Australia

New website Sydney Australia

Well as we can no longer really be called the "Hills in Japan" it seems the right time to retire this site as a memory to our time in Japan and to start afresh with a new site for where we are now in Sydney, Australia.

The new site will have a slightly different intent to this one (which was to share a little of our experiences in Japan) and predominately be a personal photo album, for you to browse :-) It is still under construction but stay tuned to www.hillground.com for it's arrival!

Note: I do plan to go back and make some more posts (here on this site) from our last days in Japan - farewells, last mochi and things - just to round things off.

Back in Sept - Give me a home among the gum trees....

Ah, I miss the gum trees and the smells of Australia....it reminds me of a song, are you already singing it? (if you not up on Australia folks songs and would like to join in the chorus see Song: Home Among the Gum Trees)
I hadn't been back to the farm in spring for 5 years so it was magnificent to see it in such a beautiful array of colours. Unfortunately what were bumper crops have frizzled with the lack of late rains leading to yet another "drought" year.

If you'd like to see more, I've compiled a thumbnail view of 40 photos although you'll need to be logged on to view them (see more Australia photos )

Song: Home Among the Gum Trees

I’ve been around the world a couple of times, or maybe more,
I’ve seen the sights, I’ve had delights on every foreign shore,
But when me mates all ask me the place that I adore,
I tell them right away.

Give me a home among the gum trees,
With lots of plum trees, a sheep or two, a ka-kangaroo.
A clothes line out the back, verandah out the front,
And an old rocking chair.

You can see me in the kitchen cooking up a roast,
Or Vegemite on toast, just you and me, a cup of tea.
And later on we’ll settle down and mull up on the porch,
And watch the possums play.

Give me a home among the gum trees,
With lots of plum trees, a sheep or two, a ka-kangaroo.
A clothes line out the back, verandah out the front,
And an old rocking chair.

There’s a Safeway up the corner, and a Woolies down the street,
A brand new place theyve opened up where they regulate the heat,
But I’d trade them all tomorrow for a simple bush retreat
Where the kookaburras call.

Give me a home among the gum trees,
With lots of plum trees, a sheep or two, a ka-kangaroo.
A clothes line out the back, verandah out the front,
And an old rocking chair.

Some people like their houses with fences all around,
Others live in mansions, and some beneath the ground.
But Me, I like the bush, you know with rabbits running ’round,
And a pumpkin vine out the back.

Give me a home among the gum trees,
With lots of plum trees, a sheep or two, a ka-kangaroo.
A clothes line out the back, verandah out the front,
And an old rocking chair.

Give me a home among the gum trees,
with lots of plum trees, a sheep or two, a ka-kangaroo.
A clothes line out the back, verandah out the front,
And an old rocking chair.

by W. Johnson and B. Brown

Sourced from ALLdownunder.com

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