1 November 2005

it's beginning to look a lot like summer

beachcricket

Yesterday was warm. We spent the day at the beach. Today also is warm.

I have worn sleeveless dresses two days in a row. Ceiling fans whir slowly overhead. The dog lazes in the shade of the ash tree. Son No. 1 made pizza for dinner (a sure sign of summer). Son No. 2 and I made orange pudding. Daylight saving has begun, making our evenings deliciously long and light (and assisting our children in not waking quite so early in the mornings).

Today is the day when all of Melbourne comes to a halt for that horse race. The big one. The one that supposedly 'stops a nation'. Children have the day off school; most people get to enjoy a public holiday. Helicopters buzz low over our house constantly, ferrying the Very Important People to and from the racetrack. Range Rovers and BMWs from the leafy eastern suburbs trawl through our much humbler one, ferrying the rich (but not quite so important) people to the track. And the trains and trams are sardine-packed with the ordinary folk. Alternatively, they walk. The children enjoy leaning on the front fence watching the parade of hats, frilly frocks and men in dark suits amble past, looking suitably jaunty and privileged.

At the other end of the day however, it's a different story. Ties are loosened, women carry their high heels, voices are raised, laughs are raucous. Sometimes it's not pretty. But mostly it's fun. We sit on our front verandah, hidden by the triffid-like climbing rose, gin and tonic in hand. People-watching.

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10 comments:

Alice said...

Just as well I've had dinner or I might be tempted to try and eat that delicious looking pizza and orange pudding straight off the screen.

Do you have a favourite beach that you go to?

lyn said...

Wow, that looks seriously yummy, it's getting wet and windy here in the u.k, so I am envious of your lovely weather. Sigh.

Gina E. said...

What fun! You'll miss that when you move over this side of town, Suse. The closest I have ever been to the Cup atmosphere is at the TAB or watching it on tv. If you get time, pop into Patra's Other Place to see how we spent the day in the outer north-east!

Jan said...

It's dark and rainy and chilly and dreary here this morning so I'm particularly enjoying your sunny post. That orange pudding looks delicious and I love the polka dot mat!

blackbird said...

gosh that pizza looks quite professional...
recipe? for orange pudding?

Jane said...

Stop it NOW with the sun and warmth and cricket and sleeveless dresses! We've just gone back to darkness arriving about 4.30pm and the chickens going to bed at 5pm.

I've got a friend who lived near Ascot racecourse (until she went to live the life of Riley in the Australian sunshine) and she used to regale me with great tales of people-watching there. Sounds good fun - especially with a G&T in hand.

Surfing Free said...

Hey, thanks for your ear ache suggestion. I will definitely try that tonight - I'm trying to avoid antibiotics. Is that orange pudding like a Lemon Delicious? Yum, I must try the orange version!

la vie en rose said...

i love the idea of getting a holiday for a horse race

jess said...

Orange pudding? I've never heard of it but it looks yummy. And what's on the pizza?

mav said...

this would be my favorite dessert, i can feel it! :) mav