Thursday 29 July 2010

I am, you are, we are

I was feeling like I needed to be inspired to write today, so I pinched this meme from Melissa at The Things I'd Tell You, it's about all the Aussie things you've done and crossed off the list. I've bolded the things I have done. It was fun to look at my old photos too.

1. Heard a kookaburra in person. 

2. Slept under the stars. The first time was when we camped out on the harbour foreshore for the bicentenary. And then camping my way round the country I've done it quite a few times since.

3. Seen a koala. 
Lived there in fact.

5. Watched a summer thunderstorm. 

6. Worn a pair of thongs. 

7. Been to Uluru (Ayer’s Rock)

8. Visited Cape York. We were on our way there but had expensive car troubles. It's on my list of things to do.

9. Held a snake. At Taronga Zoo on a school excursion. A friend used to keep them as well.

10. Sang along with Khe San. Who hasn't??

11. Drank VB. 

12. Visited Sydney. I'm in Sydney as I write!

13. Have seen a shark. Many times. Hubby caught a shark once, albeit a small one.

14. Have used Aussie slang naturally in a conversation. 

15. Had an actual conversation with an indigenous Australian. 

16. Eaten hot chips from the bag at the beach. A favourite activity for my little family, especially if teamed with crumbed fish.

17. Walked/climbed over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Walked it many times but am yet to climb it.

18. Used an outside dunny, and checked under the seat before sitting down.

19. Seen Chloe in Young & Jackson’s. Nup.

20. Slept on an overnight train or bus. Wish I hadn't though.

21. Been to Sydney’s Mardi Gras

22. Have gone bush-bashing.
(Me in the Gulf Country, Qld. Pure heaven).

23. Taken a sickie. It would be un-Australian if I hadn't!

24. Been to see a game of Aussie Rules football. 

25. Have seen wild camels. Haven't actually seen them but awoke to camel prints around our tent one morning on the Great Australian Bight.

26. Gone skinny dipping.

27. Done a Tim Tam Slam. Have done it, not that impressed I have to say, I think it ruins two quite delicious things in their own right.

28. Ridden in a tram in Melbourne.

29. Been at an ANZAC day Dawn Service. Skip and I went to the Dawn Service at Martin Place one year, I'd like to take the girls regularly when they're older.

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.

31. Held a wombat.

32. Been on a roadtrip of 800km or more. Circumnavigated the country in our 4WD, so done a many thousand km roadtrip.

33. Seen the Great Australian Bight in person. It's glorious!

34. Had a really bad sunburn. More often than I should have.

35. Visited an Aboriginal community. Accidently went to one in the Kimberleys without permission.

36. Seen a redback spider. Found a delightful congregation of the critters under our outdoor chairs when we lived in Perth.

37. Have watched Paul Hogan. 
The Walkabout Creek Hotel from Croc Dundee

38. Seen Blue Poles in person.

39. Wandered barefoot in the bush/outback.

40. Eaten Vegemite. 

41. Thrown a boomerang.

42. Seen the Kimberleys.

43. Given a hitch-hiker a lift.

44. Been to Perth.

45. Have tried Lemon, Lime and Bitters. The drink of choice for pregnant women.

46. Tried playing a didgeridoo. Was once told that it was very disrespectful for women to play the didgeridoo so never have.

47. Seen dinosaur footprints.

48. Eaten Tim Tams.

49. Been to Darwin.

50. Touched a kangaroo.

51. Visited the Great Barrier Reef.

52. Listened to Kevin Bloody Wilson. Unfortunately.

53. Killed a Cane Toad.

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre.

55. Have read and own books by Australian authors. (Reading one right now...Kylie Ladd)

56. Visited Adelaide. I really quite liked it , too! Not as boring as everyone says.

57. Know the story behind “Eternity”. 

58. Been camping. Spent the best part of 12 months living in a tent when we travelled around Australia. I LOVE camping.

59. Visited Brisbane. Skip is there at the moment.

60. Been in an outback pub. Too often. My favourite is the Whim Creek Hotel, where joeys actually hopped through the bar and the bar flies talked about so-and-so who 'lived down the road' (about 400km away).  

Normanton, Qld.

61. Know what the term “Waltzing Matilda” actually means. I had learnt it as a kid and we've recently been listening to it on a CD in the care and Lil-lil asked me about it and I had to look it up again.

62. Gone whale watching. I have seen whales a few times in the wild, but not intentionally been out to see them, does this count?
63. Listened to Slim Dusty. Who wouldn't love to have a beer with Duncan?

64. Own five or more Australian movies or TV series. Blue Murder, The ANZACs, The Castle, The Chaser – Aussie gold, my friend.

65. Sang along to Down Under. Remember singing it loudly on Christmas Eve in a pub in Cork, Ireland.

66. Have stopped specifically to look at an historic marker by the side of the road. 

67. Eaten a 4′n’20 pie.

68. Surfed at Bondi. Does body surf count?

69. Watched the cricket on Boxing Day. Not by my own choice.

70. Visited Hobart.

71. Eaten kangaroo.

72. Seen a quokka.

73. Visited Canberra.

74. Visited rainforests.

Never used any lawnmower!

76. Travelled on a tram in Adelaide. Adealaide has trams?? Hmm maybe I didn't pay as much attention as I should have!

77. Used a Hills hoist. 
My inner-west backyard.

78. Visited Kata Tjuta.

79. Used native Australian plants in cooking. Though as a kid, I used to make a good wattle and gumnut stew to go with my mud pies.

80. Visited the snow. 

81. Chosen a side in Holden VS Ford.  Though I truly don't care.

82. Visited the desert.

83. Been water skiing. For about 2.5 seconds.

84. Read The Phantom. Why is this Australian??

85. Visited Parliament House.

86. Gone spotlighting or pig-shooting. Ahh no.

87. Crossed the Nullarbor.

88. Avoided swimming in areas because of crocodiles. 
 Kakadu, NT.

89. Listened to AC/DC. See here

90. Called someone a dag. 

91. Voted in a Federal Election. 

92. Have been swimming and stayed between the flags.

93. Had a possum in your roof. We had a possum that used to sneak in our kitchen window and eat apples out of the fruit bowl.

94. Visited the outback. 

95. Travelled over corrugated roads. 

96. Hit a kangaroo while driving. 

97. Been well outside any mobile phone coverage. 

98. Seen an emu. They have to be the dumbest animal alive. Had many an emu run straight at our car.

99. Have woken to the smell of bushfires.

100. Patted a pure-bred dingo. Umm, I spent two weeks on Fraser Island where the only pure-breed dingoes in the world are, we had many around put there's no way you'd pat them.

101. Seen the Oils live.

Now it’s your turn, what Aussie things have you done?

1 comment:

  1. That is such a great list! I'll have to put on my thinking cap for that one!


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