Last weekend was the second family reunion held and this time I felt that I should go over to Adelaide and meet all the cousins who have been creeping out of the woodwork lately.
D1 and D2 also attended and it was a fun weekend and I'll probably go to the next one. The hesitation is that rumour has it that it will be held at Victor Harbour and there is no way I am going to go all the way to Adelaide and then all the way to Victor, much as I love the place and knowing well that it is the place where the family's roots are.
There is also a problem with the cats who didn't take very kindly to being boarded at the cattery again; Parsifal's behavior caused Poppy to become quite aggressive. They have settled down now but Poppy needed room to run from Parsifal and there was nowhere for her to go. I had to resort to the water spray bottle in order to get the message through to him that he needed to leave Poppy alone.
When I consult with the animal behaviorist I am hoping that we can resolve that problem as well; Parsifal needs to understand that he is no longer a proper boy and that it is unseemly to act like one.
While we were in South Australia we took the tram to Glenelg where I spent some of the early part of my life and it was in Glenelg that I went to boarding school for seven years. D1 wanted to see it and I suggested that the traditional way of getting there was by tram so we did that. But it is no longer the tram which used to do the run. For starters it now goes as far as the Entertainment Centre on North Terrace and it is not a tram any more but light rail. Not nearly as much fun as it used to be and I would have thought that the original tram was heritage listed; obviously not.
The kids, bless their hearts, want a barbecue on Christmas day so this morning I went over to Cottesloe and loaded up with sausages and a vacuum-packed rib-eye fillet of steak so all I need to do is salads and a trifle - not 'deconstructed' like the one I had at the Playford Hotel on Friday night. It would certainly be easier - slices of cake, a bottle of sweet sherry, some fruit, custard, jelly and cream and they could all reconstruct their own.