Australia Day Coastal Blog Hop
So here comes another great blog hop over the next three weeks from an all Aussie contingent... leading up to a celebration of Australia Day. Over the next three weeks you'll be reading about what being an Aussie author means to the crew below, or how they celebrate Australia Day, or maybe even a lamington or pavlova recipe. It will be full of surprises!
And you'll hear about new books to add to your TBR piles!
Don't forget to call in every day and visit the blogs, leave a comment, enter the raffle copter for the fabulous gift basket.
My Memories of Australia Day
I thought I'd think back on what Australia Day means to me. It's a funny thing because I have no memory of Australia Day as a child. In fact, the first memory I have of it is during the Australian Bicentenary and even that isn't my own memory as I was overseas at the time while images of Sydney Harbour replete with tall ships and ferry boat races were beamed around the world.
Even for the couple of years after I don't remember doing much for Australia Day. Maybe I did or more likely I was packing my bags and heading to the country to help with O-Week at the University I attended.
Then I got married and lived a block from the Dee Why beach where the local Council, in it's wisdom, decided to start a free breakfast picnic for the locals. (This event still runs every year and is no longer free and is generally so crowded I no longer attend). Still, I have always thought of this as a spectacularly Australian way to celebrate Australia Day. A bacon and egg roll on a picnic blanket, a quick swim, watch the surf boat races and listen to local musicians sing in the park. It's inclusive and it's egalitarian.
When we were first married we'd meet up with friends and sit in the sun, have a few adult beverages and let the day roll away. It was romantic to go home with a smile on your face and sand between your toes having shared the day with good friends. A couple of times we ended up back at our flat dancing on the coffee table as young people in love do.
Some times there was a new boyfriend or girlfriend for my husband and I to meet and the next year they might be gone, maybe replaced, maybe not. Australia Day, falling as early as it does in the year, was a day full of promise and opportunity. Resolutions hadn't yet been abandoned, summer felt like it still had lots of puff left and lots of people were just back from travels with tales to tell and enthusiasm.
As an adult now, and as the parent or a school age child Australia Day has a different feel. In my state it means the end of school holidays. It means school goes back, the routine resumes and reality takes hold again. Not so back then...back then it was a day of romance and hope and friendship.
(Dee Why Beach is located on Sydney's Northern beaches about ten minutes from Manly where much of Mr Right and Other Mongrels is set.) Mr Right and Other Mongrels is currently on sale for 99c.
You can enter via Rafflecopter below....also below is a list of all the talented Australian authors who are participating in this wonderful blog hop...where you win....(drum-roll!)