Canberra’s Heritage Festival -reimagining the past

If you live in Australia, you’ve probably heard of the famed Floriade Festival in Canberra or even the rather spectacular Balloon Spectacular. But did you know the city has been hosting another festival bursting with activities for much longer than either of the first two? The Canberra and Region’s 2021 Heritage Festival has in factContinue reading “Canberra’s Heritage Festival -reimagining the past”

A taste of Indigenous culture in the National Museum garden

Have you discovered the new forecourt garden at the National Museum in Canberra? It’s been gracing the entrance to the museum for about 18 months though I must admit I’ve walked past it a few times without paying much attention. It turns out it contains a whole world of discovery: a mosaic of plantings fromContinue reading “A taste of Indigenous culture in the National Museum garden”

Canberra’s having a party and you’re all invited: Enlighten Festival

If you’ve been considering a visit to Canberra, the mild month of March might just be the perfect time to book it in when the annual Enlighten Festival lights up the city—literally. Held over 17 days from 26 February, Enlighten is one great big birthday bash with a string of major events, and my absoluteContinue reading “Canberra’s having a party and you’re all invited: Enlighten Festival”

Six things not to miss in Canberra

There’s nothing like having a few interstate visitors in town to get you out and about sightseeing in your own backyard. It’s prompted me to put together a little suggested itinerary of some of Canberra’s treasures and things you shouldn’t miss if you’re heading this way. Here’s what we did. National Botanic Gardens Nestled atContinue reading “Six things not to miss in Canberra”

2020 A Dog’s Breakfast of a Year: in cartoons

This year has been one hell of a ride, and not in a good way. Between fires, plague and pestilence, as well as extraordinary political maelstrom, it could easily be described as a ‘dog’s breakfast’: that is, a right, royal mess. It has, however, provided an incredible amount of fodder for the pens of AustralianContinue reading “2020 A Dog’s Breakfast of a Year: in cartoons”

Farewell winter, you cold but pretty thing

We’re leaving winter behind for another year. I do love living in a place like Canberra with four distinct seasons, each with their benefits, and each year I relish the gorgeous photographic scenes winter affords me in Canberra. I have to say though that I don’t always relish the cold temps that come with it,Continue reading “Farewell winter, you cold but pretty thing”

Black Mountain Nature Reserve – celebrating 50 years of natural history

It’s not possible to come to Canberra without noticing Black Mountain just at the edge of the city with the soaring needle of the iconic telecommunications tower that shoots above it. It’s everything ancient and modern, natural and man-made at once. An essential part of Canberra’s history and planned and natural landscape and beloved byContinue reading “Black Mountain Nature Reserve – celebrating 50 years of natural history”

Blue Poles, a jewel in the National Gallery’s crown: mastery or mess?

I popped in to the National Gallery in Canberra last week after its recent COVID-19 hiatus and spotted the famed Blue Poles painting in a new position at the end of a room by itself with a strange metal contraption at the side. Odd, I thought – wonder why they moved it there. Actually, IContinue reading “Blue Poles, a jewel in the National Gallery’s crown: mastery or mess?”

The things I’ve missed most in Canberra during shutdown

Not going to lie. I’ve rather enjoyed this little enforced hibernation we’ve been having of late. Of course, I wasn’t sick, I didn’t lose my job and I don’t live alone so I had a lot of advantages others didn’t have, but for me it felt like a becalmed spot in the swirling oceans ofContinue reading “The things I’ve missed most in Canberra during shutdown”

The museum of life: choosing an item to showcase this moment in time

Did you know it’s International Museum Day (IMD) today? Of course museums are closed around the world at the moment as we all cope with the changed reality of life during COVID-19, but that doesn’t stop them being creative and having a red hot crack at celebrating the day and bringing it to the world.Continue reading “The museum of life: choosing an item to showcase this moment in time”