Monday, January 25, 2010

Australia Day!

I have travelled throughout my life to many different countries around the world, and people would often ask me which country was the best.  I believe we carry our happiness within us and it is up to us to make the place we are in at the time into a "home".

Every country has its special day, and on Bastille day I introduced the family to boullabaise, mexican fare on cinco de Mayo, and then even turkey on Thanksgiving.  Bobotie and milk tart from the land of my birth are standard fare.  We can stay at home and travel the world in our kitchen!  I love exploring the foods of different countries, and shopping at markets around the world, chatting to locals and gleaning new tips and different recipes.  I always liked that term - citizen of the world!

This Tuesday, January 26th,  is Australia Day.
Snags and damper?  mmmm  lamb chops, steaks and baked sweet potato along with a nice salad will be the more likely fare.  I love the diversity of this my new country and hope to travel around more - seeing the hot dry areas down south with the beautiful eucalyptus groves, bark peeling back to expose the trunk.  Breathing in the ripe grape smell in the wine country, and revelling in the cold mountain air of the blue mountains. Seeing the sun set over the ocean on the west coast, and digging in some of the red earth right in the middle of this vast land.  I will always have a yearning to visit and travel.  It is in the blood I think.

It is always nice to know that you have a home to come back to. 

These are the words to a song Peter Allen sings: (some aussies think this should be the national anthem)

I've been to cities that never close down
From New York to Rio and old London town
But no matter how far
Or how wide I roam
I still call Australia home.

I'm always travelin'
And I love bein' free
So I keep leavin' the sun and the sea
But my heart lies waiting over the foam
I still call Australia home.

All the sons and daughters spinning 'round the world
Away from their families and friends
Ah, but as the world gets older and colder
It's good to know where your journey ends.

And someday we'll all be together once more
When all the ships come back to the shore
Then I realize something I've always known
I still call Australia home.

No matter how far
Or how wide I roam
I still call Australia home.

Happy Australia Day everyone!


  1. Nicley said, a wonderful post. jim

  2. What a great idea! foods from around the world, your family is very lucky. I have no idea what Bobotie is:) but I think I might have to try that one, it sounds very interesting.

  3. Where's the pav and the lamingtons? You can't celebrate Australia Day without vegemite sangers on the side!! Aussie, aussie, aussie, oi, oi, oi!!

  4. Vegemite mmmm, I do like it. By the way I do have my recipes in a separate blog.
    There you will find bobotie and milk tart recipes, as well as pavlova! which I do cook sometimes, but you know those new years resolutions to lose weight.....

  5. Hello, just found your wonderful blog while roaming around Blotanical. Whata lovely take on Australia Day and National days around the world :)

  6. Hi gippslandgardener,
    Thanks - isnt it wonderful how many blogs are found through blotanics? - I have found your great blog through them as well. Amazing to see the diversity in our little corner of the world!


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