Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Melbourne Cup

I was back at work yesterday and tried to take it easy. A few jobs needed to be done which allowed me to sit down, so I took full advantage of it. I'm still not back to my 100% but am getting better each day. Just waiting for this dreaded bug to leave my system entirely.

Today I didn't have to go to work because it's a public holiday in the Melbourne metropolitan region. The first Tuesday of November each year celebrates our biggest horse race in the country, The Melbourne Cup. I'm not big on horses but usually watch the race on TV when it's running. This year's race finished an hour or so ago and the winner was an overseas horse called Americain. Both horse and jockey come from France. The local favourite was So You Think which ended up coming third in the race.

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It's a big day for those who go to the race. They usually get dressed up in their finest outfits which some have planned months in advance. Unfortunately you can't predict the weather in Melbourne and today it was overcast and rained for part of the day (before and during the race). Some years it can be wonderfully sunny but it's pot luck as to how the weather will turn out this time of year.

Myself, I've never been to the race and just enjoy the day off from work. Today I've had a relaxing day since I'm still trying to get over the flu. I've been looking at what project I could do next and may have found something. A small Shepherd's Bush kit which I find are handy as everything you need to stitch it is included in the kit. So hopefully I'll have something in the way of stitching to show you soon. I'll keep you posted...


Katiuscia said...

ciao, I am Katiuscia, an italian girl. I like stitching and I love your blog, but I am also a rider and it would be wonderful to be in melbourne with you today ;)

Пенелопа said...

Привет, с праздником вас! Рада, что дела улучшаются. Побольше времени на вышивку!

Le blog de marylin said...

see you soon

have a good day
marylin france

dixiesamplardesigns said...

Jane...so good to have you back with us. Glad you are feeling better and hope you continue to improve.

Love the SB Halloween piece from your last post...and can't wait to see what you have coming up.


Susan said...

I always enjoyed getting the first Tuesday in November off for the Melbourne Cup.

I only went to the race once myself. I was in my early 20's, and I went with two co-workers. We all got dressed in our finest clothes, and borrowed one of the girl's grandparent's Jaguar, and we did the picnic in the parking lot. What made the day more cool was that the car parked next to us was a Rolls Royce; they had their own butler who came and served us our lunch when he was finished serving theres. It was a lot of fun!