Happy Australia Day!
A sunburnt country…
Although I currently live in the USA, my homeland is Australia and it is a place I love. January 26th is when we celebrate Australia Day so I thought I would write about that great southern land.
“I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!”
An excerpt from “My Country” written by Dorethea MacKellar (published in 1908)
Australia can be a harsh place of searing heat and drought, along with what we call bush fires (forest fires) and dust storms, then at the same time we can be hit by floods that can cover vast areas! Every now and then we even suffer from things like locust, mosquito and mice plagues!
Along with the natural elements we also have…
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