Tag Archives: Australia

Sunday Evening in Canberra

Leave a comment

Filed under Australia, Canberra, Garden, Photography, Travel

Poppies at Parliament House

Today was the second-last day the poppies for the First World War were on display at Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra.

Leave a comment

Filed under Australia, Canberra, Photography, Travel

Poppies at Parliament House

Today was the second-last day the poppies for the First World War were on display at Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra.

cof

cof

Leave a comment

Filed under Australia, Canberra, Photography, Travel

Poppies for Remembrance Day – 100 Years

cof

Thousands of Poppies First world War One Sonya Heaney 11th November 2018 Australian War Memorial Canberra.

Thousands and thousands of handmade poppies at the Australian War Memorial for Remembrance Day, and a hundred years since the end of the First World War. Australia committed to the war before Britain even declared it, and Canberra turned on a sunny, hot, blue-skied, beautiful day for the occasion.

Because I live in Canberra, love history, and have a military father, I visit the War Memorial quite often. However, today was special, and because I’ve been overseas for much of the past few months, and today was the last day to see all the poppies before they go, (there are poppies at Parliament House, too, but they’re there for another week), I had to visit.

Leave a comment

Filed under Australia, Canberra, Photography, Travel

Long Tan Cross

Because I live in Canberra and have a former military father (and love history!), I spend quite a lot of time at the Australian War Memorial.

I went with my father today, half because of the occasion (one hundred years since the First World War ended) – to see the thousands and thousands of handmade poppies in the garden out the front (today was the last day for the exhibition), and half because I’m currently working on the memoirs of a Military Cross-winning Vietnam veteran (my father’s commander in the war), and he was heavily involved in the Long Tan dedication ceremony.

Long Tan is by far the most famous (infamous?) battle in Australia’s involvement in Vietnam, and my father knows people in the iconic photograph.

The cross arrived at the War Memorial not all that long ago, and this is the first time I’ve seen it in its special new room. Unfortunately that room – as they tried to make it a quiet place for reflection – is practically hidden, and I think most visitors will miss it…

mde

1 Comment

Filed under Australia, Canberra, Photography, Travel

Not Again…

I left Canberra for Sydney this morning, only to discover that a massive bushfire is about to hit my part of town (much like in 2003), along with a severe heatwave and huge winds. After I arrived in Sydney I heard from my father that houses in my own suburb have had trees fall on and crush them. Other – massive – trees have fallen and blocked major roads. The fire is still out of control, and getting closer.

2003:

Canberra Firestorm 18th January 2003

Firestorm in Canberra, Australia. 18th January 2003.

It’s raining in Sydney. I wish they’d send some of their rain to us.

I am flying to China in a few hours, so I guess I just hope for the best…

But – hey – climate change doesn’t exist, right?

Leave a comment

Filed under Australia, Canberra

Halloween in Canberra

With the temperatures in the thirties, it’s going to be an indoor Halloween in Canberra this evening. It’s too sunny and hot outside! (And there have been bushfires burning around here all day.)

We don’t have time for much this year, because we’re packing to travel to China at the end of the week.

.Halloween Canberra Australia 31st October 2018 Sonya Heaney Jack-o-Lantern Pumkpin Witches Hot Afternoon.

Leave a comment

Filed under Accessories, Canberra, Home