So let's start this week's review on the day that I was a big Loser. Melbourne Cup day, the day whereby Australians around the globe go to special super expensive lunches, drink too much, wear ridiculous headwear and bet on the outcome of a sporting race. I went to a lunch for about 200 at Wilderness (girl's school in Adelaide). It's a major fundraiser for the school, it turns out. So I donned my best cup finery (Milly dress, Alannah Hill giant poppy fascinator, Gary Castle wedges and giant Clic Clac bracelet in red). Here's a visual of me with my friend Anne, who had the most beautiful Ferragamo clutch (not seen in this photo) and killer shoes that she bought last week in Hong Kong. Sorry, we're standing in the dappled shade here....


So why was I a Loser? Well, I managed to select the two horses that came last in the sweep (just as hard as picking the winners, sadly not as lucrative), didn't win any of the raffles, and came runner up for Best Dressed (must say, Best Dressed was kind of random - I hadn't realised I was in it, until they announced I came runner up). I'll just have to try harder next year. At any rate, it was in fact really fun, up until the point I left to go and do the school run.

And onto pageants. Not the type with tiaras and sashes in them, but the biggest day for children in Adelaide. Today was the Christmas Pageant. This year was the 80th Christmas pageant, and it gets bigger each year. It's a huge event for Adelaide children - this signals the start of the Christmas season. I can remember being so overexcited myself as a child, it's fun to go along and see my own children awe struck (in the case of my 2 year old, S.) and squealing with excitement (my 4 year old daughter E.). There are around 60 themed floats, with the parade lasting an hour, and in between the floats are various marching bands, clowns, high stepping dancers, and Pipe bands. Quite a lot of pipe bands. Nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit like hearing "Jingle Bells" wheezing away on the bagpipes, does it. Anyone visiting would have thought the Scots had staged an invasion. There are a lot of pipe bands in Adelaide it appears.

Flo the dragon
Bollywood float - this one's for Romy
Unfortunately, Mr AV missed it. He was stuck in New York due to a snow storm for 24 hours, so he arrived home today, just after the pageant.

Candyland

Fergus the Fire engine
 And aside from all the drafting/ meetings with Engineers/ meetings with Builders I've done this week, I had some friends over for morning tea on Friday. After rushing around tidying up the mess my children generally leave around the house from the morning rush, I didn't have much time to whip up anything too time consuming. So I made a batch of scones. I use the CWA recipe - it's the officially sanctioned recipe, used for countless Field Days and Royal Shows around the country. If you haven't tried it, do. It's extremely easy, very quick, and foolproof.

Scones on my favourite tray

CWA Scone Recipe
3 Cups Self Raising Flour
1/2 Cup Cream
1 Cup milk
Pinch of Salt

Mix together into a slightly sticky dough. Cut out into rounds, bake in a 220 degree C oven for 8-10 minutes.

So Mr AV kindly brought me a gift from New York - an orange Hermes box was produced. I was very excited until I found that they were the scarf tying cards. Nice, but I am thinking I should have got a scarf with them? My Birthday is in a couple of weeks, so I'm suspicious that he may be holding out on me, having bought something a little bit more substantial for my gift and hidden it somewhere in the dressing room.... time to do a big tidy up of the dressing room this week methinks.

Enjoy your weekend x

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  1. Glad Mr AV only was stuck 24 hours... It's a mess in NYC right now!

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    1. It sure is! He said he was sliding everywhere from the snow on the pavement and the traffic was chaos - worst commute in 100 years apparently. Fingers crossed it improves and the rest of Winter is mild. x

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  2. Would have loved to have been on that float! Your parade is much better than Hobart's where all of the weirdos use it as an excuse to get out their Darth Vader suits! You looked fab on cup day, shame you weren't victorious! Good luck with the scarf! Rx

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    1. That pic didn't do it justice either Romy - it was very sparkly, and the girls and guy on the float were doing Bollywood dancing. It was fab. Yes, it's much different to pageants in other cities - people think Melbourne's Moomba parade compares, but it really doesn't. This is a very high standard. Although, my oldest would have thought marching Darth Vaders was fantastic (we once saw a lot walking past on the street on their way to a comic book convention thing in the city, and he was DESPERATE for us to take him)! xx

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    2. Oh, and they also have a David Bromley float - how funny is that? It's loaded with all his artwork! My pic didn't turn out for any of the floats (we were in the shade), so I didn't put the photos up.

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  3. You looked gorgeous! We were celebrating a birthday and I completely forgot about the cup!

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    1. Thanks Deanne - I can't believe you forgot! Maybe it's not quite "the race that stops the nation" then?! xx

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  4. You stunning girl, Heidi. You should have won! Am just catching up on your past 11 posts - working backwards. J x

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    1. Thank you Jane! The winner looked very nice indeed - it was still competition, so there was really no hard feelings! xx

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  5. Mmmm I want some of those scones now....

    You looked gorgeous!

    Hope there is another Hermes box waiting for you on your birthday :)

    Clic Clac is one of the items of my list of things to buy when we go to the States. Not that it's THAT much cheaper over there, but I just want to make it more special LOL.

    B

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    1. I know what you mean B - the world is such a small place now that you can get anything anywhere....but it's still nice to have a little reminder of a holiday somewhere fun. x

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  6. You looked very swish at the cup! And so did your friend. What a fun looking pageant....am I silly thinking it's very early? I an SO not ready for Christmas anytime soon! Had to laugh at your need to tidy the robe. Careful; you might end up on the 'naughty' list!
    x KL

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    1. Only 6 weeks to go K! Not that far off.... it's always a good reminder to me that I need to get my skates on to sort out the Christmas presents. I'll be very discreet cleaning up the dressing room. He wouldn't even notice if I had a bit of a peek.......! x

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  7. You looked fab in your cup outfit. Made me laugh as Farmboy always says runner up is "first loser"!!!

    My Brother-in-law and his wife got stuck here trying to get back to NY - they were worried about their apartment but it was ok.

    Take care.

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    1. "First Loser" that is hilarious! I definitely was!! Glad your BIL's apartment was ok. Flying is stressful at the best of times without adding delayed flights and possible flooding at your home to the list. xx

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  8. Lovely post... LOVE the tray too... Sure you will be receiving a larger orange box for your birthday... hope to see it here! xx

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    1. I love that tray - it has fabric in it, so I couldn't resist. Still fingers crossed with the orange box. I did a bit of tidying up today, and no sign. He has hidden it well...... x

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  9. Love your outfit. My mum used to use her CWA cookbook all the time.

    Those scones looked absolutely delicious xx

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    1. You just can't go wrong with the CWA. I doubt my scones would win a prize at the show, but they were certainly very tasty (and so much easier to make than rubbing butter into flour and all that palaver!)

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