The next stop on our tour of Canberra was the national Parliament House. While here, we learned more about the history of Australia, as well as their politics and government. As we learned, the Australian government is organized as a combination of the US and British systems. They have two houses, one is the Senate, the other is the House of Representatives. These two houses are very similar to our's as the Senate is comprised of a fixed number of representatives from each state and the House of Representatives is allotted by population. There are two "Heads of State," one being elected by the people (Prime Minister)and the other chosen by the Queen of England (Governor General.) The Governor General has veto power and is the Commander in Chief of the armed forces. The Prime Minister is the political and international leader chosen by the people.
|Crest on the parliament house|
The Parliament House itself was only finished within the last fifty years. The original building was only meant to be temporary, but still stands today. As you can see in the picture, the building is much different architecturally than the US Capital. We learned many things about the Capital of Australia in our tour of the capital.
For our lunch we stopped at a little cafe near Young, Australia before we arrived at Willayoung Orchard, our third visit. Andrew Ricketts, talked to us about his operation, how he started out as a small fruit tree business and transitioned into a orchard. They produce many different kinds of cherries, figs, table grapes, plums, yellow and white nectarines, apricots, yellow and white peaches. The operation consisted of about 20 acres, while maintaining over 5,500 trees.
Matt, Amy and Sara
|Andrew Ricketts @ Willayoung Orchard|
|Sara and Jackson listen to Andrew|
Our last stop for the day was our farm stays. We got divided up between five families, each getting our very own Australian experience. Whether that was having a bonfire in a padlock, enjoying the company of Australia neighbors and family while stuffing our faces with delicious 'barbie' food, from cheeses & crackers, cheese & breed, fresh fruit, veggies, barbied mushrooms, lamb chops, grass fed burgers, sausage, bananas & carmel, Carmel brownies, and roasted marshmallows ( 3 groups experienced this). Or enjoying a delicious lamb cooked meal inside with the host family (2 groups).
|Bonfire at farm stay|
|Grilling at the bonfire during the farm stay|