I would like to wish a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all for 2011!
The weather on the Gold Coast of Australia has been extremely hot and humid over these past few months of summer.
There has also been Cyclone Yasi in Northern Queensland and a major flood in Brisbane earlier
in the year.
I am reminded of a beautiful poem by Dorothea Mackellar who wrote "My Country" which seems to sum up best the inspiring love people have for their country of Australia. Dorothea Mackellar wrote this poem at a time when she was in England:
This link gives details of the poet's life.
A verse of the poem "My country" appeared on the front page of the Gold Coast Bulletin earlier
in the year after the damaging floods of Queensland.