Click below to see a picture myself as Kringle with Nikki and Oliver from Shetlands for all Occasions which the lovely Marie sent me just today. Thanks Marie, you're wonderful :)
It was funny being near horses again. Haven't been for years. I was always crap with them when I was a drover, that was why I tended to do things on foot - I didn't have as far to fall. The shetlands were both lovely though. Hmmm... maybe I should have asked for a ride! Oh well, next time...
It was my first ever visit to a proper racetrack and kind of cool. There is a definite excitement as the horses race to the finish line, and most of the people were lovely. The staff at Sandown were great, really helpful and friendly and they provided me with the nicest candy canes I've been given to hand out. Very delish! I'm not so happy with the suit I have for the rest of my run as Santa though, there's not enough padding. Now that may be a good thing, given I'm going to be wandering around in 35 degree heat tomorrow, but I'd rather swelter and look right than not. I'm only a little bloke and really need the padding to help carry off the effect. Oh well... Let's see how I'm feeling after tomorrow, I may well be gloriously happy with the lack of padding by then.
Thinking I may go for a drive in my suit one night this week, just because I can. I really like the idea of Saint Nick driving around Noble Park in a 1970 Holden Belmont (Kingswood Premier cross, hitherto referred to as the Belwood) with number plates that say TYPE 40.
I think it'd be fun to find a breath testing station and give the police there candy canes :)