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Catching a rainbow before the rain


While out on a ride this morning, I caught this rainbow from the Australian-American memorial looking over Parliament House….

…just before the sky turned dark and I was caught in the rain!


I was at the Australian-American memorial at Defence. We (very affectionately) call this imposing landmark ‘the chicken on a stick’.


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Canberra misty morning and gratuitous flowers


Summers in Canberra can be unbearably hot. This week, we are about to get a taste of things to come with a predicted top temperature of 36 degrees C on Friday. Though I shouldn’t whinge, as the poor souls in Adelaide are getting it worse! One of the nice things about Canberra summers is that the mornings can be so cool and sweet.


Here’s a morning shot of the mist and sun from my morning run in north Canberra. See the teeny tiny Telstra tower?


Here’s also some gratuitous shots of flowers. Lovely stamen!

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Perfect day – for a walk and churros


School starts again tomorrow (boo) and to see off the last day of holidays, with the sun shining, we couldn’t resist taking off for a walk around the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin. The air was so clear and the water so still. OK, it was hardly 10°C, but it felt pretty nice outside.

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Afterwards, we felt we deserved a nice treat, so we went to San Churro Chocolateria the shrine to Spanish chocolate.


It was pretty busy, but the service was nice and friendly. No surprise we ordered the specialty of the house – churros.

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Lovely deep fried Spanish doughnuts dusted in icing sugar and cinnamon. We had ours served with white chocolate and dulce de leche.

As my son said: This place would be in heaven. I tend to agree!

Lorikeet sunrise


It is a bit of a cheat tagging this post with #Canberra, as half the images were taken at the South Coast, near Milton, over Easter. But the sunrise from Gungahlin in the north this morning was so lovely, it made me think of the beautiful lorikeets and flowers we saw while on our Easter break.

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These cheeky birds were daily visitors and we tried to feed them sunflower seeds – ooops, seems they prefer the banksia I have back in my garden in Canberra!


One of may favourite things is riding my bike in new suburbs – there are wonderful roads with clean, smooth surfaces and very little traffic. Gungahlin used to be like that, but now can be pretty busy early in the morning, particularly since the Gungahlin Drive Extension was finished. Still, it’s a good road surface. I took my photos this morning around Gungahlin and I just love this little piece of ‘public art’ on Gungahlin Drive. I’m not sure if it was done by locals or a council worker having a good day, but these really do look like Mario’s drain pipes. 1 up all!

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Have a great weekend!



Morning stillness over the Molonglo River

Coppins Crossing sunrise

Coppins Crossing sunrise

Sometimes things take you by surprise.

I was out riding early in the morning as the sun was rising on what was predicted to be another baking hot day. As I rode through Coppins Crossing, I was taken aback by the Molonglo River – so mysterious, still and misty.

I played with the original image (above) to try to make it look more mysterious and cool.

Molonglo River at Coppins Crossing, Canberra

Molonglo River at Coppins Crossing, Canberra

Molonglo River at Coppins Crossing

Molonglo River at Coppins Crossing

French toast made super fantastic using a sandwich press

Sandwich press French toast

Sandwich press French toast

I like to ride my bike. A lot. I do it because it helps to balance my enjoyment of cakes and desserts. The bonus is I feel excellent and it frees my mind and lets me think. I’m totally addicted to it and if I miss a day, I feel edgy. If I miss two days, I start to feel depressed. I usually ride early in the morning, when it is cool and when there is not much traffic on the road.

The irony is that at 6 am I’m usually hungry and invariably spend a good part of my ride thinking about food, in particular what breakfast of 2000 calories I am going to eat as a reward for burning 1000 calories before breakfast. I’m slavishly addicted to French toast in its many forms and these usually top the list.

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