Australia Day

Increasingly controversial as it is, tomorrow is Australia Day, marking 231 years since the British First Fleet arrived in New South Wales.

Here’s a publication from 1901, announcing the “new” Australian flag.

Source

The edition of the Review of Reviews; front cover signed by Egbert Nuttall, after the winning designers of the 1901 Federal Flag design competition were announced. Australian flag 1901

And things aren’t going to be very comfortable for the official, mostly outdoor events here in Canberra (the capital city), that run over the 25th-26th!

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Rome: City and Empire

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We visited the Rome exhibition at the National Museum of Australia on Sunday afternoon (a tip: go late in the day and you won’t have to wait in a queue for an hour – but there’ll be some fingerprints on all the glass cabinets!).

Here are a few more shots:

The entrance (with me!).

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The Emperor Augustus, who looks suspiciously like Vladimir Putin!

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And I was SO happy to see they’d labelled Crimea as Ukraine, despite what Russia is currently up to.

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Okay, summer, that’s enough now!

I had so many plans for this week. I am reading three review books at the moment: one Regency, one Victorian, and one (first person – which is odd) contemporary romantic suspense.

However, I’m not sure what I’ll get done, because every time I check the forecast for Canberra, the temperatures have gone up again.

Here’s what we can currently expect for the rest of the week (and the dry, inland heat is… not fun! Whenever they forecast rain, it never actually happens!):

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The Week: 31st December 2018 – 6th January 2019

Sunset on Friday – the hottest day this week.

Happy New Year. But – just as important – Merry Christmas again!

Making varenyky yesterday afternoon. We made ninety-five in the end (not all in this picture).

Today is Ukrainian Christmas Eve, which is The Big Day for Christmas in Eastern Slavic cultures. This evening is the time for kutyaborschtveranyky, and more presents.

Our resident baby magpie is having trouble with the heat

This time of year is always so hectic for me. Apart from anything else, it has been Really Hot in Canberra for weeks, with a “cold” day being about 35 Celsius. We’re constantly sweaty – and getting some absolutely massive spiders in the house!

Wish List for 2019

Book Feature: Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul

End-of-Year Escape

Public Service Announcement!

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If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll know it is summer now. In Canberra it has been in the mid to high thirties every day for weeks, and will be into the forseeable future.

Please – if you can – put some water outside your home. You never know what animals will use it, but I guarantee it will be appreciated.

I started putting water out when I got home from Europe in early October – front and back garden – and I’ve had to top it up most days since then (twice a day at the moment).

Animals I know for certain use that water: about seventeen types of bird, a possum and her baby, multiple cats (some owned, some possibly stray), and the odd dog that escapes its backyard and comes visiting.

So: any tray or bowl will do! If you’re hot and thirsty, so are the animals. And we have no rain in inland Australia, so it’s extra important!