It's the anniversary of the First Fleet landing in Australia in 1788 and declaring it British Sovereign territory
Only the Dutch had 'discovered' Australia in 1606. And again in 1616, 1619, 1623.... They named it New Holland but mustn't have been that taken by it as they kept sailing on their merry way.
It's a bit controversial as I'm sure all European colonisation anniversaries are and is called 'Invasion day' by some.
But we don't focus on that here, we just celebrate Australia's Birthday.
So we started by singing Happy Birthday to Australia.
And Meg decided that saying 'mate' after every sentence is very Australian:
'Yummy brekky, mate.'
'Pass the butter, mate.'
'Here you are, mate.'
It got a bit old pretty quick.
But who am I to stop them being Aussie, huh?
We made Anzac bikkies and I took them to my senior English class and then my fabulous neighbour W gave me her pastry recipe and I made a meat pie:
Meg and Amy made a salad and I opened a jar of homemade tomato sauce and we had a truly Aussie meal.
Which I forgot to take a picture of at all until it was completely finished:
The recipe wasn't great, I think Japanese mince is much milder/ blander than Aussie and I tried using mushroom stock rather than beef but it was really popular so I think a re-jigging of the recipe and a take two is in order.
A couple more Anzac bickies for dessert and our Australia Day was complete.
Happy Australia Day!