Wednesday, 21 January 2009

By popular demand - I'm giving you a few more Aussie terms.
You may have heard some of these before - especially if you watch any British TV - but in Australia, you don't check the boxes on a form, you tick them. And, you don't say, "good for you" when someone has done well or had good fortune. You say, "good on you."

If you decide to eat out here it's good to know that at Wendy's you won't find any hamburger. Instead, it's a chain of ice cream stores. And, if you go to a food court and order a kabob you won't get meat on a skewer. Instead you'll get shaved meat served with a flat Turkish bread (kind of like naan or pita). You may also want to know that if you want an ice cream soda (like a root beer float, except they don't have root beer here) you ask for a spider.

And, last but not least there are several Lowe's stores here - but they are neither hardware nor grocery stores. They sell discount children's clothing.


(photos from our trip to Tambourine. Center photo is our friend Joan in a Christmas shop. Bottom photo is Dirk, Kerry and Bryn enjoying a break and some ice cream.)

Friday, 2 January 2009

Today we drove up into the mountains about an hour-and-a-half south of us to the lovely little town of Tambourine. It has a lot of art galleries and craft shops along the main street and it was fun to stroll along and to step inside a few. There's even an authentic German cuckoo clock store. We went with our friends Bryn and Joan Bricknell and Dirk and Kerry Smibert. (Actually, I still wasn't yet walking well enough to stroll with everyone else, so they pushed me in the wheel chair.)

On the way there we stopped in the town of Yatala to try the famous Yatala Meat Pies. It was the best meat pie I've had since we've been here. Yummy.

We stopped and had some ice cream before leaving - and then, since we were in two cars went our separate ways. Bob and I stopped at Ikea on the way home to look at a dining room table we like.