My partner Martin turned 50 this April. We hosted a celebration over 4 days at a rented property in Moonan Brook, NSW, at the western end of the Barrington Tops. Family and friends stayed in the main house, the bunk house, their caravan or tents. We had a birthday feast, campfires, swam in the brook and walked country roads. No wifi, no TV, no phones, just good company and beautiful weather. And some amazing photographic opportunities. Bliss.
One of my (new) favourite places in Canberra is the National Arboretum. We visited there in January in the midst of a heat wave. Four days of 40+ degrees celsius temperatures with little respite at night. Yet this didn’t hinder our sightseeing. We visited the War Memorial, Questacon, the National Museum, the National Gallery, the National Library (yes, we had a list of exhibitions we were keen to see!). We ate in cool cafes, dined in a craft beer brewery […]
May 2017. My Mum is turning 70. The “Festival of Frances” has been up and running since Friday night and looks to continue well into the week. Today, we surprised Mum. She arrived late morning for what she thought was a family BBQ but instead was faced with a formally set table, flowers, gift, champagne and the promise of a professionally prepared three course meal. My camera was shared around today – at least four different family members had a go […]
November 2016. There’s a lot to be said about focusing on the present and enjoying the moment. Sounds easy? It’s hard, at least for me. Working life demands that I constantly be planning, implementing and improving; it’s a continuous loop that involves contemplating ‘next steps’. Then there’s school (what’s coming up? what does our daughter need for that day?) and home (what groceries do we need for the week/fortnight? what needs to be done, to be cleaned? what bills are due?). […]
May 2015. Last week I hosted a gathering of my work team. We’re a relatively new group – two teams combined into one – so it was important that we spend time together, get to know each other and collaborate on our team plan. I made an early decision to take everyone out of their ‘normal’ work environment and bring the team together somewhere new to them. To create an even playing field where my colleagues would see new sights, […]
i) ANZAC Day ANZAC Day was last month, a day in Australia where we remember all who have defended our country, those who have served and those who have fallen. My family and I attended the Newcastle ANZAC March, something that’s becoming a regular gig for us. Last year we rushed to eat brekky, grumbled through getting dressed and moaned about walking in the rain. Whilst slopping through puddles to a good vantage point, a very young but highly decorated […]