Day 220 – Australia Day!

From Down Under : )

I found this in a BIG pile of stuff at the Alameda Flea market. All I saw was the brown edge and a glint of yellow so I dug it out and puzzled over it a bit. When I finally figured out the subject matter I knew I had to have it! SCORE!!

The added bonus – it’s never been used!

Pull up a chair, mate!

On this date in 1788 the First Fleet pulled into Sydney Harbor and declared British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of New Holland. The first celebrations took place thirty years later “The Governor declared that the day would be a holiday for all government workers, granting each an extra allowance of “one pound of fresh meat”, and ordered a 30 gun salute.” You can read a more complete history on Wikipedia : )

Australia day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia so today we will celebrate it with our friends in that lovely country, where it’s warm and summery!

Welcome : )

To keep things warm we have a plethora of Fiesta, from the beige luncheon plate, rose salad plate, paprika berry bowl to the  yellow bouillon bowl. They all play amongst scenes from the Outback (no, not the steakhouse).

This cloth DOES have the lyrics to “Waltzing Matilda” on it:

"Waltzing Matilda"

My daughter had in her collection this adorable salt & pepper shaker set:

Adorable!

She said friends went to Australia and brought these back to her. They may be slight tacky tourist items but I think they’re fabulous!

Kangaroo paws

What better way to show them off than put them in amongst a kangaroo paw plant?

My youngest sister spent a year in Australia living with the family of her best friend after they were transferred there. She introduced us to Vegemite, Violet Crumble and Pavlovas. There is even a Vegemite Toast Crunch cereal, like our Cinnamon Toast Crunch. All I can say is it’s an acquired taste, one I haven’t acquired. Give it a try, let us know what you think.<g>

Happy Australia day : )

Tomorrow – A table for Carmen Miranda

146 days to go!!

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