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I'm a shorts and Crocs kinda guy. Maybe not even Croc [TM] but an easy slip-on/slip-off plasticated lifestyle when it comes to the footsies.
I look upon it as my preferred sub tropical rig as I've never been a thong person.
But with two draw backs: wear socks and you get grass seeds keenly attached . Don't wear socks and your unprotected shins are prone to harm when messing about in the scrub.
Solution? Gaiters of course.
These gaiters may not be thick enough to save my pins from an aggressive serpent's fangs, but when it comes to the lower extremities, you can't have everything.

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Comment by Dave Riley on May 26, 2019 at 11:32

No one was offensive!

It did however make me think whether it was gaiters or garters you made from guts.

As in the expression to have someone's guts for g...... as it is very old, "and it may well have had a literal meaning as it originated in the Middle Ages, when disembowelment was used in the UK for torture and execution".

Similarly in Hardy's 'Far from the Madding Crowd" the ancient lineage of the g  is noted:

"Five decades hardly modified the cut of a gaiter, the embroidery of a smock-frock, by the breadth of a hair. Ten generations failed to alter the turn of a single phrase. In these Wessex nooks the busy outsider's ancient times are only old; his old times are still new; his present is futurity."

So wrapping your lower limbs in viscera may not be the way of it. It would bring out the flies and cause you to slip.

But then . Sir Arthur William Currie (5 December 1875 – 30 November 1933) -- a senior officer of the Canadian Army who fought during World War I -- was referred to as "Guts and Gaiters."

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 25, 2019 at 22:54

LOL.  Oh my!  Dave, did we make you defensive?  I've been here a long time now and I've not seen you feel the need to "man up."  I'm sorry if my jokes are so p*ss poor.  It was in fact the complete juxtaposition of your manly work attire and female lingerie items that led me to crack said (albeit poor) joke. Mind you, you will have noticed that I don't much give a rat's about people's sexuality, nor race nor religion - aside from the potential interesting thing I can learn.  You have my sincere apologies if I was in the slightest offensive.  

Comment by Christa on May 25, 2019 at 7:36

I was just jesting, Dave. My foot attire is very similar, they are great, you can hose them out. Do mosquitoes bother you out there at your suburb. We still have them even though it is getting cooler now.

Comment by Dave Riley on May 24, 2019 at 23:41

Mind you there  is a proper place for gaiters. They'll not dressing up clobber. Not spats.

I'm referring to roughing it.  In the bush and messing about in the scrub. Not going to the shops.

In my case, off the beaten track outback where I throw the offcuts. The nasty twigs and sharp ends of branches. The grass seeds: them Cobblers Pegs especially.

Gumboots are an option, but they are such heavy stompers...and the tootsies don't get to breathe,

Gaiters are worn for the same garden health and safety reasons as one would slip on a pair of gloves.

It seems to me that as an item of  gardening apparel they suffer from neglect.

Mine came from Manchester in the UK! Postage free for $33.

Beats having a hole in your leg...

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 24, 2019 at 22:18

I've never been a thong person either.  I do love a nice set of garters with white lace though.  What?  Hell no. I meant mosquito net hood. 

 

Comment by Christa on May 24, 2019 at 16:19

Not sure about your level of safe protection, Dave, but I love the colour of your garters, I mean gaiters.   We must take good care of our tootsies now,  Other half has to wear leg protection now, he has ankle to above knee leg protectors to stop hum catching a twig with his legs and losing a pint of red stuff. Looks are not everthing.

Our son wears stubby shorts and Uggboots on most cold days. 

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