Today is a very important day for most Australians - Melbourne Cup Day - a public holiday in Melbourne and not much work is done in the rest of the country anyway - luncheons and sweeps and all sorts of shenanigans go on. Even those who have to work get dressed up. I had to go to the eye doctor this morning for a checkup after my latest injection - here are the girls in the front office all dolled up with their fascinators etc. Later when I was in the local pharmacy mearly all the staff there were in very dressy clothes with their fascinators as well! Somebody is making a mint from selling fascinators.
Bill and I treat ourselves to prawns for lunch and a glass or two of wine to go with them, while we watch the race on TV. Jock was just as fascinated and I actually had the camera within reach. He is really funny when the football is on, had his front feet right up on the stand trying to work it all out - but of course I never have the camera at the ready!
This chest came back to us yesterday after being restored. I forgot to take a photo before it went away, but it was stained a very dark colour and had a very shiny finish. I love the patina of this finish and the colours and grain of the cedar really show up. It is not an antique - well, not in the true sense of the
word - our grandkids probably think it is, as Bill's mother bought it in the late 1950s and that is forever ago as far as they are concerned!
Blogger is doing funny things and moving me to places where I didn't really want to be, but I think I have managed to get the printing in between the right photos now. This delicate white orchid is a Christmas Orchid (Calanthe triplicate) flowering in the Shade Garden at the Botanic Gardens. It is a native of Central Queensland, but I must confess I have never seen it in the wild. I love the fact that we can see so many native flowers here which we would never normally see.
Two more sleeps and we will be off to catch up with all the New Zealand family. Thw weather Melbourne is having now - cold and wet - will unfortunately be following us over the ditch, but we have pulled out all our winter woollies so hopefully we won't freeze.