Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

More Australia Day celebrations.

Ken and I have celebrated Australia Day with a party at home for friends for a few years now. This year we couldn't do it on the 26th because we went on the Ride to Remember, so we had our party yesterday (Monday 28th) because it was a public holiday, so most of our friends weren't at work.
I had the usual stuff up in the front windows of our house.

Ken put together a hasty flagpole and hoisted our Aussie flag (that we'd bought for the bike ride on Saturday) in the back yard.

Here we are out on the patio, ten of us fitting snugly in the shade under the umbrella! (Nine in this pic because I was taking the photo) That is Helen in the wheelchair, with her hubby Ray in the sun hat, obscuring Ken.

I had intended to photograph all the food before we started to eat, but everyone came rushing in to help themselves as soon as I called out that it was ready! This was all that was left for me to photograph!

At the back of the table was cold chicken, green salad and potato salad.
At the front were hard boiled eggs, cold meat platter, and my annual specialty - prawns with avocado and mango on lettuce - yum! On the other table was a quiche cooked by Helen and a pumpkin and spinach salad. Every year all the women bring one part of the spread, and I provide the eggs, chickens, and prawn salad, as well as the dessert. Dessert is always a green and gold Pavlova (meringue shell topped with cream, bananas and kiwi fruit, for overseas readers), and a platter of fresh tropical fruits with a bowl of cream. We finish up with tea or coffee and lamingtons.
Before, during and after all that, beer, wine and soft drink is flowing freely, so all in all, we have a fun day. Once we've had a few drinks, we sing the national anthem with great enthusiasm, and somebody proposes a toast to Australia. I doubt that we are the only household who does this every year; I know of many other similar events happening over the weekend!


Blogger Pear tree cottage! said...

O! Gina, it looks like you had a great day, we are just sad we missed it save the left overs (smiles) we could be up soon....I'll let you know and I will bring the desserts of course!

Love to you and Ken

Wednesday, 30 January, 2008  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Gina,, I missed a lot here. Wow looks like you a great fun weekend. Great pics of yor bike ride, Ken does look tired and ready for home, looks like he ready for a warm shower and into bed after his long day on the bike..Your Monday get together looks like fun was had by all with plenty of help your self food and drink.. Take care warm hugs,,, Jen

Thursday, 31 January, 2008  
Blogger Alice said...

What a lovely celebration! I had to giggle that no one could resist your table and they all came running when you called that it was ready--before you could take your photo. That is a real compliment to your meal. The food looks delicious. I would love to have been there too.

Friday, 01 February, 2008  
Blogger Meow (aka Connie) said...

Gina, it looks like you had a wonderful day. We were up at Bonnie Doon, and didn't really celebrate, as such, but were relaxing in the great Aussie outdoors.
Take care, Meow

Tuesday, 05 February, 2008  

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