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Mar 17, 2018 - Canberrra

In the native language, Canberra means ‘meeting place’, which seems very apt for the city that was built to be the nation’s capital. We were both pleasantly surprised by it, as most Australians give it a bad press. It’s so well laid out, it appears quite futuristic, with parliament and the war memorial on a central axis surrounded by wide avenues, parks and a lake. However, it still appears soulless, lacking the edginess and character of it’s bigger east coast neighbours. Bill Bryson describes it as a ‘strange city’ and impossible to see on...

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Mar 9, 2018 - Always more to learn

I did not know Australia's government is a constitutional monarchy. The constitution recognizes the Queen (or King) of the United Kingdom as sovereign. The Queen appoints a Governor General to represent the Crown. The Governor General rarely gets involved in any part of Australian government. Until the 1980s, the British Parliament had the legal power to change the Australian constitution. In lieu of a House of Lords and a House of Commons, the Australians adopted the US model of a House of Representatives and a Senate. All this and more...

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Trip Journal

Second Time Around

Dec 4, 2017 - Day 8 - Sydney to Canberra

Weather forecast were not good and at wake up sky was overcast, with light rain. We took it easy not sure what to do. Sydney was given with 80% chance of rain, up in the Blue Mountains was only 40%. We decided to pack and move on. Is incredible how much relaxation you can get when hosted by good friends and how difficult is to leave a familiar place to get back on the elements. Eventually we left quite late and luckily with no rain. We drove out of Sydney suburbs, heading east. Soon we start climbing on a spectacular road: perfect tarmac...

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Sep 5, 2017 - Canberra

Tuesday 5 September 2017 Our last day in Canberra for this trip and they turned on the weather for us! Woke to snow on the distant mountains and ice on the deck railings, but the sun was also trying to appear. A quiet day inside seems to be the best option. Neil still walked Rosie & Harley before setting off for work. Judy had a couple of things to do, so we set off with her to the coffee bean shop and then to the Hyperdome. Had a look at a lovely picnic/swimming area on the way to the Hyperdome at Pine Island. A great recreation area when...

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Sep 4, 2017 - Canberra

Monday 4 September 2017 Monday morning and off to work for Neil. The rest of us had a leisurely morning, and then set off just after 9am with Judy as our tour guide. First stop was the National Arboretum in the Molonglo Valley, Canberra City. The Arboretum was created after the area was burned out as a result of the 2001 and 2003 bush fires. The site has been planted since 2005, trees have been planted by visiting heads of government and ambassadors including Princess Mary. It officially opened in February 2013. What a spectacle this will...

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Sep 3, 2017 - Canberra

Sunday 3 September 2017 Thought we were in for a wet day, and some light showers were around early in the morning. But as the weather can be so unpredictable, we were not surprised to see some blue sky and sunshine appear. Bit of a funny day with cloudy patches and some wind thrown in. Neil set off early to do his bit as an instructor at the dog training area, Don kept the home fires burning and Judy & I made a quick visit back to Marissa's before heading to Belconnen for some more retail therapy. Marissa was looking a bit better after a...

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Sep 2, 2017 - Canberra

Saturday 2 September 2017 A busy day for the Canberra families. Isla's first birthday and Sam playing in the ACT Junior Rugby Union U16 Grand Final for Marist, against St Edmunds. Neil& Don set off early after breakfast to queue at Aldi's and Neil was able to get the two items they wanted. They also had to go to a speciality fastener place to get some swages for Don to make up some security cables for Neil when we get back home. Later in the morning, we all set off to Marissa & Ryan's home for Isla's party. Was rather cold there, but good...

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Sep 1, 2017 - Canberra

Friday 1 September 2017 Cold morning, but very comfy inside the house. Neil braved the cold to walk the dogs, and then unfortunately, he had to set off for work!! Poor Neil (no, not really!). He has been given some more contract work that could last until the end of the year. Tracy called and then came to pick us up to go to the Hyperdome for a bit of retail therapy. Judy set off to do a Grandma job (as we all do) when a grandchild rings to say he forgot to take something to school! Judy caught up with us at the shops, and we all enjoyed a...

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Aug 31, 2017 - Bowral to Canberra

Thursday 31 August 2017 Time to get sorted to leave Bowral and head to Canberra for a few days. Peter headed off to golf early, we packed the car and then had a coffee with Pat on their front verandah before heading off. Had a very pleasant drive to Canberra and arrived about 12.30pm. A nice relaxing afternoon with Neil & Judy. Tracy called in to say hello, and a little later, went for a walk with Neil and their two dogs, Rosie and Harley. Very pleasant, and a tad chilly!! All cosy after dinner and more chatting.

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Jun 21, 2017 - 2 days to go

Only 2 sleeps till we leave on our adventure. Today 1 bought 4 boxes of motion-sickness tablets - hope I have enough. I still have memories of being sea-sick when I was 3 years old and going to England by ship. And our ship (at the end of this trip) is of the same vintage.

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Jun 8, 2017 - please leave a message

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Mar 13, 2017 - Canberra

Generally quiet day today. We took the dogs for a walk around the showgrounds again- we discovered that the wood chop area was mostly fenced in, so we gave them a chase of the frisbee and a runaround in that area before making our way back to the van. I actually spent the rest of the day pottering around the van catching up on my diary, sorting out where too for the last couple of weeks of our trip, sorting out finances, etc whilst Ian went off to the ANZAC Memorial at about 2pm. He thoroughly enjoyed the memorial and thought he could have...

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