Nathan (gemsling) wrote,

Big Weekend part One: chairs, hospital, entertaining

What a big weekend. It started with Nanny's funeral on Friday. I'll post about that separately. Pizza on Friday night, plus watching The Notebook (Theresa hadn't seen it).

SaturDay: our wonderful car, chairs in the Dandenongs, and a hospital visit.

Theresa bought two chairs via eBay for $14.50 from a woman in The Basin. It seemed like taking a drive to the Dandenongs and having lunch would be a good idea. Instead, our wonderful car started leaking and overheating, forcing us to stop along the way. We bought supplies and had our picnic in a local park that was pleasant (when the sun was out), but had no tap (water for the radiator) and dozens of empty cans were scattered throughout the playground.

So, our visit to The Basin was only brief: long enough to pick up chairs from the friendly eBay seller and squeeze them into the car. Then it was off to Warringal Private Hospital in Heidelberg: Deborah's grandmother is ill with leukaemia and fluid filled lungs. They caught up while the rest of us checked out the part of the Austin that wasn't renovated.

SaturNight: entertaining Daniel and Odette

And indeed they were entertaining. They arrived right on the scheduled time of 6pm, which created a little stress, as we only got in at 5:15. But they managed to deal with not eating until 7:30 or so, and more importantly, so did I. Theresa and I worked around each other to get everything ready, and it felt really good. I often get stressed by cooking and things not going right. In this case, things did go right. Theresa made lovely chicken pies and her brilliant but simple choc ripple ice cream. The vegetables, including chilli-ginger mushrooms, also went down well.

So, a big thank you to Mace for getting sick and cancelling dinner. Instead we got to entertain interesting people who we've seen twice in a week (they got married last week) after not seeing them for a couple of years. And we still get dinner with Mace and Lindy - next week.

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