Thursday, December 02, 2021

A jolly jaunt to town

Last Saturday morning we sat in the weak sunshine at The Wall cafe in Balaclava. R had sourdough toast and I had fruit loaf loaf toast. Toast and coffee set us back over $20. Two slices of toast each for $8 each.  I must stop thinking like I am poor. It was very pleasant. I heard a distantly familiar noise, a train whistle. I knew what was coming. I dashed a few steps to Carlisle Street to watch a steam engine towing restored Red Rattler (Tait I think) carriages.I was so surprised I just watched and didn't take photos. It was a steam train shuttle service between Flinders Street and Sandringham Stations.

We returned home to rest up before the onslaught of Ex Sis in Law and four of our great nieces.

The Basket (thanks Snowy) of Deplorables was demonstrating in the city again and tram services were disrupted. R was stressed because the afternoon wasn't going to be simple. The twin's father who had Friday night access returned the twins late to their nan Ex Sis in Law and so did not arrive until 3.30, an hour late. As they were late, the tram service had returned to normal, so making things much easier.

There was a long and managed queue and it took about fifteen minutes before we saw the Myer Christmas window animatronics display of Peter Rabbit. Expensive hard copy book of Peter Rabbit featured in Myer book and children's department now. 

We trammed it a couple of city stops to Federation Square. We had the kiddies geeded up to see the Christmas tree to alert us where to get off the tram.  "There it is!", a couple of them exclaimed.

Chips, pizza, coffee and soft drinks were consumed. We picked up the tab! I must stop telling myself I am poor. 

There was subsequent play among the Christmas decorations, but then a stage was discovered and don't young children un-self-consciously love a stage. They pranced, danced, jumped and ran around, as did other kids on the stage.

Home time, back to The Highrise for more food and drinks. Mother went back into hospital this day because of an ulcer on her leg that is not healing. We were supposed to visit her at home Sunday and we had bought a birthday sponge for ABI Brother. Instead we and the great nieces consumed Brother's birthday sponge. 

They all left at 6.30. Old people had missed the commercial tv 6pm tv news but did manage to catch ABC tv news at 7.00. A ham sandwich with French seed mustard was the go for dinner. 

I treasure such days. I know they won't last forever. 

R has successfully herded and leashed his dogs.


A couple of very short videos of the Peter the Rabbit window theme. I am not sure what is being mixed by the rabbits in the bowl but in the second Peter has taken a lettuce from the grumpy looking man's garden. The windows were quite good this year, but that is from an adult perspective.



At Federation Square.


Clambering over and through his amused the children, not just our tribe, more than anything else.

33 comments:

  1. It does sound fun. Exhausting but a good day just the same.
    I hope your mother is ok. Slow healing ulcers are not fun.
    $8 for two pieces of toast strikes me as exorbitant. And no, I suppose I am not poor either.

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    1. EC, Mother is just one day short of death, so she says. She sounded bright on the phone tonight.

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  2. I view such days as so precious, I see you are like minded. Sounds like a wonderful fun and magical day, treasured by the kidlets.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, we've lost so many friends one way or the other. It is so good to have family.

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  3. Sounds like a perfect, albeit exhausting, afternoon. The husband has realised we are not poor, either, hence all the work being done around the house. Sadly $8 for two slices of toast is about the norm which I don't mind if it's obviously made in house but if it comes from a loaf of Tip Top I get a bit miffed.

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    1. Caro, good that you have adequate funds and you have projects. Generally the very expensive toast is filling and not Tip Top.

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  4. I like seeing "tram" used as a verb as in "We trammed it a couple of city stops...". Is there such a breed as a tramvestite? They must be very peculiar people.

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    1. YP, I wish I had invented trammed, and you could also say bused and trained. Transvestite? A man in a dress? I am not sure I care for that sort of thing.

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  5. The Myer Christmas windows were always such a fun place to visit, but I had totally forgotten about them. Decades later I think the display of Peter Rabbit is a clever idea and a matching book of Peter Rabbit is even cleverer.

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    1. Hels, at least this year the display is not tied to Disney merch, well I don't think it is.

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  6. What a great day you must have had and know doubt enjoyed it thoroughly.

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    1. Margaret, it was nice and the children behaved themselves pretty well.

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  7. I recall all glitter and sparkle of Christmas windows when I was a wee one.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  8. Watch out children the Pied Piper is in town again! Although Andrew I don't think calling the girls 'dogs' is in line these days (unless your initials are DT) Not Nice!

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    1. Cathy, maybe sheep would have been a better word. But R did remind me of dog walker walking multiple dogs.

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  9. I have to do a decorated window at my other house. Unfortunately my tenant doesn't leave until about the 15th, so I can't get in to do it quite yet. The whole street does a window each, and people come from all over to look at them. I might take pictures.

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    1. Cro, the 15th is not too late. It gives you time to plan the window.

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  10. It sounds like a great afternoon was had, although tiring for sure. I haven't had sponge cake in yonks. I smelled on baking late at night a while ago and decided I would bake one the next day, but I didn't.
    Ulcers that won't heal are often a symptom of diabetes. A long time ago I heard about a treatment for them but have forgotten it now.
    Love the windows.

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    1. River, Mother is just under diabetes level. Thanks for that info. I am not a great one for cakes, but I do like a nice light sponge.

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  11. It couldn't have been easy to look after 4 kids :)
    Eating out in Australia even if a simple meal, can be quite expensive.

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    1. There were two and half of us to look after them Sami. I was the half.
      It is expensive to eat out here, but it seems we earn enough money to do so.

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  12. After a lifetime of being careful with money, it is hard to change.

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  13. I have to remind myself that I am not poor also. It comes from when we were first together and money was tight (ex-wife and kids!). Also when my parents came to Canada times were tough for them although they never let us know.

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    1. Jackie, oddly or maybe not, I can spend large amounts on travel etc much more easily than small amounts. Yes, spend up. No one to leave it to.

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  14. I love watching holiday excitement reflected in children's eyes. I wonder how many times you must repeat that to yourself before you believe it?

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    1. Debby, simple unquestioning excitement is great. I'll probably never believe it.

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  15. Funny, Andrew, you are right. I am very happy spending money travelling. But then agonize over a quick lunch out knowing there is plenty of food at home. And true, no one to leave it too.

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  16. Two slices of toast for $8 each? That's a little crazy. But what the heck -- we can't take it with us, right? And you had a great day so all was worth it.

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    1. It's on the high side Steve and they were large slices of quality bread, but still, as I said, on the high side.

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  17. Anonymous11:31 am

    "A sponge"? You use sponges in the bathroom for washing. You don't eat them. Then I remembered my life in England so many decades ago and yes a "sponge" was shorthand for a sponge cake (not common here in North America). Love you, Roderick+

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    1. Roderick, if I used anything in the bathroom for personal washing, it would be a face cloth or face washer. We have a sponge at the kitchen sink and in the laundry.

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