As seen through the window at holtieshouse
We are still not thinking, "tests" but some of the things that make
us who we are may be of interest
East coast to West coast there is a two hour
time difference, further complicated during summer
when most, but not all States have daylight saving.
The southern half of
While the northern half is in a sub tropical zone.
We have cyclones instead of hurricanes and have
mini-tornadoes, but only very rarely.
In the sub tropical zone, includes my home state of
While the temperate folks get theirs mainly in winter.
Being in the Southern hemisphere our seasons are;
Summer, Dec, Jan, Feb.
Autumn, (Fall) Mar, Apr, May.
Winter, Jun, Jul, Aug.
Spring, Sep, Oct, Nov.
The lowest point in
Below sea level, it is 9915 square miles in area, but only fills about
twice each century, relying on flood rains throughout
where 5 rivers converge on
fill one SA creek,) in fact the water that finally gets to
fell from the heavens about 8 / 10 weeks ago.
Our largest river system is the Murray/Darling system which travels
About 2500 miles over the vast flat country-side of NSW and SA.
This river supplies irrigation water to a huge citrus and grape
Growing area, as well as being a very popular recreation source,
And the major part of the town water supply for dozens
of towns along the way.
Good old mother
Australia was their “final solution” to ridding themselves of their
criminal element, and you certainly didn’t have to do much to get
your free boat trip either, many of the convicts who arrived here
“for from 15 years, to the term of their natural lives” had done no
more than steal food to keep their families alive.
They were decent enough to hang any of the real criminals who went
further than this, must have been a hell of a place to live back then.
So the early Australians grew to have little regard for the aristocracy
or the laws of the land, we are from true rebel stock, and it is looked
on with pride to find some convict forbears these days, there are only
3 that I’ve been able to trace in my family to date.
Populate or perish was the catch cry after world war two, this
was tempered with a “White Australia” policy for many years,
perhaps the less said about that the better.
One way and another Australia does have one of the most multi cultural
populations to be found any where, most parts of this have worked very
well, but inevitably there have also been some problems.
A decision that faces the average citizen here now is, will we go for,
Chinese, Thai, Indian, Greek, Japanese….. and the list goes on,
bugger it, all I want is a bloody steak!!!!
Our once thriving manufacturing industry has crumpled away,
it’s been sold off, or forced to source their goods overseas
to compete price wise, we are indeed fortunate to have the
huge reserves of Coal, Iron Ore, Alumina etc. that we do, and also
that we are far enough removed from other countries that our stock
stay free of exotic diseases, thus making our meat welcome overseas.
We enjoy a good life style and standard of living which is why we can’t
compete with the imports from
"you can’t have your cake and eat it too."