Saturday, February 21st
I'd be fibbing if I said we'd gone straight to bed the night before. No, we decanted ourselves into Churchill's Bar at the hotel with Howie and a couple of other party-goers. Among the people we met there were Claire and David, visiting from the UK. I'd noticed them around town and at the Opening Soiree - it was hard not to notice them, as Claire is a stunning blonde, perfectly turned out in 30s attire, and David is her match in dashing fedoras and suits. I'd even gone up to them at the Opening earlier in the evening to have a little rave about how fabulous they looked. We finally met up in the pub and did introductions. It turns out Claire, originally a NZer, makes most of her own clothes - an extraordinarily talented woman.
We somehow made it upstairs and to bed eventually - Jill and I were sharing a room with Sandra who had retired after the Club, so there was a good deal of far-too-loud Shushing of each other as we teetered in during the small hours (about as subtle as tiptoing elephants). The next morning, when we met up for breakfast, at least one member of the party admitted to feeling "a bit delicate". Jill and Ally had gone out early to get their hair done for the day, so Alison and I enjoyed breakfast while Sandra strolled out on her latest mission. The sun, as promised, was beaming forth, and the cars and crowds were gathering.
The parasols we sported were more than an affectation - they were a practical response to the sun!Ahem - the eyes are bloodshot pink and green to match the dress and shawl!
Jill met us at the Cafe Divine, our favourite breakfast spot. Alison split off for her own perambulations, while Jill and I hit the antique fair. After that we all gravitated towards the Masonic where Ally was having her hair done in big Clara Bow curls in the mobile beauty salon. ( Collapse )Gorgeous bathing belles (after winning the Napier Bathing Belle title in 2007, I'll never contest it again!)
The others drifted back to the hotel on various missions, but I lingered a bit longer - finding Sharon and Paul in the crowd - the finally see a bit of the motor parade.
Here it is - for the vintage car fans, and those of us that just love a bit of era ambience!( Collapse )