Monthly Archives: April 2019

More Autumn Colours in Canberra

It’s still SO sunny and warm for late-autumn. Here’s another picture of the autumn colours in Canberra, taken on this sunny afternoon.

Autumn Colours Autumn Leaves Canberra Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 29th April 2019 Warm Sunny Day Blue Sky Garden Nature

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The Hopak

Today is International Dance Day, so please enjoy this performance of the Hopak, the national dance of Ukraine. Most people have seen these steps, these big jumps, and these costumes, but few realise they’re Ukrainian (those baggy trousers and the headdresses with the ribbons are distinctive Ukrainian national clothes, and not worn by Russians). It’s what most people would probably call “Cossack dancing”.

The fact it’s from a telecast on Russia-1, a television station that now dishes up anti-Ukrainian Kremlin propaganda day in and day out, is not lost on me!

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Happy Ukrainian Easter!

Yes, those aren’t pysanky in the bowl, but at least the embroidery comes from Ukraine!

Ukrainian Embroidery Easter Sonya Heaney April 2019

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Autumn in Canberra #2

Autumn Colours Autumn Leaves in the Garden Tuggeranong Canberra Australia April 2019 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney 3

Autumn Colours Autumn Leaves in the Garden Tuggeranong Canberra Australia April 2019 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney 1

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Autumn in Canberra #1

Autumn Colours Autumn Leaves in the Garden Tuggeranong Canberra Australia April 2019 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney 2

Autumn Flowers in the Garden Tuggeranong Canberra Australia April 2019 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

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Anzac Day 2019

We went to the Australian War Memorial (which is here in Canberra) shortly after the national Anzac Day service concluded around lunchtime today. It was like being backstage; after hours of live television broadcast across the country, we got there when all the technical crews were dismantling the cameras etc.

This is the first time I have seen concrete bollards EVERYWHERE – the terror threat is so high now. They had two sets of dozens of big barricades on either end of Anzac Parade, where in the past there was just a flimsy plastic ribbon. It’s so sad to see that happening even in Canberra now…

My father is a Vietnam veteran, and a major commemoration for the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Binh Ba is happening here in just a few weeks (the battle was mentioned on TV today).

We – as we always do – visited the Vietnam war section, and then went to Manuka for lunch and drinks.

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Anzac Day

I can’t wish someone a “happy” Anzac Day, but here’s a shoutout to all the Australians and New Zealanders commemorating today.

A picture at the Vietnam War memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra a few years ago:

Vietnam War Memorial Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 30th May 2015

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