• Honey Lee, Stella Lee and James Oh

    Honey Lee, Stella Lee and James Oh

  • Anna Christodoulou and Angela Pappas

    Anna Christodoulou and Angela Pappas

  • Sharon Kalenjuk, Lisa Tremopoulos, Linda Peake and Kylie Croke

    Sharon Kalenjuk, Lisa Tremopoulos, Linda Peake and Kylie Croke

  • Amanda Johnson and Michelle Ferreira

    Amanda Johnson and Michelle Ferreira

  • Rodney and Amanda Andriolo

    Rodney and Amanda Andriolo

  • Natalie D'Ambrosio, Meagan Davey, Rachel van der Sanden and Louise Robinson

    Natalie D'Ambrosio, Meagan Davey, Rachel van der Sanden and Louise Robinson

  • Kate Speldewinde the 'Face of Canberra Racing'

    Kate Speldewinde the 'Face of Canberra Racing'

  • James Tamou and baby Barclay Tamou

    James Tamou and baby Barclay Tamou

  • Tiny Tamou tootsies in Adidas.

    Tiny Tamou tootsies in Adidas.

  • A Moulin Rouge Experience.......

    A Moulin Rouge Experience.......

  • Nick Olive and Melanie Hindson

    Nick Olive and Melanie Hindson

  • Djaimi Thornhill from Home French Home of Manuka

    Djaimi Thornhill from Home French Home of Manuka

  • Julia Price and Nicole Reynolds

    Julia Price and Nicole Reynolds

  • Shelly Gaeta, Nicole McKelvie and Kellie Linger

    Shelly Gaeta, Nicole McKelvie and Kellie Linger

  • Kate Wellington and Helena Smith

    Kate Wellington and Helena Smith

  • Deborah Carreira and Netra Maharaj

    Deborah Carreira and Netra Maharaj

  • Fina Vassiliotis, Fedra Konstantino, Anna Karelis and Effie Kasimatis

    Fina Vassiliotis, Fedra Konstantino, Anna Karelis and Effie Kasimatis

  • Sue and Frank Cleary

    Sue and Frank Cleary

  • Rhiannon Bach and Sue Cleary

    Rhiannon Bach and Sue Cleary

  • Gina Petridis of Patissez!

    Gina Petridis of Patissez!

  • Danielle Cleary, Kathy Van Duren and Terina Bruhn

    Danielle Cleary, Kathy Van Duren and Terina Bruhn

  • Irene Polglase, Rosemary Harrison, Jan Palmer, Val Sellers, Dawn Boag and Sue King

    Irene Polglase, Rosemary Harrison, Jan Palmer, Val Sellers, Dawn Boag and Sue King

Melbourne Cup Experience @ Hotel Realm

18 October 2015

It was advertised as a Melbourne Cup Experience with a French Connection but is better described as an expo of the necessities and frivolities of the annual day of indulgence that is the Melbourne Cup. Held at the Hotel Realm the beneficiary was Malkara School, the extent of that was $10 per ticket but the mums and supporters of the school were there handling the silent auction, anticipating a good kitty from the live auction where all receipts were to go to the school, and, with me lamenting the passing of the Hats and Gloves High Teas held at Government House which we agreed, should be resurrected. That was a classy event.

I was expecting an afternoon tea, but the tipple of choice among those who love a frock up and sit down was wine with a decadent meringue concoction from Gina Petridis of ‘Patissez!’ in Manuka or the option to stay with the savoury, sampling some of Essential Ingredient’s luscious French cheeses and maybe a hearty red from the Bunnamagoo display.

The French Connection a little obscure and perhaps tenuous. And nary a sniff or shimmer of horseflesh within coo-ee of the Hotel Realm to engender a frisson for those who love an annual flutter, but very French was the booth display by Djaimi Thornhill from Home French Home in the Manuka Arcade where her napery, linens, clothes and gifts are of exceptional quality, design and very desirable. We both did a quick circuit seeking out the Ambassador of France, Christophe LeCourtier, purported to be the guest of honour but he was a no show, probably preparing his address to the National Press Club on the following Tuesday.

But lovely Jane Brown was there with her perfect pearls, blingy jewels and the best gifts for Christmas and the fashions from Perri Cutten were to tempt those who can’t resist a new outfit for their cup day functions.

It was about then, that is after the parade and indulging in the sugar hit meringue concoction, that I needed a cuppa, at home preferably, to kick the shoes off and curl up with a book. Perfect.