We took the dogs to the Ballarat Italian Association today to be blessed. The association had a luncheon in honour of St Francis of Assissi and Father Rupert held a brief service to help us all appreciate our animal companions, and to bless the animals. Paddy and Kitty had a great time and did a lot of barking.
Peppy the cat was not so enthusiastic.
but was blessed anyway.
Then we had a long, long lunch. The members always cook wonderful meals for club events. Since Yin joined they have had Chinese lunches as well as Italian ones. Today we had bruschetta with pesto and really good salami, lasagna - made by Ray, including the sheets of pasta - and gelati.
It was a day of sunshine, happy children and beautiful animals. And good conversation.
I live in Ballarat, an old goldfields town, in the central west of Victoria, but southerly in relation to the world. I love Chinese architecture, the post-goldfields towns and countryside of central Victoria, and I love the practice and the art of history. This year I'm beginning a research project on Ballarat in the 1870s.