Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Love and Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate

A friend I shared a room with many years ago had a poster on her wall of John Everett Millais' 'Ophelia'. I remember being utterly mesmerised by this piece, with its rich colours and exquisite detail. Every time I looked at it, I saw something I hadn't noticed previously. It was like a captivating story that drew you into its tangled web of intrigue.Read more...

William Holman Hunt The awakening conscience (detail) 1853. Image courtesy Tate.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Why you need to start your Christmas shopping now

The older I get, the more I love Christmas. It does help that I have two young children who look forward to this magical time of the year as much as their birthdays – the anticipation of Christmas is unavoidable in our house. I have also worked in retail for many years, where Christmas planning starts months in advance and perhaps it is this planning that kicks my excited anticipation of Christmas into overdrive. On the flip-side, I am fully aware of how stressful Christmas can be – financially and emotionally. Just thinking about how many presents need to be bought, what food needs to be purchased and prepared (and how much money this all costs) can send anyone into a state of overwhelm. Not to mention spending precious holiday time with challenging relatives. The only solution is to plan early. By getting all the boring (and expensive) stuff out of the way, you free yourself up to enjoy the fun festivities of Christmas, like parties, carols, etc. Read more...



Friday, September 21, 2018

How to...Spring Clean your office

When we think about “Spring Cleaning”, we often just think about cleaning our home, especially tackling the big cleaning jobs that we don’t do during the year. But there are lots of other areas you can apply a good old “Spring Clean” to your life. We sought the advice of some cleaning and organising experts to find out how to spring clean your office this spring. Here are some of their helpful tips. Read more...






Monday, August 14, 2017

Tharwa Bush Fair

Celebrate spring in the Canberra region at the Tharwa Bush Fair. Organised by the Tharwa Preschool, this fun family day out in the country includes: 
1. Market stalls selling local arts and crafts
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Grandparents Playgroup at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

As a mum of two young preschool kids, I completely appreciate the number of playgroups and activities in Canberra for this age group. It is heartening to see the number of grandparents that also attend these children's' groups and activities. It is also encouraging to see playgroups set up specifically for grandparents. Grandparents' groups are fantastic as they also offer a way for mature carers to socialise whilst spending time with their little ones, especially if they are retired and would like to make new social connections. Read more...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thursday Talks at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

The natural world is a fascinating area that is very easy to talk about from a variety of perspectives. This is why the Thursday Talks run by the Friends of the Gardens at lunchtime have become so popular. The talks are open to everyone and are aimed at a well-informed general audience. Read more...


Monday, August 29, 2016

Exhibitions at Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre

Beautiful gardens AND art - what more could you want?
The Visitors Centre at the Australian National Botanic Gardens is a beautiful space for taking in an art exhibition. The centre regularly features exhibitions in fine art, photography, craft, sculpture and other creative areas. There are new exhibitions every month that focus on a variety of themes such as environment, science, history, and culture. Read more...