The race that stops a Nation
We have just arrived home after spending the most amazing day at the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
In Australia the Melbourne Cup is known as the ‘race that stops a nation’ and it is a huuuuge deal – especially in the state of Victoria.
We have lovely UK friends staying with us at the moment and as they are (huge) gamblers!* We thought what better way to help them lose all of their hard earned holiday spends than by blowing it on the nags! I must say husb did a stellar job of not just helping them lose their cash, but also did a pretty convincing job of depleting our baby fund as well.
Check us out in our racey glad rags! We look so happy before we lost all of our money don’t we?
We booked our tickets to the ‘Members Enclosure’. Being nearly 34 weeks pregnant, I am not quite as agile as I once was and the thought of not being able to sit down was almost too much to bear, so good old husb ensured that we had seats booked in the Grand Stand so that I could rest my weary bones at any and all given opportunities.
Lugging ‘the belly’ around is hard enough but doing it in heels, on the grass makes it all the harder. It feels like I am running a marathon every time I take a step, but for the good of the outfit, I put my best foot forward. It is a hard life for us ladies.
It was ace though as it meant I could send husb and pals off to place my bets and do my fetching and carrying. There is no better excuse for being lazy than being pregnant!
We had such good seats too in the stand right at the finish line and in front of the winners enclosure so we got to see all of the racing action at pretty close quarters, it was a great atmosphere.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect having never done the races ‘posh stylee’ before so it was an education and I really enjoyed it. I am so glad that we were able to take our UK friends to experience something that is such a huge iconic Melbourne tradition together for the first time for them and also husb and I, so the timing was perfect.
Back to the order of the day and the important question did we win? Well I alluded to it earlier, let’s just say we had a bit of a shocker.
Although it would seem that my scientific method of picking the names I liked the sound of worked a whole lot better than husbs new fangled ‘studying the form guide’ method, as I came away with a few winnings, husb on the other hand- not a dime!
And despite making the pilgrimage from Marlbs to Melbs, UK friends were also not to be rewarded.
Despite the distinct lack of winnings we had a great day – my feet are paying for it now though, I swear they are 2 sizes bigger than when I left the house this morning!
* You made the blog!!!! Be proud UK friends – be proud! 🙂