Today is Australia Day. If you are interested in the history of the day you can read about it here.
Although it is not my place of birth I do feel like I am an Australian.
So, in honour of the day here are my
Top Ten Favourite Things About Australia –
1.The big skies
There is a sense of vastness about an Australian sky where no matter how far you crane your neck you cannot see the beginning or end of it. It is a shining blue and white sky. It is a sky full of dreams.
2. The native birds. The gentle carolling of the magpies and the joyful fluting of the currawongs were the first birdsongs I heard upon arriving in this great southern land. To me their song sings of Australia. You can listen to them here.
3. The oft-used phrase
which replaced the more traditional
She’ll be right, mate
sums up the Aussie philosophy for me.
4. The wattle. Makes me sneeze in spring but it is a glorious sight. When it blooms the garden is suddenly dripping with gold.
8. Rugby Union and Rugby League. Proper footy. None of this soccer rubbish with all those metrosexuals running about on the pitch.
9. Freddo frogs
10. The bush
The crunch of gum leaves underfoot. The slight hint of eucalyptus crisping the air. The hint of spirits hiding in the shadows. The glimpse of little bushland creatures scurrying to safety. The deeper you go, the more you understand the bush, and the more you believe in its power.
HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY TO ONE AND ALL!!!!