Happy Australia Day

summer days

To my Aussie family and blogging mates, fire up the barbie, crack open a slab, turn up the Triple J top 100 and have a bonza day!

No matter how far or wide I roam, I still call Australia home…

I wish!


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I live in the UK, but when I was younger I spent several years travelling the world followed by a period living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

56 thoughts on “Happy Australia Day”

    1. Have a glass of Sav Blanc on my behalf M-R. It’s a bit too chilly for the cold white stuff here! (Or should I say it IS cold enough for the white stuff here). And besides I am having a dry January. Roll on next Sunday!!

        1. Of course I knew you’d say that, but then the Kiwis told me that you Aussies are always stealing their creations 😉
          “The nationality of its creator has been a source of argument between the two nations for many years, but formal research indicates New Zealand as the source.” Wikipedia

  1. Cool morning here today in Melbourne – roast lamb in the oven today I think! Not that cold really – hopefully going to reach 21c. Just a little respite from the 30+s we’ve had recently

    1. That sounds about the temperature I would like. Good for the tennis 🙂
      And what’s all this with the lamb? Is that a traditional dish on this holiday? I imagined you all to be throwing the prawns and the snags on the barbie 😛

      1. Prawns on the barbie?! I think that was an advertiser’s dream.
        I don’t know anyone who puts them on the barbie – snags and lamb chops yes, hamburgers yes, fish even but prawns no.
        Lamb was grown here right from the word go – lots of fortunes made off the sheep’s back in the last century.

  2. Nice to have an Aussie connection for you today Jude.
    I was hoping for a photo of a Wombat though, as I think that they are even cuter than Koalas. Trying to ignore that lovely weather…
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. I only wish I was an Aussie Tina, or at least in Australia today! But I’m sure everyone there is having fun 🙂 And yes, I agree, koalas are very cute, even if this little chap couldn’t be bothered to open his eyes as he had a little scratch. They are such funny creatures.

  3. I looked exactly like that koala this morning when I heard the news that our Prime Minister had awarded a Knighthood to Prince Philip. I don’t think we’re supposed to celebrate being Australian on our national day by feeling embarrassed to be one.

        1. Haha! Actually I was thinking of “sick as a parrot” but I guess a Galah would do. Except that is one bird I DIDN’T get a photo of! Pfuh!

  4. Nice koala shot! After a string of fabulous hot sunny summer days, Australia Day in Sydney is cool and overcast, with rain forecast.
    Thanks for your good wishes on the day, even though I’m a vegetarian (no barbie), a wine drinker (no slab) and a listener of ABC Classic FM (Triple J, shudder!!!!). But I shall mark the day in my own way! 🙂

    1. Oh, that’s a shame (hee hee) about the rain 😛
      As you could probably guess I did write this post with my tongue firmly in my cheek. And I’m not jealous at all.

  5. If I were there I would in fact be mourning invasion day, and all the tragedies visited on the original inhabitants from then on and still. Sorry to be bleak, but I think bleakness is justified.

    1. I agree that there were many things in the past that should not have happened, but at some point we have to move on. We cannot rewrite history and surely it is a good thing to celebrate being what an Australian is today?

      I hadn’t realised that the date was indeed questionable, but so many of today’s Australians are what they are because of those first ‘invaders’. Or settlers, or pioneers. How we go about things today however is another matter and it is tragic that we don’t seem to have learned from previous mistakes.

      1. I am indeed privileged to live in Australia, but also shamed by the behavior of the current government on many fronts. And a lot of the settlers and pioneers were in fact murderers. “We” might be able to move on, but it’s not so easy for the dispossessed, many of whom I see in Bodalla. So I take a jaundiced view of Australia Day! Sorry.

  6. Love the sleepy koala Jude. The day has been HOT but fun shared with good friends, Aussie flag flapping on the veranda, burgers on the barbie, washed down with a Semillon sauvignon blanc followed by the NZ created pavlova. Watched the neighbours playing cricket in the street one way and over the back fence a big pool party going on.

    1. Koalas are ALWAYS sleepy! But cute. Haha, so the Kiwi pavlova is a traditional dish on this day too is it? Sounds like a good day all round there PP.

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