Happy Wattle Day

There are few experiences that make me happier than finding a new thing. At least new to me. Today my joy is full!

And what did I find? A word which I always have loved, because it reads and sounds so perfectly funny, also is something quite lovely, significant, and frankly, glorious.

Wattle. All these years I have thought only in terms of the fleshy, cartoonish caruncle hanging from heads or necks of birds. And the inevitable crepe-like necks on a lot of Baby Boomers, mine included.

But today I came across a wonderful article about September 1st being the day Australians celebrate their first day of spring, and it is called Wattle Day.

A wattle is a flower. An acacia. It is beautiful, and Australians wear a sprig of the flowers and leaves to celebrate and usher in their springtime.

It may be a day late in the Southern Hemisphere, but from the States, I wish all my Australian friends a very happy Wattle Day, and I am going looking for a Golden Acacia so I can celebrate with you.



About Valleygrail

Native Californian by birth, Pacific Northwesterner by choice. Jack of all trades, master of none; always wishing I could stick with just one thing long enough to become expert. But then what about all those things left unattended? See? Not possible. I love life, my family, friends, a good book, Irish music, rain, fog, and a pint of Guinness. It's a good journey, and sharing with companions makes it even better. Thanks for being with me as I embrace it and you!
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6 Responses to Happy Wattle Day

  1. I always thought of wattle as in ‘wattle and daub’, a way of building walls? And of course, that loose wobbly skin under my chin! It’s nice to know it’s also a flower.


  2. btg5885 says:

    Here we go a wattling…Sung to a popular Christmas tune. Who knew it had a better definition down under?


  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    We have guinea hens and roosters, so I now have a new meaning for wattle.


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