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 Milk Bar is a small cafe located at Mawson shops. … Continue reading lil milk bar. 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 of water. Disappointed a little, as the croissants looked delicious. … Continue reading Local Press Cafe. Canberra.
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 are also just across the main road from our local … Continue reading High School kids build secret room hidden in plain sight.
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 unrepentant, and I find Floriade’s cultivated geometrics of tulips and … Continue reading Floriade 2019
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 summer wardrobe and Instagramming the heck out of it all. … Continue reading Canberra lake walk
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 to be discovered. If the original Ngunnawal people of the … Continue reading The Mountain of my childhood.
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?) construction. We are talking make a sled out of anything … Continue reading The snows of Canberra.
Kelly and I decided to check out the Hall Village markets on the weekend. I can’t believe this is the first time we have been to these markets. It’s barely a half an hour drive from home and the markets have been running every month since 1987. It was a crisp morning capped with an uncommitted high fog that you just knew was going to … Continue reading Hall Markets
Parked my bike outside our local public library today and saw this.