Monday, May 18, 2015

Mother's Day

Not exactly topical am I with Mother's Day over a week ago. Mother asked to go to the Dick Whittington Tavern in St Kilda for lunch and quite a number of the family turned up. The great niece was not her usual self. I think she was a bit tired but a few smiles were extracted. She can now just walk, but does not seem in a hurry to take any more than a few steps. Non Dreaded Nephew threw her about a bit and that brought some laughter.

It was a rather nice family get together and as always, the hotel staff were brilliant.

The table was nicely set. I had to remind staff when free champagne was offered to Mother, that there was a younger mother with us too who might like a glass. Most of us chose to eat the delicious steak special for only $20.


Tradie Brother held his dog up to the pub window and then brought him inside. Staff were quickly on to him to see if the dog was an aid dog, which he isn't and so was quickly booted out.



On the way home, what is that coming up the rear?


Damn old thing overtook us. I don't think it is the case in UK and maybe not in other countries, but in Australia you can overtake on the inside lane. Perhaps that is why our highway/freeway traffic is so chaotic, with everyone weaving all over the place. I remember the car and lane discipline when driving on the M6 in England. It was brilliant and everyone knew their place. I would appreciate if you could indicate in comments about overtaking on the inside lane in your country. Of course some of you will be doing so on the wrong side of the road.


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  1. Andrew a great vehicle. In Poland Mother's Day we celebrate on 26th May every year..

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    1. Gosia, I am sure your daughter has bought you something very expensive already.

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  2. We never celebrated Mother's or Father's Day. The parents said that one day was insufficient to make up for a year of neglect.
    Dragged off by a vintage car. Oh the shame of it... Though I do like their shapes. So much more charm (but less comfort) than current vehicles.

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    1. EC, that's funny, although maybe it was not said in humour.

      Yes, it is a charming looking car.

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  3. Loved the bit about the doggie - once upon a time they would have turned a blind eye in a pub on a day like this

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    1. MC, yes, not much of a sense of humour. Not sure why we take pets in eating places so seriously when other countries don't.

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  4. I am a bit worried about dodgy commercial "holidays" like Mother's Day. If we love our mums, we love them during the year. If we don't love our mums, then giving her chocolates on one day of the year won't fool her.

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    1. I know what you mean Hels, but these family get togethers on say Mother's Day and Christmas are always a glue to hold us together. Once Mother goes........who knows.

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  5. Love the old convertible. Lunch sounds nice, steak and champagne. Was there a dessert too? The dining area looks very nice too.

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    1. River, there was dessert, but we didn't have any. Hmm, not like Mother. We did have coffee though.

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  6. Overtaking on the inside!!!!!! We would consider that as dangerous driving. I love going out for a family meal. That is what I consider to be the best of presents

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    1. Fun60, I did not know about your rules until R's bro-in-law was here and he queried my driving. I hope you have a few family meals out.

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  7. Tradie brother should have put on his sunglasses and passed the dog off as an assist dog. Not very politically correct I know! The US is the same as you, cars overtaking inside or outside - madness. I do like British road manners and yes it is illegal to pass on the inside. Driving is still relatively civilized here thank goodness.

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    1. Craig, as I say, your motorways are brilliant as is the driving on them but I hear they quite often just stop. As for local British driving, oh, how many times did I see two people trying to wave each other on. Even the Blackpool tram drivers wanted to give way to everything. That is what road rules are for, so one person is in the right and should go. Yes, I am impatient at times and found it all quite exasperating and many times muttered to myself, for goodness sakes, just go.

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    2. Indeed so, we can a bit too "UK polite". You've gone way down in my estimation for admitting that you've been to Blackpool. Eeeeew - armpit of the universe (and I haven't been since I was about 5)!

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    3. Craig, we have nothing like Blackpool in Australia. It was interesting to see. We rode a couple of old trams before the system was shut down for renewal. We went to gay bar far too early and left before the action started. We stayed the night in the Hilton at a last minute discounted rate. We ate appalling fish and chips on the sea wall perving on some young men. Take a read if you are so inclined http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2008/07/day-23-hexham-to-blackpool.html and http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2008/07/day-24-blackpool-to-hexham.html

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  8. I wouldn't like a dog in the restaurant unless it was a quide dog.
    Ha! slipped up on the inside :) love it...happens here that type of thing which is legal..

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    1. WA, quite right too. I don't really want dogs in restaurants either but it is interesting that they are allowed in some countries. There are some unwritten rules about slipping up the inside and they are often breached.

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  9. Sounds like the perfect Mother's day Andrew.. I don't like my two to buy expensive pressies on MD but we always spend it doing something together , brunch usually, j'adore brunch.. This year Aimee made me work for it, 8 km walk :) I think your Mum would have loved her day with her family. How old is your great niece Andrew? Walking already?

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    1. Like you Grace, brunch is my favourite meal, but then a late lunch can be nice too. Grace, you are so caring but you have forgotten when I wrote about great niece's first birthday in March, with the collapsing inflatable castle. 1 year and 2 months.

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    2. It's all coming back to me now Andrew :) was just wondering because my granddaughter is one year and one month and just finding her legs now, too cute :)

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  10. I do enjoy looking at older vehicles- riding or driving them? Not so much. Despite having lived here all my life, and learning to drive here, I don't hesitate to say that driving here is absolutely insane.

    Mother's Day goes largely uncelebrated in this house; although I do call my Mother, and send her something - either flowers, or something related to butterflies. It's been yonk's years since she lived close enough to take her out for a meal. Glad you had an enjoyable day.

    Thanks for your kind words Andrew, and the smile.

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    1. Driving them can be fun Jac, but so few have power steering. I rather like what we call the Yank Tanks, big old Cadillacs and similar with steering that could be turned with your little finger and they kind of wallow along the road, with no bumps or anything else being transmitted to the driver. There you go. You do note Mother's Day at least.

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  11. Well I suppose the other argument about overtaking on the inside lane is that slow cars should remain in the left lane, which is quite ok on freeways, but I find around town, you need to be in the right lane to not miss the turns and exits you need.
    Sounds like a happy gathering Andrew.

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    1. Carol, that is true about in town. British freways are so disciplined with trucks and caravans in the left lane all travelling at the same speed, the middle lane for cars sitting on 70mph and the outside lane for overtaking and speedsters. It was a nice family event. They are always good, but some better than others.

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