George’s wild weekend on the Gold Coast: Part 1 “Friday night”.

A Cavill-cade of lights and colour on Cavill Avenue My son George is just about to turn 12, so the night wasn't that wild. But since he saw and did things he never had before, it was pretty wild to him. G and I have spent the past two weekends in Queensland, going back to…

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…

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…

Christmas recycling inspiration

On my web searches lately I've been seeing a lot of very creative Christmas decorating ideas using discarded items or just plain rubbish. Apparently even plastic lunch bags and soft-drink can ring pulls can be turned into beautiful Christmas ornaments... It's probably a bit late now to get your DIY on for this Christmas, but…

Eat Drink Blog 2015… Food, fun and photo freedom

In October Alexcellent Lifestyle attended the 6th annual Eat Drink Blog (EDB15) conference. Held in a different Australian city each year, 2015 was Canberra's turn to host over 80 food bloggers. I wanted to experience for myself all the new paddock-to-plate dining options and hipster havens I'd heard were happening in Canberra. It was a perfect opportunity…