Saturday, 21 November 2015

Thanks a minion!

My life's not all posh frocks and fascinators you know.
It's the Aussie Party season and they're coming thick and fast...

Crazy Poodle licks his lips still from all the treats following his photoshoot below!
Last Friday was our Volunteer party with a theme of Superheros and Villains.
With over one thousand volunteers, it was always going to be quite some do.
As it was, quite some 'to-do,' to work out what on earth to wear!

I decided to go as Wonder Woman until I was politely reminded that  
volunteers are the superheros, staff were supposed to be the villains... Oops!

Bit disappointed not, about missing out on all that lycra!

What on earth to wear - Footscray street art from our building.
Luckily, we have an amazing staff team, resourcefulness is what we do best.
One of our team values is humour, fun and celebration
and this came to the fore last weekend - BIG time.
We're going as the loveable villains Minions from Despicable Me, help!

We have a kaleidoscope of multicultural hidden 
pasts and talents amongst our wee group of staff. 
These are constantly uncovered to inspire at times of need. 
Who'd have thought one of us used to be a costume designer? 
Massive hug for that previous life and the fact that K-Mart have Minion googles!

So a sewing machine arrives and we are transformed into Minions.
Cute Minion yellow hats are made, amidst much talk of Banannnnnas!
Wot a laugh, love being part of the team in this way.

Thanks a Minion, love you Guys!

PS : I'm not sure our Crazy Poodle minion quite got into the spirit,
although he will do ANYTHING for a Kangaroo treat! 
Thanks to Beverley at How Sweet The Sound 
for featuring the Crazy Poodle's Melbourne Cup outfit 
as the one that caught her eye this week!

Linking with Blue Monday and Our World Tuesday
Thanks Sally and all the hosts at OWT.

And a special shout out to Jenny at 
I'm happy to join in the fun!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Sizzling Sydney

This time last week we were in Sydney
We were there to celebrate, live it up and relax!

The Good:

It was an interesting weekend to say the least.
First stop was a return to the hotel where a year ago
I saw the naked man on the balcony.

I haven't forgotten:
'Fifty something, mother of three, 
just released after twenty plus years of juvenile detention, 
caught up in Sydney sex pest ring.'

So the usual thing happens, we get up at 4am take the early flight to Sydney and I'm standing at the hotel check-in bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and early. Without my trump card of a husband (that sounds a bit rude) but literally doors open for these guys who travel so much, they have extra wallets for all the various loyalty hotel cards...

So it's little old me, and the receptionist is telling me 
my room won't be ready for another five hours. 
I'm wondering whether to pull the 
'I'm in the top 1% of all Trip Advisor reviewers'  
or the 
'Do you want to hear my naked man on your balcony story 
from last time you made me wait for my room...?'

When as if by magic, neither is necessary and an early check-in is found.

The random:

So we're in Sydney for a flash corporate event,
or so, I was lead to believe.

Admittedly the invitation creates confusion.
It says dinner suits, is that Aussie for dinner jackets or lounge suits?
We ask around no-one knows.
If in doubt resort to Google!
Google indicates a DJ and bow tie is the way to go...

Rats! I'm not convinced my last years Christmas party frock will do.
A quick Sydney shopping trip and a new black David Lawrence frock and shoes 
is purchased. Here is the dress; the exact same frock and shoes 
and not the exact same body!

In fact, full disclosure here, no-where near the exact same body...
That's a model, in case you were wondering!
But I'm good to go.

Photo credit; David Lawrence website

The Fun:
Well I'm good to go in a taxi, I can't walk too far in these shoes.

It is a POSH event, we're being wined and dined in harbour side opulence.

We arrive to find most of the other guests have interpreted the dress code as a suit and a summer frock. So I'm done up like a dogs dinner and Mr Wren looks a right pork chop in his dashing dinner jacket and bow tie. Breath and smile, breath and smile... I say!

We're here to celebrate a significant birthday and merger of an Aussie and Indian company. So someone in purchasing obviously decided it would be a nice gesture and great link to the parent company to bring in some Bollywood dancers.

Out come four scantily clad, tattooed, rather raunchy 
and nothing the least bit classical Indian about them.
Honesty as they started gyrating their way amongst the tables 
you can almost hear HR going "oh no!"

'Hmmmmm' I say to the nice Guy next to me who was a partner in a law firm.
'This wouldn't go down too well in our not-for-profit sector,
how would it go down at your place of work?'
'It wouldn't' he said.

I mean how on earth could anyone think this was appropriate way
 to spice up the office party? 
What's wrong with a chicken tikka and some nan bread?

Linking with Our World Tuesday

Thanks to all the hosts!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

My Sunday Photo: Paris

When I think back to my carefree summer in Paris and 
remembering all my favourite things, it seems so long ago. 

Paris the city of dreams; 
Stylish, sophisticated, cultural, historic, artistic, sporting, memorable, beautiful.

Paris the City of Love is now the city of heartbreak.
Whereas once we had lots of words to describe Paris,
this weekend, we have none.


Friday, 13 November 2015

Fab Florence - You've got the love, we've got the moves!

Florence and the Machine

Sidney Myer Music Bowl 
Melbourne, Australia 
Wednesday 11th November

Woo Hoo. Look at us! 
The whole family enjoying indie rock band Florence and the Machine in Melbourne this week
Such fun, up the front amongst the Bands friends. 
When Florence Welch says 'turn and hug the people around you', you do as told.
I hugged a very glamorous lady next to me, 
'Who are you?' I asked, "I'm the backing singers friend," she replied! 
'Who are you???' she questioned. "I'm Little Wandering Wren" I replied 
"Oh!" she said 
I think I carried it off well.

Until the 'Psst Mum, what are you doing?'
I'm dancing, like Florence! I replied.
'No, Mum, no!'
How then? 
'When in doubt copy the backing singers' moves' says daughter no 1

I think we carried it off well
Me, my daughter, the backing singers and the backing singer's friend
We've got the moves!

'Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air
I know I can count on you
 Sometimes I feel like saying "Lord I just don't care"                        
But you've got the love I need to see me through'

'Sometimes it seems the going is just too rough
And things go wrong no matter what I do
But you've got the love I need to see me through'

When friends are gone I know my savior's love is real
You know it's real
Cause you got the love.

'You got the love 
You got the love
You got the love 
You got the love
You got the love 
You got the love'

Time after time I think it's just no good But

'Cause sooner or later in life, the things you love you lose
But you got the love I need to see me through.'

'You got the love 
You got the love
You got the love 
You got the love
You got the love 
You got the love'

'Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air
'Cause I know I can count on you
Sometimes I feel like saying "Lord I just don't care" 
'You've got the love I need to see me through' 

Read more:  Florence And The Machine - You've Got The Love Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

Linking with Song-ography - thanks Kath

Linking with Blue Monday and Mosiac Monday
Thanks to Sally and Judith our hosts!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Melbourne Cup dream!

'Winning at the Melbourne Cup has always been a dream'
M.J. Payne

Watching the race from the rails 
'Once the Melbourne Cup starts it is hard to explain, 

it is not like any other race...

Watching the presentation of the Jockeys from Members
Then at the 300m I thought, I don't think anything can beat me now'
M.J. Payne
Flemington magic
Our Melbourne Cup morning starts at the iconic downtown Windsor Hotel.
We enter the lobby and are offered a glass of champagne.
Mr Wren starts to explain we are not hotel guests
'Sir, you are in the Windsor now' he is told.
Hats off to that service!

Table display in the foyer at the Windsor Hotel along with my hat!
'The race that stops the nation'
and catapults one Michelle Payne into the limelight 
as the first female jockey to win the Cup,
is six hours away.

Our breakfast with friends at the Windsor Hotel is lovely and relaxed.
It would have been a very different start for the connections of 
Prince of Penzance the 100-1 outsider, 
 bought for $50,000 by a group of Aussie mates,
 and about to make one of the biggest upsets 
in the 155 year race history.
Oh the nerves!

In a paddock many kilometres away our (well we have a tiny bit of her!)
 two year old filly, as yet unnamed,
but I will call her Little Miss Pebbles, 
is enjoying a quiet spell in a grassy paddock.
'Eat your greens and go girl!'

I can't imagine the excitement of having a horse running 
on Melbourne Cup day but we can all dream!

Little Miss Pebbles
This is Australia's greatest horse race, 
and after seeing foreign horses claim the Cup, 
in three out of five of the last Melbourne Cups, 
Prince of Penzance and Michelle Payne 
claimed an important win for local talent 
and for our local horse racing industry.

Fashions on the field
You never know one day, 
just one day you could be standing on the podium 
in front of 100,000 spectators.

Melbourne Cup award ceremony

'If you have a dream never give up!' MJ Payne

Many thanks to all the hosts!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Melbourne Cup triumphs!

Changing of the Guards

I'm rather chuffed with this photo 
taken in the exclusive Birdcage just hours 
before our Aussie race that stops the nation.

The Birdcage is the poshest enclosure at the Melbourne Cup. 
It's home to celebrities, the creme de la creme of society, 
full VRC members
 and the hottest tickets to party.
I know, I know goodness knows what we were doing in there!

It was a bit surreal really, wandering or should I say tottering
around the Birdcage. 
Trying not to look gob-smacked at every turn.

At times I could have been forgiven for thinking I was back home in Blighty.

Firstly there was Bar Schweppes, all Pimms and Gin & Tonics
and then slightly bizarrely Emirates with it's "Hello England' theme...

Apparently these Queens Guards did a rather good Hip Hop dance routine!

This was all just hours before Michelle Payne, first female 
jockey winner of the Melbourne Cup 
told everyone, what we woman wanted to hear:
"For those who say Women aren't strong enough - get stuffed!'

To all us women who lasted all day on our high heels - well said Michelle!
Congratulations and pass me another Pimms!


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Melbourne Cup - in the pink!

It's Melbourne Cup weekend 
and I've had five days off work - Yay!
Only in Australia would the horse 'race that stops the nation'
be cause for a day, or two, depending on where you work, off work.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival 2015 
is spread over four days, each day has a different style and feel.
Getting raceday ready takes effort,
as there is strict racewear etiquette.

Think sophistication, think classy
think Wren in a blind panic!

Whilst I could possibly pull something out of the wardrobe for Derby Day,
which is all about the timeless elegance of black & white.
Well sort of... 

Melbourne Cup is all about striking colours and a statement hat
Hmmmm, I've got my own interpretation of this.
I've got myself a pink hat, some pink shoes and a pink bag,
Pink fingers and pink toes...

I'm not sure what type of a statement I am going to make...
I think I'm going to look a bit like the dolly-mixture sweets!
I've already been told by Daughter No 1 to ditch the pink shoes

There's a horse running called Max Dynamite
maybe I should back him.
Shame there's not a horse running called
'Last minute shopper' or 'wearing it all'!

Counting down to Melbourne Cup tomorrow
Can't wait!
Linking with Mosaic Monday,

With thanks to Beverley at How Sweet the Sound,
Judith at Lavender Cottage & all the hosts at Our World Tuesday.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

My Sunday Photo

It's Melbourne Cup weekend.
The horse race that stops a nation.
Here's a teaser of what I will be wearing on Tuesday...

Some pink shoes, a pink hat 
and no doubt a touch of dog hair!

Linking with Saturday Critters
Thanks Eileen!