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Hello from a very wet Auckland, New Zealand! It has not stopped raining all day, which ordinarily would have been a bit of a nuisance. But today, I think it actually added to the occasion, so I’m not complaining.

It’s ANZAC Day here, something we Australians and New Zealanders commemorate each year on 25 April, as we remember the men who fought and died for us in Gallipoli. It started there, but has since embraced WWII and all conflicts since – and there is a real spirit that brings the Australasian people together.

I have attended two services today – the first at the naval base, for colours (0800), and the second in Northcote, where we live, and where I parade with my neighbour Basil. He will be 89 on Wednesday; it was very cool to be able to march the streets of Northcote with him again this morning. Above are just a few pictures from both services.

I hope you’ve had a great day wherever you are. For us, it has been a good way to round off Easter, and a good start to the second week of the school holidays. I’ll be back soon with some stamping!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 26/04/2011 11:44

    Looks like you had a special day! I agree that sometimes rainy, cloudy days can add the perfect mood setting.

  2. 26/04/2011 21:03

    Isn’t it nice that we can share this special day across the Tasman … with our friends in NZ! Hope you had a lovely ANZAC day. We have taken the kids to the dawn service several times … but the last couple of years have missed it. But … we certainly make up for it with the TV coverage! Hugs xxaxx

  3. 27/04/2011 06:36

    You look so swish in your uniform Bron! Shame about the rain! I lvoe that you march with a Vet – brings it all home, eh?

  4. Steph permalink
    01/05/2011 20:09

    I love seeing you in uniform Bron, and with that smile of yours. I’ve missed Basil’s birthday, but he’s doing well to march along in that weather at that age.


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