You may or may not know that Tuesday was Melbourne Cup Day here in Oz.
It's known as "the race that stops a nation."
This famous, charismatic horse race is the cause of much dressing up , luncheon attending and general partying all over Australia.
Horse racing lovers come from all over the world to attend this prestigious race and fabulous Thoroughbred horses from America, New Zealand, Dubai, Ireland, and the UK are flown to Australia to compete.
The TV stations bring the fashions to us if we are not able to fly down to Melbourne to attend.
It's one of the few occasions when Aussie women wear hats!
( these are photos of my TV )
In Brisbane, stay-at-home women flock to Melbourne Cup Luncheons - either private ones held in someone's home or commercial ones held as special events.
Any excuse for a ladies' lunch !!!
So, not to be left out, a few friends gathered here for a few glasses of champers, a lovely lunch and, of course, we watched the race on the TV and cheered the horses on (not before we held our own sweep ).
Stylish guests arrived .....
and everyone contributed to a feast of delicious food.
I'm afraid that my horse didn't even finish the race!
Better luck next year !
On Wednesday, Tony and I drove the 60 miles south east of Brisbane to the Gold Coast .....
for lunch here,
sitting on the balcony of the Surf Lifesaving Club at Broadbeach.
with this view !
How good is that !
and before I sign off today... THAT PHOTO !
I can tell you there was nothing wordless about my response when I woke up on Tuesday morning to find a huge hole had been excavated under the fence by you know who during the night!!!
The bulbs of the lovely red hippiastrums had been ripped out and completely destroyed,
but worst of all our lovely Mandevilla had been broken off near the ground and a large amount of it's roots dug up too!
And just after I had featured those two on FTF too !