The National Arboretum

Mar 2019, Canberra, ACT We had been inspired to visit the National Arboretum after watching the presentation of the Australian of the Year awards on television earlier this year. The arboretum was another vision of the city’s designer Walter Burley … Continue reading The National Arboretum

A love hate relationship

Mar 2019, Canberra, ACT When our GPS ‘Gabbi Garmin’ died recently we didn’t rush to replace her. Afterall we were only going on a short trip, up the New South Wales south coast and possibly heading back to Melbourne down the Hume Highway. “Hey, we know those roads well.” Or so we thought. There was a possibility of visiting Canberra that became stronger as we travelled north. A chance to catch up on the visit that we missed out on last Christmas when I was still getting used to my new eyes after cataract surgery. I’m sure only those who … Continue reading A love hate relationship

Bring back the Mad Men

Mar 2019, Canberra, ACT We tour the Canberra suburbs and have difficulty with the unusual advertising restrictions, that we later find out have been in place since 1937. Dickson is near to where we are staying and we quickly learn that when a sign says ‘Shops’ one must park the car and walk around said shops to find the shop or supermarket that you are looking for and that the brand of the supermarket might only be displayed inside the building. “Oh look, that one is green it must be a Woolworths.” As this is a ‘walking city’ don’t expect … Continue reading Bring back the Mad Men