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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Australia Day


Today is a national holiday - a patriotic holiday and a day when family and friends get together to celebrate all that is great about Australia - Australia Day....

There will be many a barbecue fired up (ours will be on later) and quite a lot of lamb will be eaten (sort of a tradition I gather to have lamb on Australia Day) although I am sure a fair amount of "Shrimps will be thrown on the Barbee" too!

So I got to thinking about this fair land which I love and is my adopted home and in particular about the beautiful city of Melbourne (see photo above) .....

These are things that I love about living in Melbourne, though in no specific order:
  • The architecture (the great variety - from the wonderful majestic, modern skyscrapers to the period weather boarded homes).
  • The green spaces within the city - the parks and in particular the Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • The laneways and arcades.
  • The cafes (and especially the lovely breakfasts available).
  • The people - Meburnians are wonderful almost without exception - friendly, open and welcoming and almost all with a 'can do' attitude, as are I hasten to add most Australians I have met.
  • The art galleries and theatres, especially the open air concerts.
  • The beaches and coast line in general including the docklands area.
  • The coffee (consistently good). Melbourne has a great coffee heritage.
  • The markets - from fresh food to 'flea' and vintage.
  • The trams (and the transport system in general in the city).
  • The River Yarra
  • The sport on offer - both to go and watch and to join in with too if you feel so inclined.
  • The fact that there are distinct seasons in Melbourne - in fact, a common saying is that you can get all 4 in one day... Or "If you don't like the weather, wait a couple of hours"..... At least in winter it's cold enough to wear tights here!
  • The food - again, almost always of a good standard and what variety too!


A very Happy Australia Day to all my fellow country dwellers... and a "G'day" to you all wherever you call 'home'.

10 comments:

  1. That's a lovely post. I hope you have a wonderful Australia Day!

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  2. After the terrible flooding... I hope that Australia Day can be celebrated and enjoyed...throw a few shrimps on the Barbie for me too :)

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  3. Hope you've had a great Australia Day :)

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  4. Having just spent far too much time looking at A-M's pictures of the flooding last night, I agree. Australia needs a day of celebration and healing.

    Hope your day was fun and delicious.

    xo Jane

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  5. hi sarah,

    thanks for saying all the great things you love about your adopted home. you are v sweet.

    xo
    janet

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  6. Oh... All the things you have listed are the things I miss terribly about my home town... I do love Sydney but I miss Melbourne. I really do enjoy my visits back home but they are never long enough!

    I'm glad you had a wonderful Straya Day! It's definitely un-Australian not to eat lamb on our national holiday!

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  7. I've enjoyed all your Melbourne pics, especially the neighbourhood architecture and the foodie ones! Hope you had a lovely day.

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  8. I hope you had a great day celebrating, Sarah! It's fun to read your blog posts full of enthusiasm about where you live. I would have so loved to go, I believe you would have the best tour guide ever! Circumstances beyond my control (maybe sick again, having a check up soon) have made me decide I'll have to put off a trip for now.

    But it would be great fun to meet up. I take it you go to your English cottage in the summer? I love England, too. Maybe, if the timing's right, I could book a weekend trip to the UK and find a hotel nearby your cottage - and we could meet up that way. And I'll just take a little rain check on Australia in the meantime.

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  9. Hi again, and thanks for the lovely response on my blog. I just reread this comment and noticed I'd left out a word. Obvioulsy, it should read: I believe you would be the best tourguide ever (and that I would have one).

    Have a great day. :)

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