Saturday, June 07, 2014

A looonnnnnggg, long weekend

About the only time I give two hoots about the Royal Family is if there is a wedding on or it's the Queen's Birthday long weekend. Thankfully it is a public holiday here in the Australian Capital Territory too (but not in Western Australia - apparently they draw the weekend out of a hat), which means a 3 day weekend (or a 2 day one if you worked Saturday, which I did). Apparently Liz turned another year older on 21 April, but whatevs. We used to celebrate the Monach's birthday on the actual day, but since King George V died, we have stuck to the second Monday in June. Free history lesson. You are welcome :-)

I used to love this weekend heaps more when it used to be Cracker Night. Back in the "good ol' days" you could actually purchase firecrackers and let them off in your very own backyard. I loved getting all rugged up, going outside in the cold and helping Dad work out which order to let them off in. You had to save the really big ones until last. Dad would set up an ice-cream bucket of sand as far away from trees and the house as possible and light them and we'd ooohh and ahhh. In the middle, we would get to hold sparklers. I can remember the smell, the pretty lights, the cold noses....

Thanks to some numb-nuts who are incompetent and had to push things a bit too far, the hospital emergency wards would get filled up with people missing appendages and so the politicians decided we couldn't be responsible for ourselves and now you can't buy crackers anymore. Except in Canberra! You could go to the nation's capital and purchase porn and firecrackers in Fyshwick. I can't tell how excited I was at the prospect this year (the firecrackers, not the porn - get your minds out of the gutter). Except now it's only porn. And furniture. They banned them in ACT too. Spoil sports. I guess sparklers will have to suffice. But it's not the same, I'm telling you. If they try to ban fire pits, I'm going to start emailing politicians!

In Australia, it's also the start of the ski season! Given we are now 3 hours closer to the snow than we used to be, we are getting pretty excited about it! But even though it has been chilly on occasion in Canberra, apparently it needs to get more chilly, because grass skiing:

In other crappy news, this leaving the house and interacting with other people (AKA the great unwashed) has nasty side-effects. I'm sick. Not. Happy. Jan. And because we are very shortly staffed, I've just finished my 6th day of work in a row, despite the fogginess that accompanies Codral cold and flu tablets. God knows where I've sent people on their holidays! Maybe they got a bargain...feeling very vague...

So this will be me as much as possible this weekend, because Adairs was having a sale and this throw rug was 50% off and how warm does it look?

The kids have been back into their homeschooling, but I'll save the deets for another post, because that throw rug and I have a hot date tonight ;-)

If you are having a long weekend, what are you up to?
How good was cracker night?! What else do you miss about your childhood?
Hit me with your best cold and flu tips!


  1. We are having a long weekend staycation. I am loving every cozy second. Get well soon. xxx

    1. Cozy describes this weekend too! Thanks :-)

  2. I remember cracker night, one year we burnt a guy fawkes too! Lots of fun making that guy.
    Get well, lots of hot lemon drinks.

  3. We didn't do fireworks growing up here in Melbourne but my husband and I lived in the Netherlands and people would be setting them off everywhere on NYE, so we'd go up on the roof and watch our neighbours down on the street be totally stupid. Like "ooooh why aren't my fireworks going off, how about I just stick my face right over it and see" kind of stupid. Maybe I should call you about our upcoming little cruise holiday and in your fog you may upgrade me to a cabin with an real live window free of charge... yep I'm looking forward to five days of sea sickness in a cabin with no fresh air. Get well soon!

    1. Oh! Your husband finally got his way! I hope you have calm seas. Ships have lots of spaces with fresh air and views of the horizon. Stay away from the front of the ship if you do feel under the weather.

  4. Love the picture of the fireworks. Brings back a lot of memories!

    Good to see another blog post too.

    1. We don't have one photo of any cracker night - was so disappointed! I try to get to the keyboard at least once a month now (LOL)!

  5. We can still have fireworks in NZ for Guy Fawkes. I think they are allowed to sell them for 5 days before the date and that's that. It stresses me big time (if I told you all our mental stories you'd understand) but my other half LOVES it! He on the other hand stocks up every year.


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