Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Mardi-gras, Outram style
Last Friday I went with my GKB to the mardi-gras.
No, not the big one held each year in New Orleans.
This was just the name given by a local school
to its annual fundraiser. We'd never been before so
were looking forward to it.
It was a beautiful warm and sunny evening
and hundreds of people turned out to enjoy it.
We weren't sure whether there was to be a parade or not,
we never saw one, but there were lots of little fairies
and pirates wandering around along with other storybook characters. Mostly the junior school littlies.
There was a fairy grotto and a pirate booth, horse rides for the kids and lots of stalls with very cheap 'stuff' to tempt
the rest of us to part with our money. We succumbed.
Lots of food stalls with prices ranging from $2-00 to $8-00 depending on what you wanted to eat.
We bought a nice tea for both of us along with a hot coffee
and sat and listened to a jazz trio (what else at mardi-gras?)
while we ate it, one of four or five bands playing
during the course of the evening.
Of course with it being a (nearly) country school there were all sorts of farm animals there...including this wee lass.
Or perhaps I should say, this big girl. I think her name was Bess.
As you can see she had a pretty full udder and the farmer was letting people have a go at milking her. She was so patient.
Most of us didn't have a clue as to what we were doing.
I say we, because I had a try.
I thought why not, here's your chance to do something you've always wondered about.
So this is a picture of me, trying to milk a cow. It's not as easy as you might think and I probably managed to squirt about 1/2 teaspoon into the jug. As I said she was so patient, with kids of all ages and sizes having a go. Every now and then the farmer milked her properly, just to relieve her I imagine.
He made it look so easy!
Next year we will probably go back,
it was a very pleasant way to fill in a warm autumn evening.
Well that's it for another few days.
Stay well till next time.