Shout-out Saturday is back in 2021

A big welcome back to Shout-out Saturday

Happy Saturday to to you wherever you are in the world.

It’s time to share some favourites.

I started #Shoutoutsaturday last year as an attempt to share some good vibes, have some fun and to allow you to share what you’ve found interesting during the week.

I decided to continue on with it this year and hopefully spread some joy.

But first what’s the meaning of giving a shout-out?

A shout-out is a short public acknowledgement of someone or something, especially by name. It’s usually to recognise someone in appreciation of them or something they did.

What’s Shout-out Saturday all about?

Shout Out Saturday is where I invite you to join me by leaving a link or a comment, to something that has had an impact on you recently:

You can leave a link to a post on your own blog, or maybe something you’ve read on someone else’s blog, or tell us about your favourite blogger, or simply share some good news, or even just drop in to say hello….


  • no strings attached
  • simply leave a comment below
  • check out any other links if you want to
  • use the hashtag #ShoutoutSaturday on social media
  • no need to get caught up in too much compulsory sharing
  • keep it family friendly
  • Saturday can cover any day of the week

For the first shout-out of the year I offer you these tasty morsels:

  • The lamb advert. Every year (or so it seems), for Australia Day, the Meat & Livestock Australia release an advertisement for lamb, and I for one have always found them entertaining to say the least. This year is no exception, but once again it has upset a few people. I’ll let you be the judge.

Some background information that might help explain the ad:

A new spot from Australian Lamb imagines a future where social distancing has been cemented in society – literally – by erecting walls across state lines.

Opening with panoramas of an Australia bisected by vast barriers that recall the Berlin Wall, the spot is set in the year 2031. With its states separated, the ad predicts discord between those on either side.

Hope comes in the form of a nice roast lamb, however, as lonely citizens reconnect over barbecue passed through a crack in the wall. Inspired by the taste, the spot shows Australians uniting to tear down the walls with tanks, battering rams and pickaxes.

“2020 has been a year that has really tested the Australian spirit. For the first time in our history having hard borders between states has challenged how to stay connected as individuals and as a country,” says Graeme Yardy, the domestic market manager at MLA.

  • Boundless Playground in Canberra

I went to this playground for the first time this week with my (very) pregnant daughter and 2yr old granddaughter. It wasn’t their first time!

It was a joy to see all the activities available and to play with the equipment which was well thought out, interesting, challenging and fun. There were lots of other families enjoying playground, and considering it was only just 9am when we got there, it’s obviously a popular hangout!

Boundless—The Centenary of Canberra National Playground is Canberra’s first all abilities playground, located on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin at Kings Park.

The Boundless Playground caters to different levels of ability. It is a place where children, young people and their families can play, socialise, explore, challenge physical limits and make new friends. Boundless is a free, state-of-the-art play space that is fun and inclusive of all children of all ages and abilities.

  • Promoting staying active

A few of my favourite bloggers have written about innovative ways of staying active when we can’t do the type of travel we’ve been used to doing in the past. It seems virtual travel combined with exercise are becoming the new norm!

These are just two posts which are well worth reading:

Erica/Erika at Behind the Scenes photography – The Honeymoon Period

Sue at Women Living Well After 50 – Move it or lose it

And to finish off here’s a photo of my sunflower, grown from seed as part of my MOJO challenge last year. I love sunflowers, do you?

Some sunflower love just for you

So there you have it – my week 1 of #shoutoutSaturday for 2021!

Are you keen to share something or leave a shout out to someone? I hope so – all you have to do is leave a comment or a link!

Has someone done something nice for you? Have you witnessed (or given) a random act of kindness? Have you read something interesting or watched a good movie lately? Please share.

Anything really – it’s up to you!

As always, feel free to share and get the word out there #ShoutoutSaturday

Thanks again for all your support, it’s much appreciated. Wishing you a great week ahead!

Deb 🙂

All my Shout Out Saturday posts to date, can be found here

Also linking up with Becky’s Squares – life is full of ups and downs – and joining Natalie for her Coffee Share weekend share for the first time.

You can also find Deb’s World in lots of other places – stay in touch by clicking any of the buttons below.

Debbie - mother of a 40 year old

Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here

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31 Replies to “Shout-out Saturday is back in 2021”

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer. Opening up conversations that maybe we all want to have bit aren’t quite sure how to do it is an advantage of being, for me, an older, educator and blogger…I will be sharing more over time and your words and 100% support helps me greatly.
      Shout out to Deb for this page!!


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    2. Thanks for noticing my new graphic Jennifer. I’m trying to update most of my images for the year ahead and I’m so happy you noticed my efforts! I read Denyse’s post and agree wholeheartedly with you, she’s onto a winner there! Thanks for joining in for week 1 of #shoutoutsaturday for 2021.


  1. That playground makes me smile. All children should be able to enjoy a playground experience. We visited my daughter in New Mexico when she lived there and they took us a delightful all abilities playground. In addition to all of the equipment, there were creative ‘musical instruments’ that children could play with. There should be similar playgrounds in all cities!!

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    1. Yes I agreeLeslie, all children deserve such a wonderful experience. This one also had musical bells, and pipes and a xylophone to play which was music to my ears! Granny’s were able to do all the activities too, thank goodness.


  2. Hi Deb – that lamb ad was all over my FB feed this last week – as it is around this time every year! Very clever ads. Loved the playground – we have one that the grandgirls love because it’s full of natural climbing activities etc – so much nicer than all the modern “safe” stuff you see everywhere else.

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    1. Hi Leanne, thanks for stopping by, The lamb ad has been getting some airing lately and I actually thought it quite clever. I’m more into noticing playgrounds these days and am thrilled with the amount of variety there is and not so safe all the time – that’s just boring!


  3. Hi Deb, great to see Shout-out Saturday back and thank you for the Shout-out! I spent some time with my grandsons this week which is always fun. I like the idea of a playground for all levels of experience. I’m a beginner and prefer the swings LOL:) I’m also a fan of sunflowers because you can’t help smiling when you see them. Have a great weekend. xx

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  4. Absolutely love that lamb advert! It’s my favourite meat, and it would certainly have made me want to tear down that wall too!
    Playgrounds have certainly changed a lot since we were kids haven’t they? So much fun to be had there for all age groups. (Even grannies 😉 )

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    1. Hi Deb, the ad is so good isn’t it? We have to be able to laugh at ourselves especially now! Yes we had very different playgrounds and somewhat more dangerous!! Thanks for stopping by!


  5. Hi Deb, I’ve been looking forward to the return of Shoutout Saturday! My shoutout is for my husband who turned 53 today. Phil has been my rock , especially in the last year. I couldn’t have got through it without him. He’s the kindest, most caring man.

    I love that ad. The borders between states has been one of the hardest aspects of the pandemic for me. I wish that we’d stayed as one country rather than cut off from each other.

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    1. Hi Christina, I’m so happy that you’ve been looking forward to the return of my shout-out series, how kind of you to say! Happy birthday to your rock Phil, you must be so grateful to have him at your side throughout your ordeals lately. Yes the ad is superb as it picks up the state border issues perfectly doesn’t it? Hoping we can get up north next month for my grandson’s first birthday. Thanks again for your support.


  6. Hi Deb, my shout out is to Natalie, her blog Natalie the Explorer Her beautiful, positive blog is always a highlight in my week. She is organizing the #weekendcoffeeshare.

    Her generous, inclusive spirit makes everyone feel welcome.

    This lamb advert. Is new to me. Funny! I can feel the love in your photos with Miss E. Always the best!❤️

    Speaking about kind, inclusive and feeling welcome, thank you, Deb. for the shout out! Makes my heart feel good and adds a bounce to my step.xx❤️

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    1. Thanks so much Erica, I have just been and joined in with Natalie for her weekend coffee share. I’ve been following Natalie for ages now and love her positivity and I’ve been meaning to link up so thanks for the reminder! Glad you enjoyed the lamb ad and you are very worthy of a shout-out every Saturday!!

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      1. Thank you, Debbie, for joining Weekend Coffee Share blog link up. I hope you enjoy it and spread the word to other blogger friends. Everyone is welcome to join in any and every week. I started hosting the first party on January 8 and it went global with 25 bloggers from 5 continents. Thank you also for sharing the Shout out. We need all the good news we can get these days 🙂

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  7. Just saw that lamb ad yesterday – brilliant! Also, I’ll have to check out that park. I can’t picture where it is so I’ll have to look it up. Always on the lookout for new parks and kiddie excursions.

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    1. Thanks so much! I usually do a post each Saturday unless there’s something exciting happening, like this week & I can’t manage it! Keep an eye on out for future posts. 😊


  8. I agree with you about the lamb ad. Every year these ads are special and have something to say about out Australian way of life. But this year they have gone to a new level and hopefully our borders will be back to normal well before 2031.

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