I’m from Wales – our summer holidays at the beach were eagerly anticipated every year. Even when it rained (which I’m pretty sure it didn’t, one year).
(Now here I am an Aussie citizen, soaked - no, I don’t mean imbibed - in sunshine for most of the year.)
We played on the beach anyway – the rain helped cement some wonderful sandcastles. We didn’t mind pulling on socks and Wellington boots over our soggy, sandy bare feet when we got back to our caravan either. There’s always something fun to do in the rain if you’re a kid.
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My first Australia Day was 1996. My best Australia Day was 1999 which was the Australia Day I actually made it to the Perth foreshore and spent the day sitting on a grassy bank with my toddler waiting for the evening Sky Show firework display.
Mind you, queuing for the makeshift row of thirty-five toilets wasn’t pleasant after six hours of fun with thousands of other people – but the fireworks were spectacular – as was the Aussie spirit of the day.
These last years, me and mine have spent Australia Day at home. 26 January in Perth, Western Australia (where I have lived for 18 years) is usually between 32C and 38C – so there’s no need for wellies – it’s flip-flops and sunscreen all day.
And barbeques – what is Australia Day without a BBQ breakfast, lunch and dinner? (If you don’t know, you haven’t lived, mate.)
And swimming, sailing or paddling. (Aussies were born in the water.)
And maybe the odd tipple or two of something cold and bubbly (hint: not lemonade).
Here are a few things I’ve heard some younger visitors to Australia ask or say when they’re with us for Australia Day:
“Blimey, it’s hot, isn’t it?”
“Is it true that Australia is the only country in the world that has two mammals that lay eggs?”
(Yes! The platypus and the echidna.)
“Why does the Opera House look like a funny hat?”
(Something to Google when you get home.)
“Do kangaroos really appear in the towns?”
(Yes! But they’d much prefer to be in the bush.)
Now here are my quiz questions:
1. Which one is upside down?
2. Which is Australia’s tallest bird?
3. How many stars are there on the Australian flag?
4. How was Australia known in the 18th century?
No matter where you are in the world on 26th January 2014 or whatever you are doing - have a beaut day ♥
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