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Podcast Number 4 – A Barbeque in Melbourne – Let’s Do It.
In my last podcast, I talked about preparing to go on a summer barbeque in Melbourne. In this podcast, I would like to talk to you about one of the many parks and gardens around Melbourne where you can take your family for a barbeque.
Melbourne suburbs have many beautiful parks and gardens, with many walking and cycling tracks for the people to use and enjoy. Actually, Melbourne has been called ‘the Garden City’, as all suburbs have such parks and gardens. These are filled with native and exotic trees and plants, as well as wide grassed areas where you can have a fun game of football or cricket. And crossing all the parks are long walking and cycling tracks.
At several places in the park there are wooden benches and seats, often under a large covered pergola or shelter. Other park features include Adventure Playgrounds for the children, nearby seats where the adults can sit and watch their children play, toilets and plenty of off street parking for your car. At several places throughout the park there are also public barbeques.
Let me tell you about such a park near my home in Melbourne. I have been there many times for a family barbeque, especially when our two boys were younger. It is the Ruffey Lake Park in Doncaster. It is 68 hectares in area and has 7.8 kilometres of walking paths. Ruffey Lake Park has a small lake (Ruffey Lake), but the best things about this park are the beautiful gardens, the large grassed areas, shady trees, children’s adventure playgrounds, walking paths and many barbeque areas. Even on a hot day, you can always find a shady spot to eat your meal and enjoy the great Australian outdoors.
The family arrives by car. As soon as the car stops in the car park, the children are out and running excitedly for the playground. The parents bring the Esky full of food and drinks, the picnic rug and any sports equipment they may have bought. They find a spot near the playground, either a nice piece of shaded grass, or perhaps there is a bench and table available under the shelter. They set up their picnic. Next one of them takes the meat and goes to the nearest barbeque. At Ruffey Lake Park the barbeques are electric. Underneath each barbeque plate is a button. By pushing this button for about 10 seconds, the barbeque will turn on. A light next to the button tells you the barbeque is turned on. It’s free and it stays on for around 15 minutes.
Once hot, scrape the hot plate clean with your barbeque spatula and lay on your meat for cooking. Umm… There is nothing better than the smell and sound of sausages or steak cooking on an outdoor barbeque. When cooked, call the children in and pile up your plate with salads, a bread roll and some cooked meat. And don’t forget the tomato sauce!
Now enjoy the meal and the day. Another summer’s day in Australia – magic!
If you have a question or a comment to make, please leave it by clicking the comments link at the top of this story. Goodbye until next time.
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Question 1 of 10
True or False? – Melbourne has been called the Garden City because it has many parks and gardens.Correct
Question 2 of 10
True or False? – In the parks there are often playgrounds, where the children can sit and watch their parents play.Correct
Question 3 of 10
True or False? – Ruffey Lake Park has many walking paths and one barbeque area.Correct
Question 4 of 10
True or False? – At Ruffey Lake Park the barbeques are electric.Correct
Question 5 of 10
True or False? – To turn the barbeque on, you must press a button for 15 minutes.Correct
Question 6 of 10
True or False? – Rob says there is nothing better than the smell of meat cooking on an outdoor barbeque.Correct
Question 7 of 10
True or False? – Melbourne’s gardens are filled only with native trees.Correct
Question 8 of 10
True or False? – You are not allowed to ride a bicycle in Melbourne parks.Correct
Question 9 of 10
True or False? – On a hot day, you can find a shady spot at Ruffey Lake Park.Correct
Question 10 of 10
True or False? – The barbeques at Ruffey Lake Park are free to use.Correct
actually = when you say something that you think is important
adventure playgrounds = places where children can play. They have ropes, ladders and things to climb on.
available = when something is ready to be used
button = a small round dial that you can push. Normally, it turns things on
cycling tracks = a path or track where bicycle riders can go without any cars.
electric = uses electricity
especially = more frequently
excitedly = to do something in a happy way
exotic = plants which come from other countries to Australia
grassed = an area which has grass
hectares = a way to measure area. 1 Hectare is 10,000 square metres
magic = when something is very pleasing
native = plants which are found in Australia
parking = a place where you can put your car
pergola = a wooden shelter, but with no sides and sometime no roof
pile up = to put one thing on top of another
plenty = lots of
scrape = to pull a sharp blade across something. This removes the dirt.
several = more than one
shady = where there is lots of shade, for example, under a tree
spatula = a flat utensil used to lift up food, or also used to scrape the hot plate of a barbeque.
sports equipment = the things you need to play sport. For example, a tennis racket
suburbs = a part of the city where people live
underneath = when something is under something else
wooden benches = long seats made from wood. These are found in parks.
younger = when you are a child, or when you were not old