You hear Lydia call out to the very obedient house friend Johanna, to announce that Figaro is having his portrait painted by her good friend. Figs is not as obedient as Johanna, can’t blame him. I have a good catch up with Lydia and our friendship feels like it is back to normal.
Gamble and Luke are shopping and Gamble blurts out “You weren’t that handsome when you were younger”
Luke not backing down stuck it right back to Gamble “You were a bit ugly, “There was a stage I thought we’d have to call the surgeon” Priceless!
I am really disheartened that Gamble would toss a friendship out the door in and flash and go around bitching about Gina to the other girls and now to Luke saying “Maybe the friendship might be one-sided, true friends stand by you” Gratitude is misplaced.
No doubt the friendship is fragile, hence the reason a slight crack can rupture the friendship into smithereens.
Susie is running some etiquette classes and judging by the wicked little giggle and cheeky smile on her face, I am pretty convinced she has invited Jackie, as a bit of a stir, knowing very well Jackie does not blend with this type of surrounding and is not comfortable. Was Susie trying to make a point perhaps? Joan is stern and taking no crap, Jackie likes her beers and a BBQ in the backyard, so she is in for a shock as she is expecting some cocktails, dance music. No doubt her good friend Chyka knows Jackie’s love for her drinks.
Straight off the bat Jackie says “I think I have been asked to come to this little lesson today cos everyone properly thinks I need some etiquette” (On the money); Chyka’s laugh sums it up.
Joan shuts Jackie up for the noise she was making at the table. I have never seen Jackie shut up so fast. Jackie could do with a Joan by her side. Clearly Jackie was way over her head. It was mortifying seeing Jackie slurp up her chips when she was dining with Ben, but Jackie gormandizing oysters was hard to watch. Chyka is looking on amused and enjoying every second of this train wreck. No doubt none of the ladies believed that Jackie went to deportment school by the fits of laughter that bellowed the room. I am surprised the glassware did not shatter by the sound.
Even though Nathan has moved out, we are super close and do lots of things together, I wanted Nathan to check out the quality and sound of the piano, so we are heading out to purchase a Steinway piano. Even though Nathan is a bit rusty with the song he picked, he plays beautifully along with my other two sons. . I don’t usually buy my boys what they want. I buy them what they need.
I wanted to see how Nathan and Emily were doing and I asked him some hard questions. Emily is a top girl and blends well into our family and settled into a mature relationship with Nathan, I don’t want to see a beautiful love like that burn out because they are so glued to one another now and regret in their forties that they missed out on enjoying their twenties. No doubt Nathan is happy and that is most important. After our chat I realised I raised a fine young man and my fears of him settling down too young disappeared. It was so nice to see Emily make an appearance, she is great for my baby. I was only teasing them about joining their lunch and they knew I had other plans.
I arrive at Luminare and the girls are chatting, One would expect Chyka, the host, would welcome a guest with at least a hello considering she manages events. However Chyka continued her conversation and no one so much as raised an eyebrow as I walked up to them. I know I am small, but not that small to go unnoticed. Even when I gave Susie a kiss, Janet, Chyka and Jackie did not even turned to look in my direction. Actions speaks louder than words and I felt the actions of these women by the reluctance to say hello.
I had misplaced my son’s birth certificate and needed his passport urgently I asked Jackie very graciously, in private, at a prior meeting if she can help me find the certificate. I honestly believed she would help me. I was desperate to get my hands on my sons original birth certificate as it is sentimental to me. So I decided to give it another try.
As soon as I made the suggestion, the girls pounced on me with comments like “Can’t you get another one?” Chyka suggests, Susie is the navigator and says “yeah births, deaths and marriages corner of Elizabeth and Swanston street”.
If you are going to give me street directions Susie, at least get it right. Janet blurts out “send your housekeeper to stand in a line for you” and Jackie says “come on Pettifleur” what does that mean?. I am astonished that none of the ladies understand that as mums we are sentimental.
If I had know this simple request was going to turn so ugly, I would never have asked. Once again, Jackie gets off the hook by the support of the other women and my support is underwhelming. I needed their suggestions, like I needed a hole in the head.
I explained to the girls (not seen in footage) it had nothing to do with standing in a queue, the cost, having no time or the urgency. It was the fact that my son was born on a certain year and I wanted his original birth certificate to reflect that year, not have a copy that says issued in 2015. I was distraught by the fact that I misplaced his original birth certificate. (I am happy to report a psychic contacted me via Facebook and helped me locate my son’s birth certificate)
Jackie claims on her blog that the birth certificate was not for my son. Blatant lies come’s to my mind.
When Jackie said “Come on Pettifleur let’s keep. this. real. When I do psychic readings is from the true intend, the love of my heart; This is not something that I… just give for no reason” I didn’t realise that Jackie thinks my request has no reason. When you are as holistic as Jackie claims to be, wouldn’t you just want to help? I know I would.
I was relieved when the other girls arrived,even though I had to listen to Gina to talk about herself. However I don’t know whether I should be surprised that Gina was flat out ignoring Gamble or has Gina had a gut full of Gamble’s winning and backstabbing. Either way these two women should sit down and discuss their issues rather than gossiping about each other.
The curtains draw open and I could see Dubai written all over it. It was a splendid moment and I think Chyka had done a spectacular job, No doubt the tent exploded with excitement over the trip to Dubai! however Lydia was going to the United States of Emirates.
One thing I found hilarious it was that we were sitting on the floor with cocktail dresses and stilettos in an Arabic decorated themed tent, it was like water and oil but who cares we were all having fun, until…
I really wanted a straight answer from Jackie about my son’s certificate. Jackie jumps down my throat and says and flatly refused. I don’t understand why Jackie is so angry and bitter to all of us the girls, she says Lydia is gossiping about everybody, she refused Gamble a reading, she is talking about Gina and Gamble’s relationship and damaging their friendship. I politely asked her to help me and she was just… rude to me and it is not the first time, she did it at Byron Bay when I was speaking to Lydia, she inserted herself and kicked me off the table, I have no idea what Jackie’s problem is. I invited her to my horse riding as good friends do and now she treats me with contempt.
I don’t understand Janet having a dig at me, is she Jackie’s copycat?. It is like monkey see monkey do.
Janet says “Pettifleur is self obsessed (so are all of these bunch of women) she never listens (I don’t hear any advice or direction, what is she talking about), she never apologizes” what am I supposed to apologize about Janet?
She is off ranting “don’t try to get into other people’s businesses. Educate yourself, you say you are educated. Listen to your own education, shine away” I don’t understand Jackie’s lingo or her thinking. Is she trying to belittle me?
Jackie you talk of education, but you need a plethora of education, specially in etiquette since one class was obviously not enough.
Hope you enjoyed my blog, lots of love.