Friday Afternoon

Excuse the dirty windscreen! A shot from the car on the way from Queanbeyan to Canberra this afternoon. Nobody knows what to wear; half in t-shirts and half in jackets.

Queanbeyan to Canberra Australia ACT border Sky Clouds Blue Sky Sonya Heaney Winter 26th August 2016

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Adventures with Birds

It’s not spring yet, but we have every native bird imaginable running around with sticks in their beaks, getting ready.

However, we already have two birds who have moved back into the garden for the season.

I’m being followed around by the currawong (first three pictures) in the backyard – the bird was too shy to come near me last year, and now turns up at the back door! I’m even being watched from the tree, just in case I might come outside with something edible.

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And in the front, the magpie (next three), who also comes to the door a few times a day.

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Check out the pose!

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And then I went back into the backyard, and the currawong was watching me, as if to say – so? Where’s my snack?

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Poor Italy

We still don’t know a lot of the details of the earthquake in Italy. They are saying the epicentre is Norcia (below, in June), but it seems the worst damage was done in the surrounding towns. It is one of my favourite parts of Italy, but unfortunately also very earthquake-prone.

UPDATE: apparently there *IS* a lot of damage in Norcia, but it isn’t as obvious in the news images. I’m now seeing stories that the church in these pictures is badly damaged on the inside. I suppose we’ll hear more soon.

When we were staying in Norcia we were discussing how another earthquake wouldn’t be far off.

Sonya Heaney Norcia Italy June 2016

Sonya Heaney Norcia Italy June 2016.

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Independence Day

Happy Ukrainian Independence Day. Sort of an ironic day to commemorate now…

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Here is a picture of us protesting at the Russian embassy in Canberra, Australia just after Russia invaded Crimea.

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Flag Day

Today is Ukraine’s Flag Day. Perhaps a more important day now than ever.

This is a shot from Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv back in 2011, before the revolution and the Russian invasion.

Ukrainian Flags Kyiv Ukraine 15th June 2011 Sonya Oksana Heaney.

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Under Construction

Stopped by Woden on the way home this afternoon, to check out the construction site (new apartments, I think…??).

What is shocking is that where this construction is happening, a few years ago it was the location of my old ballet school. Four dance studios – now that massive construction site (you can only see part of it in this shot from the car). How did they fit so much on there?

Under Construction Apartments Woden Canberra Australia 20th August 2016 Sonya Oksana Heaney.

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Battle of Long Tan in Canberra

My Vietnam veteran father attended the fiftieth anniversary commemoration for the Battle of Long Tan in Canberra today. He knew people there, but the battle took place two years before he arrived in Vietnam.

He was the organiser for the Battle of Binh Ba commemoration a few years ago (which he did fight in), which took place at the same spot (the Vietnam memorial on Anzac Parade, running down from the Australian War Memorial).

When my father and another veteran went out to lunch, a woman saw their medals and paid for the whole thing. They didn’t know until after she had gone!

Here are his unedited pictures from today.

It was a gorgeous day, and the military flyovers came straight over our house, but I couldn’t make it to the actual event this time.

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Battle of Long Tan Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration Christopher Heaney Sonya Heaney 18th August 2016 Canberra Australia Anzac ParadeDSCN8155

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Battle of Long Tan Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration Christopher Heaney Sonya Heaney 18th August 2016 Canberra Australia Anzac ParadeDSCN8195

Battle of Long Tan Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration Christopher Heaney Sonya Heaney 18th August 2016 Canberra Australia Anzac ParadeDSCN8142

Battle of Long Tan Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration Christopher Heaney Sonya Heaney 18th August 2016 Canberra Australia Anzac ParadeDSCN8213

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