Welcome. Come on in for a cup of tea or coffee. You are very welcome and I have most beverages. This week has been a weird week. Anzac Day fell on Wednesday and it has totally thrown my body clock out, not knowing what day it is or what I am supposed to be doing. That is because Wednesday is golf day. I know that because Roger isn’t here and I do what I like which might be clean the house, spend hours on the computer or go out and have coffee with friends. This Wednesday we were collected at 0445 by friends to attend the dawn service in Verrierdale, a small town in the Noosa hinterland.
We arrived in the dark.
to the sound of a solitary piper.
People milled about. Old soldiers catching up with mates.
The Noosa Chorale sang Amazing Grace to start the commemorations off. For those of you that don’t know ANZAC day is the day we remember our returned servicemen from all the numerous battles we have fought in and peace keeping efforts. Our sense of the ANZACs is on the first landing of the ANZACS at Gallipoli which was a bit of strategic disaster. After a campaign of 8 months 56,000 allied soldiers had been killed but the heroism of those there has been stamped into our psyche and is part of what we consider our nationhood to encompass.
Wreaths were laid, the air commodore spoke (though I’m not 100% certain that I got his meaning ) the choir sang again, the last post sounded , a minutes silence, wreathes were laid and the ceremony finished with the Australian followed by the New Zealand National Anthems.
In Gallipoli the ridges had been covered in Aleppo pines but the Turks had removed them to provide cover for their trenches. All that was left was one solitary pine when on the 6th August 1915 the Australians launched a major offensive on what is now known as Lone Pine Ridge. One of the soldiers Benjamin Smith collected three of the pine cones from this solitary tree and sent it home to him Mum Jane McMullin as a memory of his brother and her son Mark who had died on the ridge. She was successful in raising two seedlings from these cones. She planted one and sent the other to the Australian War Memorial. From this seedling more pines, such as the one above, has been raised. This one was given to the Verrierdale community in recognition of the work they had done and completed for the 100th commemoration.
After the ceremony a hearty breakfast was provided in the Verrierdale Hall.
This was the first time Muffin had been left alone at home. She had previously always had Bundy for company when we left. Our neighbours told us she howled. Not a great way to wake up before 5am. I don’t know whether it was the time of day, we’ll have to do a bit of sneaking home when we go out to see just what she is doing.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that the weather here is just perfect. Warm during the day and cool of a night. A little wind but more like a breeze. Everybody is having a lot of fun down on the river. Now that we can again walk, we are doing long walks of a morning (around 10kms) to reach our coffee shop. This takes a huge slice out of the day but it is most enjoyable.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that the other thing I have done this week is buy a pushbike. I rode it home on the bike paths from the bike shop probably 7 kms away without any problem. Well that is not strictly true. I wobbled my way home. I haven’t mastered the straight line yet and I panic easily but it is just confidence I need. I have no intention of ever riding on the road so I should be fine. It is just finding the time to ride it.
So that is about it for my week. Have you read any good books or seen any films that should be seen? Looking forward to seeing how your week has been. Thank you for dropping in for coffee, it is lovely to see you. Thanks to eclecticali who is our host of the weekend coffee share.