Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rubyred/rednesday/Thursday Theme Song: Waltzing Matilda








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If the saying, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" is true, I made a lot of friends last Thursday.

At Mt Albert Baptist Church, we had a group of 16 students from Sydney Missionary and Bible College across the ocean in Australia. They served alongside us and injecting some fresh energy into a whole range of areas. They spent their week, among other things, visiting LifeGroups, teaching in various ministries and preaching. It was exciting to see Darran and Kathyrn use their multi media to teach our ESOL class.

I was privileged to be asked to cook for their lunch on Thursday. On the menu was to cook a simple Asian lunch. I cooked Chicken Fried rice and Beef curry. The lunch was to be eaten at the blue room, but I served them at the buffet table where part of the wall was red. Can you see the red zinnia flower?

They insisted I took a photo with some of the students. I normally am behind the camera but after much coaxing I obliged. Here I was with Sam and Beck Gough, Donna McCann, Sarah and Darran Holder, Alan Thompson and Kathyrn Windam. You can see Darran trying to feed me to show his gratitude.

The photo shows some boxes at the back. They hold the donated items my church had been collecting from the community for earthquake struck Christchurch. Our youth Pastor Jeff Orr worked very hard organising this.

We played the most famous Australia Song Waltzing Matilda as we welcomed them to New Zealand. I told Darran that I am half Australian because my parents went to live there, my mum is buried there and many of my siblings live there.




Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
Under the shade of a Coolibah tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boil,
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boil
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

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Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee,
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me,
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

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Up rode the squatter mounted on his thorough-bred
Down came the troopers One Two Three
Whose that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Waltzing Matilda Waltzing Matilda
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me
Whose that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker-bag
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

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Up jumped the swagman sprang in to the billabong
You'll never catch me alive said he,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Waltzing Matilda Waltzing Matilda
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong
You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

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8 comments:

The Japanese Redneck said...

I'm glad we got to see who's behind that camera.

I luv the pictures.

DawnTreader said...

I've heard that song and the title is familiar to me, but looking at the lyrics I hardly understood a word! LOL

STEF said...

Lovely photos! Hope you can visit my daughter's entry and mine too! Thanks! Happy RT!

Dar said...

Looks as tho the missionary students had a blast with you and loved your cooking. Inspiring!
As for Waltzing Matilda, I only knew a few of the lines....but sang along the whole thing thanks to your presenting every word...thank you.
As for changing my profile pic,....we still have so much snow until the rains finally end it. Then, I will have to post some flowers, just for you my friend, Ann. Until then~~~
BlessYourHeart

~~Carol~~ said...

It looks like you showed those missionary students a very good time! I would love to see some kangaroos and koala bears up close!
Happy REDnesday,
Carol

SquirrelQueen said...

It looks like everyone had a great time and I know you made sure they were well fed.

I love this song! When I was a camp director this was a favorite to sing around the campfire.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

This is such a great song Ann!! And your photos fit so perfectly!!!

Thanks for visiting with me for my theme song this week.

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for Grandparents and Caregivers said...

Oh my goodness, I heard that song in grade school and have loved it ever since. Thanks for the fun family memories in the past AND upcoming as I share this with my grandchildren. :)