My Australia Day

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I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

(from My Country by Dorothea Mackellar)

January 26 (tomorrow here,now in Oz) is Australia Day.

I may be expected to become a little maudlin, and, perhaps,  a little sentimental (just for the day, mind you.) for my native country.

I am more than happy with my choice to live in Utah. From these snowy heights, I can recall Australia Day celebrations for 60 years of my life. Now in Australian it is blazing summer - a time for beaches, parties and International Cricket matches. This year a major portion of the eastern part of Australia is getting over disastrous flooding. The will of the people and traditional mateship, as ever, will pull them through.

My wife is a little amused that I have an Australia flag ready for our front yard for my own celebration tomorrow. Have a coldie with me.



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Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Larry ~  Raising a cup to you and to Australia!!!  It's so important be proud of our heritage; congratulations.

Jan 25, 2011 01:10 PM #1
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Larry, I will have a coldie with you, in spirit perhaps, but still will be thinking of you, and all your fellow Australians on Australia Day! Hoist that flag and wave it proudly!

Jan 25, 2011 02:11 PM #2
Navona Hart
Real Living Cornerstone - Farmville, VA
Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia

i hope your celebrations were fantastic.  We all need a reason to celebrate and when done because we love something it makes it even better. 

Jan 26, 2011 11:02 PM #3
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Thanks for your thoughts for my celebrations. Aussie kids get to go back to school after their long summer break, and commerce there is in the second half of the Financial Year (July - June). With Christie I shall be looking to inserting my input into our July 4 celebrations here as well. Great reason for a party, mate. Lifts the spirit.

Jan 27, 2011 12:16 AM #4
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Larry, did you have a nice celebration?       It is so sad to watch the flooding, and the disaster those families are experiencing!     Thank you for the card --- I went to the office yesterday!    What a surprise!

Jan 27, 2011 12:41 AM #5
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