Thursday, February 08, 2018

Wrong way, again

There is no doubt about it. It is is a character fault of mine and while I know my fault in this area, I continue to fail, as I did this Sunday past.

A hotel venue was the place for Little Em's second birthday. There must have been 50 people there for her birthday, but we knew about 15 of them, nearly all family. The other guests, child creche friends and parents, I suppose.

Of course it was great to mix with family, but the venue wasn't great. It was so noisy and so busy. The hotel had recently had a $6 million renovation and has the most amazing children's play area, but young children = noise and chaos.

That morning, before we left, I did a quick check of the electric map. Ah, I know where that is. Time and time again I have done this, thinking I am in a familiar area and not bothering to check properly. Well, it wasn't where I thought it was and I turned right from Eastlink into a major road where I should have turned left. My thorough incompetence resulted in perhaps a delay of 15 minutes to our arrival. Fortunately we left home early and so were still on time. Why do I only ever check properly when I am totally unfamiliar with an area?

We had some fun with birthday girl Little Em, along with her older sister Little M. Little M is nearly four and becoming challenging but so much fun. While the twin's mother, Hippie Niece, had been given a weekend off to attend a music festival (what are The Waifs?), Ex Sis in Law, their grandma, brought them along and it took some time for them to settle to the noisy environment and all these strange people, but they did and started smiling and laughing. They are about ten months old and so heavy. They are going to be solid Islander girls, and I reckon thoroughly gorgeous.

For those with local knowledge, we were very near the late Dame Elizabeth's (Rupert Murdoch's mother) Cruden Farm. Going the wrong way did give me the opportunity to get R to take this snap of some roadside art.

21 comments:

  1. OMG The Waifs are fab!
    Cruden Farm makeover? Weren't they proposing to chop a line of trees for more parking space at some stage?
    Dame Elizabeth was very forward thinking but....!

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    1. Jayne, I may have seen The Waifs on tv, or heard them on the radio. I think I thought they were good. I am not aware of what is happening at Cruden Farm. I sounds of some concern.

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  2. I find all eating out spots very noisy these days..... or maybe I am now old and grumpy???
    Do love the Big Gnome :)

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    1. Lady J, join me in the grumpy stakes. I too find most places too noisy.

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    2. Good .... its not just me.

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  3. Second birthday already?? Gosh time flies so much faster these days. I'm glad you got there in time, in spite of turning the wrong way.
    LOVE the big gnome.

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    1. River, ever feel like life is normally paced but everything else is sped up? The gnome is great.

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  4. Thats a man thing, don't check until thoroughly lost. Sounded like a hectic kids party.

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    1. Yeah Diane, I know. And don't forget to add, and we won't ask directions. It was rather hectic.

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  5. I have absolutely no sense of direction.

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    1. Sandra, your presence would have been helpful then, by sending me in the opposite direction.

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  6. This is the first time I've heard of a two-year-old's birthday party being held in an hotel.

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    1. Cro, these are large family oriented hotels in newish areas. Pokie machines to make the real money, different bars, adequate food at a reasonable price and a playroom for kiddies. Yes, quite different to the British Fox and Hounds.

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  7. An electronic GPS map? Cool idea... I wonder if it will ever catch on.

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    1. Hels, probably will with the younguns. I like the sense of perspective that a map gives. Nevertheless, the Melways failed me and in the end I resorted to electronic methods.

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  8. I'm hopeless with maps so I put my GPS on whenever I'm going somewhere I don't know.
    Sounds like it was a noisy party with 50 people!
    I like the gnome in the middle of nowhere.

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    1. Sami, that is what I should have done. Add to our number perhaps 150 other people too.

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  9. What is it with men and directions! P will never admit to being lost, he would rather drive around for ages before finally agreeing to look up the correct directions 😀 I'm glad you got there on time and had so much fun with the bubs. What a very big garden gnome 😀😀

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    1. Grace, haha, he is true to type. Yes, a gnome too big to gnomenap.

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  10. I'm always doing that too, not checking the route before I leave, thinking I know the way and its easy enough, then getting hopelessly off course.

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    1. Strayer, exactly. And I am sure if it is completely alien to you, you will look it up properly.

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