Monday, March 13, 2006

bloggers can bbq too



we walked through the park. it was so fucking hot. we kept seeing tall black people in traditional nigerian dress.

"are the bloggers black?" asked the smallest of the children with us?

"no, we don't think so" we quipped.

we had told the kids in the car that this picnic was with our blogger friends. of course they had asked "who's going to be at the bbq?" so we had to explain. princess doesn't like the word "bloggers" for some reason and i can't remember what she said to call ourselves. i'll get back to you.

finally we found elaine and fungoir and settled in. they're not black. not that there's anything wrong with that.

and then, in no particular order:

the kids had a water fight and then i bought them an ice cream each, from the second mr whippy van that turned up, because the first one wasn't authentic enough. we lolled on rugs, fluffy was just as i imagined and i kept wanting to hug her. elaine was wearing a cute smocky-type of top that i think i heard someone say she made herself. admiration high. i played croquet with cotton and clokes. i lost twice and cotton won both games. sublime was there, with funky red earrings and a tub of delicious shredded pork swimming in white lard that you had to scrape off, it was a larrousse fantasy come true! a few other people were there, fungoir and rowena, can't remember the others. no i didn't drink ALL of my wine. we waited for scarlett, who went to the wrong park. nevermind, next time! the ants got into cotton's bread and his mango was still uncut when we left. i wonder what happened to that mango? oh yes fluffy had her dog but not tiny man. she'd also brought her boots to play footy but no one had a ball. but the croquet and frisbee got a lot of use. we had african music, and fried haloumi. chops and sausages from algerian-french peoples. cotton didn't wear the white shoes but he did brandish a pair of funky original "swimmers" and talked about going to the fitzroy pool.

"when does the fitzroy pool close?" he asked the group.

"oh, 1987" was cloke's witty answer.

it was a good day. fluffy apologised to me about swearing in front of princess. i told her that my language can be bad and sometimes princess hears me. oh, mother's guilt. but to make fluffy feel better, later that night, after we'd read a few pages of harry potter 4, and the light was turned off, i lay on princess' bed next to her and said, "what did you think of today? did you like them? the people?"

and she said "i liked them all. they were all nice."

and no there aren't any photos.

27 comments:

Magical_M said...

NO photos?

NO ONE took photos?

Bugger. I was hoping for at least one water fight or croquet action shot...

Dxxxx said...

"i liked them all. they were all nice."

Awww - isn't that just so warm and fuzzy!!!!!!

Sounds like a fun day was had by all (and good on you for letting Cotty win at croquet MG *winks*)

Surely SOMEBODY took some incriminating photos!!!

WHAT KIND OF BLOGGERS ARE YOU ANYWAY?!?!?!?!?!

Dxxxx

BEVIS said...

I feel all warm inside after reading that. (No, really - it could be heartburn. Somebody please call a doctor.)

It makes me wish EVEN MORE that I'd been there. But Wifey and I had a very busy day. We met up with Scarlett at the wrong park and played a bit of footy (we brought the football).

Kidding. Scarlett was entirely alone in her muddled-headed-ness.

:)

I'd have loved to have been there with you all, though. Good call on the pool's closing time, Clokeeeey (although I wouldn't have known about that either, Cotton). No mention of John, though. Did he go / have a good time / sell any leftover Turkish carpets from your backyard?

And did you show off the ring, MG?

Maybe later in the year - say, in June or so - another such BBQ can be held? Was it considered a raving success by anyone other than MG and Princess? Not that I don't trust their opinions, but would any of you consider doing it again?

fluffy said...

Only the ruggedest Everest climbers brave a June BBQ in Melbourne, Bevis. Frostbite is a real possibility.

MG - had a lovely time and it was so good to meet you. Next time with the TM. And hugs.

Susanne said...

That sounds fun. :)

sublime-ation said...

phew, I'm relieved about the swearing (mine, I dind't notice Fluffy's) so I'm glad Princess et al haven't picked up any of my nasty habits.
I arrived home slightly sunburnt but it's all ok now.
Sorry for no photos, I'm hopeless with that.
It was fun, thanks for the great food and it was awesome to meet you.

ps. I saw the ring. So romantic!

elaine said...

John was there, bevis. Almost deserving enough of our girl melbourne. Gorgeous ring! props to John for that. Did I mention that Peter McKenna is my bosses driver?

That pork thing that Sub brought was delicious. Concurring on that one.

um, yes, I did make my top.

Thanks for coming. I had fun! And yes, let's do it again.

x

BEVIS said...

Is Clokeeeey pulling my leg with this little revelation? (See the second comment he left me.) I suspect he's simply having a go. Because if he's serious: Wow! I never saw that coming. And I think quite highly of my own detecting skills! (Which means I'm going to be happy for you guys, but angry with myself for some reason, resulting in a very mixed up little puppet man inside!) Sooooo confused ...

(I presume it's okay to mention this, if it's true. Because Clokes mentioned it on mine first.)

If this is a joke, I'm really playing into his hands here, aren't I ...

MelbourneGirl said...

hey bevis, to put you out of your misery, 'tis true. i played croquet with clokes, who is also john who is also my fiance.

no leg pulling, i promise.

please don't waste your precious time going back through archives. there were a couple of indications but you are a very busy little frog and it would have been easy to miss.

x

BEVIS said...

Wow, I'm so happy for you both, and yet I also have a burning desire to trick you both in return.

Stay tuned for that ...

*menacing glare*

*dramatic chord*


Not really. That's great. And I thank you both for letting me in on the news, even though I wasn't there at the BBQ to find out myself.

Did everyone else know this already, or something? Was I the only one to miss these supposed 'clues'? (You know I'm going to be reading through everyone's archives anyway ...)

:)

Rowena said...

Firstly, MG, congratulations on your engagement. I was oblivious yesterday.

Secondly, the photo accompanying this post is disturbing me greatly.

That is all.
x

BEVIS said...

Is the first clue that neither you, Clokeeeey nor Cape Man have ever linked to each other on your blogs? (As far as I can see - looking at all three blogs now, anyway. Although you could have removed such links more recently; I don't know.)

Naturally, I can tell now that the 'moving house' thing might have been a pretty clear sign. Hindsight's 20:20, and all that. It also casts a whole new light on his song posts (awwwww), and this post in particular. Hmm.

Not to mention the smarmy little Miss Know-It-All who's only too keen to drop hints that she knows better than anyone else in the comments to this post! :)

Why would anyone expect this kind of revelation, though?

What's next? Is Princess actually Cotton?

Locket said...

Aaaarrgghhhh

It's all too much

brain hurty


YOU'RE GETTING MARRIED??? Did I miss the 'proposal post'?


and you're getting married to CLOKES? As in Clokeeeey four e's?

(is there an apostrophe there? I don't think so. that would make it 'e is'. Wouldn't it? Brain. ow.)

Dxxxx said...

Wow. Didn't see that coming. You said that John did dabble in cyberland but i had no idea...... And you did tell me you 'knew' him when we were having lunch at Soul Mama..... I am bit thick tho, so....

Well congrats indeed to Clokeeeeeeeey as well as MG.

Dxxxx

sp I am obv out of the loop in terms of Capeman, where does he fit in?????

Chai said...

What the... ?!?!! It's like a soapie! Next thing, there will be long lost identical twin bloggers, amnesiacs who recovers memory, mystery treasure and prisoner bloggers who escaped just to attend BBQ. Which brings me to this. I'm now revealing that I'm actually a [drum roll] .... male blogger... [only cheesecake susanne is shocked]... OK... I have no bombshell to drop.

And I dont believe you guys regd no photos. We are bloggers of honour. Fibs do not become us. [apologies to W. Goldman]

MelbourneGirl said...

oh my god.

let me prepare some cool facewashers, line up everyone!

firstly, bevis. no one else knew, it wasn't meant to be a big deal secret, just that i am independent and wanted to make my own friends. however, i also didn't want to be a loser and asked john to make up a persona so he could comment on my first few posts. this is where capeman came in, firstly, then clokey took off in his own sweet way. clokey as you know likes all things sport. i, however, do not. perhaps blogworld was a perfect forum for us each to flex our individual creative muscles? please don't play a trick back, it wasn't meant to trick you all. it was just something private, i'm sure you can appreciate that.

rowena, here's a nice damp cloth for your brow to salve your concerns over the picture. now i can't remember. are you a vegetarian? if so, i'm sorry. if it's not that, do you have a penis aversion? or is it just that there's so many of them? just don't look, girl! and thanks for the congrats.

darling locky. here's a nice cool one for your hurty brain too. yes, he proposed. post is here:

http://melbgirltakeonthings.blogspot.com/2006/02/saturday-night-or-ode-to-mighty-yarra.html

and yes to clokes. with the e's. that's letters not fanciful pharmaceuticals.

who's next. ah dear dxxxx. i thought i did say who it was at lunch that day. but again, no biggie. thanks for congrats, and capeman was just another dude-persona of john's.

chai. no photos that i know of. the camera came out once that i saw, it was agent fare evader but i think he was just showing elaine some digital shots? but really truly promise cross my heart etc etc, there are no photos. just the eternal images in our minds. of that lovely day. on the croquet grass. with the african music and the potted pig.

Dxxxx said...

You thought you actually outed John as Clokeeey to me that day?

*thinks hard*

Gosh... i don't think so, I'm SURE i would have remembered that...

Although as you know, I was kind of in another world at the time, so god knows.... I hope I didn't miss too much else in my state of delerium....

Can't wait for the next exciting mystery to unfold!!!

And yes when i read that AFE was there, I was certain that if anyone had a camera, it would have been he....

Geez people, you take carefully planned photographs of engagement as-it-happens purely for blogging purposes but none of bbq????

NEXT TIME THEN!

Dxxxx

Locket said...

[reads said post]

[gets goosebumps and a welled eye or two (but definitely not three)]

Awwww... it was posted on Valentine's Day, how lovely.

I think I'm going to be sick.

What was I doing on Val's Day that was so damn important I didn't read your post? Oh that's right. I had a hot date. Oh, no... that was someone else.

Well this is all your fault anyway mg. You couldn't just use the title "Proposal" or "I'm engaged" or "There's now a ring on the fourth finger of my left hand" could you? You had to be all creative and lovestruck and write some beautiful post with a beautiful poem and...

[wells up again]


Congratulations mg.

fluffy said...

I am so bloddy thick. I was there, I met you and Clokey, I watched you pack up together and take kiddies, AND I STILL DIDN'T GET THAT CLOKEEEEY IS JOHN. Could you please drop a less subtle hint next time, like for exacmple you could slap me upside the head* and shout "HERE'S A SURPRISE: CLOKEEEY IS ACTUALLY MY FIANCEE, JOHN. HERE HE HIS RIGHT HERE. FLUFFY, MEET CLOKEEEY/JOHN" in my earhole.

*actual slapping not recommended,

BEVIS said...

Hahaha! Oh, that's pure gold, Fluffy. And it makes me feel a lot better. :)

I say we risk the frostbite and try for a get-together around the middle of the year anyway. Maybe a BBQ is, strictly-speaking, not the way to go - but I'm sure we can handle something else instead, right?

MelbourneGirl, your 'cool washcloth' analogy is priceless - and you're so obviously a great Mum! As for a 'return trick', I'll see how my mood takes me (nah, of course we understand that your privacy is your own business!). In fact, I think I speak for us all when I say how honoured we are that you chose to 'out' yourselves to us in this way! First we have the opportunity to meet you (diaries and travel allowing, of course), and then you permit us (even if we weren't present) to know your little 'secret'! It's flattering.

You're right about the apostrophe, Locket. Don't use one there. If it helps, make the 'e' a capital, so the differentiation makes it clear to the reader what you're saying. "Es" as opposed to "es", which I think we can all agree is just too confusing and unclear. Glad to help.

Good call, Chai, re: Susanne. :)

Excellent point, Dxxxx, about the numerous photos of the proposal vs the non-existant photos of the Blogger BBQ. Was it, perhaps, intentional, do you suppose? Perhaps photos were taken for personal enjoyment, but it was agreed that no one would post them for the world to see. And if so, fair enough. I ain't postin' no pictures of me or Wifey - so I completely understand.

Dxxxx said...

Haha Fluffy you made me giggle - that's gold!!

xox

MelbourneGirl said...

oh my god. it's all become a bigger deal than i expected or wanted. fluffy, it was hard to keep track of everything and everyone. i STILL can't remember your dog's name!!!!!

ps i saw a drawing pricess did yesterday, there is a cat called "fluffy" and a dog which i think has your dog's name, or similar. so there you go, you both have entered our family domain, albeit in pencil sketches.

bevis. the photos. NO PHOTOS. and not even for our own private enjoyment. it was just a few people having a bbq, not some world shattering event. i hate being the centre of attention (well, mostly) i don't like fuss (well usually) but i DO HATE PHOTOS OF MYSELF (usually always). and if one was stuck in my face i was going to say (politely of course) "please don't take a photo of me". also, as you have alluded to bevis, you don't post photos of yourself and family on your blog, i also choose not to. the proposal photos were different, they weren't of people.

so you will just have to make the next event bevis to meet us.

dxxxx, maybe i was wrong about that day we met. oh well.

locket. you are sweet. it's a second marriage for us both. and exciting as it is, i am aiming for low-key, low-fuss everything. except for a kick-arse dress! but in the meantime i have to get my fucking thesis done.

BEVIS said...

That's what I was saying. Maybe I wasn't being clear enough. Any perceived hints that photos were required were unintentional. Dxxxx raised a good point, that's all.

I certainly hope to be at the next event, yes. I'm already trying to garner some commitment, but so far no one's touching it.

What does that say??

Dxxxx said...

Your privacy is all yours darlin!

Sorry if we seemed to have made a big deal out of it, when it's not really, I know. It was just unexpected, and we like to go on about surprises, that's all.

No more talk about it.

Love to you J & J

MelbourneGirl said...

hey bevis. re next event, for me and having not commented on it, all it means is that it's too far away for me to even think about. in june, you say? someone said a bbq is pretty risky in june, and i tend to agree. but if there is an event planned and organised, i'm sure we will be there. we will want to be there and we will plan to be there.

is that enough of a commitment for you, my little green friend??

[insert smile here]

Magical_M said...

It all makes sense.

Well not really. But it is very exciting.

I'm hoping to come to Melbs in July to see my team play (hex on the AFL for not giving them a game in Sydders this season) - Bevis I will take you up on your BBQ idea if we can schedule it then...

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