Saturday, August 30, 2008

An Australian Favourite....

I thought I might write some information on my blog about our Australian way of life for any overseas visitors to this site. We recently had a visitor from America over for dinner, and it was amazing the strange things that they had been told about our country. Perhaps I can let you in on a little bit about our way of life.

Aussies are very keen on a food spread called "Vegemite", you may have heard of it. It is considered as much a part of Australia's heritage as kangaroos. It is actually an Australian obsession that has become a unique and loved symbol of the Australian nation. A Vegemite sandwich to an Australian kid is the equivalent of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to an American kid - but the taste is quite different!!!

Vegemite is a yeast extract spread and it is made from leftover brewers' yeast extract and various vegetable and spice additives. It is very dark, almost black in colour and it is thick like peanut butter, it's very salty, and it tastes, like, well, let's just say it is an acquired taste. Australian children are brought up on Vegemite from the time they're babies. It is said that Australians are known to travel all over the world with at least one small jar of Vegemite in their luggage, for fear that they will not be able to find it.

So, if you are ever visiting Australia, you really must be brave and try our Vegemite!!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Upcoming Show...

I am really please that I have just finished my six bears which will be available at the Teddy Bear and Critters online show which will run from 24 hours straight. It all happens on Saturday 27th September and if you would like to find out more, you can visit the website at Sandi Smith of BearlySane is organising everything for us and has done a brilliant job on the website. I have created six very different bears for the show, ranging in size from biggies to little'uns. I hope you can pay us a visit on the 27th September.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Isn't this photograph of a little Victorian girl just gorgeous. She has the most amazing eyes doesn't she? I am really fascinated by old photos and love to collect them, especially older pictures of children with their bears.