Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Minelle asks.... I answer

Minelle asked........

Sorry I am late here! I was away this weekend!
Okay here's a kinda silly question!
I used to read tons of Harlequins in my adolescence and very young adult life! Many were based in Australia ( in the Outback) and had romance with HOH men who spanked! Did you ever read books like that....? Do you laugh at others perception of Australia?
I sometimes smile at my youthful naïveté!

Well you stumped me a bit with this Minelle,  as I have never been to the outback and wasn't an avid reader when young.  So I sent an email to Don asking him if he could help answer.  He said he hasn't read romance novels.  LOL!  So with the two of us putting our heads together hopefully we have come up with a satisfactory answer for you.  Here goes........


Australia is a big continent and most people tend to live close to the edge as one of my friends likes to put it.  She was on a tour which took her through the middle of Australia when she had a panic attack.  The only thing she kept repeating to her traveling friends was "I need to get to the edge."  Her friends had no idea what was meant by this, until one realised she had to be near the coast.

My Bear is also like this, he needs to be close to the edge (sea), so we have never and don't think we will ever travel into outback Australia.  Anyway enough of my ramblings back to your question Minelle........

People in Australia are similar to everywhere else in the world.  We are BIG......small.....FAT.....skinny and everything else in between,  all shapes and sizes.  Everyone eats, sleeps and some like us are into spanking.   Although that seems to be hush, hush, no one talks about it, wish they would.  Country people tend to be a lot quieter than city folks.  I have also noticed country folks are well mannered.  In our town you can be walking down the street just heading towards the pedestrian crossing and the cars have already stopped to let you cross.  Where as in the city people are always in a hurry, rude and would probably try to race through the crossing so they  didn't have to stop.


outback home
 
city homes


Another thing about our little town on New Years Eve drinking is allowed in the streets, yet there hasn't been any problems since we've moved down here.  Where as in the city alcohol brings out the worst in people and nine times out of 10  a fight would break out.  Can't vouch for other country areas though.


It is  portrayed that kangaroos walk down the main street, which is so funny.  Maybe in some smaller country areas they wander more freely, definitely not in the city though.  On occasions we have a koala visit and stays the night in our gum tree. So  I guess it is funny how others perceive how we live in Australia, but then again we probably perceive  other countries way of life  differently also.

Now I'll have to go look up those books your talking about.  Although  I'm sure the books written by our friends are way better than way back then.

Thank you for your question Minelle, it was really interesting and made me stop and think.  Thank you Don for your help in answering this,  I appreciate it.

Hugs Lindy

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  1. What a fun answer, Lindy. Thanks for giving us a bit more insight into the land downunder. ;)

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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    1. My pleasure Cat. We are just like everyone else.
      Hugs Lindy

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  2. Hi Lindy, I read the same books as Minelle, They always make me think Australia is very different, I think.
    Love Jan, xx

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    1. Hi Jan, You and John should venture over for a holiday now you have retired. Australia is a beautiful place to live. We are very lucky.
      Hope you are still improving and things are settling down for you.
      Hugs Lindy xx

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  3. I enjoyed this Lindy. It's interesting to compare what people think of one country to the actual facts. Although I enjoy being near an ocean, for me I think I'd be fine in the interior.

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    1. Thanks PK, I wanted to move to the country but Bear wanted near the sea. So we are in a country sea side town which suites us both. Love it here.
      Hugs Lindy

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  4. Fun to read this...we are all the same...just with different accents...my daughter is still working on her Australian accent - she is doing a report on a wallaby - it is very cute (well, I think it is cute, then again I am a bit biased I guess) :-) Hugs

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    1. I'm sure she is very cute Terps. Would love to hear her Aussie accent, bet she is really good with it. Wish her luck with her report.
      Hugs Lindy

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  5. What a fun and interesting post...thanks for doing the research...
    hugs abby

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    1. Thanks Abby.It was fun doing the research and getting Don on board to help me.
      Hugs Lindy

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  6. Loved this little post, Lindy. We do carry misconceptions of both places and people. In the end we almost always click our heels together 3 times and say, "There's no place like home."

    Sending Hugs Downunder to Lindy but not to any wallabies!
    Ella

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    1. Thanks Ella. So true there is no place like home and our homes are our palaces.
      Hugs Lindy

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  7. Thanks for sharing this lovely post Lindy. Ocean for me not countryside.

    Love,
    Ronnie
    xx

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    1. Thanks Ronnie. It is wonderful living by the ocean as it is different everyday.
      Hugs Lindy

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  8. Lovely post Lindy. I used to enjoy the Australian soaps when I was younger, especially one about flying doctors.
    Rosie xx

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    1. Hi Rosie. I remember the show about the flying doctors, it was interesting. If any patients are critical here they have to be air lifted out. As takes too long to get to a big hospital by road.
      Hugs Lindy

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  9. Hi Lindy, :) I enjoyed reading your post here! Nice of Don to help you out as well! What a fun view of where you live!

    I have some familiarity with Australia, but have never been there. I have a very good college friend who lives there, and she comes this way to visit from time to time. She spent ten days with us this past fall. It was wonderful to see her. She brought us all kinds of goodies- also some handmade slippers similar to Uggs. We had such fun catching up! She has invited us many times... someday we will do that! Rob has always wanted to view the stars from Australia!

    My Dad used to travel to your country for work quite a bit. He used to bring us stuffed animals and boomerangs, things like that! We always enjoyed those. :) No heads were knocked about when we threw the things- though they did not always come back to us! LOL! Very fun times!

    Sounds like you have a perfect place to be- by the sea and out a bit in the country. Lovely! Happy Easter! Sorry for the late comment... I'm trying to catch up a bit, though it is a bit willy nilly really! Many hugs,

    <3 Katie

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  10. Hi Katie, You should come down under to visit your college friend sometime, you'd probably love it. Would the slippers be moccasins, they're similar to ugg boots only shorter?
    Would have been fun watching your family with the boomerang. Glad no one lost their head. LOL!
    We do live in a little paradise or we think so. Don't be sorry for your late comment, I know you are really busy with life and trying to find somewhere to live.
    Happy Easter to you and Rob.
    Hugs Lindy

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  11. First off BLOGGER STINKS! LOL, If I was inclined I would use much stronger language! I tried from my phone lying in bed this AM and I couldn't post! grrrrrr.

    second, I am so sorry--I DID miss this! I'm not sure how?!

    I am so happy you and Don researched a bit for me!

    I have quite a few connections in Australia, however they live in big cities or near the coastline as well!
    I do not often share the Harliquin books from the 70s or earlier that had spanking in them with many people. One author that wrote a story or two centered in the Outback was Margaret Way. There was also a book about an American actress who moved to the Outback after she married. For the life of me I can't remember the title or the actress. I do know 'Outback' something was in the title! The book is more than 30 years old....

    Thank you for letting me know your answer was here! I am such a bad commenter these days! UGH! So sorry!

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    1. That's alright Minelle. I know you're busy and just thought you might have missed it. Hope its answered to your satisfaction.
      will go look up those books, you've got me interested now.
      Hugs Lindy

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