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  • Day115

    Canberra City

    February 3 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    This was a strange place. It didn’t exist in 1900 other than as a sheep station in the middle of nowhere - In 1824, Joshua Moore built a homestead named Canberry, whose name was derived from a local Aboriginal language; its meaning is disputed Australia became a nation on 1 January 1901, when the British Parliament passed legislation enabling the six Australian colonies to collectively govern in their own right as the Commonwealth of Australia. Australia decided that it needed to have a capital, but could not use any of the capitals of the existing states. It had to be within the state of New South Wales, but at least 100km from Sydney.

    Once a suitable location for the capital was found, in 1911, the Australian Government launched an international competition for the design of a new capital. Walter Burley Griffin (from Chicago) submitted designs drawn by his wife, Marion Mahony Griffin, and beat 136 other entrants to win the competition. However, his plan was never fully realised as he stayed in Chicago and an Australian government committee Was appointed to oversee the building of the city, but they didn’t particularly like the winning design and started selecting elements from various plans and began reworking the winning design. So much for democracy.

    I won’t bore you with the design principles etc. As a city it has a beautiful layout, big man-made lakes created by damming the river, plus some magnificent buildings. However, in our eyes it lakes soul, life and any sort of “vibe”. It lacks the hustle and bustle of a city. We have been in Brisbane and Sydney at 5pm and watched the cafes, bars and restaurants fill up in the city centre; that didn’t happen in Canberra, it was dead.

    I’m sure that the commute to work along the multilane roads carrying half a dozen cars is very easy, but I wonder if Canberra needs a million or more people living in it to give it some energy?

    We drove up to the tops of Mount Ainslie for a spectacular view across the city
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  • Day118

    Canberra Arboretum and Bonsai Display

    February 6 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    It took two attempts to see the Bonsai exhibition. The arboretum is open until 8:30 pm so we chose to go there at the end of the day only to find that, while the gates were open, the exhibitions were all shut at 4:00.

    A wonderful display of bonsai trees at the arboretum that will probably look great in 20 years time and amazing in 50 years time.Read more

  • Day115

    War Memorial, Hall of Memory and Museum

    February 3 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    The war memorial didn’t look much from the top of Mt Ainslie but was an amazing place that, along with the incorporated museum, required two visits to get around the majority of it.

    The Hall of Memory is absolutely beautiful and it was quite a moving experience just being in it. Better pictures and a virtual view is at:

    There are stained-glass windows on three sides of the Hall of Memory, each window divided into five panels. Each of the fifteen panels features a figure in the uniform and equipment of the First World War, and typifies one of the quintessential qualities displayed by Australians in war.

    “The Byzantine dome of the Australian War Memorial is a familiar national icon. Its mosaic interior rises to 24 metres above the floor, drawing our gaze upward. From the base of the dome, stylised hands deliver the souls of the dead through clouds and dark blue sky to heaven. The spirits are symbolised by simplified, winged coffins in shapes that suggest Egyptian mummies. From a central spiritual sun, over which the stars of the Southern Cross are superimposed, seven shafts of light radiate to the cornice (the lower rim of the dome) and symbolise the seven-pointed star of Australia.”

    There were many delays from conception to completion of the Hall of Memory. The artworks in the Hall of Memory had not been installed by the end of the Second World War, but it was decided that the stained-glass windows would still be dedicated to the First World War, and the Second was to be commemorated in the wall mosaics.

    The memorial is located so as to be visible from Government House, the rationale being that MPs can see it and should remind them that their decisions have consequences for the people they are there to serve.

    There are the names of over 102,000 Australians who lost their lives in war since the Boer War. A recording of young children reading the names is played during the day. A service is held at 4:55 every afternoon, when the story of one of the servicemen is read out, followed by the last post played by a bugler. On the day we watched, heard about Private Joseph Botrill. During WWI, he had been in France less than a month when he was killed. His body was never recovered. These occasions are all recorded and are available on the War Memorial Website.
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  • Day108

    Berry and Booderee

    January 27 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Before leaving Berry, we thought we should have a look around the town. It’s full of cafes, expensive home furnishings shops and rather hippy crystals and tie-dyed clothes. There are a number of heritage buildings. The museum was very interesting.with lots of items from the last 250 years.

    The “donut van” was doing a roaring trade even with a bank holiday surcharge added to the prices and a 15 minute wait to get the order filled. What idiots would pay inflated prices and wait 15 minutes for a food that will kill them? They were delicious 😋

    We left there and drove south intending to go to Jarvis Bay. At the north end is honeymoon bay, this was to be our first stop and then we planned to work our way around the west side of the bay and end up on the south side . Unfortunately, the closest campsite we could find was the south end end of Jarvis Bay 😩. Oh well “all part of the adventure”.

    Bordered is a National Park, so we have to be self contained for camping. In the rainforest/bush. The campsite is 100m from the beach which is a long sandy beach with a rocky point before the next sand beach.

    We spent a few hours swimming and walking up to the next rocky point and back again before deciding that a cold beer on the rocks watching the sun go down was a good thing to do. We showered, changed, grabbed the beers and started walking down to the beach when we came across a 4ft snake on the path. The snake was absolutely motionless, so much so that we thought it might be dead. We also thought that “looking dead” may be a way of catching its prey, so we walked past and onto the beach.

    There was no sunset as dark clouds had rolled in obscuring the sun. We went back into the bush, photographed some birds and returned to find that the dead snake had moved and was slithering off into a bush. Lucky we didn’t poke him to see if he was dead. Two people have said that he was a “harmless” carpet python.

    We returned to Bertha, pulled together our dinner and went to one of the communal double BBQs to cook it. The BBQs are totally enclosed with gas heating a stainless steel plate. Both were being used so we sat and chatted to the people there. Bun gave two young girls (in their twenties) a tour of Bertha leaving their male partners to wonder where they’d gone to.

    After dinner we found the site literally crawling with possums. We are quite pleased that we dont have any trees over us otherwise they’d be on the roof. They are very confident, one walked up to Bun and went to bite Bun’s knee!
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  • Day109

    Jervis Bay Beaches day one

    January 28 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Bun decided to go on a photo outing first thing to try to photograph some birds. After this we packed up and set off to look at the numerous beautiful beaches found in Jervis Bay.

    The day was overcast, grey and a bit dull, a recent storm has left a lot of seaweed on the beaches that is smelling quite strongly, plus the recent fires have resulted in ash and bits of burnt tree being washed into the sea. None of the beaches looked very good at all except Honeymoon Beach. This is a small horseshoe shaped bay with course yellow sand protected by two small rocky outcrops. Camping is allowed on Fridays and Saturdays. Despite the close proximity of the camp site, the beach was very clean. Maybe the headlands stop the seaweed coming in? In caparison, Long Beach was several hundred metres of petrifying seaweed,

    We visited the Booderee Botanic Gardens that had great paths and lots of signs for plants that probably used to be there before the drought. It was a little disappointing and we didn’t stay long.

    Murrays beach
    Hole in the wall
    Botanic gardens
    Point Perpendicular Lighthouse
    Honeymoon Beach
    Long Beach

    This evening we are staying at Curragong, right at the north end of Jervis Bay. It’s a more traditional camping park, but not very full now that the school holidays have finished. Prices have ago returned to the pre-holiday and more affordable level.
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  • Day6

    Die Hauptstadt Canberra

    December 7, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Heute war ein sehr aufregender Tag😅 Zuerst ging es an einen Aussichtspunkt über ganz Canberra, anschließend waren wir wieder in einen Botanic Garden, wo wir einige Tiere entdeckt haben. Zusätzlich haben wir uns natürlich auch durch das War Memorial und das Australian Parliament weitergebildet🤓😂 Danach ging es ins 250km weit entfernte Wagga Wagga😎Read more

  • Day5

    Fahrt nach Canberra

    December 6, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Heute ist der erste Tag an dem wir ausgeschlafen haben😅den Schlaf haben wir glaub echt gebraucht😂 Die Fahrt nach Canberra dauerte länger als erwartet, was uns aber nicht die gute Laune vermasselt hat😊

  • Day34

    Canberra Tag 14

    December 25, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Ja eigentlich war ja heute der Weihnachtstag, aber ich bin krank und war den ganzen Tag zu Hause und habe geschlafen oder Netflix geguckt...
    Klasse Weihnachten....

    Yes, actually it was Christmas Day today, but I am sick and was at home all day and slept or watched Netflix ... Great Christmas ....

  • Day23

    Canberra Tag 3

    December 14, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Heute war ein ziemlich langer Tag. Der Tag startete um 8 Uhr mit Therapiemaßnahmen für Jayda. Anschließend sind wir zu dem Geburtstag von Janas Klassenkameraden gefahren, der in einem Schwimmbad stattfand. Es war wirklich witzig, da ich die ganze Zeit mit Jayda herumgelaufen bin und sie eigentlich die ganze Zeit nur auf und ab gelaufen ist 😅. Es ist allerdings auch was ziemlich ekelhaftes passiert heute. Und zwar wurde ich erstmal straight von Jayda angekackt🤮 ich hatte es auf meinem ganzen Kleid....
    Naja gut es ging dann auch gegen 12 uhr nach Hause und dann hab ich mit Jayda ein wenig gespielt. Danach als die anderen kamen, si d wir zu Marks Eltern gefahren und haben den Weihnachtsbaum geschmückt. Diese Australier sind manchmal schon echt merkwürdig, weil dieses Haus sah aus, als würde dort niemand drin wohnen 😅 als wäre es so eine Art Musterhaus😂
    Als wir dann wieder zu Hause waren, war dann auch schon Badezeit und Essenszeit und dann ging es ins Bett für die Beiden!
    Ich habe nach Feierabend dann noch mit Laura gevideochattet und hab mich anschließend noch mit Mark und Handan auf die Couch gesetzt und gequatscht. Bin dann aber auch zeitig ins Bett, weil der Tag echt anstrengend war.

    Today was a pretty long day. The day started at 8am with therapy measures for Jayda. Afterwards we drove to the birthday of Jana's classmates, which took place in a swimming pool. It was really funny because I was walking around with Jayda all the time and she was just walking up and down 😅 all the time. However, something pretty disgusting happened today. I became shit straight from Jayda🤮 first of all I had it on my whole dress....
    Well well it went then also around 12am home and then I played a little with Jayda. Then when the others came, we went to Mark's parents and decorated the Christmas tree. These Australians are sometimes really strange, because this house looked like nobody lived in it 😅
    When we were home again, it was already bath time and meal time and then we went to bed for both of them!
    After work I video-chatted with Laura and then sat on the couch with Mark and Handan and talked. But I went to bed early because the day was really exhausting.
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  • Day36

    Canberra Tag 16

    December 27, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Heute war ein frei Tag, aber mir geht es wieder gut! Ich bin morgens los zu meinem Termin beim Tätowierererin. Hier habe ich mit ihr besprochen, was ich gerne hätte und wie. Dann habe ich mir einen Termin geben lassen für den 23. Januar 😊. Ich bin schon ganz aufgeregt! 😍
    Danach bin ich noch ein wenig durch die City gelaufen und dann nach Hause. Dort habe ich dann zusammen mit der Mama Dark geguckt und ansonsten gab es nicht weiter spannendes an dem Tag :)

    Today was a day off, but I'm fine again! I left in the morning for my appointment with the tattoo artist. Here I discussed with her what I would like to have and how. Then I made an appointment for January 23rd 😊. I am already very excited! 😍
    Afterwards I walked around the city for a while and then home. There I watched Dark together with the Mama and apart from that there were no other exciting things that day :)
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