What a Wombat!

by BobinOz on July 23, 2010

in Entertainment Australia

Sorry, that was a misprint. I wasn’t trying to insult anyone.

I’m not sure that the term “wombat” is used as an insult here in Australia, but it certainly was back in England, albeit a friendly kind of insult.

According to some sources on the Internet, it stands for “Waste Of Money, Brains And Time”. Surely not, I’ve been called a wombat!

No, what I meant to say was what IS a wombat? Anyway, enough of this nonsense. If you don’t know what a wombat looks like, you’re soon going to find out.

But first, with so much stuff to say about life in Australia, I realise I forgot to tell you about what we did last Sunday. “We” being Mrs BobinOz and my little girl. I passed on this one.

This was all within 10 minutes drive from our place, so all local commuity stuff. Australia likes local community stuff. Often free stuff too.

First stop, Party in the Paddock, 10.30am. This took place at “The Mcintyre Centre”, which is a horse riding school for the disabled and this event was a charity fundraiser.

Top of the bill were pony rides. They looked more like horses to me….

horsee ride2 What a Wombat!
That riding hat looks a bit big for Elizabeth!

These rides were very reasonably priced at five dollars for 10 minutes, and even better, you didn’t have to queue for your ride. You just bought your ticket and it had the time of your ride on it. Smart.

Plenty of other stuff going on too. Stalls, bouncy castles, face painting, BBQs, horse vet workshop, live entertainment, that sort of thing. Very popular here in Australia is “gold coin donation”. This is a great way of asking for a donation whilst at the same time saying “we don’t want five cents or 20 cents, we don’t want five dollars or $20, we just want a gold coin. That’s $1 or $2. Your choice.

Next stop, The Brookfield Produce store. This is simply a pet store, that’s all. But it didn’t stop them having what they call “a mini country fair”. All free.

The kids got to touch lots of animals. Including a baby crocodile, (mouth taped closed, thankfully) a Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, some lizards including a blue tongued lizard, and of course, that wombat.

But that’s not all. There was a free sausage sizzle, free fairy floss, some free rides and some more face painting. But then there are only so many times a day you can have your face painted.

There was also a “Best dressed dog” competition which our dog, Baggy, didn’t enter. I’m afraid he doesn’t have much dress sense.

Not bad eh, for a Sunday morning in a local and somewhat quiet community.

So what is a wombat?

“Wombats are Australian marsupials; they are short-legged, muscular quadrupeds, approximately 1 metre (39 in) in length with a very short tail. They are found in forested, mountainous, and heathland areas of south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. The name wombat comes from the Eora Aboriginal community who were the original inhabitants of the Sydney area.”

Thank you wikipedia, fountain of all knowledge, for that.

So what does a wombat look like?

wombat1 What a Wombat!

Please click the image for a wombat close-up. Go on!

No, come on, stop marking around! The wombat is the one in the front row, on the right!

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Col B. August 2, 2010 at 6:46 pm

“Wombat” is also an Aussie slang for a bloke sitting at a pub bar who drinks non-alcoholic beverages but never alcohol.

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BobinOz August 3, 2010 at 12:58 am

Well I’m sure not guilty of that one!

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