Floriade has bloomed and faded for another year. Flowers popped up across surprising corners of the city as part of Floriade Community, the rain didn’t dampen the fun and I, like many, embraced the many opportunities to stop and smell the flowers this year. I think one of the very few pandemic-positives has been the … More Floriade highlights 2022
The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is one of my favourite annual events in Canberra. I never get tired of the sight and sound of hot air balloons flying over the city and for the time the festival is on, there’s a fleet of over 25 balloons studding the sunrise painted sky like floating jewels. Every year … More Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2022
Spring has exploded all over Canberra and is looking like a bumper season. Masses of flowers are dripping from branches which have begun to droop, heavy under the sudden, floriferous weight. The city looks tres chic to the point where if you squint a little or angle the camera just so, you could imagine Emily … More Springing into, well, spring!
Its that time of year again – autumn!! While some parts of Australia don’t really get a decent autumn or winter chill, Canberra certainly does and as the cold change breezes in, it definitely brings some benefits. Canberra is ice-cool in winter and pretty in spring but if you want to see her at her … More Where is best to see Canberra’s autumn leaves?
I have a confession before you read on…I loooooove the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra and am probably quite biased here! I feel so spoiled that this little treasure is within minutes of my house and that there have been times when my daughter and I have had the place all to ourselves. Probably … More National Botanic Gardens, Canberra
Forest bathing is actually not as weird as it sounds. There’s no running naked in the leaves, no bubbles, nothing like it. Forest bathing, or shirin yoku as its known by the Japanese who ‘invented’ it, is really just spending some mindful time taking a slow walk in nature. When you forest bathe, you breathe … More Forest bathing, mindfulness and the beauty of nature
Its the day after my 38th birthday and I’m standing on a rice terrace hacked into the side of a cliff in Tegalalang in Bali. My thighs are burning and my heart is beating way faster and harder than I’d like. I slow down, look around and breathe. In and out. A big smile creeps … More Turning 38 and a mid-life anti crisis.
I have to admit I am madly in love with my adopted city of Canberra. It has a horrible reputation as being dull. Just like the poor librarian who throws back a cocktail, goes salsa dancing but still can’t shake the boring tag, poor Canberra hasn’t been able to win the love of Aussies. So … More Canberra through a different lens
If you are in Canberra and want to experience the snow without the extended travel and expense of heading to the main skifields, Corin Forest is a great alternative. Only a short drive from the edge of the city, Corin Forest provides a beginner ski slope, a toboggan slope and a snow play area as … More Corin Forest, Canberra: SNOW SNOW SNOW
The Canberra Reptile Zoo (located at Gold Creek) finally managed to find its way onto my Canberra to-do list and I’m really glad it did! Like a lot of things in Canberra, the scale of the reptile zoo (no pun intended!) isn’t huge but what lacks in size it makes up for in hands-on fun. I’m not … More Canberra Reptile Zoo, Gold Creek