Ahem. Apparently, I forgot that yesterday was Wednesday. This is because Tuesday here was Melbourne Cup day. Which, because I live in Melbourne, was a public holiday.
Yes, the Melbourne Cup is a horse race. And we have a holiday for it. And we have the cheek to say that other places are mental! 😉 If memory serves me right, it used to be a holiday NATION-WIDE. I feel I should say this is shocking, but actually I find it kind of endearing. There is too little eccentricity left in the world.
For those who have never been, this little video gives you some feel for what it’s like.
Some do come for the racing, but most come for the party. Many, many people descend on Flemington, frocked to the nines (or dressed up in costumes, if that’s how they roll) and proceed to drink and bet the day into submission. There are so many people indeed, that some don’t even bother trying to get in, but bring their picnic baskets and four-wheel drives and have their party in the carpark. I kid you not.
But for others, it’s ALL about the frock. And the ludicrous hat. The more ludicrous the better. And the completely nonsensical high heels. If you’re a woman and you aren’t crippled by the end of the day, you just aren’t trying hard enough, in the footwear department. Should you ever find yourself sharing a train carriage in Melbourne full of young women in slightly bedraggled finery, with their shoes in their hands and their bare feet glowing like rivets on the dirty floor, you’ll know it’s the end of Melbourne Cup day.
So important is the fashion, that they even have a hotly contested competition called Fashions on the Field, weather notwithstanding…
So with all this excitement, is it any wonder that I forgot what day it was?
Oh okay, I wasn’t there. I was making 38 bottles of lemon cordial from scratch for the school fete. But I watched the race!
And then, I discovered that this interview that I did for Destiny Romance, was up on their website. I think it came up okay, but after having paused it several times I now know why happy snaps of me at parties always look dodgy. For your amusement, you might like to stop it 0.18, 1.29 and 3.41. One day the wind will change, then I’ll be sorry! Hope you like it!
Have a great Thursday!