Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Channelling My Inner Tradie*



Last week I purchased the ridiculous. This always happens to me in op shops** because, I am, at heart, a hoarder of treasure and almost treasure and possible treasure and then find myself doing an inordinate amount of post-purchase, post-storage-reorganisation, post-rationalisation to the Mr.

In my defence, the acquisition of perfectly new, perfectly sized, perfectly STEEL CAPPED work boots, will come in handy when next my landscape gardener brother asks me to help out on a job. The last time my landscape gardener brother asked me to help out on a job was somewhere in 1997. It was for three days during which I undoubtedly worked like a girly girl but was rewarded with impressive brick hauling blisters and several months of that sort of honest sleep granted to the Absolutely Knackered.***



For fifteen buckeroonoes**** these boots will, damn it, come in to their own one fine day. If I can’t make ’em work with a skirt, I shall lug bricks and pave with the long-suffering brother, or take on a regular playground security patrol, or maybe just indulge in a cuppa, á la the traditional tradie smoko*****. See me now, as I gulp my builder’s tea******, squinting skyward, patiently awaiting an inordinately heavy ‘something’ to fall on my perfectly steel-protected toes...



PS. After a somewhat alarming internet search, in a naïve attempt at the clarification of ‘tradie’ for international readers, it turns out there are more females employed in such work than you might think. Generally and mystifyingly wearing bikinis. Alas, a look that flew out the nearest window, during a particularly stretchy last pregnancy.

* Colloquial Australian term for tradesperson
** Thrift stores
*** Physically Exhausted
**** Dollars
***** Tea break
****** Bog-standard black, (absolutely non-herbal) tea, milked and enthusiastically sugared

44 comments:

Lola Nova said...

Thanks for the translation, I was good until the last two where I started to lose the plot.

To use a dated American term, those boots are bitchin'!

Bianca said...

*love it*

hAHA

-xB

Gigi said...

the boots are fantastic!
& thanks for the translation too :)

june at noon said...

What great boots. They are definitely necessary. I'm sure of it.

Copper Patch said...

How could you not need them? And how cute are they in dainty girl size!?!?! Of course you needed them.

crzylady said...

damn woman if I had your legs!
But please don't drop anything heavy onto your steel capped shoes which would sheer off your toes *gulp*

But lovely buy! and definitely brick moving worthy

grrl + dog said...

Dont forget the

tradtional

tradie

butt crack

that goes with any pairof steel cap shoes. love your writing style.. I will be back.

oh - and I am a hoarder too. My house my explode before my partner does.

Madeline said...

Oh, my. You make me laugh!
Since I am definitely a hoarder of treasures and almost treasures and even some not so treasures, I say you found yourself a great bargain! They will certainly come in handy some day.

Kirsty said...

We were just having this discussion this morning. I KNOW I couldn't make them work with a skirt but I'm pretty sure that the curly girl could. I want to buy her a pair of "blunnies" as this years winter boots. I LOVE mine. x

Little Ted Canvas said...

Fantastic! I bet you'll get more wear out of them than you think...

ecoMILF said...

<>. i could use those for giving my hubby a good butt kicking every once in a while. they look like fun. ox m.

CurlyPops said...

You have such lovely ankles for a tradie... but I think you need some explorer socks!
Long live aussie slang - gotta love it!

Leonie Guld said...

All you need now is that "Tradie Name" its the name that is only used when "on site"....wanna no what mine is......HONEY!!!!! Oh Yeah....can your hear it now. When I enter onto that building site to help dave wash and load up those pesky bricks....the boys are a singing!!!!

One Flew Over said...

Even if they are never worn...how could you have possibly passed them up - $15 = BARGAIN.

Anonymous said...

T
If girl tradies are mostly wearing bikinis, where on earth do they hang their hammers (trowels, drills, levels...)?
Obviously they are highly skilled.

I bet that smoko tasted all the better for the boots.
W

Happydacks said...

You beawdy, classy!

Fruitful Fusion said...

Love the boots and especially love the Aussi glossary at the end :D

Liam's Mummy said...

My favourite and most worn pair of shoes is a pair of Blundstone boots, given to me by an Aunt, for my 21st birthday.

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

I love that that all made perfect sense and I also love that for others it didn't. Language - it's a crazy thing.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

We call them workies. Which is a bit daft since a good many of them have more interest in the builder's tea (you forgot 'strong enough for the spoon to stand up')than in actual, you know, WORK.

I'm certain that those boots will be very handy. Dance lessons? Playground duty, definitely.

Oh yeah, and you'll need to get working on the butt crack.

Op On!

Cheers,
AJ

Chicken Willow said...

They're an aussie staple aren't they? Love them!

bubbachenille said...

I'm still trying to figure out how to wear my RMs with a skirt !

I enjoyed this post !

Michelle said...

I have the perfect pair of rainbow knee high socks for you - they would set off those boots perfectly!

Katja said...

Steel capped boots are a must for mothers! You can dance around with your kidlets standing on your toes without pain - it's great!

Karin (the Mrs.) said...

Hahaha, I inmediately thought also: Are you sporting the necessary butt crack to make the image complete? ;-)

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

.... and have you started learing at womens breasts yet?

Sally said...

I love my blunnies... they're the only things I can get on and off my feet when I'm pregnant.

Mookah said...

You don't have to justify your purchase. We all know that every aussie chick needs a pair of blunnies (workboots).

Tas said...

Ah, don't underestimate the need for a boot. I love the look of a feminine dress with workboots! Doc Martins eat your heart out.

Little Munchkins said...

I think every woman secretly wishes for steel-capped boots. My little one ALWAYS steps on my toes - those boots would come in handy!

Posie Patchwork said...

What an ace find!! I haven't worns steel capped boots since i left the oil industry & seeing i was the ONLY girl, i wore lots of dresses & man, i MADE the boots work with a skirt!! Love Posie

kellyi said...

My Dad is a "tradie" - a landscape gardener and I spent all my youth (well, not all but some times it felt like it) assisting him.

To this day I still have a pair of hefty boots. It would be weird not to have them, and they have come into their own on more than one occasion. The most memorable was defending our Lummox against a nasty dog in the park, because no one argues with a steel toe in the chops!

Bree said...

and you should wear them in the kitchen, as all good chefs do, to beware of falling knives!

fi said...

i'm a bog standard over sugared kinda lass too, this land was built on it;)

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Gotta have 'em. -j

Fer said...

That's what I love about Australian blogs, I can understand them...!!

Beaut boots too!

Mel said...

bloody hilarious. I love how 'new' they look! You so need to scuz them up a bit otherwise all your tradie mates will be making fun of you

p.s totally can't get the picture of you in boots and bikini out of my head now ...

Isabella Golightly said...

Bunnings? Bewdy.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

glad you supplied a glossary!

Actually, I bought a pair of Oz boots like that recently and practically live in them (but then, I rarely wear a skirt)

Smitonius

Miss Sew & So said...

love this - i would have bought them without a shadow of a doubt- and then scrambled to justify them later- and the potential to help a family member is more than enough!!
as aussies living in the english countryside with 3 kids in toe- these are the kind of stories that take me home...your on my blog list so i can come back for more- big thanks so far!

melissa :)

Cute as Buttons said...

Oh, I do love you! You made my night. Will you also start wearing your dortjes at half mast and begin sporting that other iconic/infamous tradie fashion? Please note the seamless segue to your previous post which I hadn't managed to comment on - I do hope your little lass is on the improve and the nose is less colourful! Lisa. x

Becky said...

Love them!! Which reminds me, I bought gumboots which I should blog ;)

Sandrine said...

Oh I LOVE that post so aussie!!!!The boots the vocabulary...so much fun!
I hope you did not get completely knanckered after all(I might have done the spelling wrong!):)x

Cherie said...

Fan-bloody-tastic post!!! A top post from a top sheila ;)Betcha look gorgeous - they'll look great with a skirt or how about a kilt ;-)... Have fun as I'm sure you will. xo