Ken and I have hosted an Australia Day party every year at our home for many years (except last year when Ken was ill). We are both very patriotic, and I love to dress up our house with the Aussie flag
and other items featuring icons relating to Australia. This year I bought a huge flag at Aldi's, and tacked it on the fence outside our home. Ken said I was crazy, it would get stolen, but I had more faith in my fellow Australians, and it stayed there until I took it off about 7 pm that night.
Unfortunately, a percentage of Australian Aboriginal people (I would say a minority) refer to 26th January as 'Invasion Day', and stage protests around the country on the day. Up till this year they have been peaceful protests, tolerated by the rest of the country, but on Thursday it was very unpleasant in Canberra, our capital city. The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition were abused by a few Aboriginal protesters, who also made a point of burning a flag, which I (and many others) find very offensive. Ken said a white person should have grabbed one of their (Aboriginal) flags
and burnt it, and see how they liked it. Probably just as well that didn't happen. The do-gooders and the media would have pounced on that as being racist. Duh. There have been many forums on the net discussing this issue, with hundreds of comments, and I rather liked this response:
What a disgraceful effort against our country's leading politicians! When are the aborigines going to accept that we are all Australians? The human race has been migrating around this planet, and occupying other human tribal lands for tens of thousands of years. It's not new, and it's not very nice, but is IS a natural process. We can all make the effort to love this country together, or we can let the situation degenerate into the mess we saw yesterday
In the meantime, we enjoyed ourselves with a dozen friends in our backyard, on a perfect sunny day. No BBQ (too hot!), but delicious cold salads, scrumptious desserts, and freely flowing bubbly wine, beer and soft drinks.
I was so busy I forgot to take photos until the last minute, and only got one or two reasonable ones. Here are some of our mates relaxing under our new gazebo.
This is the gazebo the next day - we are leaving it standing for the next few days, as the weather forecast is hot, and it will help to keep that side of the house a bit cooler.