Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November 6. Day 310. Winners are grinners

Apparently there was a horse race today - the race that stops the nation. I care not at all about horse races. But I like rituals. I like dressing up. I like excuses to eat, drink and be merry with friends. It used to be one of those days that all Australians could participate in. These days that's not so much the case any more because of concerns about cruelty to animals. Not unreasonably, there is a growing movement about the idea of using animals for our entertainment and profit. While I doubt my $5 bet will make a difference either way - except that every $5 is part of the problem I guess. Perhaps next year I'll have the party and not a bet.

Monday, November 5, 2018

November 5. Day 309. Going swimmingly

We are not one of those families who live in the pool. However, I wouldn't want to live without it.
Days like today deserve a cooling off period. It was stinking .... that's a technical term.
It isn't always that easy to convince my family to model for photographs - funnily enough they have found the whole thing has got more than a bit old.
But today there was no argument.  It had to be.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

November 4. Day 308. Birthday girl

 Margaret turned 91 today. In anyone's language that's a big deal. In typical Margaret style she didn't want a big fuss.
But she is a woman who loves fish and chips (no salt, no lemon, no tartare) and something a little bit sweet and naughty. When who reach 91 you earn the right to choose. We had talked about going up to the rooftop terrace for lunch but in the end she decided it was too hot so we partied in her bedroom. It was perfect - the dogs were there. Her birds dropped by and all the staff had given her their best regards.  It was just as it should be.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

November 3. Day 307. Theatrical experience

Brisbane Arts Theatre was the very first place Oliver first experienced the joy of theatre. As such it has a special place in my heart. And Alice in Wonderland is one of the plays he performed in at the same venue. So that doubles my affection. And being the kind creature I am I believe in sharing the love (AKA subjecting other families to an obsession that will doubtless lead to acting classes, voice classes, singing lessons, audition masterclasses...).  So instead of a physical gift I treated my little friend Molly to an afternoon at the theatre. She loved it. I also had the cast sing Happy Birthday to her ... that she wasn't so sure about it. Perhaps she was aware that in Wonderland they celebrate un-birthdays not birthdays. Or perhaps the idea of best wishes from someone who shouts "off with her head" isn't so appealing. Who knows. Give it time. There's a girl who will grow to love a bit of theatre. I feel that.

Friday, November 2, 2018

November 2. Day 306. A proposal

 When director Glenn Weiss proposed to his girlfriend Jan during the Emmy Awards, Oliver and I thought it was heartfelt and adorable. Charles thought it was cheap, tacky and publicity seeking.  It comes as know surprise, really, considering which two members of the family are most into a bit of theatre.
I love a romantic gesture. Tonight walking through the Botanic Gardens, on my way to the theatre, I saw two women setting up a picnic under a tree. There were fairy lights and balloons and cushions and flowers. It was like a scene from The Bachelor. Naturally I stopped to talk. One woman told me she was working on behalf of her cousin. He was planning on proposing. They were on their way. Naturally I had to stop and look - from a polite distance. They arrived. He got down on one knee. She clearly said yes. I left them to it.
Simple. Beautfiul. Heartfelt.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November 1. Day 305. Memories light the corner of my mind

 The job of cleaning out Margaret's house is not one I was looking forward to ... not at all. It's sad and difficult. At times I feel a bit over-whelmed working out the right thing to do with some of the objects. And just when I feel exhausted by it I find a gem. Today it was a kaleidoscope. I love kaleidoscopes. This one had been hand-made for Margaret.
But that was the warm-up round. I found a war diary. It was her father's from 1945. Much of it is a bit pedestrian but there are entries that are priceless. The August 15 entry was gold as he documents the Victory in the Pacific celebrations in Brisbane. Margaret was delighted. I was delighted.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

October 31. Day 304. Spooky

 Frankly there are members of my household who need no excuse to dress up.
As such Halloween is one of the highlights on the annual calendar.
It pleases me know end to have an excuse to dress up the dogs. Ir pleases Oliver no end to have have a reason to go above and beyond in the whole dress up thing.
Today both Winkle and Oliver went the pumpkin route. Rumple was a skeleton. Everywhere I went people were getting into the spirit - no one more than Winkle who gets into the spirit of every occasion generally by humping Rumple. Who would have thought being skeleton would have you want to jump his bones?