We Didn’t Lose Miranda!

December 1, 2015

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The theme was Picnic at Hanging Rock – to fit in with the 40th anniversary of probably Australia’s most loved film. I had a few anxious calls about “what will I wear” in the lead up to the weekend but I must say everyone excelled in pulling something appropriate together, as you can see from the photo. Well done ladies!

What weekend? The annual escape from the cares and worries of home where IOE mums leave their children behind and head off for a weekend of relaxation, fun and no responsibility. Once again the venue was Alzburg Resort in Mansfield – everyone’s favourite destination – where the accommodation is excellent, the grounds perfect for our group, the bar always open and the food delicious and plentiful. What more could you want. The sun shone brightly all weekend, just perfect for relaxing around the pool and spa.

This year the relaxation was total as nearly all the ladies took advantage of multiple pampering treatments by the hard working therapy team miracle workers, Niki, Jayne and Tanya, who came up from Melbourne for the weekend with us. There is certainly good karma awaiting them!

Saturday night we all donned our Hanging Rock gear – some very innovative use of white material and old skits and shirts – for dinner and a totally chaotic quiz and games night. Thank goodness for Carmel’s beautiful singing of Amazing Grace which brought some decorum to the night. As usual dinner was followed by dancing to the wee small hours … plus.

The crafty ladies added a nice touch this year – it was lovely to see the group sitting in the sun crocheting, knitting and making things while chatting and sharing their talents That is what the weekend is all about – having time to one’s self to do whatever you like without any pressures or demands. Let your hair down and party or sit quietly and read a book! It’s totally up to you.

Roll on Ladies Weekend 2016!

by Sandra Leehy

singing amazing grace


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