Just Another Day

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Today’s Daily Prompt is entitled “Just Another Day”

Our days are organized around numerous small actions that we repeat over and over,during the course of the day.

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My first ‘small action’ of the day would be to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy it outside watching the sun come up and  listening to the birds chattering away.

(I’m an early riser!)Sunrise

 

Here are some of the other things I do every day on a regular basis.

Take Poppy to the park...

Take Poppy to the park…

...sometimes to the beach

…sometimes to the beach

Cuddles with Poppy

and have lots of cuddles

 

What’s your daily ritual?

 

 

 

You know you’re Australian when….

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It’s Australia Day today, 26 January, the official national day of Australia 

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There is a serious side to our National Day which I blogged about last year in my A-Z of Australia segment, so this year I wanted show you a lighter side to our Australia Day.
Aussies celebrate this day with BBQ’s, get-togethers with friends and family at the beach, parks, at home – in fact, anywhere we can eat and drink with friends and have fun!

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Here’s a little anecdote about Aussies – enjoy
(…and if you need a translation, just ask!)

YOU KNOW YOU’RE AUSTRALIAN WHEN:

You believe that stubbies can either be drunk or worn.
You pronounce Melbourne as ‘Mel-bin’.
You believe that the letter ’I’ in Australia is optional, and it’s a perfectly reasonable name for a place.
‘I’ in Australia is optional, and it’s perfectly ok to call it ‘Straya’.
You think ‘Wooloomooloo’ is a perfectly reasonable name for a place.
You’re secretly proud of a country to have a $1 coin that is twice as big as a $2 coin.
You understand that ‘Wagga Wagga’ can be abbreviated to ‘Wagga’ but ‘Woy Woy’ cannot be just ‘Woy’.
Beetroot with your hamburger….of course!
You wear ugg boots outside the house.
You believe that the more you shorten someone’s name, the more you like them.
You understand that ‘excuse me’ can sound rude, but ‘scuse me’ is always polite.
You know it’s not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to handle and a seat belt buckle becomes a pretty good branding iron.
You know how to abbreviate every word, all of which usually end in ‘o’:  arvo, convo, garbo, lezzo, metho, milko, mso, servo, smoko, rego, speedo, righto, etc….
You know that there is a universal place called ‘Woop Woop’ located in the middle of nowhere, no matter where you actually are!
And you can understand all of this, had a giggle, and tell all your aussie and international friends.

I love it’s Golden Beaches and Green Hinterland!
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HappyAustraliaDayMate                I love Australia!                     

**http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_Day

**http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/australia/australia-day

B is for Burrum Heads

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My A-Z of Australia

B is for Burrum Heads, Queensland

Can you imagine living in a small, out-of-the way seaside village where most of the locals know each other, take the time to chat over the garden fence, where there is a feeling of real community spirit, and where neighbours actually care about each other?

When I retired, I wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I wanted to find somewhere quiet where I could relax, and also enjoy my passion for photography, somewhere I could listen to the birds sing and enjoy seeing and photographing some of our unique wildlife in their natural habitat. I love the ocean, so it had to be near a beach, a place where I could enjoy long walks with my dogs, and not too hilly so I could ride my bike in comfort.
I found such a place that has all that and more . . .  a sleepy little fishing village called Burrum Heads, a four hour drive north from where I lived in the city, or three hours from Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland. Peace and tranquility abound in this little backwater of only 1,200 residents.

Burrum Heads

It isn’t a town you pass through on the way to some other destination, so if you miss the turn-off sign from the highway, you miss the town – there is only one road in and the same road out! The town is surrounded by National Park right down to the beach, so wildlife abounds! My passion for animals will be quenched here!
Everyone is friendly and most people know one other, at least by sight, and there is always someone ready to stop and have a chat.

One Road In . . . One Road Out

The aroma of coffee filters through the air as you walk past the shops – go grab one and sit at one of the outside tables along the row of shops across from the beach and watch the world go by. Unwind and  relax –  it’s that kind of place!

There are not many shops here, but enough for the necessities of life – the nearest reasonable sized town is half an hour away.
Burrum has a

  • Supermarket
  • Post Office
  • Pharmacy
  • Medical Centre
  • Gas Station
  • Two Hairdressers
  • Butcher
  • Beautician (Nails)
  • Fast Food Shop
  • Hardware Store that sells everything
  • A Bakery who make their own fresh bread and cakes daily. Their cakes are to die for!
  • And of course, a Real Estate office

Fancy eating out? Try the Pub or the Bowls Club, both serve delicious meals. There is a Library in the Community Centre where you can take a Yoga Class, or enjoy Thai Chi on the foreshore and have a laugh with the others who can’t get their co-ordination right either!

There are two caravan parks to cater for the influx of tourists who return here year after year to enjoy the fishing and sailing for which Burrum Heads is renowned.  One of the caravan sites is right on the beachfront so you can wake up to an amazing ocean view every morning!

A fishing competition is held annually at Easter over two days, and people come from far and near to try their luck, as there are tempting prizes to be won! Fishing is a serious business here – the place is buzzing!

There are a few stalls selling hot and cold foods, drinks, ice cream, cotton candy, beachwear, a jumping castle for the children – and you can even take your dog!

Have a boat? No worries – there are two boat ramps to choose from to get your boat into the water. Explore the rivers and creeks in a small boat (we call them tinnies), or canoe, or just take advantage of the clear, warm water.

Life is simple here, nothing fancy, no skyscrapers, no bright lights, no crime to speak of, no traffic jams – heck, we don’t even have any traffic lights! Nope, I don’t miss city life at all!

My A-Z of Australia-Australia Day

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Australia Day is the official national day of Australia, celebrated on 26th January annually, and as it is only days away, I thought it would be appropriate to tell you how it came to be.

On 26th January in 1788, the First Fleet of eleven ships arrived from Great Britain at Port Jackson, which now forms Sydney Harbour. By 1808, the 26th January was being celebrated as ‘First Landing Day’ or ‘Foundation Day’. This day became a public holiday in 1838, being the first public celebrations of the founding of Australia.
Over the years, 26th January has been known by many names – First Landing Day, Foundation Day and Anniversary Day. It wasn’t until 1935 when it became Australia Day in all states except New South Wales, where it was still called Anniversary Day. However, by 1946, it was known in all states as Australia Day.

It took them a long time to sort that one out!

 

However, Indigenous Australians – the Aboriginal people, felt that the celebrations on Australia Day excluded them and their culture – a culture that had been thriving for thousands of years before the arrival of the First Fleet from Britain. Proposals have been made to change the date, but without much public support. You can read the whole story here www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_Day

On this day Australia also celebrates the achievement and contribution of notable Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards, by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all.

Australia Day is a public holiday which means a welcome day off work for most, and all schools are closed. It’s a day for BBQ’s, the beach and back-yard cricket!
Community events are held in most city parks for the public to enjoy the fun, food, music and entertainment to suit everyone. The entertainment could include a Circus, Wood-chopping, camel/pony rides, face-painting, animal nursery, sheep shearing, blacksmith, snake shows – and of course, some tasty Aussie tucker (food)!  Something for everyone!

For those who want to celebrate on a smaller scale, there will be lots of bar-b-queues in back yards that day!

Prawns on the barbie!

We live out of town, so our street is having its own celebrations – the obligatory Aussie BBQ – and good food. Seafood is a must for most Aussies that day, so I’ll be picking up some lovely fresh Tiger Prawns to throw on the barbie! It’s also a good way to meet new neighbours who might be new to our area.

Sydney Harbour Regatta (the oldest continuous regatta in the world) where millions of boats and vessels race together in celebration – a fantastic spectacle!

The beach is a popular place on Australia Day to beat the heat. January is very hot. Sounds like a good idea to me!

You can bet that whatever Aussies choose to do on the day, it will be FUN!

Anyone coming? Just bring your own drinks and you’ll be right, mate!

Dogs Die In Hot Cars-Fact

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Yesterday I enjoyed a morning at the beach – but my afternoon was ruined.

The Good

The temperature yesterday was 31 degrees here in Australia (it’s our summer now), so the hub and I decided to have some time out at the beach to try to cool down a little. We went to Woodgate Beach, which is the last open surf beach in the state of Queensland going north, before the Great Barrier Reef starts – there is no surf after that.  It’s a bit off the beaten track, but well worth it, as you can see – this is what awaited us.

There was only one other person on   the beach, right at the other end, so we basically had it to ourselves. The water was crisp, clear and clean – and oh, so cool! There were lots of cuttlefish bones scattered all over the beach that had been washed up, so we collected some for our friend who has a cockatiel. Birds just love the stuff, and it’s good for them.

The Bad

On the way home we stopped off at a shopping centre to pick up few groceries. As we were parking the car, we could hear a dog crying very loudly and as we scanned the parked cars, we saw it at a window of one of the cars. The window was only open a tiny bit so the poor little mite wasn’t getting much air in there, and it was so terribly hot. The dog was extremely distressed, and other people had gathered round the car wondering what to do. Someone said they had reported it to the supermarket who said they would call the owners on loudspeaker to tell them to get to their car quickly.

In a situation like this, every second counts and I couldn’t bear to wait around listening to that poor little dog, so I headed up to the supermarket to report it again; just as I set off, I saw the owner making his way to the car. You can imagine how angry I was, so I went over to tear him to strips for putting his dog in danger like that – but another woman had beaten me to it. She was livid – yelling at him, and really giving him a piece of her mind. That’s what I wanted to do, she stole my thunder – but I could see it was having no effect on this man . . . I think he’d shut off his ears to the colourful language that was coming out of her mouth!

So I waited my turn . . . .

When the woman left, I approached the dog owner calmly, and keeping my voice soft and low, I started talking to him about the dangers of leaving his dog in the car on such a hot day. I wanted to rip his head off but that wouldn’t have got me anywhere, or helped the dog, so I was quite surprised at my tactical approach!

Anyway, it seemed to work, because he calmed down and listened to me, heck, we even had a two-way conversation about it. They say that a touch can calm a person down, so I put my hand gently on his forearm – just for a second – and it worked, because he started to talk to me more. I patted his dog, all the while explaining the danger he had put his dog in, and the tragic consequences.
I explained that it can get unbearably hot inside a car on a sunny day, but even when it’s not that warm, say, 72F/22C outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 117F/47C in less than an hour. Isn’t it better to leave the dog at home where he can keep cool and has access to his water bowl?

It takes a dog six agonizing minutes to die in a hot car.

I hope and pray that I got through to him.

Our pets are precious – please don’t let them down, they rely on us.

In spite of seeing incidents like this being reported in the news on a regular basis, why do people still take the risk – even leaving children in the car on a hot day?

We are just not learning, and sometimes with tragic consequences.

Brighten Your Day With a Song

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I received this video clip in an email from a friend this morning, and it was the best start to the day
I have had in a while, so I had to share it.

Relax – sit back – listen – watch . . . enjoy! 

Photos of Exuma Islands put the music of Zac Brown Band’s “Knee Deep” – the perfect song

for the most beautiful water in the Bahamas.