Happy New Year… now it’s Mother’s Day!

It's been a long time between posts here at The Alexcellent Life. The last post I wrote was about George Michael's death while I was on a Sydney visit over Christmas/New Year. January was busy. We had a beautiful wedding to go to, and raced around visiting family and friends and a couple of beaches…

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…

Edited highlights: Autumn colours, freakshakes and disco

As Winter marches on new ideas are brewing in my head about the direction of The Alexcellent Life and ideas for entirely different blogs are taking shape. In the meantime, while I'm plotting and planning, I want to share some highlights from previous weeks. We have been doing so much since we moved to Canberra, along…

Edited highlights: bare trees and summer memories

On Monday I worked from home as Spider Boy had a cold. It was also time for his plaster to come off. Once we got home from the medical centre, I noticed for the first time that the branches on the trees outside our window are bare. I don't know how long they've been that…

Edited highlights: Dating advice books, tornados and cake

This time next week, Christmas will be over. I can't believe how quickly this year has passed. Soon all will be revealed about big changes happening at The Alexcellent Life, but for now, let's see what's happened in December. My mid-life crisis was exacerbated by going to Retro nightclub...   This particular visit came complete…

Edited highlights: Stolen sculptures, Mexican donuts and my mini vampire

So here we are nearly at the end of November.  I feel like I am hurtling towards the end of the year, exemplified by having Halloween and Christmas decorations in one post. Here's some edited highlights. Spider Boy decided to be a vampire for Halloween, which was easy as we already had a Harry Potter…

Edited Highlights: Sugar, blossoms, cake and colouring-in

Time to catch up on the past month with a series of snapshots that seem to be mostly food and floral. I snuck away from my desk last Friday (working from home means I'm just sneaking away from myself) and went to local whole foods store, About Life. I ate a raspberry and coconut muffin…