The Pimms flows at ‘out-back’ Oval party
IF you’re “out the back” with SACA members, there’s a good chance you’re completely oblivious to the cricket match taking place nearby.
The first Test between Australia and India is mostly an afterthought for those in the stylish area known as the Village Green, which is brimming with generations of wellheeled South Australians enjoying their annual social catch-up.
“We watch a ball on the way in and a ball on the way out,” laughed Sophie Radley, 29, of Glenelg East, who admitted to spending most of her day with friends – and fellow lifelong Oval members – Ellie Bruce and Esther Bidstrup, relaxing by a table under the colourful sails. Despite the heat, the trio were putting their best fashion foot forward yesterday; even Ms Bruce, whose left foot is in a moon boot.
“There was absolutely no way I missing the cricket,” said Ms Bruce, 28, of Norwood, who rolled her ankle about seven weeks ago, requiring surgery.
“The atmosphere is great. It just feels like summer coming to the Adelaide Test each year.
“You’ve got to stick to the strict dress codes while also staying stylish and appropriate for the ridiculously hot weather. But we’ll be here the whole five days. It’s what we were brought up doing.”
Pimms is the essential drink of the Village Green, with a large tent dedicated to serving the fruity concoction to thousands of thirsty fans.
“Pimms is nice and refreshing – it’s a great summer drink, it really cools you down,” said Mimi Long, 21, of Burnside, who was joined by friends Josh Edwards, Josephine Da Pra and Harry Abel Smith. The future of the Village Green set was also on show with twins Isobel and Pippa celebrating their second birthday with mum Justine Buchanan, 30, of Seacliff. It’s already become an annual family tradition.
SILLY MID-ON: Sophie Radley, Ellie Bruce and Esther Bidstrup, above, and right, Justine Buchanan with daughters Isobel and Pippa,