The Mo’st Fun
Tuesday marks an important day on the Australian calendar. Melbourne Cup Day. The Race that Stops a Nation.
The race that gives everyone (especially those in the bush) a much-needed excuse to STEADY up for a day, to stop, relax with friends, and enjoy a refreshment or two and maybe a flutter on the Big Race. For the past few years, our local Melbourne Cup bash has been at my cousin’s place (almost an hour’s drive west of here) which I have covered previously here and here and here.
This year is the last one to be hosted by my cousin and her hubby Jay – after all the woman home-schools four kids, helps run the property and runs a framing business too. Super Em.
As usual, it was fantastically fun, with a touch of seriousness as it did it’s bit to raise awareness of Men’s Health issues.
Special guest for the day was Dr Bruce Chater ,who gave a fascinating talk about a myriad of health issues faced by blokes in the bush. It was great to see every person there stop and really listen to the things they needed to take notice of, and to take notice of in others.
There were little girls and fashion …
The big girls did a great parade as well – although my cousin Em does tend to intimidate a little with those endless legs!
Madi was divine too…
Imagine the stories that hat could tell?
There was THIS baby still busily stealing hearts without even opening his eyes…
Then, of course, it was time for the races. The hobby-horse races, that is.
And they are OFF!
Then it was the ‘big kids’ turn…
You know there is gonna be trouble when Jackaroo Lachy gets his boots off.. and teams up with my cousin Tom.
They should have been named The Purple People Eaters. Or maybe the Purple People Impeders…
And of course, there were the mousaches. For the “Movember” themed day. My husband decided to NOT grow one this year (apparently he was sick of winning it every year – the men in my husband’s family are famously hirsute!). Our jackaroos Cal and Lachy, however, represented us well! (Although I suspect the mo-growing might have begun a little earlier than the official starting date.)
Cal (left) took out Mo with the Mo’st Character…
While Lachy managed to nab Best Dressed Bloke! Cal is taking some credit for lending him the $10 tie. I am also taking credit for insisting on everyone’s ironing shirts and jeans!
It’s fair to say everyone got into the spirit of the day, including the kids who found the packet of fake mo’s before the end of the day.
So… How was your Melbourne Cup Day? Did you work, attend an event or (as I used to do) get into the spirit of the day from comfort of your own living room?
And for non-Aussies: What is your big social day of the year?