Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Normally insane or insane normality.

And you'll know all is well by the cat!




They've got a knack for finding the warmest, comfiest spot in the house. Yes, that's our bed!



The good news is that the flu got me out of this year's Ekka. Now I know the Ekka is a Queensland institution...'nuff said. I'm a Sydney girl & the Ekka pales into tawdry insignificance beside the Royal Easter Show. The Ekka, for those of you lucky enough not to know, is the Royal Queensland Show, for obscure reasons apparent only to other Aussies & more particularly Brisbanites, is more commonly known as *The Ekka*.



I'm not really a show girl. I like my large animals in plenty of clean air because in confined spaces they, well, smell. I don't think they like it much either. Most animals are pretty clean given a choice. In the 30 odd years I've lived in Queensland I've been to the Ekka just once ~ & hope never to do it again. The crowds! And the filth! And the cheap junk that costs a fortune! Actually, I might like the Ekka minus child & allowed to peruse the painting & crafts & oddball displays I have yet to find a child interested in. Sideshow alley every time & I am so over sideshow alley!



So our Irish friends, being very Irish, went. They took Ditz with them. Insane I know. Three wildly excited kids on an early train into town & the sort of crowds where if you died you couldn't lie down to do it. No, not my idea of fun. And my funny little Ditz, who thinks she is all grown up at 13, wanted to know why I wasn't coming too, just in case, you know, she got lost. Darling daughter, I'm dying ~ cough. cough. Ok, I'm still not real well & the sarcasm's a little out of control but the child had a wildly satisfying time & was very careful with the money she was allotted to spend. She rode a dodgem, which every child should do at least once, shouldn't they, & took a flying ride down the BIG slippery~slide; just one. The slippery~slide was all too much for Ditz! Listening to her as she whirled through the door well after dark & rattled & chatted herself to utter exhaustion was all too much for me.



And Liddy is of to some cold old hole in the morning IT~ing. Chuffed to bits, she is. So things are pretty much back to being normally insane. Iss has the best end of the stick.

9 comments:

molytail said...
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molytail said...

oops....none of my links worked...trying to fix that....

molytail said...

K, I did some googling to translate this post LOL ....discovered that the "Ekka"looks very similar to something that happens here (well, 45 min from here) every year (it's on this week, actually) called "Old Home Week" ...with animal shows and a midway and such... different, but similar.... and I discovered that your "dodgem" is what we call "Bumper cars" :-)

I *love* rides! Heh, Christopher loves to get in bumper cars with me and "crash crash!" into everyone! :-)

I was hoping we'd get a chance to go to Old Home Week here and hit the midway, but it's so darn expensive unless it's bracelet day, and they only have two of those...one was yesterday (we were busy) and one is tomorrow - it's supposed to rain. Grrrrr.

One of the rides that Cindy and I love is the Zipper - though sometimes Cindy needs...um....special shoes ;-) to get on that LOL .... one that I loved for years but they never bring anymore (booo) was the Orbiter .....

Errrm, k...so this is where I quit chattering about rides and say YAY that you guys are feeling better!

Persuaded said...

not a ride girl meself.. probably no surprise there, lol, but i do agree that every child must ride dodge-ems at least once, and the huge slide is a necessity to a well adjusted childhood as well.

glad you're feeling a bit better m'dear, but don't be hesitant to milk these convalescent days for all they're worth;)

Anonymous said...

"Ekka" stands for "Exhibition" (which makes as much sense as Ekka, I know). I was raised on the Ekka and loved the animal sheds and goldfish pond in particular (could never cope with rides; made me sick). The woodchopping was great too and you couldn't beat the strawberry icecreams. Now, I've been to the Royal Sydney Show just once in the 20 or so years I've lived in Sydney and, sad to say, I don't think it holds a candle to the Ekka :-) But then, maybe you need to be a child to really appreciate these things.

Siano

Ganeida said...

That is terribly, terribly funny. And here I am dying & chocking as I cough & splutter all over your comment. You are a wit, my friend!

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, sorry to make you laugh if you are still at the dying and choking stage. You will (may) be pleased to hear that I am still disease-free BTW :-)

How did the cake turn out? As yummy as it looked?

Siano

Ganeida said...

The cake was very yummy, thank you. I am a very good cook! ;D Next time you're up we'll make you one for your very own. Did the lemon butter arrive safely?

Anonymous said...

The lime butter survived the trip well and is delicious. So was the tangello/lime butter, which unfortunately didn't survive an epic (11-hour) car ride on Sunday. Fortunately I'd sampled it quite extensively on Saturday night.

Siano