The Haven Terrigal. By Reginald J. Dunkley

The Haven Terrigal. By Reginald J. Dunkley

Australia Day Celebrations are well under way around the country this weekend; folks are eating vegemite sausages, meat pies, prawns on the Barbie, lamingtons and Pavlovas, washed down with their favourite tipple.  Even the weather is being kind and we have cooled considerably.  Most of the bushfires are under control and we finally had a little rain, not enough but grateful for any.  Every state in the country is well and truly living it up, twenty one guns salute all round and fireworks tonight will light up the sky.  This is one day everybody enjoys themselves.

Port Lincoln in South Australia being the seafood capital is very busy with the Tuna Festival, oysters, crayfish, scallops and tuna fish galore.  In Adelaide cyclists are taking the road with the Santos tour-down-under, skirting the fires around the Barossa Valley.  Cadel Evans was leading the way but is being challenged by Simon Gerrans the two of them are fighting it out this weekend, finishing off with a new city street circuit through the heart of Adelaide.

Sunset over Tuggerah Lakes. By Reginald J. Dunkley

Sunset over Tuggerah Lakes. By Reginald J. Dunkley

The Adelaide Oval is the venue for the 5th one day international.  England finally broke their drought with a 57 lead in the 4th series, and today is the final test with the Aussies determined to win on this special day.  There is also a ‘jog in your jocks’ charity run for bowel cancer. It’s all go in Adelaide.

In Sydney two P & O Cruisers Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel will join in the celebrations on the harbour with a front seat for the fireworks.  Aboriginal and Australian flags will be raised on the Sydney Harbour Bridge uniting the past and the present.  Sydney’s First Fleet Ferries decorated in style, carve up the harbour from the Opera House to the finishing line under the Harbour Bridge. Picnics, B.B.Q.s and concerts in Hyde Park, there is something for everyone in Sydney today.

There are concerts all day at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

At close of day at Tuggerh Lakes. By Reginald J. Dunkley

At close of day at Tuggerh Lakes. By Reginald J. Dunkley

Citizenship ceremonies on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, Hot Air Ballooning over the City and surrounds, Havainas Thong Challenge with an attempt to set a new world record.  Wood chopping, fun runs galore, and the tennis is still being battled out with Li Na now the Australian Women’s Champion.

In Western Australia the city of Perth Skyworks celebrates its 30th Anniversary.  Entertainment at Langley Park, air and water shows on the Swan River with fireworks and lasers. Australia Day swim at Scarborough beach, and a massive raft up boat party with four themed boats and a floating trampoline, with ten D.J’s spread across six hours.

In Queensland from cockroach races, to Capper Cabana.  A foodies paradise and multiple house parties.  Southbank Parklands will be the epicentre with fireworks and R A A F flypast.  Queensland Theatre Company lampooning Australian politics. In Brisbane they will be raising the flag with a 2l gun salute.  Plus plus anything else you can think of in this sunny state.

Relaxing at Shelly Beach. By Reginald J. Dunkley

Relaxing at Shelly Beach. By Reginald J. Dunkley

Australia Day in the Commonwealth Park Canberra, entertainment for the family including a children’s concert and citizenship ceremony.  Gourmet food and wine events. The National Museum has an exhibition of Australia’s great bark artists, and there are hands on crafts. Fireworks on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Adam Goodes a proud indigenous man and football star is crowned the Australian of the Year.

A brief history lesson. On May 13th 1787 the First Fleet of eleven ships set sail from England under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip to settle a penal colony in N.S.W. Australia.  They arrived  between January 18 – 20 1788 now Australians celebrate a public holiday on this day 26th January.

At Shelly Beach it is a day of relaxation and watching the sun go down.

Cheers. Patricia.

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About Patricia Newell-Dunkley

I am an artist writer, born in Sussex, Shoreham-on-Sea and educated at Ealing Modern School in London. I studied amongst other subjects English Literature and Art which sowed the seeds for what would become a lifelong passion. It was not until 1970, after moving to Australia, that I began to satisfy my artistic desire when I first started Porcelain on-glaze painting using mineral oxides paint, a style which would become my forte. Within six months I had bought a kiln, and I embarked on an extensive series of courses over the following years in Grounding, Gold and Silver Gilding, Lustres, Raised Paste and Pen work. In 1980 I began to offer my art through a number of major Sydney outlets. Initially the Fine Art Department of the Myers City Store, followed by David Jones, Grace Brothers, The International Airport, Micawbers Antiques, Bourke’s Hilton Hotel, Roseville Gallery and Toowoon Bay Gallery. Over the years my painting styles have expanded to include Oil, Pastel, and Watercolours. I am a member of the Society of Authors and also a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists UK. My writing includes articles and poems published in This England, Evergreen, and The Radio ABC Pot Pourri of Poems, as well as short stories. “The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain,” “Wallis the Woman I Love,” a narrative poem, “Letters of a Travelling Lady,” and six romantic novels.