Australia Day

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G’day Mate! That’ll be the cry of almost every Australian today as they celebrate Australia Day through out the country and the world. So what is Australia Day you ask? Let me tell you all about it…

 

Part of Australia now known as Tasmania, an island of the south eastern coast of Australia, was first discovered by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who named the island Anthoonij van Diemenslandt in honor of Anthony van Diemen, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies who had sent Tasman on his voyage of discovery in 1642.  Despite this discovery, New Holland as the Dutch called the land, was claimed by Captain James Cook in 1770 for the British. Then on the 26th January, 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip arrived with the First Fleet to colonise the land as New South Wales. He became the first Governor of this new land and it was utilised as a penal settlement sending criminals from the overcrowded English prisons.

                                                         

During the 19th century a further 5 self governing colonies where formed and on 1st January 1901, the six colonies became a Federation, and the Commonwealth of Australia was formed. Since federation, Australia has maintained a stable liberal democratic political system and remains a Commonwealth Realm. The capital city is Canberra, located in the Australian Capital Territory. The current national population is around 20.6 million people, and is concentrated mainly in the large coastal cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

                                                      

Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.

 

So what did I do… Well very little actually and I’m still doing it! At first I thought it was going to be a bit of a bad day and we had some rain this morning, but as the day cleared an urge overcame me to visit the beach. Now who am I to resist an urge like that! So I changed clothes grabbed my towel and camera and headed for the beach… which is only 5 minutes away, so I was there in no time. There were plenty of people at the beach and it was quite hot in the sun, thankfully I had remembered to put on my sunscreen!

 

I waded out into the Pacific ocean for the first time since I’ve been back in Australia and swam out past the breaking waves.

For about 30 minutes I enjoyed catching some waves as I body surfed quite a few to the shore. Oh how I had missed the taste of the salty ocean water running through me. For anyone who has body surfed they will know that sometimes when this is done, water does tend to get sort of splashed and swallowed and inevitably goes up your nose! But I still enjoyed it!

 

That was enough of the sun, so I wandered further up the beach and took some photos of the beach and generally just enjoyed the day. As it was getting close to lunch time, I decided to wander off to the shops in search of something incredibly Australian and incredibly yummy to eat. The first thing that caught my eye was a white chocolate mud cake… mmmm Yummy! For those of you that don’t know, a mud cake is generally just a cake made with lot’s of rich thick chocolate, in this case white chocolate (and yes Trish I know you’ll be jealous, but it wasn’t as nice as the one you and the girls baked me for my birthday last year… honest!).

 

The upon returning home I just had to cool off again after driving that incredibly long distance, so I just had to have a swim in the pool. How refreshing! Then some lunch a nice chicken salad sandwich following by not one, but two slices of the mud cake! Now I just have to decide what to do for the rest of my day… maybe I’ll have another swim and some more cake later…

ice4swervin says:
And why must I do "blokey" things... what about being a sensitive man??? LOL
Posted on: Mar 17, 2009
Sunflower300 says:
Half your luck, I was working. :(
I thought you were going to say you got yourself a meat pie for lunch, or something else that's 'blokey', but you come with mud cake. LOL
Posted on: Mar 17, 2009
sapphireamy says:
Nice :D
Posted on: Mar 01, 2009
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