Wednesday, 12 September 2007
A day in Australia
I woke up by the sound of a kookaburra, a large Australian kingfisher. The sound is so typical of Australia and is something like the laugh of an excited monkey.Lateron in the afternoon I saw him sitting on a high branch. I couldn't get a close picture of the bird, but this the best I could do.
After breakfast my daughter told the children to start their school work. The children are being homeschooled. Every day they have to finish a certain amount of home work to write. Then they have a conversation on the telephone with their teachers. My eldest grandson, who is almost 11 years old, asked his teacher if he wanted to speak to me and so we did. The other two children of his class asked me some questions. One of them asked if it was very cold in the Netherlands, if there were mountains, how large it was and how many inhabitants it has.I told them that there are no mountains, most of the country is flat. It has 16 million inhabitants and it's half the size of Tasmania, Australia's smallest state. From the very north of the Netherlands to the bottom of the country it's only about 350 km. The teacher was very much interested in my photos of Rotterdam.
In the afternoon we went Cooktown where we had lunch at Cook's Landingplace. We met as usual a lot of friends of my daughter's.