We were worried. After months of blue skies and no rain, Saturday was a terrible day. Sunday was the day of the Coral-Balmoral (Vietnam War) 50th anniversary service on Anzac Parade (the street that runs from the Australian War Memorial towards Parliament House). Hundreds of people came for it.
We were lucky: we had a sunny day, despite the forecast.
The first picture is (duh!) Parliament House, taken from the back of the car yesterday afternoon. It’s still all wrapped up for renovations. I’m not sure they should’ve done it EXACTLY when we’re celebrating the building being open for thirty years.
The second picture was taken at the side of the Vietnam War Memorial – you can see the wall of the main thing on the right – hours after the service (we went back after lunch to take a few more pictures), of the wreaths that were laid by dignitaries etc.
If it’s a bit blurry it’s because I took this from the back seat of a car this afternoon (zooming past other people’s heads and arms etc.)! It’s 30+ something degrees in Canberra today, and will be again tomorrow, and tonight we have Skyfire (fireworks) on the lake.
It was a pretty great St Patrick’s Day. I had no idea so many people would come into the city all dressed up – I deliberately didn’t wear green because I thought that was silly, but I was about the only one in a different colour! We had Irish bands, Irish dancers etc. I haven’t *done* St Patrick’s Day for years. How lucky it was on a Saturday this year!
The view from the Australian War Memorial down ANZAC Parade in Canberra this afternoon. You can’t see it, but Lake Burley Griffin is at the end of the road, and then that’s Australian Parliament in the distance.
Yet again we had spectacular blue sky. And – yet again – the national news said it is cloudy and raining here. Uh…
The new recruits from Kapooka were on a visit today. They were all lined up out front for a group photo when we arrived.
Note: I took this from the back seat of the car at lunchtime today! Parliament House is covered in scaffolding at the moment, so it doesn’t look so great (plus, the government voted to put that awful “anti-terrorist” fence up, and ruin the beautiful lawns).
I thought I took at least one better picture on the way back, but they were all too blurry to use!
Rainbow flags on the drive up to Parliament House this afternoon. There’s another set closer over the bridge, but you can’t see them in this picture. Those flagpoles are used for national flags when presidents visit etc.
There are rainbow things everywhere in Canberra – in fact, there have been for months (including the airport – the anti-gay politicians flying in have to see it every time), but now they’ve painted footpaths and roads!
The flag of Australia’s Parliament House, Canberra at half-mast for the funeral of our former Governor-General Ninian Stephen today. I took this from the car.
The sun reflecting off the metal is insane (so much for the so-called “cloudy day” here!).
Flags at all of Canberra’s national monuments were lowered for the occasion.
The view from the back of the car when we were driving past Parliament House in Canberra this afternoon. We had lunch at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant (by the way, the staff = terrible! They messed up our order literally half a dozen times – e.g. wrong drinks, then three entrées we didn’t order – and then CHARGED US for it!). It was a lovely, sunny day.
One day I’ll sit in the front of the car and take a decent picture!