How to make a Jolly Swagmans Hat

We've just had our good friends Lu and Ben over to stay with us with their kids, Olivia and Joly who are 11 and 13. They moved over to Perth 8 years ago, but come back to see family and friends every 2 years.

 

So we spoke about some of the great things Australia has to offer, like barbies, Aussie rules footie, tinni, kindie and lots of other ies, why is it summer in Australia and winter in England- “That’s so unfair!”, and of course the subject of deadly animals seemed to dominate every conversation with the kids.

“Deadly 60” the CBBC show http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/deadly-60- has a lot to answer for. It was shown to my daughter at school during break in her second year of primary school. When the episode about the Australian Tiger Snake was shown we had weeks of night terrors, and her ambition to be an explorer when she grew up was seriously set back. Soooooo…I didn’t want a repeat of that and was relieved when the discussion veered away from the deadly towards to the more commonplace. Like flies…

Did people in the outback really need to wear those cork hats to keep away the flies and insects? Should we try making our own and seeing how practical they are?

 

So with a DoddleTwist we gave it a try. 

  1. Get 10 different coloured DoddleCaps, and a £1 easter bonnet hat.
  2. You need some twine
  3. With a pair of scissors cut the twine to 20cm lengths.
  4. Thread the twine through the DoddleCaps
  5. Do some maths and mark the hat at the rim in 10 equal segments. (we almost       got it right!)
  6. Feed the twine with the caps on them through the hat at the segment marks
  7. Tie a double knot.
  8. Cut of any scraggly bits
  9. Wear the hat
  10. Sing “Waltzing Matilda”

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?
Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me

And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?
Along came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee
And he sang as he stowed that jumbuck in his tucker bag
You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me.
Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me

And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?
Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred
Down came the troopers, one, two, three
Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?
You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me.
Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me

And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?
Up jumped the swagman, leapt into the billabong,
You'll never catch me alive, said he
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong
Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me.
Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me? 

See this great link for the meaning of the words in bold ! 


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