Friday, 20 March 2009
Rain, lovely rain!
Last Saturday morning at The Sweetheart's there was a GREAT crash of thunder and the power went out and the rain fell out of the sky in great sheets. The gutters overflowed (not so good when they are box gutters as you can see). The water ran down the trunk of the big gum tree in the front yard in rivulets making clean and green patterns. We went down the street for breakfast...
On Friday night we went - again - to the Comedy Club at the top of the Athaneum Theatre in Collins St. I had to stand on a table and lean out the window (to a chorus of "Jump, jump, jump" from behind me - why people so unkind???) to get a shot of the theatre and restaurant across the street. The Box is where we had dinner (very most yummy) and where The Sweetheart said "G'day Mate" to the infamous Mick Gatto a couple of weeks ago. Mick Gatto was sitting at one of those tables out the front. A couple of days later the news was reporting him Up To No Good in Singapore. What did I do when he spoke to this maybe King of Melbourne's Underworld? I just walked on as tho I didn't know him. But then I am the one now blogging about him... Been enjoying Underbelly 2 - mostly for the trip down fashion and furnishing memory alley! The Comedy Club was great fun - thank you Jacqy (again) for the tickets!
Sunday we went to Phillip Island to old car races - Phillip Island Classic. The Sweetheart took lots of photos and you can see them here.
I fell in love with this lovely old 1952 Riley. It turned out to be sheltering a bloke The Sweetheart went to school with, and who was Best Man at his first wedding years ago. His cousin who is only the second owner was in the driver's seat. It has only done 90,000 miles, and has lovely original leather upholstery and a shiny wood dash. It cost him £90 in 1962!
This is a 1924 Wanderer. It raced in the first Australian Grand Prix and did 80 mph. I imagine this would be extraordinarily frightening at that speed - no roof, no roll bars, no anything between you and the gravel except a leather helmet donated by some WW1 flying ace. And owned by a great nephew of the original hoon, too...