Canberra Balloon Festival

While I have been out late at night visiting Canberra’s Enlighten attractions, I have also been getting up before dawn each morning to see the hot air balloons that are also operating here over this long weekend. On Saturday, out first morning here, I woke up late but quickly threw on some clothes and bolted…

Mr Squiggle

This weekend is a long weekend in Melbourne (and Canberra) and we have flown up to Canberra to do some photography. This weekend sees two large photo worthy events overlap. One is the Enlighten Festival in which a number of government buildings by the lake are illuminated with special effects lighting. The other is a…

There’s Always Something On in Canberra

Between now and Remembrance Day, The Australian War Memorial in Canberra has a display of 62,000 poppies. Each was hand knitted. We are here to see them and to have a look at some other attractions that are happening in the National Library. Every time that we have visited Canberra, there has been something new…

Travelling Home from Canberra

We have been travelling home over the last two days. The weather has been exceptionally hot but air conditioned cars have made it at least tolerable. We left Canberra on Sunday as early as we could manage and stopped at the little village of Cockington Green on our way out of Canberra. This is a…

It’s Hot in Canberra

It’s been 38 C degrees in Canberra (100.4 F) for the last two days and we are beginning to melt. We leave to come back  home tomorrow morning and both Canberra and Albury (our overnight stop will both be 38C again as well. We have been trying to focus on indoor activities that are cooler,…

Visiting Parliament House and the Mint

Today, we visited two veritable Australian institutions – Parliament House and the Royal Australian Mint. Both had fantastic tours that enabled the girls to understand their purpose and operations. I am always proud to visit our Parliament. We have a very stable democracy and parliament is the central institution that ensures this continues. There are…

Canberra – A Day of Reminiscing

We spent our first day in Canberra visiting some places that have been significant to our family. In the morning, we drove over to the city of Queanbeyan, just across the ACT border into NSW. It was here that Jill’s grandfather was the Inspector of Police before he retired. He had originally lived in the…

On Our Way to Canberra

We are visiting the Nation’s capital, Canberra with Cathy and her girls. We spent two leisurely days driving here from Melbourne. We met up with Cathy at the roadhouse cafe near Wallan, north of Melbourne and then continued along the Hume Highway. Our first stop was just north of Seymour at Fowles Winery who make…