Good things I’m enjoying right now.

The world sometimes feels like it's splitting open at the seams. The first half of the year has certainly been eventful. How will things pan out the rest of the year? I feel as though life with the threat of COVID-19 marks a new era. We need to learn to navigate this post-COVID world. By…

Cruel Summer (but there was still some fun to be had)

I don't mind Summer but I'm always ready to say goodbye to it and move onto the next season. It's the end of February 2020, we're two months into the new decade and it's been a disaster-filled start for many - fires, floods and there's the Corona virus threatening to emerge as a pandemic, and…

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…

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,…

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…