First & foremost, it is Australia Day here, today, 26th January.
I have mixed feelings & judgements & reservations about the timing, naming, & celebrating, of this day.
After living here for over 26 years, & having an Australian-born Grandfather, I feel quite 'Australian', I suppose you could say. I also have many rellies, who are born & bred here, so it is just rich & full, family history.
Being born in New Zealand, I also have an alliance with that country, & suspect my heart will always remain there, though my earthly
thin ashes remains, will probably be scattered somewhere upon these shores. Or even flushed to sea!
I was struck with recognition when reading Ian at "Or So I Thought" with a post about where our allegiance should lie.
I find no real recognition with the "Royal Family" or the 'Queen of England, & Her Realm'.
I find I am repulsed by the divisiveness of "Patriotic" or "Regional" days or observations. It appears to me, to be a subtle way of increasing 'seperateness'. Why not try to unite? Why not devise a day of Unity for all countries? & peoples? for all Mankind?
Think about 'Divide & Conquer'. What is the other side? Unite & Survive? I am sure I have got that wrong somehow, but you may know what I mean.
Here, some examples of the ridiculous flags of our Countries.
First up, Australia~
Then New Zealand~
Here for your regard, Australia, Canada, & New Zealand.
Here is a shot, with the leaves of the Camellia in the foreground, which gives some perspective as to how small this little Green & Gold Tree Frog is!
Here is a symbol of Australia Day.
Last, but by no means least, our Daughter made this fantastic Lemon Meringue Pie for her father.