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More Meeting the Family

Well, I’m back from the Other side of the family down south, and resting up (well looks like I’m trying in vain to rest up) at the hostel. Kim & Karen Hetherington live in a wonderful home in Sandringham, Melbourne. I could try to describe it, but I wouldn’t do it justice. They’re really decent people, and looked after me well… fed me well too!!
 
Their two daughters, Kylie & Kelly, are in / around Uni age and pleasant girls – particularly Kelly, who natters away happily with a wonderful smile. The sort of person who could get on with anyone… and she has a decent sense of humour too – she gave me a picture from one of the news papers as a leaving gift… image is of a chest with a farmers tan (i.e. forearms & neck tanned & chest pasty white) with text reading "poms leaving with sun tan not the ashes: priceless"… apparently mastercard adverts exist here too!!
 
So Christmas eve I headed out with the girls to see the locale & then on Christmas day we opened presents (I even got one!!) and then had dinner. Now, if I’d a dollar for every time someone said dinner would be barbie on the beach I’d be a rich man… however, we didn’t have a barbie on the beach, nor a barbie in the house… Christmas day this year, was the coldest on record in Melbourne!! 14 degrees!! There was hail, rain & squally winds which wouldn’t have been out of place in Fermanagh!! Apparently this is summer?! Anyways, Christmas dinner consisted of Fish, Squid, Pork, Gammon Ham, and other bits & pieces… t’was lovely!! Yes Dad, you saw fish & lovely in the same sentence.
 
Christmas day finished up with visiting their neighbours in a stunning millionaire mansion… and on boxing day we had a huge day out driving about Philip Bay. Some good views & some lunch later, we were back at home & watched a few wee films before bed. And so to today… my first experience of Ashes cricket, day two of the fourth test in the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Unfortunately, only 75,000 turned up on day two, after 89,000 on day one. I even managed to miss Warney’s 700th test wicket as he got it on day one.
 
Still, the weather was overcast  for long spells & the atmosphere grew & grew throughout. I’d forgotten quite how pointed the Cricket Chants could be… several references to self manipulation as a preference of lifestyle to being australian, and of divorces, and more that a couple of references to being convicts over there, and there, and there… however, I’ll leave you with one ditty which was witty & family friendly. G’day.
 
We got one dollar to the pound,
We got one dollar to the pound,
We got one dollar to the pound,
We got one dollar to the pound!!
 
We got two dollars to the pound,
We got two dollars to the pound,
We got two dollars to the pound,
We got two dollars to the pound!!
 
We got three dollars to the pound,
We got three dollars to the pound,
We got three dollars to the pound,
We got three dollars to the pound!!
 
<clap, clap, clap>
 
We’re so rich it’s unbelieveable!!
 
<clap, clap, clap>
 
We’re so rich it’s unbelieveable!!
 
<clap, clap, clap>
 
We’re so rich it’s unbelieveable!!
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About Mcfaggen

Having grown up in Co. Fermanagh where most of my family still reside, I thought it would be worthwhile to keep a blog of my travels around the rest of the UK, Europe and the World.

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