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Monday, January 26, 2009

Lifeguards in the water, Lamingtons and Pavlova!!!

On this Australia Day long weekend...we did the very Australian thing...slap on the sunscreen, grab the towels (and just for good measure my phone/camera...you never know when you might need it)...put on the rubber thongs...and head down to the local beach... Make our way down the usual track...
...arrive down there...head down to the water...stopped in our tracks... and look what we saw...the Lifeguard umbrella complete with Lifeguards sitting upon their chairs...in the water!!! This is only our second summer here, normally it is a quiet beach...but due to the school holidays in January the population goes from 16,000 to 50,000!!! The Lifeguards are here for the holidays in January every year, complete with their boards on general beach information, flags, equipment...and of course surrounded by young people!!! I couldn't resist...I was grinning so much at this sight, and went back to get my camera...

...Introducing Luke...after having a chat with him and telling him what I was doing he was only toooo happy to have his photo taken...until his offsider Rob turned up!!! Luke then said you don't want his ugly face in the picture do you...of course I do I replied...I know what I'll do Luke...take one of you and then one of you both...and he was happy with that!!!

...May I present...Rob (in charge) and Luke at Surf Beach!!!


I was asked for a translation of lamingtons and good ol' pavlova (previous post) by Miss Maddie...When I told my Hubby this...on Saturday morning he went and bought some lamingtons...basically plain/butter cake with a chocolate icing, covered in coconut...the lamington can also be filled with strawberry jam and whipped cream before icing...Lamingtons bring back memories of Australian childhoods...and they are still a favourite today. They can be made into bite-sized pieces which can be popped into the mouth with barely a mark on fingers or lips - ideal for stitchers!!! The Lamington is apparently named after Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland 1895-1901 (Macquarie Dictionary)...

Hubby also came back with...a Pavlova shell and some passionfruit, banana and strawberry...assembled it all and took a photo!!! Pavlova is made of a large soft-centred meringue...has an indented top filled with whipped cream and then topped with fruit...especially passionfruit!!! The Pavlova is named after Anna Pavlova, 1885-1931...Russian Ballerina. And I must admit...it is one of my favourites...and there's enough left to have another piece tonight...along with a traditional barbeque!!!
Enjoy Australia Day everyone...before school goes back and life gets settled into the New Year!!!

19 comments:

Jeni said...

Well done with Australia Day you look like you had a lovely time
love the Life Guards ...and how cute how he keeps cool with feet dangling into the water
hugs jeni

Mildred said...

It's been a long time since I've talked with lifeguards - they are CUTE! The desserts you pictured are heavenly looking.

Julia said...

Your beach looks just like mine here...cute lifeguards!
Happy Australia Day!
Julia ♥

Margaret said...

Happy Australia Day Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi! Oi! oi!Pav's and lamingtons , sunshine and the beach how more Aussoe can you get, enjoy the day .

a good yarn said...

Don't you just love the way we celebrate this day with food! There are bbqs happening all over the country and we can eat lamingtons and pavlova till our hearts content. Throw in the beach and it's an ubiquitous Australia Day celebration!

Enjoy the day!
Ann :)

Simone de Klerk said...

What a great post, Dzintra! I love seeing the beach you go to and ... the very cute lifeguards!
All those delicious cakes make me feel very hungry! I'm glad we don't get them here ...

Fiona said...

Love the life guards :)) but the lamingtons and pavlova look better :))
Fiona

vicki archer said...

Wonderful post Dzintra - to me your images are exactly how I remember Australia Day. Thank you I almost felt as if I were there, xv.

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Happy Australia Day, my friend! Is the sky really that blue!!!? So hard to imagine being at the beach... but what I CAN imagine is burying my face in that Pavlova! I'm heading out now into a windy, rainy, grey day to see my Physical Therapist. 'Wish I was There' would be an understatement!
Catherine

Sandi said...

Looks like you had a 'cool' Australia day, yesterday; complete with a visit to the beach, lamingtons and a pav.

Fer said...

Happy belated Australia Day! I was a good girl and made a pav for the BBQ we went to, where of course we had lamb chops!

Your life guards look great, I've only ever seen them high up on those chairs so they have a better view, but in the water would be more comfortable.

:o)

MelsRosePlace said...

Yummo - i'm talking the lifesavers and the food...we hit the beach too, lovely, lovely days. Mel xxx

osagebluffquilter said...

was tickeled to see you say rubber thongs. Otherwise I thought you were a cool granny wearing dental floss!
I have a pen pal/quilter friend that lives in Henley Brook, are you close to that?
Hope your Australia day was great!
Osagebluffquilter

Kath said...

ooh I'm so jealous! It's 4' C here is grey ole England! Kath x

Kimonos and Sushi said...

What a great way to spend Ausrtralia Day. The beach looked every so inviting. Great shot of the LIfegurads. I'll be up for some Lamingtons and a piece of Pav.
Take Care
Andrea

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Yummy! I mean the pavlova, the beach and the lifeguards.
We've had 8 inches of snow since this morning making that beach with the beautiful white sand and crystal blue water look heavenly.
I hope you enjoyed your holiday and thank Hubby for going to all that trouble to show me those luscious desserts.
xo Susan

Millie said...

These gorgeous pics just make me want to whip up a pavlova Dzintra! Although my very dodgy (& soon to be chopped up with an axe!)oven would probably burn it to a crisp. You have reminded me we are so overdue for one with the lot!
Millie ^_^

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Here I am again! My, my but you are a popular gal! I've left you something on my blog. Stop by to have a look.
Love-
Catherine

lilyvalley said...

This is my first visit to your site. What beautiful pictures! I am enjoying your blogs.
Karen

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