A day best spent outdoors …

So today is Australia Day, and that means like a lot of other people around the country (sorry if you aren’t one), I get the day off work and the chance to enjoy a little mid-week break. While the Mr and I didn’t think we’d do anything special for the day, an impromptu decision made last night saw us finally buy ourselves a BBQ. I can think of no better way to spend Australia Day than with some food cooked over open flame … YUM!!

While the Mr was busy constructing the flatpack BBQ, I took some time to check on the garden produce. As you can see our little lemon tree is going well, and our strawberries are not too far away from fruiting.

Our marigolds are also starting to bloom, with all their bright yellow and orange flowers adding a cheery touch to the back deck.

Once the instructions for building the BBQ had been mastered, we were all ready to go with our first BBQ meal of the day – vegetarian sausages and fried onion on bread! Even Baxter the dog was excited about the BBQ-ing process (I think I managed to capture a picture of the exact moment when he realised there was fried goodness soon to be made available).

Our meal can really only be summed up with one word – ‘delicious’. In case you were wondering, Baxter also enjoyed a veggie sausage all of his own – we’re just that kind of caring, sharing household. If you were here, we would have shared one with you too!

Wherever you are in the world – celebrating Australia Day or not, did you find something fun to do today?


  1. Erika Lee Sears

    I love a BBQ! So yummy and delicious.

    I think Baxter is hoping for some crumbs from the BBQ- I can see it in his eyes!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – BBQs are so delicious … so it’s super exciting to have one of our own! We’re pretty much cooking everything we can on it at the moment … I wonder if the novelty will ‘ever’ die off? 😉

      Haha, I know what you mean about Baxter’s expression … he loves a tasty treat or two thrown from the table. He’s such a spoilt dog! 🙂

  2. Heath

    Give Lee my condolences. There’s only one job I hate more than constructing BBQs, and that’s installing dog doors.

    1. Lee

      You know it was all going well until two screws had to be tightened and they were in the worst possible place.

      I did not swear once though.

    2. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Heath – Haha … poor Lee. He was such a trooper! 🙂

      Funny you mention dog doors … that’s next on our ‘to do’ list … I’m sure I can keep myself otherwise occupied while Lee gets all handyman! 😉

  3. fairchildstreet

    Had lunch/BBQ at a friends out for a couple of hours. Back to work tomorrow for me I think I am looking forward to it. Thanks for visiting, great to hear from you.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – Your Australia Day sounds like a really lovely day – being out and about for lunch with friends is a wonderful way to pass the day.

      I hope your return to work has treated you well! 🙂

  4. fairchildstreet

    forgot to say I love the marigolds.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi again Charmaine – Oh thanks for that. I think the marigolds are looking very lovely indeed. I think they’re the kind of plant that even I can’t kill! 😉

  5. lenore*

    sometimes we do forget, it’s not winter in the other side of the world!
    Yummy BBQ! Oprah was showing your beautiful country recently!
    Baxter is so handsome!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lenore – I know, I ALWAYS forget that there are two hemispheres with very different weather patterns. Though admittedly I’m a cold weather girl, so I’d definitely be loving the winter on your side of the world! 🙂

      Oprah must surely be doing an amazing tourism drive for us – I wonder if we’ll see an influx of OS tourists as a result?

      I must say that I agree with you – Baxter is a very handsome dog (although I am perhaps a little biased!).

  6. Sophie

    High five snaps to vegie sausages. I had some of those but at work. Not to worry I’m lapping up the air con and the double time pay 😉 Your produce is coming along swimmingly! *s*

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sophie – I can think of no better way to celebrate Australia Day than with a vegetarian BBQ! 🙂
      BOO to you having to work on Australia Day – but a big YAY to enjoying the air con and the extra pay!!

      The garden is coming along nicely, though I am itching to get out there and get some more planting done … why aren’t weekends at least three days? 😉

  7. bobbi

    Baxter is wonderful. No wonder for me if he ate veggie sausages: martino loves tofu!! I haven’t done anything special today…it’s as cold as hell!! it was a sunny day, but sooo cold! Now I’m going to take the hottest shower and then I’ll go to bed and read. I have a pile of books and i am late on my reading resolution already.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Baxter is honestly the sweetest dog. He has such a calm personality, he only indulgence is squeaky toys!! Well … and of course, veggie sausages!! 😉

      I really love that Martino loves tofu – I wonder whether Baxter would give that a go too? (although he can be rather fussy).

      Given that it’s been so hot here I’m starting to forget just how cold winter can be. It’s always a strange juxtaposition when the day is bright and sunny, but the air is bitingly cold – I hope you’re rugging up warmly in your gorgeous store!! 😀

      Best of luck with the reading … all that cold weather is wonderful for curling up with lots of good books.

  8. Gabrielle

    Great photos Tracey and that expression on Baxter’s face (priceless) 🙂 Good to see your garden progressing. We had a laid back Australia Day, with a very quick game of cricket on the beach at dusk (would have stayed longer but it got too dark and the mossies came out in droves).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Thank you. I think Baxter’s expression says it all really … he just couldn’t stop sniffing the air! (he’s such a greedy guts!).

      It’s been great to see the garden going along so well – it’s amazing how quickly things grow with all this sunshine we’ve been enjoying recently.

      Your relaxed Australia Day sounds perfect (well, apart from the mossies). I have many very fond memories of playing back yard cricket on such days … and beach cricket is even better I think!! 🙂

  9. Mel

    Belated Happy Australia Day! xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Thanks for the Australia Day wishes … it was great to have a mid-week mini break, and the day was nice and relaxing (especially thanks to our new BBQ).

  10. belinda/gretchenmist

    looks like you had a fun day ~ love your dog + garden. beautiful photos 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Belinda – It was a lovely Australia day … I really do enjoy those mid-week breaks! 🙂
      Thanks for your lovely kind words … you are wonderful!

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