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Blowing out the cobwebs.

This morning we took Ripley out for her first drive in over 4 months. Slightly surprisingly, Ripley demonstrated no ill will over her months of inert neglect. She started first turn of the key and seemed keen to get somewhere way more interesting than our driveway. But not quite yet. This would only be a […]

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Do Kangaroos dream of carrots?

Last evening Kelly, Juno and I took a large bag of carrots up to the nearby base of Mt Taylor to feed the kangaroos. One BILLION of Australia‚Äôs often unique animal populations has been killed during the current bushfire crisis. Many scientists say this is a conservative estimate. Those animals that escaped the wildfires are […]

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lil milk bar. Canberra.

We are expecting storms this afternoon. Rain. We had a small teaser last night. I can hardly remember what it feels like. Decided to take Juno for a short morning walk so he could check his pee-mails and I would have an excuse to try out a local coffee shop that has recently opened. Lil […]

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Local Press Cafe. Canberra.

This morning I have a dentist appointment and I set out a little early to grab a coffee down at the Kingston foreshore. Indulging in a croissant or toasted banana bread seemed a little hypocritical seeing I was about to get a filling. So I settled for a plain old pre-drill coffee and a glass […]

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High School kids build secret room hidden in plain sight.

Scrunched up against one side of an otherwise open public space near our house is a small dense stand of birch trees. There is a dirt trail running beside it that is heavily trafficked by people like me walking their dogs or, jogging, or taking a shortcut across to the local shopping centre. The trees […]

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Floriade 2019

Kelly and I spent a magnificent spring afternoon strolling around the flowers of Floriade. Floriade is the annual flower festival that has been held in Canberra since 1988. It is now marketed as the largest flower festival in the southern hemisphere attracting over 300,000 visitors to the bush capital. I prefer my flowers wild and […]

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Canberra lake walk

Canberra slings the spring vibes like an uber-boss today. Juno and I go for a lake walk down past the National Library, and on to the High Court of Australia. Not a cloud in the sky. It’s all blossom and wattle and bikes and babies and ice creams and dogs. Everyone is out airing their […]

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The Mountain of my childhood.

Life and landscape lay in a deep sediment of mutually penetrating memory. I grew up just a short walk from Mt Taylor. Back before it had been encircled by suburbia. Back when a day climbing to the top with my mates was an adventure into wildness. Back when we could imagine it was all ours […]

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The snows of Canberra.

A chilly day in Canberra today. The front moving across fresh from a sellout tour of Antarctica has dumped snow and frigid temperatures right across the south and eastern states of Australia. Some areas have seen snow for the first time in 20 years. And not just a sprinkle, we are talking serious snowman (snow-person?) […]