Canberra is one of those National capitals that were developed out of nowhere – in this case built on the pastures of sheep stations because the State Capitals, Sydney and Melbourne were neither prepared to have the other pre eminent in the new Nation of Australia. Some people find such places over planned and soulless, compared with places which just grew from scratch, but I love the way that planning, time and money can bring not only amazing facilities, but also a design which fits people and function into the environment. The photo below is a panorama, and I am not sure how it will display, of the water cleansing lake/pond at an outer Canberra suburb of Dunlop, where my son Daniel and his family live. The fact that this was built before housing, complete with walking paths and horse trails, with monuments acknowledging the work of the surveyors who spent years mapping the area is what makes Canberra special – and then there are the people – not all politicians and public servants – some of them are soldiers like Daniel and his family.
The other special people , for us are our grandchildren. We spent a morning walking and riding scooters around Lake Burley Griffin near the National Art Gallery
Bradley (6) and Imogen (4) decided to hide in the Autum colored gardens from their little brother.
While Tyler (nearly 3) was most unimpressed that they had left him out.