Life in Australia: Furniture and Fittings

Every weekend for the people living in Australia the routine is almost always the same. We arise to be greeted by a rapidly heating golden sun nesting in a clear blue sky.

We gleefully pack picnics, Esky’s full of cold beers and bottles of wine, camping chairs, sunglasses and hats. We bundle our children into the car and we maybe even attach a speedboat or a jet ski to the back.

Once the surf board is secured to the roof rack, we set off to some sunkissed beach somewhere to have bucket and spade loads of fun in the sun, sea and surf.

Is this really true?


Well, sometimes we do, sometimes not.

So what did you do at the weekend Bob?

Have a guess. Here’s a clue….

IkeaCan’t quite get it? Here’s another clue….

Ikea arrowYou must know where we went now? No?

Okay, I’ll tell you.


IKEA now has a presence in 38 countries, and Australia is one of them with, currently, seven stores.

Anyone who’s ever shopped in IKEA knows that you have to follow the arrows, and that’s what we did on Sunday. I was immensely proud of my family; we raced through the track overtaking hundreds of other shoppers in the process.

We stayed focused on what we needed to buy:

  • Blinds
  • Toilet roll holders
  • Towel rails
  • Lampshades

If it hadn’t been for Mrs BobinOz losing her concentration at the candles department, we could have been staring at a world record. As it turned out, we were in and out of the store in about 45 minutes, having purchased everything we needed except for the blinds.

They didn’t have the size we wanted, but these people did…..

Spotlight40% off as well; January sales. Ya!

See, life in Australia is sometimes no different from life in many other countries.

Sometimes we just go shopping.

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  • Hilary January 31, 2012, 4:29 am |

    So yet another reason to move to Oz then really – we’ve never managed to get out of a UK IKEA in anything under 2 hours minimum! Short IKEA visits for the win, I think is the phrase? 😀

    • BobinOz February 1, 2012, 12:45 am |

      Exactly! It was certainly a record for me, I couldn’t have got around Lakeside IKEA that fast. But then maybe, in one of those others out of the 38 countries, you can get round it in 20 minutes?

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