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Currumbin Beach, South East Queensland.

Thursday, January 26, 2012



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.


To celebrate Australia day I would like to shower you with Australian wild flowers.

 Our national floral emblem, the Wattle.

Grevillea and Banksia

Gum blossoms

Kangaroo Paw, Native Frangipani, Native Pea, Flame Tree.


Bernie H said...

Happy Australia Day! Fabulous photos showing off some of our stunning native flowers.

I can proudly state too that we've drilled our students so well that now they know the second verse of our national anthem. Of course, there were quite a few teachers who had to learn those words first because they've never ever had to sing them before! I always find it fascinating that so many Aussies don't know that second verse.

Jan said...

Great Australia Day post, Diane. Don't forget the magnificient Waratah.... NSW floral emblem...LOL.

GardenofDaisies said...

Happy Australia Day to you!! The wild flowers are magnificent!!

cathy@home said...

Wishing you and your fellow Australians a Happy Australia day.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Happy Australia Day to you and Bill. I got an email from Colin about it today --but haven't had time to write him back.

Gorgeous pictures of your Australian flowers. Love seeing all of those colors --especially in winter when it is so DRAB here now.


Denise said...

Dear Diane and Bill, Happy Australia Day my friends. Such a wonderful post to celebrate this very special day, showing the flag to all those gorgeous wildflowers.

cathy@home said...

I was told that my Grandpa was from Melbourne.

Colin (HB) said...

Great tribute Diane to Australia Day. I was so proud to see all the flags flying from cars. Not so much the "yaboos" with flags drapped around them and making heaps of noise!!!! Such a pity really.
I won't dare mention the antics in Canberra on this day - disgusting.
The Flame tree is magnificent, but not to be grown close to a house. The mess in the gutters - yuk!
Great post as usual Diane.

Evelyn said...

Great photos Diane. Happy Australia Day.

yevisha said...

flowers are beautiful and a happy australia day to you and bill :)

biebkriebels said...

A happy Australian day, I didn't know of this day, but every country has such a day of course and the flowers are beautiful.

RoeH said...

Sounds like fun! I love stuff like that. Arizona has a big day coming up and will be 100 years old on February 14th. I need to get out and start finding things to photograph of it.

Sandra said...

beautiful flag, i have not seen it before. stunning photos of your flowers.

Flea said...

Aussie Aussie Aussie Oih Oih Oih :)
Great photos (as always). Happy Australia day!

Gattina said...

Happy Australian day !! We have our National Day in Belgium on July 21st.

Lori Skoog said...

I love your shower! Happy Australia Day.

George said...

I hope you've had a wonderful Australia Day. I like your anthem. Your wildflowers are simply beautiful, and you've created gorgeous collages to show them.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

Happy Australia Day!!what a nice way to celebrate the day.

sharing these awesome shots of beautiful flowers!
fantastic collage!

Jo said...

Happy Australia Day, Diane. It reminds me of how we used to celebrate this day with the Oz expats while working in West Africa. Brilliant, brilliant wildflower photographs. You are good! Greetings, Jo

Filip Demuinck said...

Very colourful and diverse.


eileeninmd said...

Diane, Happy Australia Day to you and your Bill. Beautiful flowers and blossoms. Gorgeous photos.

diane b said...

Thank you all.

Sara said...

Happy Australia Day! I'm a bit late...

What beautiful, colorful flowers...

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Your Flag and the beautiful native wildflowers are a lovely way to share your Day with all of us (even if I'm a little late I really appreciate it and the flowers and flag are never out of date!)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy belated Autralian Day, Diane! The church I visited in my post had a Autralia Day concert on Thursday sung by Siobhan Stagg a Autralian lyric coloratura. I wish i could ahve attended it.