket! I’ve got my sun tan lotion packed as I don’t want to turn bright red – I’d look like a tomato with my Lightning kit on!
Of course I’ll have to have my photo taken next to the Blackpool tower, there’s not many things that are taller than me but I think the tower is one of them! I will head to the beach at Blackpool (it’s the thing to do) but I certainly won’t be going in the sea! I know what you’re thinking – ‘What a wimp!’ – but it’s a giraffe fact that none of us can swim, it’s not in our nature!
The city break in Liverpool (14th Sept, Pro40; 17th-20th Sept, LVCC) should be fun too. I like going sightseeing but it’s difficult when you’re a celebrity – I have to wear my shades everywhere to blend into the background and to avoid being ‘papped’. Not being human seems to be encouraged in Liverpool though, a group of beetles made it huge a while back and a pair of birds are pretty high up in the city. Perhaps they’re crying out for a giraffe to be the next big thing!
All this plus some exciting cricket, what more could you ask for? Plus it’s a holiday in the UK, so you can’t say I’m not doing my bit for global warming! Why don’t you come and join me?