Here are a couple of images from the day-long 50th anniversary commemorations for the Battle of Binh Ba in Canberra on Thursday.
The first one shows the Minister for Veterans and Defence on the left, and Vietnam veterans from the official party on the right. My father is the veteran in the centre. It was SO sunny that we were all blinded and melting by the end, despite it being the first week of winter!
The second image is from the Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial the same evening. The ceremony was dedicated to Binh Ba veterans in general, and to the sole Australian killed in the fighting in particular. (There was also a British D-Day veteran present.) Afterwards, veterans and their families were lined up for a photograph – I’m one of the dots on the left of the picture!
This is the view out my office window at the moment. King parrots are everywhere in Canberra at this time of the year. There were at least a dozen in the tree, but because of the bright sunlight I was having trouble photographing more than two at once.
This is the Australian raven (a bigger bird than ravens overseas) who flew off with my food container on Sunday afternoon. A couple of hours later, the thing dropped out of the sky – on the other side of the house! I caught it having a drink (and flying around the back deck, carrying the container again!) today.
The feathers are spectacular. Almost blue in the sun.
What a fantastic last day of the season in Canberra.
A gorgeous, sunny late-autumn afternoon at Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra to end the weekend (but we get a public holiday tomorrow!).
We stopped in Goulburn on the way from Sydney to Canberra today. The Victorian architecture there is so well-preserved.
On the way to the Sydney Opera House to see the final performance of The Australian Ballet’s Giselle last night.