Thursday, April 30, 2009

On long weekends

Despite coming down with the most socially unacceptable of colds - think every standard symptom and double it - Prudence went to Melbourne last weekend.

It was a mixed trip. There was lots of lovely catching up with friends and family (not to mention the excitement of finding out she's to be an adopted aunty TWICE over) and a particularly harrowing memorial service.

The memorial service was the reason for the trip, and all the other aspects followed on. The bare details are that one of Prudence's school friends, not seen for 22 years, and now not to be seen again, was stabbed and shot by her recently estranged partner. Who then turned the gun on himself, but survived.

Prudence still feels sick every time she thinks about how such a sweet-natured, generous, dedicated person could be so horribly gone. And how the ex is such a selfish coward.

He's still on remand, and Prudence, who's not normally one for such malice, hopes he's in real pain. Prick.

But on the up side, there was a lovely birthday party involving a particularly macabre take on a Women's Weekly Children's birthday cake design. Paratroopers being attacked by sea serpents amid a tempest. Since the birthday boy is a nurse with a spectacularly black sense of humour, he was delighted.

And now the hills hoist is adorned with all the clothes worn in Melbourne. Unrelieved black.

You can take the girl out of Melbourne...

Monday, April 20, 2009

That and this

Prudence and her beloved have moved house.

And it has been a trying exercise, which will, in all likelihood, have to be repeated in a year or so's time.

Sigh.

But the new house is on a quarter acre block, and has a dishwasher, and landlords who really (I mean really) don't care about the house. Bliss!

So, there has been objectionable carpet ripped up to reveal beautifully seasoned jarrah boards underneath, the roses have been properly pruned, and the severely borer-infested lemon tree is a shadow of its former self. That bit was not entirely intentional.

Prudence was MOST amused to meet the neighbour, who has lived in this very leafy suburb for 40 years. Said neighbour insisted on instructing Prudence on proper bin night procedure.

Snicker.