Well, it's the 26th of January and here in The Land Down Under that means it's Australia Day and we get to go a little bit nationalistic and wave the Australian flag and set off lots of firework displays all over the country. I thought I'd start my post with this lovely picture of Busselton, which is a short drive from our home and a popular spot with tourists visiting the south west of Western Australia......and yes, our beaches are beautiful!
I think world events have led to us being more appreciative of the lifestyle and freedom we have taken so much for granted in Australia. Now days we see so much on the news about atrocities and terrorism and we are grateful for this wonderful country that we call home. The fact that we are so far away from the rest of the world used to be a problem, now most of us see it as a blessing!
So, as we take the day off to enjoy the sunshine and a barbeque and maybe even some fireworks, I'd like to wish the rest of the world "Happy Australia Day" from the Great Southern Land. I was going to put up a music clip of the Australian National Anthem because it would be the patriotic thing to do, but I thought it would be more appropriate to choose something a little more upbeat and fun.
So here is the song by Ganggajang called "Sounds of Then (This is Australia)" and it has an accompanying slideshow of some iconic Aussie images to make everyone feel like they are down under in the Summer sunshine "slipping an extra shrimp on the barbie" as Paul Hogan once said.
And if you don't know who Paul Hogan is, or what a shrimp on the barbie is, then you can watch this (you're welcome!):