Friday, January 30, 2009


I, Bertie L. Spurtle
Am planning to hurtle
Awa round this wauld in guid time.

I've Sally'd forth
To Jilly up north
Och weel, "south" does nae rhyme.

We went Twenty/Twenty
Fans there a plenty
Though not all the cheers were for me.

Nou it's off tae Canberra

To be continued

Written by my Dad, Michael Fitz. Thank you for joining in the fun.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Berties Day at at the Cricket!

Well, he had a great time at the cricket and New South Wales won the finals of the Twenty20!!

Here he is outside the Olympic Stadium before it all began.

Inside, with the big screen before it all began. Tension is building!

Fireworks just before NSW come out to bat.

They have to get 167 off 20 overs to win. One ball to go and they still need one run. They hit and run but it has to go to the 3rd umpire to see whether the batsman was run out...nailbiting or what??

Anyway, a win to NSW with a crowd of 17000, 16996 of whom thought we were barking!!

Onto Canberra on Tuesday and the next leg of the adventure!

Safely at Hornsby

Whoohoo! He's just arrived for his sojourn in Hornsby!! Just pouring him a drink!

Fantastic Jilly. Give him some air quickly. All wrapped up like that overnight!

And so the Adventure starts!

Here he is sunning himself near the pool (in the middle) and yes he does have sun block on.

Here he is looking at the map of the Central Coast. Gorokan is at the top right between Kanwal and Toukley. Hornsby is down the bottom in the middle.

We shall go to the post office tomorrow and post to Jilly in Hornsby.
Note to self.... Must leave enough air in parcel so he can breathe.

How the Adventures Began.........

For this SPURTLE, it began by me getting him from the Central Coast Wood Turners Association. A group of men that turn wonderful pieces of wood into delightful objects and then sell them. I have got many over the years from *Jim* who really takes pride in his work, and would be very surprised to know that this one is about to travel the world.

This is the little note that is attached with tartan ribbon, when you acquire one of Jim's SPURTLES.

Now, thanks to WIKIPEDIA, the free encyclopedia, here is a little bit of history on THE SPURTLE.

The spurtle (or "spirtle") is a Scots kitchen tool, dating from at least the fifteenth century. It was originally a flat, wooden, spatula-like utensil, used for flipping oatcakes on a hot griddle. This terminology is now confined to Angus and Perthshire.
Over time, the original implement changed shape and began being used specifically for stirring
oatmeal and soups. The rod-like shape is designed for constant stirring which prevents the porridge from congealing and so becoming lumpy and unappetising.[1] It looks like a fat wooden dowel, often with a contoured end to give the user a better grip. It is in common use throughout Scotland, although it is rarer in Angus and Fife where the term theevil is used.
The word may derive from the Latin
There is a World
Porridge Cooking Contest known as "The Golden Spurtle".

Yeah, but how come this one is going around the world? Did I hear you ask?
Well, over on the foodie forum I belong to, one of the members suggested that we pick an item and post it to other members and then photograph the item in it's *holiday place*.
So, wanting to spread the word on SPURTLES, Mr. Bertie L. Spurtle was born.
There is also a set of plastic measuring spoons and a mini whisk about to start their travels around the world in the same way.
Good luck BERTIE and have a wonderful time.
I will endeavour to keep you up to date on his travels.