Australia Day 2007


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Unlike previous years, where Simon and I would spend Jan 26 in the sun counting down the Triple J’s Hottest 100 at Jess’s, this Australia Day was -17 degress and snowing.

Despite this, we headed to Hemingways, a pub in the Yorkville district, where a couple of hundred other expat Aussies had gathered to enjoy a few pints and a rousing rendition of the Australian anthem.

There were no meat pies and we were drinking Canadian beer but the atmosphere was great and the Aussie accents made us feel right at home. There was a lot of story telling, banter about the cricket and for a brief period Simon became a sought after commodity when it was discovered he knew most of the words to Waltzing Matilda.

Hope all at home enjoyed their Australia Day. Unfortunately its not a long weekend for us, but a good night was had, followed by a lazy Saturday at home out of the snow.



3 thoughts on “Australia Day 2007”

  1. There is some truth in the saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder” dear Gemma. At an Australia Day BBQ the heat and flies would be terrible, the meat overcooked to the point of burnt sacrifice and the company would be just, well … so Australian.
    In Canada, you could forgive the Canadian beer, temperature in the minuses and rejoice that your husband was the patriot who could remember your national anthem.
    How travel broadens the mind!


  2. G’day Guys.

    Sounds like you both had a ripper of an Australia day!!!! How are things going?

    Hope you are both well and having a great time.
    Cheers, Andy and Maree.


  3. Hey Griff,

    Good to hear from you, must admit it’s not the same without the cricket!

    Heard you have a new family member, Matilda – and before any of our readers get too excited by this little revelation, Matilda is a black Labrador. Please send us a pic!

    Take care


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