Imagine a day once a year where you can break away from you normal routine and have a fun day with a group of ladies. A day where you get spoilt rotten. That is exactly what we had. The day was sponsored by one of our suppliers and every year they surprised us with their originality. This year was no exception and we got invited to attend a day at the horse races in Johannesburg.
I have never been to the races and was quite excited. To attend the races you have to dress the part. I remember scenes from the movies where the ladies dress in designer gear, high heels and off course the HAT! I did not have a suitable hat in my cupboard so I decided to rent one.Hats off to the ladies in my office! They looked beautiful and elegant. We had the heads turning and before we left the office we had to pose for photos.
The men came out of their offices and whistled and one even grabbed my hat and posed for a photo!
We were in total about 60+ ladies and you can just imagine the noise.Everybody was talking about everything – from hats to babies! Our host went all out and the tables were exquisitely decorated with fresh flowers. Lunch was served not long after our arrival. A delicious three course meal and drinks were included. We chose a superb Merlot for our table.
After we finished our lunch it was time for the fun and games to begin. We each got handed an envelope with money to bet on the horses. I cannot remember exactly how much it was but it was enough to bet on a couple of races. I had no idea how it worked and after some explanation we all knew what to do. It was fairly easy. You chose your favourite horse and bet some money. If your horse won, you were lucky. It was all about luck!
The talking never stopped. These ladies days are great fun. You didn´t have to worry about the office or home and could relax and enjoy the afternoon uninterrupted and without any men around!
I was so excited that by accident I tore my bet up – in pieces! The whole table went quiet and then burst out into laughter. We tried to piece the small bits of paper (yes I really did tore it into pieces) together but without any luck!
While we were waiting for the races to start we had a competition for the best dressed lady and one of my colleagues won! It was an excellent choice because she really is a very stylish lady.
The races were starting and we moved outside to our own private area from where we could enjoy view.
The whistle went off and the horse racing started! We were enjoying a horse racing event at one of the oldest horse racing venues in South Africa. It was built in 1887. The excitement was building as the horses came around the corner and close to the finish line. My horse did not win. In fact none of my horses won!
Horse racing is indeed an enjoyable event. This is if you are not betting too much money or take it too seriously!
In between we were having fun and experimenting with new hat designs!
But like the saying goes “All good things come to an end” and we got drawn back to reality. Children had to be picked up and supper had to be cooked for the family. We posed for one last group photo and then said our goodbyes until next year for another Ladies day!
Where: Turffontein Race Club, Johannesburg,South Africa
When: 13 October 2005