29 good things (and a few silly ones) about Winter in Canberra

Sunday of the Queen's Birthday long weekend, view from Red Hill, 4pm It's the end of the Queen's Birthday long weekend, the ski fields have officially opened, and I'm now staring down the barrel of three more working weeks until the end of the financial year, which means I'm going to be very, very, busy…

Easter holidays 2019: trains, buses, taxis and crowds.

Well we're about to hit day 2, week 2 of Term 2, and I can't believe we're nearly in the middle of 2019. George was not excited about school starting last week, still being in "holiday mode" he said, the night before. I was still in holiday mode too last Monday morning but now back…

Vampire skin and raspberry meringues

What to do in the school holidays on a day off from work? The 11-year-old son formerly known as Spider Boy was annoyed that he had to go to Vacation Care the next day, so I told him we could do whatever he wanted (within reason) today. He declined offers of ice-skating and movies; top…

Summer Retrospective – birthdays, beaches, green thumbs and too much leg.

Hello! Well we're well into nearly at the end of March now and that means we're well overdue for the Alexcellent Summer Retrospective. But hey, this is Canberra in March, therefore still hot, and it still feels like summer to me. There's also the second-half of last year retrospective that I really need to get to,…

Sex and the City: Dated, or does it still have something to teach us about dating? 29 lessons from SATC

Sex and the City (SATC) turned 20 last month. Yes, I'm late to celebrate the party because,  life (and the city). But I wanted to acknowledge the milestone with a blog post, as it's been one of my favourite TV shows over the years and I feel compelled to share some pearls of wisdom from…

Crockery, cake and Cartier: a very royal wedding weekend

  Well "the wedding" of last weekend is over, but the honeymoon certainly isn't. Many I've spoken to still admit to being in a post-wedding glow, and admittedly, I'm having trouble letting go of the occasion this week. I didn't think I would get as enthusiastic as I did about the marriage of the sixth…

Shocking savage seagulls of Sydney the sequel: Mothers’ Day – away with the birds

Imagine the title of this post being spoken in the kind of voice typically heard in a horror movie trailer.  Maybe with some chilling, high-pitched, psycho violins reminiscent of stabbing. But we'll get to the seagulls later. Mothers' Day 2018 in Canberra was pretty low key which is just how I wanted it: a chance…