Despite being a staunch republican (the Australian anti-royalist type, not the American right-winged kind), I do love a long weekend.
And although the Queen’s Birthday comes at a non-eventful time of the year weatherwise (Rain, rain and more rain), who’s gonna say no to an extra day off ? Even for a mum who’s job is 24 x 7, anyway.
This time last year, I was in such a hormonal daze, I honestly don’t remember how we spent the weekend. I’m sure it included three hourly breast feeds, maybe a recovery from nipple thrush and definitely sleep deprivation.
So, this weekend we took advantage of finally breaking from the chains of in-house confinement. We even braved the cold, wet windy weather to go ahead with a day trip to the south coast.
In fact, we made sure we were well prepared.
As pragmatic mountain trekkers and inhabitants of cold climates will tell you, as long as you’re well equipped and appropriately attired, then the weather shouldn’t be an obstacle.
It’s all about water-proofing and layering.
And the end result ? Two little eskimos – a blue and a red one.
Happily jumping in the puddles, slipping and sliding their way through a soaking and slippery playground.
During the brief intervals of the dancing in the rain, I managed to catch up with old uni friends who I haven’t seen in a lifetime.
Seriously. With one friend, we couldn’t place the exact time we last saw each other. Japan ? Australia ? It was never concluded.
So, hip, hip hooray for *ahem* non-important public holidays.
Yay for rare opportunities to catch up with dear old friends and their growing families.
God save the Queen, indeed.