Simply, the present
I have never been especially
impressed by the heroics of people convinced that they are about to change the
world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after
another. - Ellen Goodman
Australia has been isolated for thousands of years and thus plants have
been able to develop independently to suit the often harsh natural conditions.
Due to the wide range of different environments and plant communities, the
native flora of Australia is the most diverse and varied in the world, growing
in tropical, rainforest, stony inland deserts, alpine meadows and sandy
heathlands. It has been estimated there are about 20,000 to 25,000 different
plants native to Australia.
(Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha)
Australia's official national floral emblem, featured on the coat-of-arms.
Possibly the best known amongst the Australian plants. With 600 or more kinds of
wattles, they can be found in every part of the country, from well-watered areas
to the arid Centre to the cold mountain regions. They are usually the first to
appear after bush-fires. They can be found growing in the most remote areas,
from low, spreading shrubs to large, upright growing trees. The individual
flowers are always very small and massed together in pom-pom heads or rod-like
The wattle didn't officially become the floral emblem until
1988. It was also about this time that 'shame' for much of the heritage began to
disappear from the social culture. People could speak openly about having an
ancestor on the First Fleet in 1788. Of course not all ancestors were here
because of a crime...and the First Fleeters were not crimes of passion or
murder. They were the ones who'd taken a pocket handkerchief or a loaf of bread
or similar acts which afforded them transportation to the 'new land'. Travel was
so difficult back to the old country that many stayed here forever, whether they
were of the soldier of 'criminal' class.
This land was harsh and difficult for those used to an English
climate - hot and dry and all the seasons back to front. Summer when it should
be winter - night when it should be day - even the water circles in a different
direction - clockwise when it should be anti-clockwise....or is it the other way
round - confusing. and of course they wore clothing suited to an English
climate. I think it took two hundred years before Australians (and New
Zealanders) began to not care what the rest of the world thinks or does
and just be themselves.
Wattle symbolises growth as well as gaiety and
It's colour is yellow - so gaiety and joy come with the
essence of the flower.
there are more than 600 varieties of wattle here in Australia,
many of which bloom all year round. However, the wattle signifies the beginning
of Spring. Here in the southern hemisphere winter has past - well in Queensland
definitely - the days are long and warm again. Not that cold here can be likened
to cold in Europe or North America but for us it's the beginning of nights
without blankets and back to shorts, T Shirts and no shoes for comfortable
Change is here
the sleeping period has gone!
Change brings an alertness, a readiness to move forward.
Wattle shows us how.
even if you are in a climate where the 1st day of September is
allow wattle to be the guide in showing you the way into
joyful gaiety of growth.
allow change to be a friend and not that which you fear.
feel the adventure - not as the child but as the adult.
let the past be - the past
and the future a step to be taken with joy.
from here in Brisbane, Australia
on Friday, the 1st September, 2006
it is in love from my heart to your
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the midi playing is
: September Snow (australian Accordian Orchestra)
I ask that you join me each day at the dinner hour (evening meal)
in lighting a candle together, so that we as One People may join
voices together for Peace On Earth.
Peace will come when we are all free to love with compassion each
other, as One family, without the constrictions of past
we can create a reality free of fear, greed and manipulation, where all
people in all lands may have the freedom to move freely in joyful
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