Wellies

Here in Australia we have gum boots. When we were living in England we found ‘Wellies’. They’re still gum boots, but.

Posh people wore green wellies. The posher types had green wellies with fancy fabric lining and corduroy tops to grip their trousers. Some even had buckles to tighten the top around the leg. What a wonderful country to think of all this just to raise the standard of the gum boot.

We were so taken with green wellies that we brought these home with us.

Wellies

We wondered about the name for a while. Why ‘Wellies’? What’s wrong with ‘gum boots’ for a name? It didn’t take long to recognise a bit of a pattern of English life. We realised that the English are always naming things after other things.

We first saw this in relation to cheese. See how far from wellies we’ve come already? The thing about cheese is that we thought it was only Wallace and Grommit who loved cheese. But the whole country is mad about the stuff. They are so mad about it that they even name their towns after it. Good on ’em, I reckon.

Here in Oz we name towns to reflect Australian life, such as my old home town Kickatinalong. Hundred miles further west there was Wheelabarraback.

New Zealand named their capital city after these green boots because the place is so wet most of the year. Can’t hold that against them. They say NZers are more British than the Poms so it’s a very natural process.

Billy Connolly wrote a song called ‘The Welly Boot Song’. Then along came John Clark and re-wrote Connolly’s song and now it’s a gum boot song. This is one area of life where everyone wants to change the name of the simple boot.

Way back in England’s almost forgotten history there was this bloke named Arthur Wellesley. Arthur was very taken with his wellies, even to the extent that he did a minor name change on himself and was known as Wellington forever after. Not many people know this.

Anyway, back to our precious little souvenir wellies. It’s been a few years since we lived in England and we have given in to the inevitable – we are using them as soap. Bit of a silly time to do it, really. Well, there’s this drought on and water is a bit scarce, so it’s not as if we’re going to be using too much soap for a while. Our wellies are safe for a while yet.

But enough about life in England.

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