I have just watched my neighbour climb on his roof and hoist an Australian flag from his roof. Aussies don’t normally have flags flying in their gardens. We are proud of our country but extreme flag waving is not a thing we normally do. We are a little more laid back.
However in this district people do hoist a flag, particularly on Australia Day. It is a legacy of the Canberra fires as the fires were on January 18th and 7 days later people were in shock as they had started to clean up their lives. All over the district people hoisted flags as a demonstration that we would not let a natural disaster beat us. I have dozens of photos of flags draped from burnt out ruins taken that week. So in some ways the flag waving took on a slightly different meaning here in the Weston Creek area of Canberra.
So what typically Aussie things can talk about that my international readers might find interesting? Last night we were kept awake by two Possums bounding around on our roof. They really are noisy creatures. Thankfully they were not in our roof but on our roof. If they get inside they make a hell of mess and they are expensive to remove as they are protected. We did have them once inside and we had to pay out a couple of hundred dollars to have them trapped and released again into the environment. They also like any ripe fruit on trees.
What other local wild life is common in Canberra? As I write cockatoos and gallahs are screeching from the power lines as there are many birds in Canberra. The Parrots and Lorikeets would have to be my favourites although the Fairy wrens always delight me when ever I see them in the yard.
Visitors always disbelieve me when I say down the end of the street we have Kangaroos but you see there is a reserve at the end of our road and the Canberra Roo population is at times is a problem, although this story is unusual.
Visitors are also drawn to other national icons such the Great Barrier Reef or in the heart of the continent, Ayers Rock which is actually known as Uluru, and then of course there is the extremely beautiful Kakadu National Park. Places such as the Sydney Opera House are big attractions. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is another national icon which has an interesting history.
Well that’s enough of things Aussie. I am now going to take the day off and probably stitch! To all the Aussies out have a good Australia Day Holiday and keep safe.