ANZAC Day 2020


ANZAC Day is arguably the most important day of the year for many Australians, the day we remember the Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in war. It is held on April 25, the anniversary of the day Australians and New Zealanders landed at the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey in 1915.

Usually ANZAC Day starts with a commemorative dawn service at the various Shrines of Remembrance across the country with local services held in communities across the country. There is a commemorative address, wreaths are laid, hymns sung, the Ode is recited, The Last Post is played, then there is a minute’s silence before New Zealand and Australia’s national anthems are played.

Later there are marches, egg and bacon breakfasts, two-up (a gambling game which can  only legally be played on ANZAC Day). The pubs do a roaring trade.

This year, we downloaded an app to stream the national service and went to the end of our driveway just before 6am for our own Light up the Driveway at Dawn service. Our candle flickered on the screen but the sound on the app didn’t work. We heard The Last Post and later the Reveille being played from someone else’s driveway service but we couldn’t see where the sound was coming from. Later we could see the lights of candles  coming from people standing at the end of their driveway further up our street. We waved our mobile devices to them so they could see our candles too.

For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon (the Ode)

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them

The following photo is looking down our nearest main road at the dawn breaking a few minutes after the ceremony ended.


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Teddy Bear Hunting has become a thing around my neighbourhood as we self-isolate during 2020 because of Covid-19. With playgrounds and parks shut, the idea is that children spot teddy bears at other people’s homes while they are out walking.


I laughed out loud when I spotted my first teddy bear on an early morning week and each subsequent bear (or stuffed animal) that I have spotted has brought me joy.


Some bears are shy and hard to find.


I’ve also spotted rabbits during my walks around the neighbourhood. Coming up to Easter, various Premiers of Australian states have put out formal communications to ease the minds of worried children to advise that the Easter Bunny is exempt from travel restrictions. Phew!!


Hey, hey, we’re the Monkeys!

Some bears (and their families) are taking holidays in their own front yards.


I spotted what I thought were two bears in a garden in the following photo, but I was wrong. Not sure if the people who live here are getting ready early for next Christmas or if they are complete slackers! Either way, the reindeer and toy soldier made me smile.


The signs are everywhere and are delightful.

Some bears are happiest when they are just hanging around…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are always around when something fun is happening.


The idea has come from a children’s book called We’re Going on A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.