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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Oh, Sri Lanka…

Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo

I’ve lost count of how many Sri Lankan stamps I have in my passports, but there are MANY. I used to stay there before and after every trip I made to India to visit my parents (they used to live there).

Sri Lankans are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Even when the civil war was still on, and there were sandbags and machine guns everywhere, and the airport staff raided your suitcases before they even let you into the building, they were always so nice about it.

I always tell this story, but one time I checked into a resort in Negombo (where over a hundred people were killed in the terror attacks), the elderly gardener saw me carrying a tiny bag up to my room, and came running to help.

I thought he’d want a tip, but by the time I’d got into my room, and turned around to tip him, he was long gone. He literally just wanted to help me. In the hotel world, this is not a normal experience…

Sri Lankans are just like this. Amazing people.

I am so upset about these attacks, and I’m so upset they won’t matter much according to the world’s news.

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Autumn in Canberra

More than halfway to winter, and it’s still summer dress weather in Canberra. I wanted to pack away my summer clothes for the season, but haven’t yet been able to. Temperatures around 26 degrees mean it’s not jeans-and-jumper time yet!

Here are some autumn colours from Canberra on this extremely sunny afternoon.

Red Autumn Leaves Autumn Colours Canberra ACT Australia Sonya Heaney 17th April 2019 Garden Blue Sky Nature

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Random Cemetery Ibis

An Australian ibis wandering around the graves in Queanbeyan Lawn Cemetery, just before the border with Canberra, this afternoon.

Ibis Queanbeyan Lawn Cemetery New South Wales NSW near Canberra ACT Australia Autumn Heatwave Bird Sonya Heaney 17th April 2019

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