Something very weird is happening.
I have not checked the site for weeks maybe months, on checking I see it was February 08, and then I took a peek today and the number of hits has shot up to 1500 that is about 300 more than the last time I looked.
Worse summer in many areas for decades but the best if you lived north of Inverness. Anyway golf handicap back to 5 and Mrs McK now on 15!!! (First time it has gone up in a season for years - she is not happy)
Well a lot has happened in the last wee while including a near fatal experience - well i was knocked off my bicycle on a busy road by of all things a pedestrian at end of August. Sorry to call a young pregnant lady a thing but....... Damaged my left shoulder and broke a bone in my right hand. The main impact was taken on my left side but my right hand must have got stuck underneath as I fell. I was unconcious for a few minutes and a friend who passed bye not long after the incident thought the person on the road was dead. She was quite relieved when I rolled over, she recognised who it was and I was breathing. EEE Awed my way to A&E after the attention of one of these roving paramedics who blocked the traffic which was good of him as Friday evenings at 5.20pm is normally quite busy.
Anyway the outcome of the above is I have not played golf for 6 weeks and have missed out on a few games both here in and around Edinburgh as well as a holiday in Arran. Things have improved although my knuckle on my index finger of my right hand is very stubbornly not easing as quickly as I would like.
Hmm I need to check to see if there is anything the unknown readers would be interested in hearing about from KnK. Maybe you could post a message and we could then provide you with something of interest.
Mrs McK is in poor health in that she has pulled something in her back and although had numerous games of golf organised over today until next Tues, these have been cancelled until back improves. She has just returned from a w/end in..................... yes you guessed Arran with her lady chums from Ratho Park. I think there was much hilarity and nothing like a laugh to bring the colour to your cheeks.
No new pics to add to the blog but I am mystified why this site has had the hits. Please enlighten us.
Location: Edinburgh, UK
Hits still on the up even though we have not had any updates for several months.
Winter has been cold, damp, wet in fact they say January was the wettest Jan since ............last Jan. We are swimming in it and the consequence for this is yes you guessed it, lack of sleep due to lack of golf. Sad really that life has this sinnew through it and it is something that people come up and say to me - 'playing golf Ken' They do not come and say 'how is your journey with the Jesus' or 'how is the cooking skills coming along' or ' written any good updates/books/articles recently' My life obviously exudes golf rather than God a bit telling in some respects.
A bit profound all this.
Plans are uncertain so I continue giving sage advice at Citizens Advice two days, well two half days, a week and the rest of the time I am writing minutes for deacons meetings and the like.
Mrs McK is beavering away at the office of Ownership Options and we are looking forward and appreciating the longer days and both today and yesterday....SUNSHINE.
We hosted a street Burns Supper on 25th Jan and it was a great success. Only one Tam O'Shanter, rather surprising really considering everyone else's state. Street are now talking about having a street party in August. Whether it will be better weather or not from now???? If the blog is still going we will let you ken.
If you are still reading this blog maybe send me an email or leave a message on the blog otherwise this will be closing down at the end of February. Just think a year ago today we were about to leave HK for NZ.
Location: Mortonhall Golf Club, UK
Having endured a slump in form over the last few weeks with handicap on the rise your correspondent enjoyed some improvement. Last Saturday at MGC there was a St Andrew's Day Foursomes competition. This involves a mixture of greensomes, i.e. both players drive at every hole, but one player take the second shot at the even holes and the other at the odd holes. The format is stableford. I was playing with a member who took pity on me. We had amassed 34 points with three holes left but only managed to get 2 more points out of a potential 6. This resulted in us missing out by 2 points from winning the whole shebang and rounds of golf at St Andrews and Kingsbarns.
Consolation was another round yesterday, in beautiful winter sunshine, when playing off forward tees I went round in 71, one under par. Out in 38 (2 over) and back in 33 (3 under) and I won £1 from someone who until yesterday has lined his pockets at my expense.
Golf today St Andrews Day was cancelled due to the weather which was overcast and dry at tee off time but is chucking it down now.
More golf next week - weather permitting
Location: Edinburgh, UK
Had to update the blog with more tales of daring doo.
Yesterday 14th Nov I had the pleasure, nay privilege of meeting with 'Unreal Jambo' when we shared in the delights of Mortonhall Golf Club, accompanied by my wee boy Douglas (Dougie).
A beautiful late autumn day with clear blue skies warm sunshine and hardly a breath of wind - until the broccolli soup!!
First hole provided a sampler of what was to come or let us say that Douglas is not deadly around the greens. In fact he can be deadly but we had take the precaution of making sure we were behind him thereby reducing the possibility of any unfortunate incident. DGA did make par quite early in the round but sorted out his driving at the ........................14th. Ah well next year.
Unreal Jambo was making steady if not spectacular progress and often played to his handicap - and by that I do not mean that he used all his shots at the one hole. Nay, nay thrice nay. UJ came into his own in the last few holes finishing bogey, par, bogey, dbogey, birdie, bogey, and if taking his shots at each hole was playing well within handicap i.e. 4,3,5,5,1,4. Take a fuller swing and watch that ball fly.
Retired to the bar where we quaffed copious amounts of what they had on offer made it to the car and somehow got home, boy what a day.
Your correspondent played quite well also but it was the experience that counted - I always say that regardless of the round. If that were true I would indeed be a man that that saintly chap Paul once said '....in all situations be content...' I am not sure what handicap he played off but I always wonder if it was the thorn in his side.
Location: Winterfield Dunbar, UK
Okay the real story is that Charles was playing around with my wife!!! The most momentous achievement was that everyone got round before dark but the outing was devoid of some major culprits such as - no I can't name and shame but he is not a member of the westminster parliament is as far as I can dare go. Pot hunter supreme was Gavin Simpson and he has custody of Carlos Mamillanos sombrero.
Duncan Brown remains the only person to have had a h-i-1 on a MBC outing. He also remains the only person NOT to have purchased a round of bevvies for the gills and boyz - so I remind him at each opportunity. To further avoid it he failed to register this time around.
Kenny Smith was heard talking of selling up and trying tiddly winks or was it something about getting tiddly can'y quite recall the details. Kenny Roy likewise had to be given a plastic knife - just in case.
Pressies and trophies were lavished on the assembled company and we all had a smart time in bootifool weather (esp over the last 9 holes) I swore from time to time - but that is not news anymore when it comes to 'flog'. I continue to ask for forgiveness - I wonder if the yips was Paul's thorn but maybe he had a shank problem he was after all always giving 'shanks' sorry that was fit only for the Brian Robertson book of cr@p.
This update is provided to keep the unreal jambo from falling asleep while at work.
What readers need to know is that the unreal jambo while pleading lack of competence in the art of flog is a dark and mysterious horse and I would advise against playing for loot. I will report more after our scheduled game on Wednesday 14th Nov.
Hope this update satisfies dear readers.
Location: Edinburgh (still), UK
Just to please David and the few remaining bloggers.
KG is working soft - opposite of hard, at Ownership options, a charity that assists those on Invalidity Benefits to secure mortgages or loans to adapt their property.
KPC is training with Citizens Advice to become an advisor. Boy what trouble and strife many people get into. Anyways that should keep us occupied until the new season of fun.
Golf is on back burner even though the weather has been very good, warm and sunny, now turned cold but still sunny.
KPC handicap has rocketed from 5.4 to 5.5 or in normal terms from 5 to 6. Ah well being a Class A flogger for even a few months was a pinnacle, that is not the golf ball, I did not expect to reach.
MBC Golf Outing to Winterfield started in dark overcast conditions but finished in the most beautiful of evenings. KG & KPC won prizes but not the overall pot of coppers.
Anyway must dash got things to do!!
Location: Tayport, Scotland
18th saw us have a busy day with an earlish start in pouring rain heading north and east to Cote de Fife for more Mixed Flogging this time at Scotscraig.
Rather surprisingly the rain stopped while heading through Auchetrmuchty but remained overcast. After 11 holes we were doing not too badly but the remaining 7 seven holes witnessed three 7s and Monty type behavious from guess who?!!?
Ah well we have one more in the diary but whether that happens for us may be determined by the fact we have to rush off to a wedding on 1st September. Some girl called Susanna.
Will find out about jobs this week so the 'holidays' may be coming to a close. We are off to Arran on 13th Sept and plan to go to Kintyre, thanks to R&M, and then maybe north to Spean Bridge and Ross-shire with the possibility of a game at Dornoch but nothing definite. (Roads might closed with snow or we could be having an Indian Summer by then).
Tim has returned from Finland and it was good to see him so travel in the wider family continues apace with Claire still enjoying NZ.
(Details on planetranger.com/clairegoesglobal) for anyone still logging on to this blog.
Location: Ladybank, Scotland
Next Mixed Open was at Ladybank, near Glnrothes in Fife.
After 9 holes we were quite excited with only 40 shots on the card at 4 over. Then the bogey came off the rails and we bogeyed or coubled every hole until the last when we had a quin-type bogey 9 to end up with 51 shots - what a disappointment. Played with a couple - obviously, but Alison was at school with Katrina and that was good fun.
They kindly invited us to play at Archerfield near Gullane and this was played on Wednesday last.
Ken played with Alison while KG played with Mark.
Ken and partner were 3 up after 10 and then once again it all turned nasty or good depending on your vista. KG and Mark one by one and Ken has gone off in the proverbial Monty mood.
Both rounds were fun though and while golf is our out and about we are about og o off for a few dayse to visit Joy in Kincraig.
More updates on that to follow.
Location: Kingsbarns, UK
Sorry this is another golfing yarn.
To celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary Katrina had very kindly organised a game at the fabulous Kingsbarns course.
I had an appointment at the doc's, warfarin clinic, and this overran. we had planned to leave around 9 and was still at the surgery. I arrived home to a harassed and upset Mrs McK as I had screwed up basically so time was very short. We sped over to Fife and my choice of route involved country lanes, being stuck behind buses, slow moving holiday traffic and to cap it all road works. On the tee at 11 we made it with 15 minutes to spare but no bacon rolls.
We were joined by Mo and Alan Gardner and had a real thrill. The course is beautifully presented, the weather was fantastic and the golf was ................ well I had a couple of birdies and a load of not very good golf. But the experience was great and thoroughly recommended for the discerning 'flogger'.
We retired to the clubhouse and then to Anstruther to wait in the Q at 'the fish and chip shop' for very good supper. We did wait around 40 minutes so it had to be good and was.
Thanks to my long suffering wife for a very special day.
Location: Arran, UK
Due to the fact that people are still hitting the blog we thought you people that are deserve some reward for your persistence.
It will be interesting to see if this stimulates more responses - always welcome.
13th July was a Friday but the intrepid twosome were not dissuaded from venturing forth - involving roads, boats but no planes. As those of you who know us best the only place to be in July is Arran. With the British summer being the hottest on record - or was that a Michael Fish forecast, we had plenty of wet weather gear with us. Indeed those who had been on Arran the previous two weeks were polite but not exuberant about the UV. Needless to say we also had the clubs with us.
Ken's nephew, wife and two boys, Alastair and Jack, were still at MASH (Machrie Schoolhouse) so it was great to catch up with them. Ken had a hole in one at the 12th at Shiskine so he was up for a game but the weather closed in on Friday afternoon and we had to cancel.
Saturday was much better day and we were soon up and running, as well as bidding farewells to the Dublin branch.
Ken quickly slipped into relaxed mode while Katrina, still unwinding from a hectic period of activity in Edinburgh was taking longer to chill. However chill we needed to do as we had Denis the menace arriving along with the lovely Anne or is it Ann. What could we throw into the melting pot of excitement. Well 'how's about guys and gals' as the great Jimmy Saville used to say, a hole in one for Ken? Ken has been playing golf since he was about 6 or 7, so around 25 years!! and not a sniff of such a fluke as a hole in uno. Well on morning of 16th July all this changed when at the 7th at Shiskine, a blind shot so extremely talented shot - or even more flukey, Ken aced his 7 iron. Not finished with that the closing 6 holes, there are only 12 at Shiskine, was completed in a measly 15 shots. [ card read 1, 3, 5, 2, 2, 2]. After this account all of you who have an interest in golf will be amazed and the majority will have closed this session down. Sorry there are more heroic golfing yarns to come. Ken and Katrina won the Lamlash Mixed scratch prize, second year running except running does not happen at Lamlash. Katrina and her team won the Texas Scramble at Machrie the next day and was second in the Ladies Greensome at Shiskine along with Elaine Hillis from Fortrose.
Do we do anything other than golf - well we read we have friends to stay we marvel at God's brilliance in forming Arran and we were amazed at the weather. Other than the rain on 13th we had next to no rain the rest of thetwo weeks and enjoyed warm and sunny weather much of the time.
We picked some fruit and made jam and oatcakes and if truth be told were reluctant to leave and no shortage of envy for those who follow after us and have the place. We are grateful to my brother for letting us enjoy his house in Arran and now struggle with internal demons to come to terms with life in Auld Reekie with jobs to find or contribution to society. All a far cry from meeting and enjoying company of families we meet in Arran each year, Hillis, Ker, Brown and many others; thanks for a great time.
Location: Edinburgh, UK
You bloggers need to get a life or stand up and be counted.
Number of hits is still mounting (1141) and not sure if you have something more to ask of KnK or if you have a bad habit that needs sorting.
KnK will be in Edinburgh for the next 7 weeks so if you are too shy to give us a telephone call or visit please put a message on the blog and we will check it to answer you.
The serious quandary of what happens now has to be faced but we continue to trust God that we will be shown what and where we should be.
This week will be tough on KnK as we bid our Claire a happy and safe year away as she heads off for USA, Fiji, NZ for 6/8 months and then on to Oz & SE Asia. We are glad for her that she is able to do this but sad for ouselves - and her bro, that we will not see her for such a long time. God speed and keep safe.
Hope you are all well