Húlí hútú, Melbourne, Australia


Posted Apr 7, 2012, 9:36 pm
Huli here, hanging out with my mentor family here in Orem, Utah!  There are three kids in this house, so there is always someone to play with.  Hide and seek is a favorite game with the boys- I think I found a great place in the houseplants, don't you?  They also have an awesome banister that's just the right size for me to slide down!  The oldest loves to carry me to the top and watch me zip to the bottom, over and over again.  I like to pretend that I am one of the ski jumpers who come to Utah to train in nearby Park City!  Look out below!

Posted Apr 7, 2012, 11:38 pm
crashtestrider showed me one of her favorite hobbies, geocaching!  We used her GPS to track down a few of the special containers called caches that are hidden all over the world! When you find one, you sign the log inside, and sometimes there are fun things to trade for inside!  I have to admit, tracking things is right up my alley, as a fox, of course.  Geocaching was an adventure that took us to some really great places that we wouldn't otherwise know about.  One of the last places was a park where I got to play some more with the kids- peekaboo!  We got pretty dirty.

Posted Apr 9, 2012, 10:09 pm
Today was a beautiful, warm day, and so crashtestrider and her children decided to take me to visit nearby Bridal Veil Falls up in Provo Canyon.  This part of Utah has such amazing mountains and rivers.  Since I am so lightweight and my legs are so short, I got the special privilege of riding on top of the stroller- I think I got the best view of all!  Believe me, the waterfall is actually much, MUCH bigger than it looks in this photo. Awesome!!

Posted Apr 11, 2012, 8:36 pm
What great weather we're having!  I went with the kids today to Nielsen's Grove Park, where they not only have playgrounds, but a duck pond and tulip field, as well!  I LOVED watching the ducks  (they looked mighty tasty!).  You can see me staring one down in the photo.  Of course, I would never eat one, but it was fun to hone my natural fox instincts.  Romping in the tulip fields was a BLAST!  They weren't in full bloom yet, but there were still so many of them!

Posted May 4, 2012, 12:32 am
Today we visited Brigham Young University, or BYU.  It is one of the largest private universities in the United States, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or "Mormons".  crashtestrider found out on Facebook that the school was giving away bricks from the old dormitories where she used to live as a student, and she wanted to keep one to remember it, since it was recently torn down.  So we went to visit!  Our first stop was an interesting visitor's center at the Hinckley Alumni Building. 


Here I had my photo taken with an actual Olympic torch from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, which is just 45 mins to the north.  (Since my legs are so short, I had crashtestrider pick me up for the photo). 


We visited the carillon next, otherwise known as the bell tower.  We arrived right before 3pm, when the bells rung, and they were SO loud!! 


While we were up there, I also had my photo taken in front of "Y Mountain".  Can you see the "Y" that stands for BYU?  It is tradition for students to hike up the side of the mountain to visit this giant concrete marking.  crashtestrider says that it is common for towns or high schools in Utah and Idaho to make letters like this to mark where they are.  She says you can even see them from an airplane!  It was a busy morning.  There were alot of visitors today, and parking was crowded, so crashtestrider said we would come back to look at the football stadium another day.

Posted May 12, 2012, 3:48 am
Hooray!!!  I am finally off to see new places!  Today I'm leaving to meet new friends and do fun things in Lithuania.  Boy, my accommodations are a little tight- I guess it's not only the airlines that are cutting back on legroom- ha!  Oh, well.  I'm so excited!  Look out, here I come!


Posted May 22, 2012, 7:03 pm
I finally arrived to my new home - Lithuania! (And finally came out of that little "death box" envelope :D). I arrived here with two candies, nice magnet and sticker, which are showing my hometown. My host mum is very nice!


I also met three nice ladies from Germany - Kit-Kat, Dottie Mouse and Porridge. They all gave me a big friendly hug:


We decided to go for a walk near the house. There was Neris river near us (2nd biggest river in Lithuania), so we went there for refreshment. We found a small bench on the beach and enjoyed the sun. The water wasn't very warm, but some people already swam in it!


Foood!! Haha, just kidding, only a few ducks and pigeons in the background...


Meet the new hippie! :D



This day was awesome, but I felt tired after travelling such a long way. So I think I'm going to take a nap. Nighty night, mum! It's only the begining of my journey and I already like Vilnius :)


Húlí hútú

Posted May 26, 2012, 8:30 pm

Too bad I didn't have a chance to know Kit-Kat and Dottie Mouse a bit more - today they had to leave and travel to other countries. Me and Porridge gave a big hug and wished all the best. Travel safe, ladies!


After that we went to a mall called "Ozas". There was an expo of "Interesting Physics" things. We had to look at it!


Don't look at this magical thing! It can hypnotise you and...well... I don't remember anything after I looked at it :D


I guess I have to sleep a bit.
Húlí hútú


Posted May 27, 2012, 5:27 pm
Today I've visited Trakai. It's a historic city and lake resort in Lithuania, which lies 28 km west of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. This town was built and preserved by people of different nationalities. Historically, communities of Karaims, Tatars, Lithuanians, Russians, Jews and Poles lived here. Interesting, right?


We went to the Trakai castle, but before that I've seen some souvenirs in here. Look at those kittens!


And here is "Lithuanian gold" - amber:


Another thing lithuanians are proud of is linen (flax). Here is a linen bag (where I'm sitting at):


And here is a beautiful porcelain plate with Vilnius:


This is it! The Trakai Castle! It's on an island in Lake Galve. Looks amazing!


The castle is sometimes referred to as "Little Marienburg". The construction of the stone castle was begun in the 14th century by Kęstutis, and around 1409 major works were completed by his son Vytautas the Great, who died in this castle in 1430. We are inside it:


After all that trip to the castle I felt hungry, so we went to the "Kibininė" to eat some kibinai. Don't know this word? Neither did I, but then Karolina explained me, that it's a traditional Karaite dish with meat inside. You can see it on the plate - I couldn't wait to try it! Very delicious!


And I also drank kvass - it's a fermented beverage made from black or regular rye bread. Mmm... yummy!


The first part of the day was great, but then Mr. Rain appeared and we had to go home. I want to go to Trakai again! Maybe... one day...

Húlí hútú

Posted Jun 1, 2012, 9:28 pm
It's SUMMER! Great! Too bad we couldn't go to the city and celebrate it, because it was raining all day (yeah, a great start... :D).
Me and Porridge with our host mum decided to have a little nice party in our house and we ate... STRAWBERRIES! Those tiny red things were very delicious, it was my first time eating them!


We wanted to see Lithuania closer, so Karolina showed us this photography book with almost all the cities in there!


I liked Vilnius Bell Tower a lot. I hope to see it in real life soon!


Porridge said that eating vegetables is good. Well... they're not so bad... Maybe I could be a vegetarian one day, who knows  :rolleyes:


Photo shoot time! I found this tiny red camera and we took one photo with Porridge. It looks nice!



What we did next? We helped Karolina to write postcards and send them through postcrossing. I chose this one with a mailbox:



I guess that's all for now. Hope tomorrow will be a sunny day!

Love ya!
Húlí hútú

Posted Jun 6, 2012, 7:21 pm
Today me and Porridge went for a walk because Karolina had to do some important stuff near the city centre. We were sitting sunbathing and reading a magazine in Lithuanian (well, at least tried to.. :D):


We were right next to the Palace of Concerts and Sports! It was built in 1971, now it's closed. It's quite a huge building and I had to take a picture with it!


And one landscape photo. Do you see Gediminas' castle behind me? It's so small!


When we came home, we found a nice surprise - a new voyager Finfin! She came from Finland, she brought a letter, a postcard and a candy bar with her. I gave her a big hug and we became great friends :)


That was a cool day :)
Húlí hútú

Posted Jun 10, 2012, 8:02 am
Labas, mamyte!
I said 'hello, mummy" in Lithuanian! I know some words now and Karolina said that I could learn more today. Can't wait! But at first, here is what I did yesterday:

Me, Porridge and Finfin went to the mall "Panorama". It was quite early, so not many people walked around.


Then we went to another mall VCUP where we saw a poster with a first toy musieum in Lithuania! You can read more about it here. We've seen an exhibition of some of the toys from the museum's collection. I've seen what games and toys children used to play in the last decades of the 20th century!


With already vintage teddy bears:


I found a funny poster, too :D


VCUP is in the New Vilnius, so when we went outside and walked on the White Bridge, this is what I saw:


We went to the park and then had a walk in the Old Town. I finally saw two famous buildings in Vilnius - The Cathedral and The Bell Tower! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!


We decided to rest for a while in a small park near The Presidential Palace. It is located in Vilnius Old Town, is the official office and eventual official residence of the President of Lithuania. The palace dates back to the 14th century and during its history it has undergone various reconstructions, supervised by prominent architects, including Laurynas Gucevičius and Vasily Stasov.


After this journey we went back home :)

Húlí hútú

Posted Jun 10, 2012, 12:31 pm
Today our host mum showed us this chocolate in the shape of Lithuania. How cool is that? We started to explore it right away! :D


Then Karolina told us some lithuanian words. Did you know that AČIŪ means THANK YOU and ŽAISLAS means TOY? I wrote something:


Yep, a FOX is LAPĖ in Lithuania! Other friends did the same game with their names. While they were finishing our first lithuanian words lesson, I thought that I could make a prank and scare those little girls! Shh, they don't see me yet...


Almost there to scare Finfin and Porridge...


BOO! Hahaha, they didn't expect this! :D


I, of course, said sorry for my joke, because girls at first seemed to be very frightened, but we started laughing right after this. We also made a funny photo with mustaches:


That's all for today. I guess I'm going to watch a movie or chat with my friends. I feel a bit lazy now :D

Húlí hútú

Posted Jun 14, 2012, 8:19 pm
Today Karolina showed us a bit of Zirmunai (in lithuanian it's Žirmūnai). It's the most populous administrative division in Vilnius. It is also a neighbourhood in the Lithuanian capital city Vilnius, encompassing the city district of the same name, built in the 1960s.


And you know what? We are living in Zirmunai! The house where I'm staying right now is in this administrative division :) Here I'm next to the fountain:


This poster which we saw at the bus stop is about a great poetry writer Maironis:


And this is a very old fountain which was built in Soviet times. It's not working now. Can you see us?


Here, take a closer look! :D


It was a short journey, but I enjoyed it. We had to go to the Old Town because our host mum had to meet her friend there, and before that we stopped to take a picture near the Pranciškonų monastery:


And that's all for today!

Húlí hútú


Posted Jun 19, 2012, 10:10 pm
Hi there!
This Sunday we had a nice picnic outside because my host mum aunt had her birthday. We wanted to go to Swedbank terrace at first...


...but then we decided to be in Zirmunai, near the Neris river. We helped with the food...


...then we were sunbathing...


...even eating sushi! It was a new experience for me!


After that we came back home where we ate the cake. Mmm, delicious!


Karolina told us that we might travel to another country this week. Woo hoo, can't wait! :D

Húlí hútú

Posted Jun 21, 2012, 1:29 pm

Today a new toy voyager arrived - it's Zed Dog! We all gave him a big hug:)


We decided to see what's new outside, because Karolina felt not very good today and she stayed at home. We went to the balcony:


We played hide and seek! Nobody can find me here, haha!


It's cloudy outside and a bit cold, so we all decided to sleep for a while.

Húlí hútú

Posted Jun 24, 2012, 11:53 am
Hi, mum!
Today we went to Latvia because Karolina with her family wanted to see some relatives. It was a great journey, though it was raining in the morning. We had so much fun in the car, too!

Here we are in our new house in Riga, Latvia:


After some time spent talking to all aunts and uncles (they're all very friendly :)) we went for a walk in the city.
Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the river Daugava. Riga's historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture!
Here we are at the Bastion Hill park:



And these are wedding locks on the bridge. So romantic!..


What a great fountain!


Near the Latvian monument to Freedom (for Heroes killed in action during the Latvian War of Independence) :


Musicians of Bremen Monument, Riga. How cool is that?
Do you know that you have to make a wish and touch all of the 4 animals noses? Not many people touch the top of it, but everyone touches the donkey's nose. You can see it from the picture (unfortunatelly, I couldn't get the 4th musician rooster in the photo):


Black cat (and the rooster) are symbols of Riga, Latvia. Here I am with the kitten!


And here we are all in the flowers:


The Old Town...




Near the monument with my friends:


Talking about the public transport - trams are very popular in Riga!


We were in Latvia when they had their public holidays. June 23rd is Līgo, a day before Jāņi. It's a Latvian festival held in the night from 23 June to 24 June to celebrate the summer solstice (Midsummer), the shortest night and longest day of the year. Many people that day were wearing a "crown" made of leaves and flowers, and the public transport was free. So, we were inside of the trams, too!

It was great to see another country, even if this journey was that short. I hope to visit Latvia again one day, I liked it! After we came back from our short trip to the Old Town, we went back home to Lithuania. I was a bit tired, so I took a nap.

Húlí hútú

Posted Jun 27, 2012, 7:27 pm
Today was our host mum's BIRTHDAY!!! Yayyy!! :D
We all gave her a big hug and said many beautiful words. I wished her a life full of adventures :)

Here we are with the chocolate cake!


I also gave Karolina a pretty flower. Then we all sung "Happy birthday". Our host mum seemed very happy! :)


Of course, I was a bit sad that day, because I had to leave. My journey in Lithuania was very cool - I went to a new continent, met many wonderful friends, saw Vilnius and had a great time :) Maybe I'll come back here one day, who knows... :)
Thank you, Karolina, for hosting me, thank you, my friends, for being so awesome. I'll miss you!


My journey continues and it's time to go to... USA! I hope I'll get there soon, though I'm in a bigger envelope now and have more space, haha :D


Húlí hútú


Posted Jul 10, 2012, 9:50 pm
Yay!  I have completed one of my missions- to visit Europe!  Thanks so much, coraline!

Posted Jul 18, 2012, 5:13 pm
Hello there,
I have arrived at my new host's house here in San Diego, California!  It's great weather here and I'm looking forward to our big trip across the continent! Carolyn (and her daughters) seem really nice and enjoyed the yummy candy I brought from Lithuania!

Posted Aug 4, 2012, 3:14 pm
Hi-we are finally on our way!  We headed off from San Diego into the hot hot desert and here I am outside of Phoenix!!  Did I mention that it's hot?

Posted Aug 7, 2012, 4:00 am
Hi there-
Today we visited Four Corners Monument where four states come together.
at four corners by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr
Phoebe showed us where the Navajo Indians sold jewelry and other things to tourists!
Navajo stands-4 corners by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr
Boy was it hot!!
near 4 corners by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

Posted Aug 7, 2012, 4:30 am
Today we drove through Colorado.  The mountains here are beautiful!!!

Colorado -rolling hills by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

Colorado rest stop-mountains by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

Posted Aug 7, 2012, 11:23 am
Hi again.  Here we are traveling fast as lightening through Nebraska.  I didn't mind it looked quite dull!

Nebraska by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

Posted Aug 7, 2012, 11:39 am
Today we stayed in the city of Des Moines, Iowa.  We braved the hot sun and visited The Pappa Johns Sculpture park in downtown Iowa.

This is us in front of a strange horse sculpture...
Horse sculpture-Des Moines by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

This tree thing was interesting...
fox-Pappa Johns Sculpture garden by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

I really liked the ears on this guy!
Iowa-sculpture garden by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

Well back on the road!!!  I'll be in touch. :cyclops:

Posted Aug 7, 2012, 11:50 am
Hello Again,
We have finally decided to take a break from driving, and we are visiting Carolyn's friends at Lake Geneva in Wisconsin!

on the pier- Lake Geneva by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

It's nice to have a day to relax!  This place is so pretty.
by the water-Lake Geneva by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

We even took a walk around on the walking path that circles the lake!
The walking path -Lake Geneva by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

Posted Aug 7, 2012, 12:05 pm
Hi there!
After the lake we traveled to Chicago, but there was so much traffic we couldn't even stop for the bathrooms!  When we did stop in Indiana I got this photo...

Indiana by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

At night we stayed in Toledo, Ohio.  There was a big (and loud!) lightening storm! :o

Posted Aug 7, 2012, 12:18 pm
We've been seeing some interesting things on the road lately. We stop at a lot of truck stops and there are showers and special things for the truckers.  Here I am in front of "The Trucker's Chapel" somewhere in Pennsylvania...

Trucker's Chapel in PA by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

Ok then...back to the highway!!!

Posted Aug 14, 2012, 2:24 pm
Hi again,
We stopped in Corning, New York for a stay.  It sure was pretty driving through the Adirondack Mountains.

P1050418 by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

These were some pretty flowers near our hotel....

P1050419 by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

Talk to you soon!

Posted Aug 14, 2012, 2:36 pm
P1050423 by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

Hi Again!
We stopped off outside of Boston.  The hotels there were really expensive so Carolyn settled on a Motel 6, but all they had was a smoking room.  NEVER stay in a smoking room at a hotel.  It was sooo-o gross.  Anyway here we are outside of Boston-I'm getting excited -we are almost to Maine!!! :D

Posted Aug 14, 2012, 2:41 pm
P1050426 by Toy Voyagers, on Flickr

Hi there,
We've finally made it to Maine!! What a trip.  This is a picture in front of a big moose at the rest area in Kennebunk!  I sure had a great time. Now we're relaxing in Belgrade by the lake-Talk to you soon!

On my trip across the USA I went to...
New Mexico
New York
New Hampshire

Posted Sep 23, 2012, 8:02 pm
Hello Mummy!

Today I arrived in Germany! It was a very long and shaky trip  :stare:, but finally I reached the mailboy of Takata.
He took my envelope up to the apartment and there I heard a lot of whispering voices outside.
I followed the light and saw a lot of TVs sitting around me. I wondered who this will be. Hostdad explained that this are the guests of Yosemite, his girlfriend. So we are 11 TVs in the apartment! WOW!!!!

They all welcomed me warmly and I told them something about me and my home. There are two more TVs from USA, Wavy Gravy and Cheerio from California! I think they will help me to get familiar with Germany  :D

So Mummy, be sure I am fine!

Love you, Huli

Posted Oct 16, 2012, 5:46 pm
Hello Mummy!

Today I was with hostdad in his garden. He builds a very crazy thing. Let´s see if you guess right what it is  :D
I was allowed to help. I screw the screw in  B) and then I cut a plank with a saw. You see me sitting on the result of our work  :cyclops:
After we finished (the work) hostdad showed me his garden. He has got several trees, most of them sequoias. But they are very small, because they are very young. But he is sure that they will be giants once  :rolleyes:

Love you, Mummy!

Huli Hutu

Posted Oct 16, 2012, 5:53 pm
Hi Mummy!

Today I accompanied hostdad to his work. He works at a factory which produces plastic materials. He explained that it is very important to wear a working dress. So I did!
I helped him to adjust the blades so that he can sharpen it. Wooooooooooo, very sharp!!! :o
After this work we needed some coffee! Then I helped him in the office, sent a fax and checked the balance sheet  :rolleyes: No, just kidding :D

What a interesting and important job hostdad has!

Posted Oct 28, 2012, 5:19 pm
Hello Mummy!

Today we made a trip with Baerle´s bike! I took the little Fipsy in the basket in the front.
It was a wonderful autumn day and Baerle and me played hide-and-seek. I was the winner because of my protective mimicry  :D
Hostdad invited us for a ice! I chose a pinapple cup because I need some vitamines for the winter  :p

Yours, Huli Hutu

Posted Nov 28, 2012, 6:48 pm
Dear Mummy!
Today me and Jethro helped hostdad to plant some trees. He seeded little sequoia seeds in spring and now it was time to plant each of them into a pot.
I transported the pots to the table. I wondered why they are sooooooooooo heavy! But then I saw that the smart elephant Jethro sat on top  :rolleyes:
I assisted hostdad in planting the little trees. Imagine, the tree I planted could get one of the largest living thing in the world! We played hide and seek, but I think this will work better, when the tree is grown-up  :)
At the end I watered the trees and wished them a good winter. They will spend the cold season in the garage.

Hostdad told us a lot about sequoias this afternoon. Very interesting!

Yours, Huli Hutu

Posted Dec 12, 2012, 4:22 pm
Hey Mummy!

There is alot of snow in Lichtenfels! So we decided to go sledging! We waited unpatiently until hostdad came home. Then we took the old sleigh and went out. I sledged together with the cute bears Bernie and Wavy Gravy. These lucky bears were afraid of the amounts of snow  ;)

We found a perfect sleigh run and went downhill  B)

Suddely the sleigh stopped and Wavy and Bernie fell of! But nothing happened, they are ok  :D

Now we dry and heat up on the heater

Yours, Huli Hutu

Posted Dec 25, 2012, 9:29 am
Dear Mummy, tonight something secret was going on in the living room. Hotdad pottered around a tree that has grown during the night.
But then hostdad explained that it is christmas and he is putting the lights on our christmas tree.
And I am allowed to help to decorate the tree. I choose wonderful blue balls and hanged them on the branches. That was a real challenge, because I was a little to heavy for the little branches  :rolleyes:
As I climbed through the tree I met a funny frog with pink pants  B)

Mummy, what do you think about our tree, isn´t it pretty?

I wish you a happy christmas!

Your Huli Hutu

Posted Jan 1, 2013, 10:26 am
Happy new year, dear Mummy!

We celebrated the New years eve in the garden. Hostdad made a big campfire and hang a pot over it. There he roasted meat and vegetables for a goulash. The whole stuff had to cook 3 hours! During this time we sat together at the fire and talked about the last year and what the new will bring.

Yours, Huli Hutu

Posted Feb 10, 2013, 6:29 pm
Hi Mummy!

Today we were in Kulmbach at the Plassenburg and there we watched the museum of tin figurines.
I was very happy to see a canon, but hostdad said sorry, this is a telescope  :)

We crossed a wonderful yard before we reached the museum. In the museum we saw a model of the whole castle. WOWWW, what a big building!  B)

But finally we reached the muesum and I found a figurine of OUR George Washington!!! Also a wonderful scenery of the christmas market in Nuremberg and a wildlife scenery with wild animals in the Serengeti.

Everything made out of tin!  :o

I asked if the staff if it was possible to make a Huli Hutu figurine out of tin, but the lady said no  :p

Yours, Huli Hutu

Posted Mar 14, 2013, 9:18 am
Dear Mummy!

We accompany hostmum on her regimen in Bad Berleburg. I was allowed to take part in a creative therapy lesson. Hostmum created a sculpture out of clay. I assistend her in creating the back of the earthern lady  ;)

Later on Jethro and me made a walk. There was new snow and so we had a lot of fun  B)

Jethro and me played hide and seek. At first I had to hide. I choose a hiding-place behind a fence.  :D Jethro passed me several times, but he didn´t find me  :D

Then we changed, I had to look for the blue elephant. I strayed but no Jethro anywhere! Later on I found him. He hided on top of a post B)

On ourway back home we passed some horses on a snowy meadow.

Winter is great, but now I want to have spring!

Love, Huli Hutu

Posted Jun 9, 2013, 7:05 pm
Dear Mummy!

We spent a wonderful holiday week in Alto Adige!
We learned a lot about the viniculture in this area and hiked along the nature trail around the "Kalterer See".

In the evening we reached the tavern Fischerkeller
and hostmum ordered some wine and a mixed plate for 2 persons or 10 plushies  :p

Many greetings,

Huli Hutu

Posted Jul 28, 2013, 5:45 pm
Hey Mummy!

A lot to tell!

We had two TV meetings here! Dr.Kröbner and orangesunshine visited us with their TVs. What a big gang  B) Do you know some of them?

Yesterday MA_17 visited us with her TVs and we had to say Goodbye to the cute Mr.Casanova.

Today we were on a historic festival. I posed in front of a helmet  B)

Yours, Huli Hutu

Posted Aug 13, 2013, 7:30 pm
Dear Mummy,

now it´s time to go! Hostdad told me that you arranged a trip to the south for me. Together with the other TVs we looked for my destination. Oh yes, it´s very far away!

I said Goodbye to my TVs friends Jethro, 3*Euro, Joesy, to the wise Wavy Gravy and Fipsy and Mr. Stanley.

Take care! Maybe we´ll meet sometimes again!

Huli Hutu (on the way to Australia)

Posted Aug 29, 2013, 12:32 pm
Hi Mum!

Well, I have arrived in Australia! Yay!  :D
I was nice and safe in my box, all the way from Germany. Thanks to Takata for being my previous host, and for the pretty postcard!


I met the other TVs here: Betty Bear, Anton and Lotta.




I'm so happy that I've fulfilled one of my life goals as well, to visit Australia! We had a cupcake to celebrate. It was so yummy!  :D


Love you Mum,
bye for now!

Posted Sep 1, 2013, 9:57 am
Hi Mum!

How are you?
Today we did something a little bit different. We voted! Well, Host Sister and Host Brother did. There is an election soon. Time to choose a new Prime Minister, or perhaps keep the old one! ;)
In Australia, voting at elections is compulsory. Everyone aged 18 years and over must vote on election day, or they have to pay a fine. It used to be that everyone had to show up on election day to a polling place to fill out their ballot. How annoying! :)


In the last few years it has been allowed to vote by postal vote. The voters go online to request a postal ballot paper, then the papers are sent out in the mail. They're filled out at home and sent back. As long as they're filled out before election day, everything is fine.

Host Sister says voting at home is more convenient, but not as fun! Normally the polling places are at a school. The people running them usually set up a barbeque to raise money for the school. After voting, you can buy a sausage in bread, and sometimes they have a cake stall as well. Host Sister and Host Brother didn't want to miss out on the fun of the barbeque! So we made sausages in bread and sweets at home. Here are the chocolate crackles and honey joys.


Who are we going to vote for??


Wow, this paper is so long! So many to choose from!


Phew! Now the papers are all filled in and put into the envelopes. We'll take them to the post box tomorrow morning.


Now it's time for another chocolate crackle!

Posted Oct 2, 2013, 10:28 am
Hi Mum!

I want to say sorry for not updating in so long, but we have been very busy because Host Sister moved house.

Where did all the furniture go??
Bye bye old house!



Hello new house!


OK, we found some of the belongings. So many boxes to unpack, wow!


Host Sister says we will go for a walk around the new neighbourhood this weekend and see what's here.
Love you!
Huli xx

Posted Nov 5, 2013, 12:40 am
Hi Mum!

Yesterday a new friend arrived in Australia.


Who can it be?


It's a cute bear called Columbus! He's travelled a long way to be here.


Hello Columbus!


To celebrate the arrival of Columbus, we did some baking. We made the Babka from Host Sister's cooking magazine.


I think the Babka and things like it are found in many cultures. It is filled with dried fruit and a rum syrup is poured over the top. Here I am mixing the flour and the eggs together.


Now the dough is all mixed together and kneaded. Next we need to wait a while so the dough can rise.


Next Host Sister rolled the dough out into a biiiig rectangle. It's so big, maybe we can play football on it!


Then we sprinkled the filling over the dough. There are dried apricots, which had been soaked in schnapps for a few hours to make them plump, and some chocolate. Unfortunately in this picture, to me it looks like tomatoes and bits of meat, perhaps chopped roast beef! Am I making a pizza??!


Host Sister then rolled the whole thing up into a big log. Smile, everyone!


We cut the log up into slices and arranged them in a greased baking tin.


After baking, it doesn't really look like the photo in the magazine, but I'm still going to taste it!


While the Babka was cooking, Host Sister made a syrup from cherry brandy and sugar. We poured it over the top of the babka buns.


It was delicious.
Bye Mum!

Posted Nov 14, 2013, 10:33 am
Hi Mum!

Today I went to work with Host Sister. Unfortunately the weather wasn't very nice, but we went to see some sights in the City at lunch time anyway. We went to see the "Top End" of the city.


Right at the top end of Collins Street is the Old Treasury Building. It was built in 1862 during the Gold Rush times. Miners were digging up so much gold, and the Government earning so much tax from them, that they needed somewhere special to keep all the gold. Of course, they didn't call it the "Old Treasury" then, just the "Treasury"! ;) After the treasury was moved to a new building, it became a museum. Part of it is also the Marriage Registry. Every day there are always lots of couples and family having their photos taken on the steps.

Host Sister says this is where she got married!


Here we're looking down Collins Street from the Top End. This is also called the "Paris End" of Collins Street, because of the leafy trees and all the international designer stores here (Armani, Gucci, etc.).


The centre of Melbourne was built on a grid one mile long and half a mile wide. It slopes from the Government buildings at the top of the hill down to Docklands on the bay. The top end of the city is considered to be the most beautiful. All the old buildings from Gold Rush times are here, most of the theatres and many parks.



Next door is the Treasury Gardens. It's a small park, but it's one of the most beautiful in Melbourne. Next to it there are more government buildings. The leader of Victoria (the Premier) has his offices in the closest one.


It's about to rain, time to go back to work!

Bye for now!
Love, Húlí hútú xx

Posted Nov 19, 2013, 9:51 am

Today was the birthday of Columbus bear, so we had a party with cake and lollies!
We had a lovely time and the cupcake was really yummy.


Happy Birthday Columbus!

Posted Nov 27, 2013, 10:32 am
Hi Mum!

Today we said goodbye to Betty Bear.  She is leaving Australia to go to Alaska in the U.S.A.
We had a lot of fun and we will miss her, but we wish her well on her journey.





Love you Mum!
xx Huli

Posted Dec 2, 2013, 9:52 am
Hi Mum!

Today we welcomed Sally Seal. She's travelled all the way from Germany.





We all gave her a big hug.






I nearly got lost in the grass! But I found this lantern in the garden to help me find my way.


We had a little party.


Talk to you again soon!
xx Húlí hútú

Posted Dec 12, 2013, 9:47 am
Hi Mum!

Today we went to Fitzroy Gardens. It's a traditional English-style park on the edge of the city. The early pioneers in Melbourne decided that the city should have lots of parks, so Fitzroy Gardens was founded in 1848. There are lots of paths for people to walk on, and interesting things to look at throughout the park.





Look, off in the distance! A wedding!


This is the Model Tudor Village. It's got Shakespeare's House and lots of other buildings. We weren't allowed into the village, but just looked from the edge.


I'm hiding in the ivy! Can you see me?


I hope you're well, I miss you!
xx Húlí hútú


Posted Dec 26, 2013, 10:25 pm
Hi Mum!

It's the night before Christmas and we're having a Christmas Eve dinner. But first we're going to open some of the presents!


For dinner we had roasted vegetables and meats, it was yummy.


Then for dessert we had trifle, a Yule log lamington, and some apricots from Host Sister's tree.


Merry Christmas!

Love from Húlí hútú

Posted Feb 18, 2014, 8:37 am

Today we welcomed a new toy, Alien Princes. She travelled all the way from the U.S.A.
It was a very long trip, but now she's here safe and sound.




We all gave her a big hug and welcomed her to Australia.
Today we are at work with Host Sister. We also went for a walk in the city. I'll show you photos soon.


Love you! xx

Húlí hútú

Posted Feb 23, 2014, 9:52 am
Hi Mum!

Today we went for a walk by the Yarra River. It's been very hot recently, but today was a little cooler so we went out at lunch time. Along this part of the river is the Melbourne Aquarium and Flinders Street Station.



On the far side is Southbank, where a lot of new skyscrapers are being built. There's Eureka Tower, the largest building in Melbourne. A bigger tower has just been approved for building though, so it won't be the tallest for long!





The air was very hazy today, why was that? We checked the new bushfire information website to find out if there are any fires in the state of Victoria at the moment. There are some, but they're far north of here. Host Sister says that no-one was hurt, so that's lucky.


This is the view from the building where Host Sister works. The building on the right is going to be demolished soon. The brown one in the centre is a heritage building that used to be a brewery.


See you again soon!
Húlí hútú

Posted Feb 26, 2014, 8:34 am
Hi Mum!

Today we said goodbye to Sally Seal. She is travelling to a new host in California.
We all gave her a big hug before she climbed into her bag.
Bye Sally!




Húlí hútú

Posted Mar 4, 2014, 8:04 am
Hi Mum!

Today we welcomed Bernie Bear, who has travelled all the way from China to visit.





To celebrate, we baked some vegemite and cheese scrolls!
Here is the dough in the breadmaker.


We tipped the dough out of the tin and pressed it flat.


Then we made it into a rectangle shape and spread Vegemite and cheese all over it.
The Vegemite smelled disgusting, but Host Sister says it's delicious. I don't know about that!


Then we rolled the dough up, cut it into scrolls and put them in the baking tin.


Here they are cooked. Wow, they grew so much bigger!


We all enjoyed the bread straight out of the oven with some butter on it. Yum!



Talk to you soon!
Húlí hútú

Posted Mar 10, 2014, 9:48 am
Hi Mum!

Today we said goodbye to Lotta. She is travelling to Canada.
She had a lovely time here and we wish her well.



Talk to you soon,