Tuesday, July 29, 2014


I have spent most of the day at work organising this new preservative free and organic section of wine.

And I spent most of the morning at the weekend browsing these shelves of a second-hand-book shop.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nil Desperandum

We found a new running track in Tidbinbilla (well, it's probably been there for many years, but this was the first time we encountered it). The track winds its way past strange boulders and bouncing kangaroos. 

It leads to an historic European homestead, called Nil Desperandum, which features three bedrooms, a kitchen with a wood stove, verandah and fenced garden. It was built in the 1890s and, after being badly damaged in the 2003 fires, was restored and is now available for overnight accommodation. It's a wonderfully peaceful spot in the wilderness.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Animals and Beer

I'm directing a play called Presto, written by Michael McRae. It concerns the nature of magic and belief, and what happens when a rabbit refuses to get into a hat. I am trying to find a costume for my rabbit. There are a number of bizarre options.

We tracked down this elusive Yeastie Boys beastie. Tea and beer; such an excellent combination.

Chester is impressed, as you can see.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Visit from Witch 3 and Wide Boy Steve

We had a lovely visit from the Kiwipoms, Witch 3 and Wide Boy Steve. We took them walking and drinking (obviously). Apparently no one had told them it gets cold in Australia. They may not have been impressed by the weather, but Witch 3 was certainly enamored of the kangaroos.

Resting atop Urambi Hill
Witch 3 at BentSpoke
Tasting the stouts at the Wig and Pen. 

...And after
A trip to the Old Bus Depot Markets the next morning was meant to provide a few more healthy options.

Canberra Glassworks

Trying to warm up with coffee on the Kingston Foreshore.

The hot beverage flow chart at 38 Espresso
Him Outdoors counts out the loose change
No, really, we're not cold

And as all visitors must be taken to the National Gallery Sculpture Garden...

Heads from the North by Dadang Christanto
Hill Arches by Henry Moore
Cones by Bert Flugelman

Interacting with the artwork:

...and a brisk walk around Lake Burley Griffin.

Everyone's favourite duchess