Chris Clubley - My Yorkshire weekend
PUBLISHED: 00:00 15 March 2014
East Yorkshire estate agent Chris Clubley on making the most of every moment
Sitting in my conservatory in Market Weighton on a horrible rainy Sunday morning gives me time to reflect on the numerous weekends I’ve enjoyed over the years, to take stock of my experiences now and to look forward to the future.
After starting my own business with my wife 25 years ago, weekends were an extension of my working week for many years. Luckily, I can honestly say that for most of those years, and even now, my profession has also been my hobby.
My involvement with Selby Auction Market, along with regular auction sales for my business on a Saturday, means that most weekends are shortened to one day: Sunday.
For the most part, Sundays mean time on the family farm, where relaxing involves feeding the sheep or helping with the harvest, cultivations and hay-making. Just this morning, I’ve been out to feed the sheep in the pouring rain – if only it was a job that could be left for a fine day.
Once the chores are done, it’s time for tennis with three other, shall we say, mature players. The pace may be slower for me now, but my desire to win is still as fierce as ever – a trait that still shines through in my everyday life.
If the weather’s fine, Sunday usually involves a walk up to the coast or a visit to my favourite dale – Farndale – for a restful day in peaceful scenery populated by kind people.
My wife is a keen gardener and I admire her horticultural skills immensely. I also take great pleasure in pottering around the garden and helping (where I’m allowed). My gardening skills are not exceptional, but I am always allowed to cut the lawn.
I am no more at home than when I have a gavel in my hand, something that’s reflected in my usual Friday and Saturday evenings when I’m often called on to conduct charity auctions for deserving causes. This, linked with my commitment and devotion to the Rotary, means weekend evenings are either filled with auctions, planning fundraising events or community work over dinner with my fellow Rotarians and friends, either at home or in one of the many exceptional restaurants we have in our area.
My greatest pleasure in life, I must say, comes from spending time either at home or in the country with my three granddaughters: Abigail, ten, Evie, seven, and Alice, three. They love a sleepover, so many Sunday mornings I’m awakened by the patter of tiny feet at 6am – a joy I wouldn’t miss for the world.
The future? None of us know what it might hold, but I’m aware that while hard work has featured in my life for many years, there is a wealth of pleasure to be gained from family, friends and my commitment to Rotary.