Sunday, 27 January 2008

Australia Day, January 26, 2008

The Woggan ma gule Morning Ceremony, Sydney, Photo Helen Nezdroppa

Australia's National Anthem
Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free,
We've golden soil and wealth for toil; Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature's gifts of beauty rich and rare,
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross we'll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours renowned of all the lands;
For those who've come across the seas we've boundless plains to share:
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Barbecue by Reg Mombassa, Watters Gallery Sydney

We're celebrating Australia Day 2008 in the cold of a Baltimore winter with a bottle of Aussie red, an Aussie rack of lamb (forget the date with Tom Cruise) and a stupendous sticky. The cold is to be expected. The red is wonderful - "The Winner's Tank, Eskadale" a 2006 Shiraz from Langhorne Creek, South Australia. The sticky is courtesy of our friendly bottle shop owner in Ellicott City (an appropriately eccentric Pommie who always has a story to tell), an Erich Bender Trockenbeerenauslese, appelation PFALZ, Germany, 2003. Our verdict - absolutely superb! Great with a little Stilton, as recommended. We'll make room on Bristol Rose for a few of those.

Ferry race Sydney Harbour, Photo Jon Reid.

It makes us homesick spending Aussie Day away from family and friends and thoughts of some of our famous, too-soon departed countrymen, Steve Irwin and Heath Ledger.

Tall Ships Sydney Harbour, Photo Jack Atley

"There's something stirring in my heart, bright colours fill my eyes
It's from here to the far horizon your beauty does unfold
And oh, you look so lovely, dressed in green and gold".
Shelter by Eric Bogle.

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