Easter Sunday, our last day in Australia – April 12, 2009

Easter Sunday was a family day for the Tozers. Three of their children and five of their grandchildren gathered in Putney Park, on the banks of the Parramatta, for a family picnic. Plans for a barbecue went sideways when it turned out that shops were closed, but Rhonda quickly turned famine into feast and created a delicious meal out of ingredients on hand.

Robin in Kerry Tozer's kayak
Robin in Kerry Tozer's kayak

Kerry Tozer’s kayak was the hit of the day. In the photo below, Robin takes his turn paddling out among the moored sailboats and back again with a huge smile on his face.

Next morning we sailed out of Sydney Harbour in a pouring rain. Dark had fallen, and even the rain couldn’t dampen our delight in our last view of Australia. Windows in the towers of commerce were lit, as were the streetlights along the quay. It was like a brightly lit Christmas scene, the last gift of our stay Down Under.

The sky was dark as we sailed out of Sydney Harbour, and we were moving too much for a photo, but this skyline is magical at night - surely one of the prettiest city harbours anywhere
The sky was dark as we sailed out of Sydney Harbour, and we were moving too much for a photo, but this skyline is magical at night - surely one of the prettiest city harbours anywhere

As we sailed away from Australia, I thought of these lines from “My Country” by Dorothea MacKellar. The poet and novelist was only nineteen when she penned them, but they are among the best-known lines in Australian poetry.

“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.”

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One thought on “Easter Sunday, our last day in Australia – April 12, 2009

  1. Michelle

    I’m so glad you quoted that poem. You have experienced every line of it in your amazing Australian tour and you certainly captured the essence of the people, land and life here throughout your entertaining and educational blog. Super job Cathryn and thanks for sharing it 🙂

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