My first recollection of seeing an Aussie sheep-dog so popular in the U.S. today was back in 1958 in Geelong, Victoria. I noticed a sheep farmers old ‘ute’ (utility vehicle or truck) coming down the main street and tucked in-between the old fashioned wing and the bonnet (hood) was a spotted sheep-dog enjoying the view from its vantage point.
We lived for a short time in the beautiful city of Adelaide in South Australia before moving to the state of Victoria where, following the tradition of the early pioneers we pitched our tent at Lara Lakes, while my two elder brothers framed up our first home on a 30 plot sub-divide purchased by my father.
Having unknowingly drawn the attention of local residents who’s Grandparents had settled there in similar fashion almost 100 years earlier, we were offered a home rent free, but my dad with his pioneer spirit declined the generous offer deciding to rough it for a few months. He had been a successful contractor for many years in Northern Ireland completing 52 homes in 52 weeks in 1955 and later built homes in Highton another suburb of Geelong, where I was schooled.
We visited Melbourne and Sydney, driving over the famous Sydney Harbor bridge and visited the beautiful city of Perth in Western Australia with a Mediterranean climate and black swans on the river. We also caught the Fremantle Express!
Sorry to hear ‘Dad and Dave’ have been retired, I’m sure ‘The Flying Doctor’ is still operating even if Dave is no longer “A Big Diligent Operator.” (‘The Archers’ are also gone from British radio). Like these and many memories of Australia I will not forget the time we spent there. Unfortunately, my father’s health began to decline and he returned the family to the old country before his death 3 years later.
The people of Australia have our deepest sympathies over the deaths and destruction during the fires and flooding in 2009 and the 100-year flood in 2012 and again in 2013 in this beautiful but sometimes difficult climatic region of the world. Brazil on similar latitude suffered flooding at the same time earlier in 2012. My little sister lives in Tasmania and is helping preserve the natural beauty there.
The Australian spirit is envied by many Americans who see the country as ‘The Last Frontier,’ I have heard Australians call it ‘The Big Equalizer,’ both are true. Australia was one of the few countries not to purchase the Triple A-U.S. investments which caused the worldwide financial crisis. The ‘Lucky Country.’
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