Sunday, January 28, 2007

australia day party haha

i think this is my first ever australia day party (housemates may correct me) - very exciting! amazing what being on the other side of the world does for yr nationalism. . .

winifred and her partner hosted cos they have a verandah and a barbeque (and also they are lovely like that) and we had a barbie for australia day! i found out how to webstream the hottest 100, which was kickarse, triple j's hottest 100 being the only australia day tradition i have always observed. at one point they said a big hello to all the expats having parties and we had a little cheer. huzzah! i brought fairy bread cos these poor people have never had it and i felt the need to alleviate this cultural deprivation. it got a mixed response.
i also explained about the invasion day thing and they were interested in that. apparently canada day is a celebration of federation, except they call it something else. can't remember what. it was a big deal though, cos of uniting the french and british settlements. FLQ explained. she knows good history.

it was only a small gathering, but i feel special and loved. i have nice photos of ppl, but can't put them up, so here is the view from winifred and boy's verandah. speccy, huh? they're kind of on the other side of that big river/bay i keep photographing from school.
beautiful sunny day, very soothing. still cold, but.

13 comments:

Tuchfrau said...

Sounds fun. I didn't get drunk with aussies in a walkabout pub. I went to a french show at the international mimefestival.
Reckon you could advertise my cockroach game for me to bring in your followers?
Lubs,
tuchfrau

gtg said...

well, that's very multicultural and australian of you. good work!

oooo, international mimefest. . . love. . .

advertising done and done. yr account is in the mail.

lubs

BBB said...

Well, in reference to Ozzie day in Oz, I want to comment how we have been experiencing a very Ozzie thing - being the flowering of multitudes of gum trees. Over the last 4 months or so all of the gum trees in our local forest have come into flower. First the Mannas, then the Peppermints, and now the Brown Strinybarks. This is a rare occurence and probably is in response to the drought. The eucy/honey smell has been divine.

JT said...

Well .... I spent Ozzie Day at Steffie's place having beer, barbequed snags and potato salad and listening to the "Tenterfield Saddler" with lovely Irish people (guess who?????) This was the only aussie song available at the time - all the Barnsies still being packed in boxes!!!!! (Thank god!!!!)

grot said...

bbb and I spent oz day at a "Field and Game" trial, which involved friendly people slingshotting dead pigeons in the air for lovely German Short-haired Pointers to retrieve.

It was an interesting day beside lagoons on the Goulbourn River

yet another aspect of the weirdly diverse land of oz

gtg said...

glad you're all off having a nice time with pigeon-flingers and crazy irishmen!

the bush smell sounds wonderful - i miss it.

itchy fingers said...

i cleaned the oven on Aussie day.

also went drinking at lunchtime on Lygon St and had lovely ice coffee on Brunswick St.

gtg said...

lygon street! i want! i want! my god, do me a favour - take a photo of a coffee at the lygon st food store and post it? i miss that coffee something chronic.

been here far too long - wouldn't know a nice cup of coffee if it bit me on the bum.

um, i mean, glad you had a nice time except for cleaning the oven. that melted cheese on the bottom most definitely wasn't me, by the way. . .

itchy fingers said...

melted cheese?

on the bottom was an thick crust of blackened matter that could've been anything, requiring industrial strength nuclear waste to remove, and a dead, roasted cockroach.

ewwwwwwww.

gtg said...

actually, i was just taking a punt about the melted cheese. i never used that oven. the lighting process scared the crud out of me. i think the only thing i made in there was grotty's 50th cake.

roasted cockroach. . . ew. . .

grot said...

which was divine

tine said...

you know i get stupidly sentimental every time i go to lygon st foodstore??! i don't know how my lunch companions put up with me ...

what i really wanted to say in this comment was: mmm, fairy bready ...

gtg said...

tine,

good! i get stupidly sentimental every time i sink my nose into a "mini latte" at the roma sports bar on commerical.