Well the day has come…my sister and her family arrive today. I can’t wait. Plans have changed that many times and we weren’t really sure how we were going to get them out here after our rain last week but everything has worked out. Mr Chardy and Snowy headed off at 4 this morning in a ute. They will collect another ute in town and they will all travel back in style… may have sore bums after 5 hours squashed in 2 utes but at least they will be here. Just a quick 10 hour (possibly more) round trip to collect our visitors – no biggie.
Now back on topic – umbrella care 101 with DD – I know you are all dying to know how to care for your umbrellas during the wet season so lets do it. But first lets just take a look at how to unpack when travelling.
When DD & Rexy arrived last week they settled into their new little guest house quite well – I like to refer to it as the “Studio Apartment”. Mum soon had everything ship shape over there. Clothes neatly hung – look she even brought her own coat hangers…
And a spot for the only things that will be keeping them alive for the next 3 weeks because god knows we can’t afford to feed them…
And check out these little chestnuts… oh dear lord… what do you think… perhaps from 1862? Mum refers to them as the “carpet bags” and looks upon them with great fondness… I can see why! Where can I find me some???!!!
We had quite a bit of rain after Mum and Dad arrived so of course Mum had to whip out her antique umbrella. When I saw it I had to laugh because she has had this same umbrella for, I reckon, at least 25 years, possibly longer. It never ceases to amaze me how she can keep EVERYTHING in mint condition, weather it is a throw away margarine container or an umbrella. She then went on to tell me that she thinks I used that umbrella the year I was at June Dally-Watkins, because god knows we obviously couldn’t afford to pay four bucks and buy me my own, that would be a dreadful waste of money.
Now the real laughter from me came when she told me: “I had to send it away to be repaired once” – oh god, this was too much, I nearly hit the floor laughing…. really… who the hell sends an umbrella away for “repairs”??? But not only who sends umbrella’s away, but where on earth would one send an umbrella for repairs?? Her devotion to this umbrella is really something. Then she went to put it up “huh, what’s happened here” she said… “don’t tell me it is broken Mum” I replied with a chuckle. I told her not to worry Dad would be able to fix it, we could send it to the workshop and have it welded back up. It also appeared to have a small hole, but I assured her Dad would be able to patch it, there is nothing that man can’t fix with a bit of araldite and WD-40.
Now for DD’s How to Care for your Umbrella… this is what she told me: When you arrive home you need to put it down and sit it upside down in the laundry sink. Once it has drained a bit you then put it up and sit it on the floor of the laundry. Once dry you must put it back down and make sure it is all perfectly pulled back into shape so you can whip that little band thing around it and put it safely back in the cover. Now it appears I must have lost her cover when I had it on loan for that one year in 1997, of course I did! So tell me, is this how you roll? If you are Virgo then the answer is probably yes, but for everyone else I would say we probably don’t really love and care for our umbrellas as much as we should.
Not long until Christmas now. I think there will be some welcome drinks happening this evening, perhaps a slipper, or we might save that for my Birthday tomorrow. We are going to have my favourite meal tonight: Hot Steak and Crunchy Potato Salad. If you are looking for some recipe inspiration then check this one out because it never fails to impress and it so yummy it isn’t even funny. Click HERE for recipe.
Not long until Christmas my friends. If you are braving the shops over the next few days then all I can say is GOOD LUCK – get in and get the hell out people!
Do you have an antique umbrella like DD?
Do you have a margarine container still in mint condition with the used by date printed on the bottom that reads “used by Nov 1983”?