Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Farewelling Seamus

Today, I was very sad to say farewell to Seamus, the Playford Cub Pack travelling mascot. He is heading to Perth and visiting two groups in Perth before going overseas to see scout groups there. I hope he has fun and that we get to hear about his adventures as he goes.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Australia Day 2014

Today is Australia Day. It is a public holiday in Australia, but this has not always been the case. It was not until 1935 did all the Australian states and territories use that name to mark that date. Not until 1994 did they begin to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday on that date.

Where I live, we have always, in Akela’s memory had cricket on Australia, except for one year. So, we hung out at the cricket. It was a day/.night game, starting at 1:50pm, finishing around 9:30pm, in time to see the Australia Day fireworks that were being put on after the Australia Day evening concert at the park across the river. There were certainly a lot of people in the city – there was 27,000 at the cricket, around another 30,000 at the Australia Day concert (which is always held after the Australia Day parade through town) and then there was the last stage of the Tour Down Under event earlier in the day, around lunch time.

 More information can be found out at this link


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tour Down Under goes through City of Playford

This morning, Akela, Semuas and I stood on the side of the road to watch the riders in Tour Down Under. It was certainly a good chance to see so many top cyclists in the local area. There are certainly a lot of riders!

For more information about Tour Down Under, check out their website at


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New South Wales CUBOREE 2014

Recently, the Cub Scout section in New South Wales held a state camp called a Cuboree. They run over 4 days, with everyone having a great time by all accounts on Facebook.

It was thanks to Facebook that Akela found this above clip which was recently broadcast, so we thought we would share with the readers here what the Cubs got up to recently in New South Wales.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Forcast of South Australian heat

One thing I like to do with this blog, apart from report on my activities, is to provide some insight into Australian Way of life. Sometimes, this includes blog entries such as this, about our weather. Other times, it will (and has) included other non scouting activities that Akela attends and takes me with her.

Today, I am doing a short entry about the weather we are going to experience.

This week, it is going to be very hot in Adelaide, where I live. We are planning very few (if any) outdoor activities for the coming days, apart from what we need to do.  Just so people have some idea of the temps we will be experiencing, please see below (including the conversions for those who don’t use the same system as we do here in Australia)

Sunday 12th January – 34C (93.2F)
Monday 13th January – 40C (104F)
Tuesday 14th  January– 41C (104F)
Wednesday 15th January– 43C (105.8F)
Thursday 16th January– 43 C (105.8F)
Friday 17th January– 40C (93.2)
Saturday 18th January– 26C  (78.8F)

It will be the first time in four years that we have experienced several days at once over 40C. We get them every summer, but very rare for them to happen for 5 days in a row or more.

In January 2010, we sweltered through four days of extreme temperatures, while in January 2009, we sweated through a continuous run of six days above 40C. In fact, it was during the period of the 2009 heat wave that Victoria suffered terribly from the Black Saturday Fires. This is due to the weather we experience in South Australia heading east.

We can only hope that we see few to no deaths or fires as a result of this week’s heat.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers Big Bash (T20) Game

This evening, Akela took myself and Semus (the Playford Cub Pack Travelling Mascot) to the Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixes at Adelaide Oval. After the game, Semus and I had our photo taken with Smash, the Adelaide Strikers Mascot.  Below, is the link to info regarding Smash.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Renewed push to GET WINSTON HOME!

On the 5th October 2013, I posted about Winston (link below)

As yet, Winston still hasn’t been returned and I am just doing this blog to remind people that Winston is still missing and there is a reward for his return.

If anyone out there knows anything about Winston, please please please do the right thing and provide the information to Winston’s Owners, who would dearly love to have him home with them.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Years Eve 2013

New Years was certainly interesting. Akela Sarah took me (Wilbur) to the cricket game on at Adelaide Oval. We certainly had a great time and the Adelaide Strikers (our home team) won the game, which certainly made the night.

We also got to see several lots of fireworks (all legitimate ones!) as Adelaide Oval was right next to Elder Park in Adelaide. They have a family friendly, non alcoholic event every year. There were fireworks at 9pm (which we watched from the Adelaide Oval, which is right across the river) and then on the way home, we saw the fireworks from Semaphore – which is a Northern seaside suburb of Adelaide.

It was certainly an enjoyable New Years Eve. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a great new year.