If there is one key thang I have learnt from my US blogging buddies, it is this. If you have a special day then SHOUT about it for at least 14 days, if not a month prior.
So here goes ....... drum roll please ...
ON JANUARY 26 IT IS AUSTRALIA DAY
The ever artful CGDK has made me this lovely header, but hey I am not waiting for the day, it is going up in this post now. BTW CGDK has done her own version of in the hood - worth a look for the perfect slice of aussie suburan life ...
The pics are .... left to right.
Dearest MIC and I at Spicers Peak Peppers NO CHILDREN Lodge. Oh yes I am doing a 'work famil' in 2007 and it involved driving the wee lads to ma and pa's in Brisvegas, driving back to Spicers Peak, staying overnight with a degestation five course dinner with matched wines, breakfast and a sllllooooooowwww start to the day. Oh we had such fun :)
If I won lotto I would book it all out for four night and have the first two nights with my extended family and then kick them out and bring in my best blogging buddies from far and near for the next two night ... fun and games for sure :)
I was so impressed with the lodge, owned by Sroo Turner - think Flight Centre dude.
My impression was of not a snooty, posh, highbrow place, but a relaxed, hassle free luxury farmstay, complete with highland cooes (cows). I do love a highland cow. Only sleeps 12 people, has numerous walks, pool, tennis etc etc. Is all inclusive and if you wanna woo your loved one it is a top five destination in Queensland and probably Australia.
The second pic is of course me. A little out of date now I am a super blonde babe again. I am growing my hair and yesterday I was able to do a scraggly little plait. I love a good plait almost as much as highland cooes.
The final pic is the quintessential Aussie beach day out. Featuring me and the lads up the coast north of Brisbane.
The verse, as chosen by CGDK is part of our national anthem.
Australia Day is a public holiday here - so no work for most folk. It means bbq's, beers, beach, ball games and for my dear mum babes. Yep I will be 42 years young on that very day. I find that number hard to swallow ... I am not ready for my mid forties .... still better than dead you'd have to say :)
As a nation we have not tended to turn Aust Day into anything too over the top. But I must say I have seen more Aussie themed mechanise in the shops this year. I think it is part our laid back nature and part the proximity to xmas and new year that makes Australia day a relaxed, low stress event. It is also often the last day off before school commences again.
What do you think, and what plans do you have for Australia Day 2009 ... do share please. Hugs le xoxo