I have a funny story to share with you. When you just go with the flow great things happen so strap yourself in, grab a cuppa and let me share my weekend with you. You see last week Mr Chardy, Tom and I headed down to BrisVegas to do the royal tour of the boarding school he will be attending next year. We also dropped him there for 2 nights for an orientation/sleep over weekend. Anyway, lets go back to the beginning…
A little while ago Mr Chardy and I went to Brisbane. We were staying with one of my best mates – Di who lives in Brookfield… a gorgeous leafy suburb which is more like a country town than a suburb of Brisbane, yet only 30 minutes from the City. Oh Mr Chardy also used to live there when he was growing up in high school so of course he has very fond memories of the place.
Anyway, cut a long story short, Di was house sitting for her friends while we were down and told us to come and stay. We were a little apprehensive and thought perhaps we would have another night at the Stamford rather than crash at a strangers house. But after Di sent us a photo of her view we soon changed our mind and thought we would be quite comfortable indeed. See – this is the mansion Di was housesitting…
Rob and Eddie – who own the Mans (as I now like to call it) had gone to Vietnam for a holiday. Although Eddie didn’t make it on the flight with Rob (long story) so she was actually still at the Mans when we arrived. Awkward. Well not really, turns out she is just lovely and we basically have the same personality and feel like we have known each other forever. Before long Eddie had handed me a glass of bubbly and welcomed us into her home. Thank you very much – I think we will be quite happy here. I won’t go on and on about that visit, but it was bloody funny and we now feel like the mans is our new home away from home – sorry Di #notsorry.
So when we booked our trip for Tom’s orientation we booked in with Eddie and Rob again. Don’t worry – I cleared it with my bestie Di and she tells me she is still my friend, ha ha ha ha. No seriously, she is! Upon arrival at our new home away from home we were greeted with this…
Di even had a sleepover – so everyone was a winner! You can see why I am totally at home here…right?
I can see why Marty has been banging on about Brookfield all these years. It is just gorgeous. There are horses everywhere and lots of space. A gorgeous little store and a beautiful show ground.
I just love it there. Eddie and I went for a walk a couple of mornings and I will tell you something for nothing: it is a whole lot different to walking up here at bum f*^k nowhere! There was an actual walking path and beautiful green grass, even a little stream to cross, and hills! Who’d have thought. Just beautiful.
It is no wonder Mr Chards loves our new City House. Yes we have really made ourselves at home and even have our own room – look check out the view from our window…
Eddie has horses! So when Marty is feeling a little homesick and over the city he can just go and rug a horse or even go for a ride if his little heart desires.
On Friday we finally looked at the school we have booked Tom into. No seriously – we booked him in and hadn’t even looked at it. That’s ok isn’t it? We google earthed and street viewed it. No worries. Mr Chardy did go there but that was at least 78 years ago. Luckily we absolutely loved the place and Tom is now counting down the days until we drop him there in January. We then left Tom there for the weekend.
When we collected him on Sunday he didn’t want to leave… his words: “You can just ditch me here for the rest of the year Mum”. We were so excited to hear he had such a wonderful time. Ummm, it is no wonder he didn’t want to come home, check out the dorm…
While he was there we enjoyed an impromptu day at the races on Saturday. We definitely had not packed for the races. There were a heap of our friends down from up north for a wedding that weekend and they were all heading to the races so we decided to join them. My lovely blogging friend Nikki from Styling You had also mentioned she would be there. Anyway, when we arrived all our mates were up in the Members area and Di even ditched us and headed up to rub shoulders with the who’s who.
We couldn’t get in because Mr Chardy was wearing jeans. So we said goodbye to Dizee and just cruised around for a while by ourselves, sipping champagne and placing the odd bet. Then Nikki found us, welcomed us into her little soiree and the rest is history.
When you just go with the flow great things happen. Before they could top up my glass we had met about 5 families who also have children at the school Tom will be attending next year and even boys in his year. I kid you not, it was just so uncanny. Just the most lovely people. I couldn’t believe it. Before long Nikki and a couple of the other gorgeous ladies had organised a brunch for us on the day we drop Tom off next year so he can meet some day families and also some more boys in his year. Can you even believe it. These chicks are amazing. People are just so lovely aren’t they!!! Marty even found an old friend in the betting ring who used to come up and do vet work for us – yes, I am looking at you Penelope.
So of course, after having no friends when we arrived at the races we ended up leaving with a whole bunch of new friends.
Oh and we also discovered the joy of Uber! Wow, if you aren’t onto it already (which I am sure you all are) get on board people. Uber is brilliant. I downloaded the app ordered the ride and within 7 minutes a gorgeous VW was on our doorstep. Cheap too. Friendly drivers and very clean. Far nicer than a taxi.
Or I just use Eddie as my Uber because she has a fancy car with pink number plates that say FUN… um, yes please!!! Love your work Eddie.
Eddie and I even went to a Linen Party on Sunday afternoon where I met more people who knew Mr Chards. And check out the house…
You would not know you were in Brisbane would you? So gorgeous. It seems most people I meet at Brookie know Mr Chards one way or another. It is too funny.
Rob and Eddie had a BBQ for us on the Sunday night after we collected Tom so Mr Chardy could catch up with a bloke he knew from his old days at Brookie, who he hadn’t seen for about 20 years. Seriously – everyone I met at Brookie knows Mr Chardy. It is crazy.
It seems Tom was plum tuckered out after his big sleepover.
So there you have it. A wonderful weekend with beautiful new friends and one fabulous old friend – you rock Dizee. Thanks so much for moving to Brissie Di and introducing us to all of these wonderful people. Can’t wait to see you again!
Do your kids go to Boarding School?
Or are you newbie Boarding School goers next year too?
Have you been to Brookie – my new home away from home?