Strewth – There goes a Walking Hat (In Australia’s Outback)

I was speaking with a good mate the other day and the discussion got around to the iconic Australian Hat, The Akubra, after TomO wandered past wearing his.

We had a bit of a chuckle because it brought back some funny moments we’ve had watching TomO wandering around under his Akubra in the Australian Outback.

The Akubra is a fur hat made in Australia for over 130 years.

To be worn with pride, worn like a favourite pair of jeans, until threadbare and falling off…

Anyway, TomO has had two Akubra’s in his 12 years, the first he received on his 2nd birthday, and more recently a couple of years back ahead of an outback trip we made.

Janet, my partner, also joined the discussion and we had a good laugh about the time he walked into the pub at Cameron’s Corner, which is out the back of whoop-whoop, and Adrian, the publican, simply quipped “strewth, there goes a walking hat.”

His hat was larger than him and took on a life all of its own…

As you’ll see, he’s a handsome little bloke.

In fact he’s already come to the notice of the daughter of one of our close friends and the feeling appears mutual. I saw a bit of a twinkle in his eye the other day when they were having a chat. This weekend a group of them are heading to the movies.

We speak fairly openly in our household so I asked him whether he liked her.

He said, “sort of…yes”

“And do you think she reckons you’re alright?” I asked…

“How couldn’t she like a good looking bloke like me Dad” he said, with a wink.

“Hell, Janet where did that come from” I whispered…

“No point whispering Baz” Janet mused, “You know perfectly well where it came from”…

Crikey, it seems only yesterday he was disappearing under his Akubra…

Anyway, I could rabbit on here about it for another few paragraphs,  but why don’t I just let the pictures do the talking…

TomO – The Walking Hat, a pictorial…!

25 thoughts on “Strewth – There goes a Walking Hat (In Australia’s Outback)

  1. Carol Page-Potter November 19, 2012 / 12:13 am

    All those pics brought a smile to my face. Great hats, I want one.


    • The Landy November 19, 2012 / 4:43 am

      But you’ll have to come and get it!!


      • Carol Page-Potter November 19, 2012 / 10:09 pm

        🙂 . Your land is a wonderous and tempting place to visit!


      • The Landy November 20, 2012 / 3:57 am

        Strewth, we’re a friendly bunch, so come on over!


  2. sweetlybalanced November 15, 2012 / 2:24 am

    AWw such great pictures of Tom O!!! Love the progression with the hat so cute!!


    • The Landy November 15, 2012 / 7:39 am

      Yes, the “little rooster” smiley is another of his nicknames! Some great shots over the years…


  3. The Landy November 14, 2012 / 8:26 pm

    He’s a great boy!

    If you are referring to the shot in the kayak with Janet paddling, that is Lawn Hill Gorge situated in the Gulf Savannah of Far North Western Queensland. We visit there regularly and it truly is an oasis. The surrounding countryside in quite barren in places, the gorge is fed by Lawn Hill Creek… You can read about it a little more here…


  4. butimbeautiful November 14, 2012 / 8:16 pm

    wow, what gorgeous pictures. I particularly like the look of that lake. And your son is the cutest thing I ever did see!


  5. sarahsdoodles November 14, 2012 / 12:42 pm

    He is seriously adorable! The photos showing his age progression are the cutest. He’s gonna be a heart breaker…watch out ladies!


    • The Landy November 14, 2012 / 3:07 pm

      Geez, we won’t tell him that, it will go to his head! Hard to pick a favourite, but I’ve always liked the one of him down at the stockyards watching the “weeners” … But how innocent the one of him asleep, virtually in the middle of no-where, a place we go often!


    • The Landy November 14, 2012 / 12:05 pm

      Yes…but heaven forbid, I have to call him handsome these days, not cute…


  6. barbara grandberg November 14, 2012 / 7:27 am

    great photos..thanks for posting :}


    • The Landy November 14, 2012 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks BG…the little rooster!


  7. Sas November 14, 2012 / 6:50 am

    Lovely photos, they obviously hold prescious memories for you. I never knew that’s what those hats are called. Where I come from everyone gets given a flat cap when they’re about two years old. My dad still has mine somewhere.


    • The Landy November 14, 2012 / 5:15 am

      You’d do it great justice and everyone on the red carpet would be wanting one!


  8. Marisa November 14, 2012 / 1:33 am

    Handsome boy indeed! I love his akubra. I’ve always wanted one, but have had to settle over here for the far more common cowboy hat. You rock that hat, TomO. Great photos!


    • The Landy November 14, 2012 / 3:23 am

      We wouldn’t be without them!


  9. Deliberately Delicious November 14, 2012 / 12:17 am

    Great pictures of a handsome boy. How do they grow up so fast? (And what a gift that he has inherited his father’s confidence! That will surely take him places.)


    • The Landy November 14, 2012 / 3:22 am

      They do grow up fast – but it is all good, every stage of his development has been a joy for both of us to watch… Crikey, he’s a bit cheeky like his mum though! 😉


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