ink & watercolour illustration, 8" x 10" [20 x 25.5cm]
It's Australia Day ~ the anniversary of the landing of the First Fleet under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip in Sydney Cove in 1788 ~ and a great excuse for a public holiday. We do love to party.
It seems only right that Australia Day coincides with the height of summer here, where the three iconic Bs ~ Backyard cricket, BBQs and Beaches ~ are typical ways of celebrating this special day with family and friends. If I was heading to the beach, I'd be happy to find a deck chair like this one waiting for me just next to the tide line, but with plenty of shade from a muslin-draped cabana. Someone to fan me with a palm frond and spritz me with jasmine-frangipani water would be nice, too. If you're in the northern hemisphere and shivering in the drizzle or grey, you're welcome to sit here a while with me. I'll order some cocktails and mocktails to be served in half pineapples with straws and little umbrellas printed with kangaroos, koalas and kookaburras. You're welcome. And Happy Australia Day to us all!