For some reason lunch with the family takes all day. It does matter with we have lunch with my family or Lelak’s it takes at least 6 hours. There are no quick 2 or 3 hours lunches, ever.
Today was Lelak’s grandmother’s birthday. We left the house at 10:30am and arrived back at 5:30pm. See, I was kidding when I said that lunch takes the entire day. For some unknown reason they decided to have the lunch at Manly. Manly is a lovely beach side spot, but the problem with Manly is that half of Sydney also thinks it is a great place to go on a weekend and thus it is packed with people and there is nowhere in the whole suburb to park. This well known fact does not stop the family arranging a big lunch with 12 people attending. Therefore everyone arrives at lunch extremely late and already pissed off because of how long it took to find a parking spot. Family lunches are never free of a little tension but when you have the members arrive already grumpy it is never good. Fortunately, everyone was well-behaved and kept their comments about others to themselves (well I know I did). I was thankful to be sitting at the”kids” end of the table where I actually like everyone. Seeing as though we were at Manly, lunch was extremely overpriced, but it was good. Jumbo prawns are never a bad thing especially when served with garlic butter.
Lunch itself run from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. It would have run longer but we managed to escape the ‘let’s go for ice cream’ section. We went back to Lelak’s parents place where Lelak got a much needed hair cut (her mother was a hairdresser) and avoided being loaded up with junk from her parents cleaning out their house before they move.
The best of the day was stopping at the local service station for a Mint Slice Cornetto. On a hot day, ice cream tastes so good. We made it home just before a massive thunderstorm hit. The rain has now just stopped after dumping 17mm in 30 minutes, the sun is making a comeback and the road out of the front of our house is partially flooded.