Canberra – Capital Place to find

Canberra is one of those National capitals that were developed out of nowhere Рin 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 Рand then there are the people Рnot all politicians and public servants Рsome 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.

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Tumbarumba – Beautiful place with special people

Part of preparation for our trip is seeing the people we will be away from for five months – so we need to make a trip to visit our children and grandchildren.

Tumbarumba is the beautiful little towns in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains in NSW and also the hometown of my wife Julie. She left for Sydney, employment and later marriage and children in 1969 but her sister and family still live there as does our son Stuart his wife Rebecca, daughter Shayna and son Mason.

Here is a link to information about the town http://www.visitnsw.com/area/Tumbarumba_and_Surrounds.aspx but I prefer one of my photos.

My brother in law Malcolm Stuart has recently been diagnosed with cancer and is unergoing chemotherapy to slow it’s advance. He always had a good head of red hair but is now trialling the Kojak look.

The other person most changed since our last visit is our youngest grandchild, Mason. Since we last saw him at Christmas he is very mobile and starting to talk. It is amazing to see the genesis of personality in the young. He is a very happy, sociable little boy who loves being outside, especially if he can get to sit in his father’s ancient Datsun ute.