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,…

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…

Cocktails and dreams: back to the 80s at 88mph

As an 80s teen and someone who saw Back to the Future three times when it was first released, AT THE CINEMA, I knew Canberra's new 80s-themed bar, 88mph, had my  name all over it. I couldn't wait to go Back in time! (thank you Huey Lewis and the News). This new venture by owners…

Edited highlights: Spring flowers, food and boys in the wild

Lately I've been enjoying so many colourful blooms in Canberra and that doesn't even include Floriade, the National Capital's annual flower festival. Now that the cold of Winter has passed, let's look back at some Spring highlights... I noticed a neighbour planting bulbs a few months ago and look what happened! Spider Boy and I…

Let it snow: winter magic in Canberra

Canberra is gaining a reputation of being a "cool capital", in the hipster sense. But let us not forget that it is actually very cool in a meteorological sense. Time has done it's old trick of running through my fingertips before I can absorb the moments, and I can't believe Winter is nearly over. A…