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Paws and Reflect

Possibly the most meaningful part of my Australian seeds experiment arose today when I transplanted my kangaroo paw seedlings.

The great experiment, which I expected would result in me proving to have a green thumb and presenting all my gardening mates with exotic plants has proven only that I am all thumbs.

I’ve killed nearly everything I planted, even the everlasting daises and golden everlastings that appeared to be growing so well.

I bumped them off by putting them in a hothouse on a boiling hot day, then giving too much fertilizer to the plants that survived.

A desert pea also looked promising, but I over-fertilized that, too.

I have a tray full of dwarf wattle ready for transplanting, a single honeysuckle banksia that can probably be nurtured under growth lights a little longer and a heath banksia that appears doom after being affected by mold.

Given the nature of my blog persona and the role of kangaroo decorations in the garden, though, it was the kangaroo paw that I most wanted to succeed.

It’s a pretty ominous role to be assigned, actually, because every plant in Kangaeroo Corner that I have most wanted to thrive–tree fern, jacaranda and mature versions of kangaroo paw planted when the garden was started–have all died or struggled.

Anyway, I started today by placing a layer of stones at the bottom of a pot, covering it with a layer or nutrient-rich potting mix bended with peat moss and then covering that with soil especially for Australian native plants.

I then gently removed the kangaroo paw seedlings from the growth pods where they had thrived over the past few weeks.

With customary clumsiness, I managed to kill off a couple of seedlings along the way, but eventually planted them all in the same pot.

I then gave the pot a good dose of water and left it in the sun with lots of prayers for success.

Last year, I killed the kangaroo paw in the garden through over-watering amid the summer humidity, only learning later that my treatment was almost the guaranteed method for ensuring the lovely flowers from Australia’s arid regions would wither and die. Oh, well. Live and learn and sorry to the adorable plants.

Potting the kangaroo paws topped off an absolutely outstanding day that would have been perfect had I been able to spend it with Mrs. Kangaeroo, but it still came bloody close to perfection anyway.

I woke early, cleaned and oiled my bike and headed off at a fierce pace, backed by a gentle tailwind.

I made it to Tokyo Tower where I met many old friends for the first time in years and had a wonderful surprise of having a packet of Iced VoVos waiting for me: a gift from a Melbourne friend who has since headed off to a separate part of the country.

Later, a group of us went off to the nearby ANA Intercontinental Hotel and had an enormous buffet breakky, where the interesting and enjoyable conversation continued.

We spent a couple of hours reminiscing, but then had to go our separate ways.

I wanted to get home quick as the dinosaur was in her cage and was probably itching to get out and about, and I was still a couple of hours away.

I rode back in the delightful spring sunshine.

Fortunately, there was almost no wind, which was a blessing as we have had strong winds daily for weeks now.

As I rode along Koshu Kaido, headed for home, I realized I was looking at a record unique for me.

My average speed for the ride was exceeding 30 km/h.

It’s not unheard of for me over short distances, but I was still over the 30 km/h mark with more than 50 km ridden.

I only had 20 km to go on terrain I knew well and felt confident I could maintain the speed.

I’ve never maintained such speed over such a distance, my most notable record of sustained pace being a 180 km-ride at about 28 km/h a few years ago.

But that was when my cycling was thriving.

The past couple of years, my cycling ability has declined thanks to injuries, illness, aging, priorities, weight gain and opportunities, to name a few factors.

So I felt chuffed to be presented with this chance.

And the glorious sunshine was making it even more appealing.

An amazing, unseasonably clear view of Mount Fuji threatened to thwart my attempt at this record, though.

As I hit the Tamagawa Cycling Road for what I regarded as the home stretch, I stopped to take a photo.

There will be other chances to create cycling records.

Seeing Mount Fuji with the opportunity to take a photo is a rare blessing that demands addressing.

So, I stopped and took some shots.

It was totally worth it.

And when I got back on the bike, I got to maintain the speed I’d been looking for.

It was a delightful reward when I got home.

But not as delightful as the pleasure-filled greeting the dinosaur gave me when I got back and let her loose.

We spent the next few hours playing together, vegging out and eating.

I’ve even managed to save a couple of Iced VoVos for Mrs. Kangaeroo (but probably only because I managed to pick up some Choco-Chip GariGarikun, which I hope might be the seasonal flavor for the early summer).

She should be home any minute now and I am looking forward to seeing her.


Australia is, in a way, flavor of the month of sorts in Japan at the moment.

That exalted status is thanks to the humble TimTam.
IMG_6258 今、日本のどこのコンビニーでも売られているし、多くの駅売店でも販売されている。
TimTam biscuits are now sold in just about all of Japan’s ubiquitous convenience stores and most station kiosks in the capital and surrounding prefectures.
TimTam biscuits were first made in Australia in 1963. They are comprised of two biscuits sandwich cream filling and covered entirely in chocolate. They have become a symbol of Australia.
However, ownership of Arnott’s Biscuits Holdings, the company that produces TimTams, has fallen into the hands of Campbell Soup, an American company.
IMG_6259 これによって同ビスケットが日本を含めて世界中に楽しめるようになった。 
This led to TimTam biscuits being sold throughout the world, incluing to Japan.
However, it also prompted Dick Smith, a nationalist Australian businessman, to come up with Temptin’ biscuits, a fully Australian-owned biscuit that bore an extremely close resemblance to the TimTam and went on sale in 2003.
Arnott’s responded by suing Smith and the two parties came to a settlement that ended their bikkie war.
TimTamFlavors 日本では、このビスケットがキャンベル・ジャパンが販売している。
Campbell Soup Japan sells the biscuits in this country.
 今、日本ではOriginal, Dark Chocolate, Classic Dark, WhiteとChewy Caramel味の上に細長い版Fingersが販売されている。
Currrently, the TimTam flavors on sale in Japan are the Original, Dark Chocolate, Classic Dark, White and Chewy Caramel biscuits, as well as the Fingers snacks.
 しかし、オーストラリアでは上記の味の他にRum Raisin, Chewy Choc Fudge, Mocha Coffee, Chilli Choc Fling, Tia Maria, Double Coat, Creamy Truffle Temptation, Black Forest Fantasy, Hazelnut PralineとLove Potion味で販売されている。
TimTamTiaMariaIn Australia, TimTam biscuits currently or formerly on sale included the above flavors as well as Rum Raisin, Chewy Choc Fudge, Mocha Coffee, Chilli Choc Fling, Tia Maria, Double Coat, Creamy Truffle Temptation, Black Forest Fantasy, Hazelnut Praline and Love Potion,
In addition to these flavors, it’s also possible to buy Cheese TimTam biscuits in Indonesia
Cheese TimTam 日本で販売されているが他が販売されていないTimTamは、ボックス型包装で、ひと箱何個かが入っている商品だ。
Japan’s multi-packet boxes are a TimTam sales form not found in Australia.
The TimTam Slam is a well-known method of consuming the biscuit.
This involves taking a small bite out of the corners at diagonals on a TimTam, dipping the biscuit into a beverage such as coffee or tea, and then sucking the beverage through the holes created in the TimTam, allowing for a taste of the bikkie while consuming the drink.

What’s a bikkie?
Oh, a bikkie is this, too.
Arnott’s Australia
Campbell Japan TimTam Page