Today is Australia Day and this poem is one that I love. Every Australian kid learns this poem at school – it’s just beautiful! And finding it read by Dorothea McKellar herself makes it extra special. She begins by talking to those in England who love the order and greenery, so the first few images are of England, then she goes on to explain her love of Australia.
“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!
She wrote this when she was just 22 and was back in England, missing Australia. I’m sure she had no idea that it would become as loved as it is.
We are spending the next three days working on painting our bedroom. I spent this morning cleaning it all out and DH is up there now washing the walls. I’ve realised I have to get rid of even more stuff before we move so a few trips to the op shop are in order tomorrow.
I’m excited to be getting stuff done around the place. I want this place on the market by the start of October. I’m SO ready to move and downsize! So we’ll be painting and decluttering here and trying to keep cool.