Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Adam's Didgeradoo came today. He just told me in his last letter that he was mailing it and it would take a month or two. Turns out it was less than a week. Anyway, I unwrapped it and it's a long wooden "thing." Here's what the dictionary says it is:

"Musical lip-reed wind instrument, made from a hollow eucalyptus branch 1.5 m/4 ft long and blown to produce rhythmic, booming notes of relatively constant pitch. It was first developed and played by Australian Aborigines."

It's about 4 feet in length and has pretty paintings on it. I can't get it to make music though. Can't figure out how it works. For now, it's a conversation piece. And I suspect it's the "must buy" souvineer for missionaries serving in Australia -- especially in the outback.


westoverwhatnots said...

He says it's pronounced "did-ger-e-doo".???

hales said...

Well, we haven't heard him SAY it, but he writes it like he would say: dig-ur-ee-do.

Hodgkinson said...

I stumbled upon this quite by accident, but I was so happy that I did. My son, Elder Justin Hodgkinson, is currently serving in the Australia Brisbane mission!

hales said...

To the Hodgkinson family: Welcome!!