Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Australia Day Celebrations

January 26 is Australia Day and this year we decided to make the effort to go and PARTY - we are so glad we did.  The whole family got up early, much to the kids horror, and headed in to Lake Burleigh Griffin for the BIG BREAKFAST  and the celebrations that followed it. Come and share some of the highlights with us....it wouldn't be right to invite you without introducing you to the family...

Starting with us girls.....

and the boys...

this is a rare moment getting all three kids into one photo - and smiling too!

The raising of the Australian Flag by the Defence Forces

Up she goes....shame there was no wind!

Overhead 3 FA18's did a 'Fly Over' which was both spectacular and LOUD, I did take a photo but they were so quick all I got was the sky.  As they flew over head the gentleman next to me called out 'that's my grandson flying the one on the right!'  He was so proud and then proceeded to tell us that it takes them 15 minutes to get from the RAAF Base in Williamstown to Canberra - it is a 5 hour drive!! Can you imagine that - it would certainly change international travel - look out America - here I come! LOL!

Look who came to personally welcome us...our Prime Minster Mr Kevin Rudd - while he was there he also attended the Citizenship Ceremony for those becoming Australians - great of him to multi-task!! LOL!

A special guest was wandering around among the crowds, this beautiful 6 year old Alpaca by the name of Honey - she visits sick patients and the elderly, how gorgeous is she!!  She certainly won the heart of my DH - I had better watch him! LOL!

These photos are only a glimpse of the day, you can see so many more here - yes there is one of the Fly Over - it is worth checking out!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enoyed sharing in our day.  I have to say it made me feel patriotic - not bad for a New Zealand girl living here! LOL!  I guess one day I will be one of those being naturalised - sounds painful to me! LOL!  And Mum, if you read this - don't worry in my heart I was singing 'God Defend New Zealand!'  LOL!  Settle down all of the Aussies - I love Australia, it is a FABULOUS - 'Advance Australia Fair!!'   Okay time to finish before I start an International incident! LOL! {{{hugs}}}


  1. No matter the occasion, the best thing is that you enjoyed it as a family!!

  2. Such lovely photos of a special day Linda. I just love the one of Honey..Loz

  3. Thanks for sharing, I have been away and just caught up on all your creations! Gorgeous as always. What mother of 3 couldn't relate to your excitment of all three kids smiling in one photo! Well done!!!

  4. Thanks for sharing. I especially love the Family Photos
    they are awesome

  5. WOW so much fun and it looks like you had a brilliant day!!! Beautiful photos and you have a lovely family!! TFS.
    Hugs xx

  6. Looks like everyone had a great time...lovely family Linda!

  7. Looks like a great family day, so glad you were able to enjoy it. Hugs, Jane

  8. WOW, Linda, it truly looks like you and the family had tons of fun!!! How cute...your DH and his new friend Honey!! Thanks so much for sharing these awesome photos. Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

  9. A ride in an FA18 sure would be scary, but fast, huh? Looks like a wonderful day. I love Veterans day here in Michigan, USA. Our little town is the county seat and we have a super celebration. It was great to see your family, too.

  10. BTW, I have something for you on my blog!

  11. very cool pictures..thanks for sharing..It felt like I was right there with you :)

  12. Look at your beautiful family!!! So happy you all had a wonderful time and day together...these memories are the BEST!!! Hugs ~S~

  13. What a beautiful family Linda. You are truly bless. Looks like you had a fabulous day. Thanks for sharing.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :o}

  14. Looks like you all enjoyed the day and yeah on ya mate oz is not bad!!x Chriss


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