Time For Tee In Nuwara Eliya
This morning we have had breakfast on the fairway, as we are staying in the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, we are embracing the colonial experience by having tea by the first tee, which is a lovely experience for us but a little off putting (no pun intended) for the the two Japanese golfers that are teeing off. I don't know an awful lot about golf, but I'm sure that the ball should go straight and not into the trees, it is quite possible that my dropping a teaspoon at the key moment could have added to the jaunty angle.
Afterwards we took a stroll around Nuwara Eliya "Little England" named so because of its colonial buildings, red telephone boxes and a fine park filled with many tropical plants and some you may even find in an English garden.
That is where the similarity ends, well apart from the rain that seems to have followed us. The rest of the town centre is typically Srilankan chaos, where a prayer and a leap of faith are needed to cross the road and run the gauntlet of tuk tuk, bus, tractor, lorries and cows.
One of the older buildings in Nuwara Eliya is the Grand Hotel, it is where all the rich folks stay, as we are not rich we were not staying there. However we are western and that means we were allowed to wander around the place, even in shorts. In days gone by we would have probably been shot for trespassing and incorrect dress code. To celebrate being allowed in and in the spirt of everything English we decided to stop for a refreshing cuppa in the beautiful sumptuous surroundings.
After ample tea and cake (for Jac as my shorts still don't fasten) we returned to the relative safety of the Golf Club, where I thought it would be a spiffing idea to take a golf lesson.
Well .... all I can say is that the ladies champion has nothing to fear from whack a ball birdie.
What I have learnt:
Never drop a teaspoon onto a saucer at a critical golf tee off moment. This may cause undue shock and surprise to the Japanese golfer, who will then take a good chunk of turf out with the ball and disturb nesting birds in the trees.
It is possible to break a professional golf tutor with your inability to follow simple instructions to quote "Madam why do you not listen and concentration Madam, move to the left Madam, no Madam that's not the left. Madam why are you trying to kill the ball ..." as he walks away to calm down!