Earlier in the year I scanned a photo of Canberra taken thirty years ago on a family holiday here which completely freaked me out.  It was a photo of my brother and I in front of the Canberra Times Fountain in Civic.  But most of the Canberra Centre didn't exist then, instead there was a road, a car park and a clear view to Mount Ainslie.  So in September I embarked on a photo mission to recreate as many photos as I could from that holiday.  I drove several hundred kilometers I think (I certainly used up more than a tank of fuel).  It would have been more efficient if I'd been able to have four days off with good weather, but the weather was problematic in September (it rained *a lot*) and I didn't have four full days in a row with work and all.  So I did what I could with the lighting I had, with priority on the more seasonally-dependent things like cherry blossoms.  Sadly the Captain Cook Fountain was out of action for months which ruined things somewhat.  Now that it's operating again I might go and redo some of them.  This is a quick snapshot of another blog to come ..

Cotter Dam
Cotter Dam

Mount Stromlo
Mount Stromlo

Canberra Times Fountain
Canberra Times Fountain

High Court
High Court

Australian-American Monument
Australian-American Monument

Carillon
Carillon

Carillon sunset
Carillon sunset

Lake Burley Griffin Sunset
Lake Burley Griffin Sunset

Parliament House
Parliament House

National Library
National Library

Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam

Government House
Government House

Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant

Weston Park
Weston Park

Weston Park
Weston Park

Weston Park
Weston Park

Weston Park
Weston Park

Commonwealth Avenue
Commonwealth Avenue

Black Mountain Peninsula
Black Mountain Peninsula

Black Mountain Peninsula
Black Mountain Peninsula

High Court
High Court

Australian War Memorial
Australian War Memorial

Mount Ainslie
Mount Ainslie

Black Mountain Tower
Black Mountain Tower

View from Black Mountain Tower
View from Black Mountain Tower

Black Mountain Tower by night
Black Mountain Tower by night

View from Black Mountain Tower
View from Black Mountain Tower

Australian War Memorial
Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial
Australian War Memorial

Mount Ainslie
Mount Ainslie

St Andrews Presbyterian Church
St Andrews Presbyterian Church

Carillon
Carillon

National Capital Exhibition
National Capital Exhibition

Australian War Memorial
Australian War Memorial

Australian Botanical Gardens
Australian Botanical Gardens

Science Academy, ANU (The Shine Dome)
Science Academy, ANU (The Shine Dome)

Civic
Civic

Canberra Times Fountain
Canberra Times Fountain (not fountaining)

Civic Square
Civic Square

Cockington Green
Cockington Green

St Andrews Presbyterian Church
St Andrews Presbyterian Church

Parliament House
Parliament House

Australian War Memorial
Australian War Memorial view

High Court
High Court

Department of the Environment
Department of the Environment

National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Australia

Carillon
Carillon

I did several hundred kilometres all over Canberra 
I was busy..

 

I was busy..
I did several hundred kilometres all over Canberra

Plants and Animals

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A bunch more photos taken during the year that needed blogging..

One of Kit's brown frogs.  She had two or three of them that she'd had for years, and they died almost at the same time, she has no idea why..
Kit's brown frog

Curious George..
Curious George

Happy flower!
Happy flower

Petal snow!
Petal snow

Poppy
Poppy

Teeny teeny bug at the Christmas party last week
Teeny bug

Way back in April we headed up to Sydney for my cousin Ben's wedding.  It was a very relaxed afternoon and evening and it was great catching up with the cousins.

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

Ben and Juliet's Wedding

We stayed the night at Oxford Falls nearby, and as we went to leave the next morning we discovered this..

Flat tire

Flat tire

Fortunately we weren't in any hurry and the weather was fine, so it was a relatively low stress thing to fix.  And our spare tire is a full tire, not one of those stoopid mini tires with an 80km/h speed limit which would have made our trip home pretty painful.

Chickens and Ducks

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Kit has hatched five chickens and a duck over spring.

The five chickens were born in September, and they've all grown up now (well as much as that breed does), and two have been given away.

Chickies a week old

The duck hatched in October.  This was from an egg from her own ducks.  She also tried a whole heap more from someone else at the same time, but they were all duds (apparently the dude left them way too long before giving them to Kit).  The idea was that she'd be able to have a little flock of ducklings, and one could become Christmas dinner.  So the single duckling became known as "Roast".  But she's not sure if she'll eat it, it being the only one and all. 

Duckling two days old

Sweetie and the duckling

Duckling's first swim

Duckling a few weeks old

Shopping

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Before the last big club event we decided we needed to clear some freezer (and fridge) space.  Which meant eating as much as we could of what was in the house.

We haven't actually been proper food shopping in weeks.

With leftovers from a Melbourne Cup event at work, and the big club event, we've managed to get by with only buying a few essentials here and there.  But we really do need to do some proper shopping very soon ..

Decorating

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Friday was the first of our work Christmas parties which was a lovely afternoon.

Saturday we headed out to the club for a committee meeting, then chilled out in the afternoon and had a Christmas feast put on by Fiona in the evening.  She was in the kitchen pretty much solid for nine hours.  Craziness.

Today was a quiet day at home, in which I did a bit of house tidying and put up Christmas decorations.  Still a lot more tidying I want to do though.  Oh and I also filed four months of photos and read four months of blog posts for the annual year in review post.

Christmas tree 2016

Blue

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Why does everything take so long?  Or why does time seem to be moving so quickly?

Last night I did one thing - download and process photos.  And it took all night.  Tonight I did one thing - blog my Queensland trip.  And it took all night. 

Although we did put a solar blanket on the pool earlier this evening.

Pool cover

And a shelf collapsed on my white desk downstairs (reminscent of the time my brother's one did the same thing thirty-odd years ago when we camped out in his room), sending old fish tank chemicals (set aside for disposal) all over the floor.  Of course a bottle of methylene blue went everywhere didn't it, and that stuff is nasty.  All over the white desk (even on the laminate I didn't fully get it off) and all over the garage floor (that stuff's *never* coming off :( ).

Here I was trying to do the right thing and save them for a safe disposal (if I could find such a thing) when if I'd just thrown them out years ago this wouldn't have happened :(

Mt Coot-tha

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As far as I know I've been up Mt Coot-tha in Brisbane four times in my life.

The first time was in 1988 when the family went up for World Expo '88.  Sorry about mum's terrible print, will replace it one day with a slide of Dad's.

Mt Coot-tha 1988

The second time was in 1995 when I was dating Hao, and Dianne and Warwick took us up there.

Mt Coot-tha 1995

The third time was in 2005 when I went up with the sweetie.

Mt Coot-tha 2005

The fourth time was in 2016 when we went up with Chay, David and Kailyn.

Mt Coot-tha 2016

Been North

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We've been to Queensland since my last blog entry.  I'll get some posts up soon.  I was going to do it tonight, but spent the *entire* evening sorting out photos (from the trip and beforehand).  I couldn't geotag stuff though because Geosetter just freezes up whenever I try to do anything with it.  Super frustrating.

You'd think that direct flights from Canberra to Brisbane and back would more or less be along the same line.  You'd be wrong.

Queensland Flight Track

And I don't think I ever blogged this .. this was a holding pattern we got put in on our trip in 2012.

Holding pattern

Penguin Bloom

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I was quite a latecomer to Penguin the Magpie's Instagram, by which time Penguin had all grown up and there weren't many photos anymore.  And I didn't know any of the back story of Sam.  But I did see the "ads" for the book and thought it might be nice to have a look at.  Then at dinner with EffanC the other week we were talking about it, and I went and bought it the next day.  Beautiful photos, and a touching story that made me cry.

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IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

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