I am taking a series of shots on the subject “What it means to be Australian”. When given this brief I did a lot of contemplating. Many suggestions were made….magpies, kookaburras, roos……and being in the country environment for holidays there were plenty to be seen. For me mate-ship is one of the identifying marks of who we are. These two gentlemen (one being my hubby) have been mates for many years despite the 30 or so years difference in age. The corrugated iron of the shed is another Aussie icon.