Kiwi Celebrating Bicentenary Australia

March 3, 2009

stampcollection2009-45Despite the rumours, I’m pretty sure Australians & New Zealanders actually do like each other. The Kiwi and Koala in this image certainly look friendly. Though they are clearly engaging in an Australian billy tea.



  1. LOL

    Ok a kiwi and koala living in harmony I can see but Australians and New Zealanders you must jest? LOL

    Interesting stamp/art work….what is a billy tea?

  2. Howdy! 🙂

    hehe yeah I’ve met plenty of Aussie / New Zealand mixed couples. I don’t know if you’ve seen the Flight of the Conchords tv series but their take on the Australian – New Zealand complex is hilarious.

    Billy tea… good question. I guess it’s yet another thing I just took for granted because growing up in rural Australia that’s the sort of thing you do… even if it’s just on some “Aussie history day…”

    Billy tea + damper is the food of kings… or jolly swagmen… Hmm

    Billy tea is “tea made in a can over an open fire by campers in the bush. Before the tea is removed from the fire green gumleaves are added to the infusion for added flavour.” (http://www.dinkumaussies.com/ICONS%2FBilly%20Tea.htm) The can is called a billy.

    As always, Wikipedia has a useful description (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billycan).

    Damper is a kind of bread that you generally eat in the same setting in which you’d make billy tea. I found some damper recipes at http://alldownunder.com/oz-u/food-recipes/damper.htm and http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/12308/damper.

    The danger in the Aussie setting is accidentally adding Oleander to your billy tea, as it is quite poisonous (http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/b/new-idea/6174/your-pet—backyard-blitz; http://www2b.abc.net.au/gardening/newposts/000/topic299875.shtm). For some unknown reason, the ill-informed individual who planted the garden at our house (a sad little rental property) insisted on having no less than 2 oleanders, as well as a host of other toxic, allergenic and weed plants. We hoped that the recent heatwave would kill off the garden but the poisonous plants fared best. Sigh!

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