26 January 2013

I love a sunburnt country

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!

Dorothea MacKellar, born in 1885, was one of Australia's best loved poets.
She wrote the above poem 'My Country' at the age of 19, while homesick in England.

Happy Australia Day!


  1. Who would've thought a bout of homesickness would inspire a poem that would still be read and loved over a century later.......enjoy the day Trudy....

    Claire :}

  2. A lovely poem Trudy.
    Happy Australia Day
    Angie x

  3. I remember having to recite this at school and I still love it... Happy Straylya Day...

  4. Happy Australia Day. Love the photos too.

  5. Lovely combination of photos and poetry. I would so love to be somewhere sunburned, as it is blooming freezing here.

  6. The perfect poem for Australia day. How you enjoyed the day.

  7. Happy Australia day to you Trudy. What a great antidote to all the pictures of snow! I haven't been to see your country yet, but I think I would like it. I imagine friendly smiling people with a laid back attitude and lots of sun! Heather x

  8. Impressive poem and impressive photographs...very apt.
    Hope you have had a great day!

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  9. Happy Australia day to you Trudy. Your photographs are a breath of (hot) fresh air after all this snow. You live in a stunning country.

    Gillian x

  10. Beautiful images!

    A belated Happy Australia Day from me, and a thank you for the much appreciated get well wishes :D

  11. Beautiful pictures, beautiful poem. I'll think of it while everything is under a white, very wet blanket, the sky grey and the air cold. Regula


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