Happy Australia Day...2008

The tradition of noticing 26 January began early in the nineteenth century with Sydney almanacs referring to First Landing Day or Foundation Day. That was the day in 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet of eleven convict ships from Great Britain and the first governor of New South Wales, arrived at Sydney Cove.

Australia Day. Celebrate what's great.

Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.

On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation.

It's the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.

There are many great things about this country:

The people - The life savers on the beach and the farmers in the bush; the larrikins; our sporting heroes, artists and visionaries; the volunteers who dedicate their lives to others; the spirit of pulling together in hard times and achieving beyond expectation; the eminent Australians from all walks of life, the battlers and the ordinary Australians who are anything but ordinary.

Our land - Fragile yet enduring. Harsh and extreme, lush and bountiful-a continent like no other. Our ancient land offers boundless opportunity, sustains us and makes us who we are.

Our diversity - A nation of difference and unity. People from the city, the country, different nations and backgrounds; we are one people, living together. Through our diverse beliefs and experiences we learn from each other and grow together.

The indigenous cultures - The rich and resilient spirituality; the knowledge, art and history. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are part of Australia's identity and culture.

Our freedom and democracy - A society built on fundamental rights and responsibilities. Freedom of thought and expression. Participation in government and respect for and equality under the law.

A fair go for all - An enduring spirit of mateship and fairness. A compassionate society committed to access to employment, housing, health and education. Ours is a land of opportunity where we can do anything.

A quiet one for us, we took Nicole shopping as this is what her foot looks like...

After a fall on Tuesday night, at netball, I got my first ride in an ambulance...in the front seat thank goodness!! After two hours in the hospital, and the Doc telling us it is only snapped ligaments we were able to go home....no netball for a while for Nic though!


MIL said…
As only a school teacher could put it! Were you preparing your class material and wrote it in your blog by mistake?
Must give 'fat foot' a call to see how she is hobbling.
We are having all the relies & some orphans for BBQ lunch tomorrow for Australia Day celebrations (Mick only came home this morning so couldn't do in on the day)
Anonymous said…
OMG! You poor thing Nicole, I know how you feel, I had a swollen knee for the past couple of weeks after too much dancing and being silly.
Hope you get back into the netball soon.

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