Saturday, January 5, 2013

That's a lot of shoes

So I have spent the last hour sewing.

Cate is going to Saudi Arabia on Sunday and has to wear her Abaya. This is not her favorite gear but it is the only way they will let her into the country being – as they are – terrified of female flesh. 

But the last time she wore it she was in such a hurry to get out of it that she tore off three buttons. She designated me to sew these back on and – as the buttons were black - the Abaya is black and the cotton is black – it was harder than it should have been.

Gwenyth is packing to go home. This is also more difficult than is supposed to be because she went with Cate to Högl in Vienna and bought 13 pairs of shoes. 

The only time she buys shoes is when she comes to Vienna and while it seemed like a good idea at the time – and the sales assistant certainly thought so – getting 13 pairs of shoes into her bags is proving to be quite a task.

Fortunately she has an extra bag because she always brings us lots of essentials such as Bushells tea, Sao biscuits, Vegemite and those other staples of life without which we have to live in Vienna. But even so……..13 pairs of shoes is a lot of shoes.

We shall see. 


  1. I am curious when does she have to put it on, the airplane or before she gets on the plane? Does she have to wear the face thing? How much do those darn things cost and are they wash and wear or do they require ironing?

  2. Have you looked at Bobby's (Schleifmühlgasse 8, 1040) for Vegemite and other favorites? I'm almost certain I saw it there on an exploration shortly after our arrival.

  3. fmcgmccllc: She does not have to put it on until she gets to the hotel. The driver who meets her always brings one with him for her. She does not have to do the face thing but she has to wear the scarf over her hair. The plain ones are not expensive and they are wash and wear. I do not have to iron it!

    VictoriaK: Yes Bobby's does have vegemite. He also has porridge which we eat for breakfast in winter.

  4. she has a lot of soul...ahahahahahah!

  5. !The only time she buys shoes is when she comes to Vienna" - that's what they all say! ;-)

  6. If only she had 13 pair of feet! Perhaps she was a centipede in a former life. Can't imagine owning that many shoes.
    Maybe you should be sewing on black velcro instead of buttons? Just as hard to see though. Good luck with it.

  7. Simon; You are such a heel

    Merisi: No really it's true

    Sandy: Now velcro - there is an idea