Friday, January 29, 2010

Reaching the big 5-0 and Australia Day celebrations

Not my age, that can wait! I've reached 50 followers! Thanks to all of you for helping me reach this blogging milestone. Bring on 100 I say!

I've been on hols interstate visiting family and friends for a few weeks hence the absence, and although I've thought from time to time about building up a bank of pre-written material that I can whip out during holiday time, it's still on 'the list' alongside finishing my son's first year baby book (he's 13 months old now!), picking up the guitar fiance gave me for my birthday 7 months ago, and sorting out all my old photo's into scrapbook albums. I'll get there one day I'm sure!

Happy Australia Day to all Australians, old and new!

It was Australia Day on Tuesday and a national public holiday. So in the spirit of our national day, I though I'd write the next paragraph of my post with aussie vernacular thrown in. For all my non Australian blogging friends, I've included a glossary at the end.

As with all aussies we celebrated in fair dinkum aussie style, starting the morning with vegemite on toast for brekkie before chucking some lamb chops on the barbie in the arvo, all washed down with stubbies of amber fluid for the blokes and bubbly for the sheilas. Later on we vedged out in front of the TV, barracking on Australia in the cricket while polishing off lamington's for sweets. All in all a real ripper day!

Feasting aside, by far the greatest thing about Australia Day for me is the 16,000 or so people from over 200 countries that became Australian citizens in ceremonies all over the country on the day. This great mix of culture and diversity makes Australia the unique and wonderful country that it is! So Happy (belated) Australia Day to all Australians, old and new!


Fair Dinkum: true, real, authentic
Vegemite: a spread made from brewers yeast and rich in vitamin B (if I told you it came from the bottom of a beer vat I wouldn't be far wrong). Seriously you need to grow up on this stuff in order to love the taste.
Brekkie: breakfast
Chucking (as in chucking lamb chops on the barbie), or to chuck/chucked: to place, put or do
Barbie: barbeque
Arvo: afternoon
Stubbies: small bottle of beer (usually 375ml)
Amber Fluid: beer
Bubbly: champagne or sparkling wine
Bloke: man
Sheila: woman
Vedged: relaxed
Barracking/barrack: to support/cheer on
Lamington: sponge fingers covered in chocolate icing and rolled in coconut
Sweets: dessert
Ripper: great, awesome

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  1. Congrats on your big 5-0. I am your number 52.

    Following you here and on twitter from Friday Follow. Have a great weekend.

  2. Now following you from MBC. Have a great weekend.

  3. now following you from Friday FOllow!! You're my first follow from a different continent!! (I'm from Canada) I'm going to enjoy reading your posts!

  4. Congrats on 50! Thanks for linking up at Friday Follow! I’m your newest blog follower. Happy weekend!

    ~ Lynn

    p.s. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

  5. Stopping by from Friday Follow! Have a great weekend. :)

  6. Love your Aussie lingo list! I have a few friends from Australia and I'm always asking them to translate. :)

    Following you now from Friday Follow! :)


  7. Hi guys,

    Thanks for stopping by. Now following you all back, looking forward to some great reads :)