A Family Fun Day With The Giddyup Club

After last weekend’s back breaking gardening, this week it was time to have a little bit of fun.

Elizabeth, as a member of the Tiny Turfer’s Club, had received her third letter from Eagle Farm Racecourse explaining they were having another Family Fun Day. They also explained that Elizabeth was no longer a Tiny Turfer, but she was now a member of the Giddyup Club.

You might recall that we had already been to the Easter Monday meeting, which was (shock horror) rained off, but that we had a great day out when we went there the second time.

So we decided to go again. And guess who was there?

Yep! Justine Schofield of Masterchef fame. If you don’t live in Australia you probably haven’t heard of Justine. I do live in Australia and I hadn’t heard of Justin! But I have now……..

Justine from Masterchef

Justine from Masterchef

Apparently, she was a contestant on a program that gripped the nation here, like “Strictly Come Dancing” or “Britain’s Got Talent” did back in the UK. Masterchef, you will not be surprised to hear, was a cooking competition. Out of 7,500 entrants, Justine was in the last four before being shown out of the kitchen.

And here she was, at Eagle Farm Racecourse, giving us cooking lessons. After that, Justine taught a small group of even smaller children, ours included, how to cook cup cakes.

Kids cooking cup cakes

Kids cooking cup cakes

The children were even allowed to keep their aprons and chef’s hats and I’m not sure if she was aware of it, but Elizabeth wore her chef’s hat all day long. Here she is driving around on the dirt track……..

Formula 26

Formula 26

Elizabeth had wanted to drive the pink car, but BeninOz made such a fuss that in the end she let him have it. There was also a bouncy castle, some donkey rides and live music to which some people danced….

dancing….. but not very many.

Acclimatizing to the Australian weather.

I’m sure this must happen wherever you live. You know how sometimes the weather is good all week but when it gets to the weekend, it turns all yucky? Well, that had appeared to happen here.

All week long it had been hot, 34°C, and sunny with clear blue skies. But as we left for the races on Saturday morning, it was overcast and on the verge of rain. In fact my windscreen wipers were called into action during the journey.

It was beginning to look more and more likely that the weather was going to ruin our day. But it never did rain, it just remained overcast, as you can see from the pictures. The temperature had dropped to a much lower 29°C for the day and there was a constant light breeze. And do you know what?

It was perfect!

In a previous post, when we were having similar dull weather which I called at the time “British Weather“, one of our Aussie friends said how she loved those sorts of days here. Now I can see what she means. That didn’t take long, did it?

And the gambling?

I went further into the gambling side of the races last time we went. So if you want to have a “live” bet on three races, check out the video over at a day at the races. But this time, I’ll be brief about our betting.

The first four horses I backed ran like a…..

...a donkey


But I got out of trouble with the last two.

  • Total bets     $65.00
  • Total returns  $64.70
  • Losses          $00.30

Yes, I’m still a loser. But I’ll be back!

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{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Aviram December 15, 2009, 11:25 pm |

    The Barbie condition is a tough one to fulfill!

    • BobinOz December 16, 2009, 8:32 pm |

      Well that’s a deal breaker for me. Sorry, the adoption is off.

  • Mike December 15, 2009, 8:25 am |

    I call finishing 30 cents down a result! Looks a great day out for that sort of money. It’s currently 6 degrees here and raining.

    • BobinOz December 15, 2009, 6:30 pm |

      Yes, I call it a result too, but I have been known to go through an entire race card without backing a winner. So I was happy with my “loss”. 6 degrees, hehe, I remember that……..

  • Aviram December 15, 2009, 12:14 am |

    Fomula 26! ROFL…

    I am coming over to your house…first thing in Australia!

    Any plans of adopting some one? Lol..

    • BobinOz December 15, 2009, 6:15 pm |

      Sure, we’ll adopt you….. providing you’re around the same age as our daughter and you like Barbie.

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