Australia, harsh land inhabited with beautiful people and Cities.
All my life I have wanted to visit Australia. Unfortunately, something always cropped up to prevent this. Now at last I was there in Canberra, Australia’s capital city.
Flying in from magical Thailand, I was riveted to my window, waiting for my first glimpse of this rugged land. The coast land,
coming in from the north, then the countryside. It starts slowly, with a kilometre, then ten, then hundreds and finally thousands of kilometres. Once one has traversed almost three thirds of a continent. What has one seen? Basically, varying degrees of burnt sand and the odd tree. Now as you approach the lusher areas and the scenery changes. What has one seen? Basically, varying degrees of burnt grass albeit with more trees.
At about this time it suddenly dawns on you, just what it took to tame this land. From my perspective, it took, a very special type of person to do this. Beautiful Australian people. I doff my hat to you.
One must also realise that Australia is a continent and its scenes are many and varied from the sublime to the spectacular. Whichever way one looks at it, the truth is, it also has some very harsh terrain and deserts. So it may depend on which way one flies into it? And the reason we came to Canberra is that my wife’s brother lives there and they hadn’t seen each other for twenty, long, long, years, and we loved it there.
A better view of Canberra.
Canberra and lake surroundings.
How Canberra Was planned.
The Griffin plan.
Old and new houses of Parliament.
Now the reason for the triangle which dwarfs the building is symbolic. This being that the legs represent the people of Australia,and subsequently, Parliament is under them as it should be, and not the other way around. Beautiful.
The Australian flag pictured here is actually the size of a modern day bus. Fascinating?
Now this is where we stayed. Whilst my brother in law works in Canberra he lives just outside in Murrambateman in New South Wales. A lovely big house. What one needs to understand is, water is short here, hence the architecture of the house. It’s this way so that when it rains the water is send from the gutters to an underground storage facility, as every bit of water saved helps. I did say it was a harsh land and they were undergoing a prolonged drought when we visited.