Wednesday, 13 June 2012

A One Act Play

Act I Scene I

A young couple sit down to dinner & discuss a Winter trip to Sydney and the Southern Highlands. She pictures herself wearing fur, searching through endless antique stores and sampling Sydney's finest cuisine. He envisages a relaxing time away, drinking red wine, reading books & catching up with friends.

Then they decide to take Henry & Alice. 

Scene Changes.

4 bags, a pram, a bed-rail, 2 beanies, a baby carrier, 3 winter coats and 2 kids loaded onto the plane.

2 bottles, a dinosaur, sophie the giraffe, 2 packs of BBQ rice snacks, 3 dummies, 1/2 a chocolate bounty, a book about trucks, 2 car seats, a mix up with the hire car and a 2 hour drive and they arrive in Bowral.

Henry hates the antique stores. Alice's reflux flairs up. Bowral experiences it's coldest week in 23 years. Henry's beanie doesn't fit. He wears Alice's pink one. It's hard to know if Alice is crying because of the reflux or because her head is cold. The couple eat pre-made risotto from Coles as the children need to go to sleep at 7pm. He goes to bed forgetting if he even tasted the red wine. The fur remains zipped up in her suitcase. Henry & Alice are in cahoots . . they wake up every 2 hrs. Tomorrow promises to be better.

The couple arrive in Double Bay. She unzips the fur . . .it seems to be uniform in these parts. He books in a family breakfast with friends. She puts Alice in the baby carrier & does Bourke Street Bakery, Surry Hills Shops & Sydney Antique Centre with an old friend. He packs Henry up & they go to the Aquarium. The couple discuss a night time sleeping strategy- she sleeps in Alice's room, he sleeps in Henry's room.

The next day they all go to Taronga Zoo & have a wonderful time. Henry makes the monkey noise the whole way around, and points to the animals. Alice is happy in the baby carrier. He has a great time chasing Henry throughout the iconic harbourside Zoo. Her back hurts a bit and she feels guilty wearing fur to the zoo. The Zebras make her think of home decor projects. The sleeping strategy works.

She visits Paper D'Amour, Adrienne and the Misses Bonney, No Chintz, Sambag, Market Import, Piggtt's Store and Parterre while he goes to the Dinosaur Museum with Henry. That night, they have takeaway sushi & tell stories from the day. Everyone sleeps soundly.

Crowd applauds.

They have dinner with different friends two nights in a row and lunch in the park overlooking the bay. Henry chases the impeccably groomed poodles . . or whatsadoodles.

After a weeks holiday they pack up 4 bags, a pram, a bed-rail, 1 beannie, a baby carrier, 3 winter coats and 2 kids and load them onto the plane.

2 bottles, a lion, a wild pig, 1 blueberry muffin, 2 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 1 dummie, a stuffed dolphin and a book about the Aquarium later and they happily arrive home.

Over Sunday night dinner they talk about the week that was. He realizes he wore the same outfit everyday and didn't even open his book. She talked about the french cheese & pate they shared with friends the night before and where she would hang her newly purchased 1920's original magazine cover. Alice's reflux subsides. She can't stop smiling.  

Alice & Henry, now back in their own beds, wake every 3 hours obviously thinking about Sydney. She wishes she'd read more than 10 pages of Tizzie Hall's book but instead chose 'Good Bones, Great Pieces'. They decide holidays are great but they might try to stay closer to home next time!



  1. At least it was an adventure!
    Fabulous post Tina! The dinosaurs look great on your lounge suite! Jx

  2. Ha! Thanks Jane. It will be our last holiday for awhile I'm sure! Still recovering. I bet Ur in full swing w wedding planning! So much fun! LovT

  3. Such a great post T! It made me laugh (sorry!) especially the bit about feeling guilty wearing fur at the zoo :)

    Abbey x

  4. Tina my dear! Best post EVER! you need to write a book, loved it. My friends all swear by Tizzie, but I don't blame you for mixing up your bedtime reading for something a little more fun. I wore my fur to a fashion parade the other night and half expected someone to jump out with a can of paint yelling 'murderer!' a la Samantha in SATC. Hope Alice is feeling better, glad you had a little indulgence with your French cheese and pate, oh la la! Xxx

  5. Tina, you just described my long weekend in Bowral! We dropped Harry's hat in a puddle the first 10 minutes after we got there. I think holidays should be postponed till children are 5! Or 25. How do people manage to go overseas?!
    I loved this post! Rachael x

  6. Thanks everyone! we've had such a good week this last week at home I'm thinking A is just a homebody!
    Abbey,would u believe there is now a fox in our backyard. . . Would make a nice little collar maybe!! Ha.
    Kate- jealous that you are living it up in Adelaide!please drink my share of wine!
    Rachael- losing your child's accessories pains me! It's also bad when you dress them in their best to go out & they touch the rims of the car . . . I think it's a boy thing!

  7. T someone should give you a column! You are hilarious, can't imagine an outing with two so little. Just ask your mum I arrived for an appointment with her with Penny in tow just last week and by the time we arrived Penny had all but undressed! (beanie two socks and two shoes all off and thrown around the car). Got to love them!



  8. Oh I completely relate to this one! Perfectly written. I am grateful my boys are getting older and things are getting easier. I swear by Tizzie too it is my baby shower gift to every new mum. xx

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