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Mothers’ Day..the good, the bad and the ugly!

I had planned to spend the day with my son on mothers’ day. 

MOTH went off to work – he doesn’t usually work Sundays, in fact has NEVER worked a Sunday so I was bewildered that he had to work this one! 

Anyway I was up early, armed with loads of knitting and LHM and we made our way to pretty Upper Beaconsfield “A” by 09:00 so that he could umpire U/14 MEN in a footy game.  OMG these boys were enormous,  I swear some of them were shaving already!  They were also fast and poor LHM had a little bit of trouble keeping up – but all in all he did quite well.  This is his first year umpiring.


While keeping one eye on LHM, I cast on for a throw rug – 238 stitches and the pattern is a leafy textured throw out of a Patons Zhivago-Homebook….it’s the green one – but as yet the pictures are not showing up for me on the Patons website.  I”m not knitting it out of Zhivago, I’m using something else I picked up somewhere else but haven’t photographed yet – it’s red/brown variegated.  More Autumn leaves I suspect :).  I have 20 skeins, and I am not sure it will be enough….so either I need to go find some more of un-rememberable yarn, or get something else and start again….casting on 238 stitches was a drag though!

So umpiring went off swimmingly.  He really enjoys it and he gets paid too – so it’s a litle bit of independence for him without having a REAL job.

(As an aside, at around 10:40, MOTH calls me to tell me he’s left his ID tags in the console of my car and can I drop them off to him at work after umpiring – in Cheltenham (3 on the map – but my “B”)…….!!!!  So LHM’s game finished around 11:15 – I had to have him at “C” by 12:15 for his game at 1:00 pm and somehow or other I had to just drop by  Cheltenham “on my way”.  Was sooo not going to happen.  MOTH called me back a half hour or so later to say he got to work and got spare ID out of the safe adn not to worry…thank goodness.

My Mothers' Day Travels - E-A-B (luckily I got out of that one!)-C-D-E

My Mothers' Day Travels - E-A-B (luckily I got out of that one!)-C-D-E

After that it was across to “C” where LHM was playing in his Under 13 team against the biggest 12 and 13 year olds I have EVER seen.  Now LHM is not little – he’s quite tall, but like most ‘average’ almost 13 year old boys, he is lean….VERY lean.  Some of these other kids are already muscular and one at least was over 6 foot with size 14 feet!!!  Eeeeeek!

During the final quarter, LHM was knocked unconscious by a knee to the back of the head from an opposition player and was laying motionless on the ground.  Now, parents are not allowed on the ground, and it was all I could do to just stand there.  There was no stretcher on the ground (by law it is supposed to be there) and it took a good five minutes for the stretcher to come, but the umpire of that game balled it up right next to LHM on the ground and continued the game while he was laying there.  Then no one called an ambulance (I had to – and there’s a funny story about that – will give you that at the end!) and some stupid person had parked across the emergency vehicle access!

I was beside myself – but behaving very well in all this.  LHM was pale and confused and had lost consciousness for a little while (less than a minute) but was already shivering and going into shock a bit.  So we wrapped him up and waited…..and waited…..and waited.  It took a good 20-30 minutes for the Paramedics to arrive.

The ambulance came and as a precaution collared him up and took him to the the local hospital (“D”) – he wasn’t badly injured enough to warrant lights and sirens so that was good – but all in all a very scary event.  The hospital kept him for a few hours for observation and he’s home now with a headache the size of Tasmania!  I might also add here that he’s covered in bruises and marks from footy boots etc!  This football caper is just so dangerous….especially at this age group when there is such a disparity between the size of one 13 year old to the next!

In the hospital, LHM apologised for ruining my day, but you know – all in all it was good – I got to spend the entire day with my boy – he knows I love him to bits and I know he loves me too. You can’t ask for much more than that!

After the hospital – back home to “E” and bed….very early….that was my Mothers’ Day!


When I called for the ambulance, I said that my 12-year-old had been injured playing football, however apparently when the job came through to the vehicle it said 12-MONTH-old and the dispatcher had to call me back and ask me whether LHM was 12 years old or 12 months old….hard to imagine a baby playing football!



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Our Darkest Day…

There is not much to say really.

Victoria is in the middle of a fire disaster – the worst we have ever seen.

To talk about knitting or stitching, or whinge about train travel seems so trite when so many people have lost their lives or at very best, all their worldly possessions. Whole townships were razed to the ground in what has been described as a firestorm like no other.

Saturday was the hottest day ever recorded in Victoria – 46.3 degrees Celsius (115.34 F) in the city, with temperatures reaching 48 degrees Celsius (118.4F) in out lying suburbs.  .

Speaking to my partner Saturday evening, I said I felt guilty going to bed when right at that point in time there were so many people who no longer had a bed to go to. I likened it to September 11 when we sat up all night watching news reports and were just flabbergasted by the situation, sitting there speechless, unable to comment.  I was much the same over the weekend.  I didn’t want to go to bed, but the news reports continue to reduce me to tears. 

108 people are confirmed dead, many others are still missing and fears held for their safety.     I urge everyone to donate either  to the Red Cross or at their local National Australia Bank, or give donations of clothes, blankets, whatever you can to the local Salvation Army.


Other useful links

Bushfire Hotline – 1800 240 667
Victorian Bushfire Fund – 1800 811 700
Condolence Book – Share your sorrow over the tragedy
Urgent threats – latest information
Transport updates from VicRoads and V/Line
Latest updates from the Country Fire Authority


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Holidays are a good thing…

And it’s a good thing I have this week off.  Not only is it going to be a week of incredibly high temperatures (even for Melbourne), but already today the three train choices I have for getting to work were all cancelled this morning. 

There have been many news articles this week and I’ve been a bit slack and not posted them all, but here is today’s effort – rehashing why our system will not hold up to the heat!!!

On a much crazier note – I’ve promised to take my son to Luna Park on Wednesday!!!!  I plan on going VERY early and being home before the top temperatures are reached.  I don’t “do” amusement park rides, so I will be sure to take some knitting, find some shade and a cool drink and wait while the boy and his friends ‘freak out!”

I’ve almost finished the second pair of socks – bright red 100%merino 4 ply.  They’re lovely, but at the moment I seem to have misplaced the first of this pair……

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There’s Unhappy Commuters…and….

…there’s unhappy commuters.

A little bit extreme I think…I’d be more inclined to poke someone with my 4mm bamboos!

Come to think of it….poking anyone with 4mm bamboos is pretty extreme too!

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Thank Goodness for Knitting

Train Departed: 4:10 pm
Train Arrived: 5:55 (at 5:13 – 42 minutes late)
Knitting:Sock number 3 (almost half a sock – the last 10 rows of the leg and all the heel and gusseet shaping, and more than half the foot!!)
Notable Events: Signal failures, equipment faults, a heart attack, V-Line train delays, and so on and so on….

Lots of cancellations again today after yesterday’s debacle….

Connex tells us here that the reasons the weather affects the trains are:

  • the metal tracks, which can become as hot as 60°C, expand and have the potential to buckle; power outages are also common due to the multiple demands on Melbourne’s power supply
  • sun-glare affects the ability to properly see signals and station monitors;
  • fires can break out beside train lines and in timber sleepers;
  • the air conditioning units on many of our trains are only designed to operate up to 35°C and thus have the potential to fail in extreme heat;
  • the power supply to trains can fluctuate leading to faulty lights and other electrical problems; and
  • power outages are also common due to the multiple demands on Melbourne’s power supply.

It’s Summer for goodness sake – surely someone in the planning stages of building a train network in Melbourne took into account the fact that it gets warm in summer?  I lived in Adelaide for a year or two and I never heard of anything like it – and the temps get a lot hotter there than in Melbourne.  As for wooden sleepers – didn’t we pay millions of dollars not that long ago to have them all changed to concrete?

Connex’s answer was to hand out free ice-creams and bottled water to patrons at Flinders Street Station (this didn’t help the elderly woman who earlier collapsed on a train at Westall!).  This incident (along with many others) held up trains last night, and when a train stops between stations, the aircon turns off, the doors are closed and it’s like being trapped in a sealed shipping container with 150-200 of your closest friends…not pleasant – especially when one stupid woman decided it was a great time to spray herself with eau de toilette because she presumably stink s so badly she just couldn’t wait!!!

Here’s an interesting article from the Age yesterday describing some rail systems in other countries ( I think I might go live in Japan!) ….and another blaming the rail chaos on the Australian culture!

After our Transport Minister’s jolly outing on the Williamstown train the other day, the opposition spokesman on Transport decided he’d have a go too!  I’ve yet to hear/see anything about that – will hunt it down today!

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Kosky Rides the Rails…

Soooooooo, our Minister for transport, Ms Kosky caught the train home last night….to Williamstown.  Video here.


I invite Ms Kosky to catch the train to Cranbourne with me one EXCRUCIATINGLY HOT summer day during the afternoon peak!

We’ll go to Parliament, (not far from her extremely comfortable offices probably), where we will NOT even be able to board any of the overcrowded trains between 4 and 4.45 pm and then we will crack the sh!ts and walk to Flinders Street Station where if we’re really fortunate, we will get a seat on the 5:04 pm train to Cranbourne (which incidentally will leave Flinders St at around 5:15) unless of course it left one minute early (still ‘on time’ according to international standards!).

We will travel through the city loop, where people will abuse each other (sometimes resorting to actual violence) trying to get on the train (especially at the aforementioned Parliament Station). Those lucky enough to be able to board the train, will scour at those with seats as if they are not entitled to a seat at all intimating that they should move and allow them to sit!

It will continue along liek that through the south’east until we reach Cranbourne…probably an hour and a half (or longer) from whence we commenced our journey!

I’ll teach her to knit!  That should help with her stress levels!

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