Hot and bothered
Trip Start Nov 06, 2003
87Trip End Jan 24, 2004
Without a firm grasp of distance in the city, I convince everyone we can walk and likely catch a trolley to the Melbourne Museum. We melt down a few times en route and resort to dipping Lucy's feet and our heads into a water fountain in Carleton Gardens to cool off.
The museum's angular bulk contains a stuffed Phar Lap and cases of taxidermy
Sticky and bothered, we arrive at Spencer Street station for an almost-non-stop train to Kyneton. As we're snacking on our left-overs, counting down to the 5:57 departure, a voice comes on the PA announcing that the train will be departing immediately for Geelong. Geelong!! Is Kyneton on this route? A flurry of arms grab Lucy, the carrier, the stroller attachment, the camera bag, the purchases, the small containers of olives and bread, the diaper bag. We make it off the train just before it chugs out of the station going the entirely wrong way. Turns out there were 2 trains at the same platform. We wanted the front one, that left 2 minutes before.
The next train arrives in Kyneton about 8 pm where Emma T's father kindly picks us up and brings us to a family barbecue. Lucy for once fails to smile, instead crying and generally playing strange with everyone. Between our late arrival and high-maintenance babe, we're somewhat absent as guests of honour.