I'm loving our regular sunset walks on Red Hill. Term 2 started here in the ACT last Tuesday after a quiet and different "school holidays" which took in Easter at the beginning and Anzac Day at the end. My son George and I go to Sydney to see my family every holidays. We usually celebrate … Continue reading April “school holidays” 2020 – Tik Tok, nature walks and essential slime
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 … Continue reading Cruel Summer (but there was still some fun to be had)
Hello, I'm back. I started drafting a post Winter school holidays wrap up 2019: You can't go wrong in Tallong at the beginning of Term 3. Life took over and I never published it, so I've whacked it onto the end of this post now at the end of the third week of Term 4! … Continue reading Hello, I’m back… Spring stories and Winter wrap-up all in one
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 … Continue reading Easter holidays 2019: trains, buses, taxis and crowds.
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 … Continue reading Vampire skin and raspberry meringues
Several weeks ago Spider Boy and I went back to Sydney for nearly a whole week. It was the longest we'd stayed there since we moved back to Canberra in January. While it was great to see family and friends, I was still haunted by more stuff that needed packing. I still have stuff at … Continue reading Sydney visit and my problem with “stuff”
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 … Continue reading Edited highlights: Spring flowers, food and boys in the wild
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 … Continue reading Let it snow: winter magic in Canberra
There have been many offline goings-on at Alexcellent Lifestyle headquarters lately, but it is now time to sit down with my cup of instant coffee and share some of the events of the past month. There's an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art at the moment which I took Spider Boy and his friend … Continue reading Fun, free kids entertainment.
During the past few days I have been googling and stumbling upon things for Spider Boy to do in the school holidays. There is so much choice, with price tags ranging from free to ridiculous. Thankfully, there is a lot of free and affordable fun to be had around town. But before I post about … Continue reading Edited Highlights: big icecreams, snowboarding and bucking broncos