It’s always sad to approach our departure from Australia. We fly home tomorrow, after a wonderful month with lots of adventures. The adventures will be continuing, with a trip to sing in Spokane Washington, a taping with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson in Colorado, and then a 3 1/2 week tour in England, which will include our first appearance at the big Birmingham Quilt festival.
Before we leave, I want to let you know a few things, and leave you with a few pictures of our last days here.
First of all, I want to let you know about some very handy words to know, should you ever have the great fortune to visit this country. Here’s my list of Aussie words to memorize and use regularly:
Biro: (pronounced byro) ball-point pen
Rugged up: wearing extra layers because it’s cold outside (not required in summer anywhere in the country)
Frocked up: Dress up in a dress – something I only do for SCQuilters’ retreats, it seems.
You’re right: has nothing to do with how correct your last comment was – it means “I have no problem with you, or what you’re doing just now”. The accent is on the “you’re”. It is a polite thing to say.
Beauty: I like it.
Tea: This seems to have many meanings. It, of course, refers to the lovely drink made with tea leaves or bags and boiling water, white or sweet or both. But it also means dinner (“come for tea”). Morning tea or afternoon tea means the drink and sweets (“slice” is anything that you can cut up into squares or other shapes, “pudding” is spoonable, a “plate” is not empty, but filled with either savoury or sweet food). High tea is afternoon tea with a lot more stuff, usually including cucumber sandwiches made with the crusts cut off. It’s British, so it also includes scones with clotted cream. “Supper” usually means the same thing as an afternoon tea but it’s served after tea/dinner. It’s all very confusing….. best to ask.
Chuck a U-y: Make a U-turn (it’s what our GPS, Bruce, always says to us when we’ve missed a turn)
Bin/Tip: garbage can, dump
Wadding: batting for quilters
Smash repairs/Panel beating: I hope you don’t need one of these shops when you’re here. They fix cars.
Roadworks: road construction – we saw a lot of it on this trip, especially in Queensland
Happy little Vegemite: happy Australian. To be an Australian, it seems that you MUST eat a salty bread spread called Vegemite (we’re bringing two huge jars of it home with us in our suitcases). I’m told there was a song long ago…..
Servo: service station where you buy petrol
Arvo: afternoon (ie: “See you this arvo”)
Sticky Beak: a nosey person (don’t be one!)
Woolies: no, it’s NOT what you wear when it’s cold, it’s where you buy your food – Woolworth’s
Grog shop: where you buy your beer/wine/spirits
Bikkies and a cuppa: cookies and tea or coffee (quilters are always welcome!)
and my favourite: GOBSMACKED!: totally and thoroughly surprised and overwhelmed
Okay, next time I see you (especially if you’re not Australian) I expect to hear at least ONE of these terms in conversation! Of course I’ve missed heaps, and I learn new ones every time we visit, but these will get you far.
I am bringing home lots of new ideas for desserts and appetizers, thanks to the people we have visited. I particularly love the one from last night – Robyn served an incredible blue cheese and on top of it she put a dollop of quince paste. She said she loves the tart and the sweet together. AMAZING! We visited the Buderim Ginger Factory on the way south and I learned about caramelized onions with a dollop of ginger sauce included. Have you ever tried cream cheese, candied ginger and sweet chili ginger sauce as a dip? Heaven! How about a salad dressing with ginger, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper? I picked up a cookbook there that is going to keep me busy for a long time!
Thank you to each and every one of you who fed us, housed us, entertained us, came to our shows or took a class. It’s been a marvellous tour, and I bring home many happy memories. I’d like to leave you with a few pictures from our last days here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our travels in Australia this time. Everyone is asking when we’ll be back. We’ll let you know!
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