Ugg Boots – though now a popular fashion accessory world-wide, are very much an Aussie icon. Made from sheepskin, with the white, fluffy fleece on the inside for cosy toes and the more practical smooth suede on the outside – they are they epitome of both comfort and “daggyness”.
Uggs were popularised during the 60’s and 70’s by surfers who took them with them to the USA on the surfing circuit. Ugg boots in Australia are a generic term for any flat soled, pull-on sheepskin boot as described above but USA company, Deckers had different ideas and have trademarked their Ugg brand. Continue reading
Every dog-loving Aussie bloke aspires to be “master” of a Blue Dog or Blue Heeler – the quintessential Australian Cattle Dog. The Blue Heeler is a serious working dog and not designed for living in small back yards or urban apartments, sleeping on beds and in front of fires.
Bred to work cattle in the harsh Australian environment, the name comes from its colouring and ability to control cattle by nipping at their heels. This is a courageous, powerful, intelligent, loyal, no compromises, get-out-of-my-face kind of dog. Continue reading
- My name is Dawn and I am an endangered Australian Bilby
Whilst the rest of the world celebrates Easter by eating too many chocolate bunnies, Australians have the option of eating bunny or bilby – our indigenous, cute, furry, burrowing, nocturnal marsupial.
The bilby is a bandicoot with pale grey fur, a long black tail with a white tip, a pointed nose and huge ears. Like kangaroos and koalas, the female has a pouch and can produce several litters of up to three baby bilbies each year. Continue reading
To Sydneysiders, Byron Bay is in the far north of their state in the Northern Rivers District. To residents of Brisbane in Queensland, it’s a couple of hours drive south and just over the border into New South Wales.
For decades now, Byron Bay has held a certain cachet and conjures a sense of the distant and exotic. Frequented by a heady mix of backpackers, hinterland “ferals”, surfers and glamorous celebrities, it is an exciting place to see, be seen and experience. Continue reading
I often wonder what the marketing team at Speedo think about the Australian Leader of the Opposition, “Action Man” Tony Abbott, parading in their “flagship” togs during his morning swims and surf lifesaving duties. He’s not in bad shape for a man of his age but he’s no poster boy and his appearances on TV and in newspapers wearing just a little lycra have created howls of derision. Continue reading
It’s starting to get a little cooler in Queensland – not that we ever experience proper cold winters living anywhere along the east coast – and that means just one thing for me…………….boots! I can pull my R.M.Williams brown leather, elastic-sided, riding boots out from the back of the wardrobe and for the few short weeks of “winter” can enjoy wearing them. Continue reading