Oi! Oi! Oi!
The Australia Open is going over Australia Day weekend. "The tennis" is passionately followed by Australians of all walks of life, particularly those Australians of Serb and Croat descent, who traditionally hold brawls in Melbourne to celebrate the result of any match between a Serbian and Croatian tennis player.
Cricket is also a big part of Australia Day, though this Australia Day was just another chance for the South African team to beat the living shit out of the Australian team one more time...if you can use the phrase "beat the living shit" to describe the outcome of something as non-confrontational as a cricket match.
So, here are some pics of some of the good fun that visiting the family entails. We'll concentrate once again, and only because they provide such good visuals, on the harness racing branch of the family.
Danielle introducing Elias to Vanilla.
"Fancy Little Salty!" says Uncle Darryll. "Surrounded by five sheilas!"
The junior trots are incredibly smile-provoking to casual spectators. Check out Jade driving - how could you not smile?
The kids, though, take it deadly serious and their game faces show that. No smiles.
Here's Jade returning to a bushel of cheering cousins after a race. There's a smile in there, but it's not getting out.
When Danielle finishes in the money and drives up in front of the grandstand for her prize, a smile finally breaks free...
The adults are a little more relaxed about it. Here's Lola Weidemann before a race, clearly smiling.
I'm told that Lola is a good driver - all I know is that her face is very photogenic.
The races end with fierce intensity. Nobody smiles.
Afterwards we went to Darryll and Lynn's for a barbecue.
Alisa and my cousin Debbie.
Elias got to ride in the ute while Uncle Darryll worked the horses.
The only time Darryll will tolerate a camera is when he is around the horses.
The horses, on the other hand, can be downright terrified of a camera.
The kids finished the day watching...harness racing on TV.