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Kookaburra sittin' on the old Hills Hoist! - De Kookaburra Lacht!  by MrJoop

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Kookaburra sittin' on the old Hills Hoist! - De Kookaburra Lacht! by 

Seems about once a year that a kookaburra will come and have a look around, here, in the backyard, where I sit in this granny flat, at my computer.

When we first came to Australia, going to the cinema was such a big deal and the kookaburra laughing, at the beginning of the newsreel, before the cartoon and the main feature is a good memory.

De kookaburra lacht (The kookaburra laughs) Brieven van een emigrant (letter from a migrant), was written by Koos Schuur and was a collection of letters which he sent to friends in the Netherlands, on the topic of his life in Australia, between 1951 and 1963.

I wish I still had the aerogrammes that I sent my Oma Mul (My father’s stepmother) covering the period between 1956 until the late seventies!

Elsewhere on Redbubble, I have commented on the reports that two journalists, not long out of the Netherlands, are sending to the Netherlands (In particular, the Volkskrant).

It’s all so subjective!!! Even though the Mediabureau journalists describe themselves as down-to-earth Dutchmen, or nuchtere Hollanders, they’re human and observing and understanding a different culture takes time.

Coming from a different culture and not from Mars, it’s so hard to be objective!!

In 1969, I enrolled in the “Art Teachers Conversion Course”. It was my first experience of formal art lessons. Soon other interests prevailed, until, I had lunch, in Hazelhurst and then enjoyed the art classes there. Culminating in my exhibition, in 2008.

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  • simba
    simbaover 6 years ago

    Great capture

  • Martin Derksema
    Martin Derksemaover 6 years ago

    Beautiful images. Being objective is so difficult. I am always thinking from my own frame of reference.

  • It so often happens that I preface my impressions with explaining that it’s only my perspective.
    I used to hear, particularly my father, say so ofthen: Hij is een echte Australier. (He’s a real Australian.) That had all sorts of implications. Positive and negative. He would say it describing what has been his most faithful friend, Ron, from across the road, who kept him company in such good-humoured spirit.
    Always concluding with: Well! It’s time for me beer.
    See you after.

    – MrJoop

  • mohammed
    mohammedover 6 years ago

    gr8t imge lov the angle !~! keep it up

  • Caroline Angell
    Caroline Angellover 5 years ago

    These are a great series of shots of this Kookaburra, seems he’s interested in the blue peg on your hills hoist! Love this main shot as it shows all the layers of feathers this bird has – a very handsome bird. Thanks for adding this to Australia! Your Standing In It…

  • Thanks, Caroline.
    It makes me think about how long I’ve been in this location. I used to sit, in the granny flat (at this computer) looking out over the backyard, between looking after my father and visiting my mother, in the nursing home.
    I’ve now moved into the house. Different perspective on the back yard.
    As I wrote in the explanation, I think – when we first moved here, i the seventies I tried to talk into the tape recorder, while the kookaburras could be heard in the back yard, when preparing little reel-to-reel tapes, to send to relatives, in the Netherlands.
    I hoped it would add a real Aussie feel to the messages.

    – MrJoop

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