Wednesday, April 11, 2012

AUSTRALIA - MY BEAUTIFUL CORNER OF THE WORLD - MARGARET TANNER

Being an Aussie, I am taking the liberty of changing one of our Blog themes to - Beautiful 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


This extract is from the famous Australian poem by author and poet, Dorothea Mackellar (1885 – 1968). Many people thought it should have become Australia’s national anthem instead of Advance Australia Fair.

We are an island nation. My ancestors fought and died to keep it free. Fortunately, I was never called upon to make such a sacrifice. My small contribution is that my historical novels are all set in Australia.
Our climate can be a harsh one, bitter in winter in some places and like a furnace in others.  We have deserts, wonderful beaches, soaring mountains, often snow capped, large tracts of virgin bushland with trees and fauna found nowhere else in the world.  We also have lush tropical rain forests.

Our most famous animal is of course, the kangaroo, with the koala not far behind.

I hope that one day, at least some of you will journey to the land “down under.” I can guarantee that you will love us.










7 comments:

JenaGalifany said...

Beautiful. I've always wanted to visit but don't see it happening soon enough.

Cheers!
JG

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Jena,
Thanks for dropping by. I can guarantee that you would enjoy your visit down-under. Hope to see you here one day.

Cheers

Margaret

Jerri Hines said...

Australia has always been on my bucket list of places. What a wonderful and interesting place! Thanks for sharing.

Brenda Whiteside said...

I think Australia is one place everyone would like to see. I'm no exception. thanks for the post.

Jannine Gallant said...

The poem is terrific. I can see why it was considered for your anthem. Thanks for sharing the great photos.

Vonnie Davis said...

Oh, I loved this! Thanks so much for sharing. Beautiful, beautiful pictures of a lovely country.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Ladies,
Thanks for dropping by. I appreciate it.

Regards

Margaret