Well, the week before last was very busy. Sunday we set off for The Bellarine to stay with Little Jo, Sister and Bone Doctor for two nights. Tuesday night my great niece was born and Wednesday was a visit to town to buy a gift for the newborn and a card. Thursday we picked up Mother and took her to see the newborn. Along the way I reloaded Windows to the computer. Friday was a trip to Moorabbin DFO for some shopping. Saturday, not so much, but dinner out with friends for R's birthday. Sunday was a family lunch at the Cuckoo for Mother's birthday. I no complain.
When Little Jo was born, we gave her a quite expensive baby blanket, and at least until last year, if she wasn't feeling well, she firstly wanted Mummy and then Blanky. We thought we would do the same for Middle Niece, except they seem to have gone up in price. I think we paid $40 for Little Jo's, but $70 for the newborn's. The choice was a between a cheap one at $22 and much more expensive ones with nothing in between. I hope she grows as attached to it as Little Jo did to hers.
For R's birthday dinner, we tried a place knew to us called CII in Grange Road Glenhuntly. We thought it was Italian but there was also Middle Eastern food on the menu. Brighton Antique Dealer speaks Italian and spoke to owner/manager. She said he replied in Italian but with a strange non Italian accent. Whatever she said, we received the most excellent service. The prices for the food were quite low, as was the wine and the food absolutely delicious. I highly recommend CII, with the only criticism was that it was a bit noisy, but there was a very large group dining. I rather like my restaurants with carpet on the floor to quell the noise.
Here are a few photos. What can one say about The Cuckoo? It is cutesy and a bit kitsch, but we had a great time for Mother's 80th and the entertainment was very good, as was the food and service.There are three or more areas to the place, all with their own buffet and entertainment. It can cater to huge numbers. As well as normal diners, there were four tourist buses outside and two mini buses, with all the passengers inside. The $50 lunch finished at 3pm, and then they do a $15 Devonshire Tea, and later, dinner.
Ok, just checked, some stats. It seats 450 people, built in 1914, so this is its 100th year anniversary, originally called Quamby and was Australia's first smorgasbord restaurant, set up by a German couple.
You don't have to like the largest cuckoo clock in the world. I thought it was ugly.
The night before after R's birthday dinner, R put the gift of some tulips in a vase. Yes, he cut the stems. I took a photo of them limp and expected to be able to take a photo of them erect the next morning and send on to the giver of the tulips and a thank you. Alas they remained like a dead donkey's dick.
The gifts and cards. They were left overnight and sorted and in the morning.
Flowers for R's birthday from the UK were delivered. Of course not literally from the UK, but the local florist. I usually put a photo up on Face Book to show the flowers to the UK rels but I won't this time, as I think they may be disappointed.