Friday, May 27, 2016

Giggle and Wiggle Program at ACT Libraries

Get your groove on with Giggle and Wiggle
Giggle and Wiggle was the first "proper" kid's activity (aside from my allocated New Parent Group) that I took my eldest daughter to when we first moved to Canberra a couple of years ago.

Giggle and Wiggle is an ACT library initiative and takes place at all ACT libraries at various times throughout the week (see timetable below). Read more...
Giggle and Wiggle for 0-2 year olds at Canberra libraries

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Winter Gardening Talk with Tracey Bool at Kippax Library

Make the most of your garden this winter
The last of your summer marigold and petunias have faded, but it's still weeks before your spring bulbs pop through - let alone flower.

Winter is a tricky, often dull season in many Canberra gardens, but there are still lots of things you can do to breathe a little life into your winter garden and enjoy getting outdoors on sunny winter days. Read more...
Winter garden, image from

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Exhibitions at Beaver Galleries: Dean Bowen and Judy Holding

Dean Bowen: New morning (paintings, prints & sculpture)

Dean Bowen's vibrantly coloured compositions of insects and animals have a quirky, na├»ve quality that appeal to one's inner child. Bowen's bold, deceptively simple oil paintings are so captivating that they appeal on many levels. In fact, his striking images wouldn't look out of place in an exquisite children's book. Read more...

Red parrot watching ladybirds – oil on linen, 153 x 137cm. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Permeate Exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre

Permeate is Belconnen Arts Centre's group exhibition for Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) recipients, running from 27 May to 19 June 2016. Visitors to the Art Centre can enjoy work from artists including: Ned Bott, Hannah Gason and Clare Peters, Janis Lejins, and Madisyn Zabel. Read more...

Doric Stacks, Janis Lejins

Black Fire Restaurant, Braddon: the best 'date night' we've had in a long time!

Date nights are few and far between now that we have kids, so when we get the opportunity to have a meal out, our expectations are high. Black Fire on Mort St, Braddon was recommended to us by a friend, and it certainly didn't disappoint. Read more...

A dish from Black Fire, Braddon. Image

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How to buy a book as a gift

My dad received at least one book for Christmas every year as a child. In fact, everyone in his family received books for Christmas (among other things). He fondly remembers blistering hot Christmas afternoons spent lounging on the veranda reading his new books after the Christmas lunch dishes had been cleared away. 

I’m pleased to say that dad carried this tradition on in our family and I regularly receive books for my birthday, as well as Christmas. The other lovely thing dad does is write a short inscription with the date in the front cover of the books he gives me. I love looking back at the books I’ve received in the past, as they really reflect what I was into at the time. For example, I received craft books at age 13-14, and a book on Witchcraft at age 15 (anyone remember the move The Craft?!) 

I passionately believe there’s a book for everyone – even those who claim they “don’t read”. Everyone has something they’re interested in, or that they’d like to learn more about, and books can help. Books aren’t always about reading either - there are plenty of inspirational books with high-quality glossy images (enter the Coffee Table Book). This is why books make an excellent gift for everyone. Read more...