Yes, indeed Melbourne Cup weekend marks our Melbourne anniversary. It's been one year since we left home. In some ways it feels like it's gone super quick but when we think about all that we have done then actually it's probably about right.
People ask us about what we plan to do given one year is like our planned halfway mark. The question is whether it is the halfway mark or the one third mark or one quarter mark...and we don't really have an answer. The Australian adventure still has an end date but we're not sure when the end date is.
The very witty Stephen Fry has been on an Australian tour (but no show in Sydney apparently) and has brought along the likeable Alan Davies.
The show started with some Fry ramblings and he then brought on some Australian comedians and Alan Davies to do a QI show.
Flemington racecourse has its own train station and on race days the trains runs every ten minutes which is highly convenient. I'd been warned about queues and massive crowds and although the day was busy, getting a drink and placing a bet was not as frustrating as it could be. Definitely more space and less queuing than at Donny races or York.
Steve and I indulged in champagne and I had a few flouro coloured frozen cocktails. Sadly it wasn't a money making day as the bets we won were the favourites so they didn't pay out much.
Derby Day is historically black and white day. Steve were a purple and white striped shirt and I was in red so traditionalists we were not. It's a lot of fun to people watch. Australian ladies definitely like legs out, boobies out and plenty of tan!
We also saw these guys in strange looking suits following the black and white colour theme. Not sure it's the best look though gentlemen.
After all the activity and a touch too much champagne, we left the race course around 5pm ish and I was fast asleep by 6pm! I woke around midnight, complained I was hungry, went online for an hour, sent two work related emails and went back to sleep and woke at 9am!
The Sunday after Derby Day, Steve and I enjoyed breakfast in South Melbourne before going to the market and realxing day including dinner in St Kilda.
Monday was Ladies' Day. Karly and I met up for lunch (Steve tagged along) in the city and packed Steve off for a nap whilst we hit the shops. Shopping is obviously thirsty work, so we stopped off in Fed Square for some liquid cocktail refreshment.
In this picture, Karly has our shopping bounty and also a cocktail very memorably named "Pedro the Stupid Donkey". We feel Pedro may be stupid but he must be pretty happy as it was tasty beverage with a strong kick. Much like Pedro no doubt!
Monday night was another date with my hubby and we had dinner in the city.
On the actual Cup day (Tuesday), Steve and I had an impromptu lunch in Nobu. Always a pleasure to revisit a favourite and this time our favourite welcomed us back with arms that were perhaps too welcoming.
Along with the amazing food, we also indulged in cocktails, two bottles of wine and two carafes of fruit sake...uh oh! One of the great memories I have of this meal is hanging out the window watching the race on the big screen in the marquee.
And our horse came in...and we had some other bets and got a couple of placings too so excitement all round!
Sadly this rush of excitement combined with an excessively boozy lunch meant I had a hangover by 9pm and bed beckoned signalling the end of a very fun, very food and wine indulgent and very memorable Cup weekend.
The other great thing about a 4 day weekend? 3 day working week!