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Wedding plans and house plans

It’s been a week of admin for me, as I try to make use of the time I have available, before what looks to be a bit of an extended stretch away from home. If everything goes according to plan, once I leave for India on the 11th of September, I’ll only get back the week before the wedding a few months later.

One of the things I had to sort out was my wedding suit. I flew solo this time, as AB has only just got back from honeymoon and my brother will go next week. They are the two ‘best men’ and I think they’ll be pretty happy with the free suit they are getting. In fact, I think the three of us will look rather slick at the wedding in November!

Lots of other wedding stuff to do, including paying people and securing their services, guest list, seating plan etc. All pretty boring stuff, but stuff that needs to be done and taken care of, particularly with me out of the country for the next few months.

The other thing that has taken up my time has been our new house. We’ve bought a piece of land in Lombardy Estate near Pretoria, and Imari and I are going to build a new house, which will obviously be our first house together as a married couple. It’s going to take a while, though, and we’ll have to rent for a bit, as I’ve now sold my house. I like building and that’s what I did with my current house. I’ve got quite specific tastes, so I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to build the house that we want. Right now, I’ve been spending time with the architect, drawing up plans etc.

I’ve also used my time to pop in to my clothing sponsor, Religion, to stock up on gear. I manage to meet with them every few months or so, and they’ve got some great clothing. So, it was great to be able to meet with them before the long time away.

Just in case you think I haven't been spending any time at all anywhere near a cricket field, I can tell you that I’ve put in some good work over the past week or so, in between my fitness sessions at Sweat 1000. I’ve had some great training with coach Rob Walter and his Unlimited Titans team. That included a 20/20 warm-up game against the Cobras, which went quite well for me, as I made 65 not out. I felt great out there and I’ve been hitting the ball well in the nets.

It was so nice being out in the middle against the Cobras, with the ball coming on to the bat. In fact, I remarked to Dane Vilas, the Cobras wicketkeeper, that it was nice batting on a true surface where the bounce was consistent, the bowlers only spun the ball one way, and I could pick it if it didn’t! It was also a reminder of just how tough it was in Sri Lanka a while back.

I’m feeling much better about my batting now, and am looking forward to a few scores, hopefully, in the near future. The Titans are away this week, on a pre-season camp to the Transkei before their Champions League campaign, so I’m continuing working on my own, and making sure I’m ready for my next big assignment, the Champions League T20, where I'll be playing for the Chennai Super Kings.

I’ll touch base next week before I head off to India.

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