Monday, November 13, 2017

A day In Cowra

Cowra is about a 2 hours drive from Canberra in the central west of NSW. We did a day trip there last Friday in perfect Spring weather - just for fun.

First stop was for a great coffee at Boorowa, then just outside Cowra we stopped for lunch at the Quarry Restaurant and Cellar door where we were able to sample some of Cowra's wonderful produce (and wine) from an impressive menu.

Next stop for us was the beautiful Cowra Japanese Gardens and Cultural Centre. Completed 21 years ago, the gardens are a peace token and commemoration of the Cowra POW camp breakout by Japanese prisoners in 1944. The gardens looked stunning today - an amazing sight in the typically Australian landscape surrounding it (It's the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan!) - and thought provoking too because of the reason it is here .........

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Canberra on wheels

We saw a lot of Canberra over the past month - pushing Granny Bobbie in her wheelchair around all the Canberra icons.................
 ...... and regular walks into Civic Centre through our favourite Glebe Park (only 10 minutes from our apartment)....

 ..lots of coffee stops.......

 ...and lunches too.....................

The carillion is only a short walk away too for us, a perfect spot for sunset watching......

The commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Australian Light Horse Battle of Beersheba was staged just beside our apartment block, on Anzac Parade on the 31st October - another interesting sight (and wheelchair friendly) for Granny Bobbie.

There were quite a few fancy lunches too that were wheelchair friendly. The pic below was taken at the Bungendore Woodworks Gallery Café, about a 25 minute drive out of Canberra in NSW.
I think it's easier for Bobbie to see some of the advantages of apartment living now!

Bye Granny Bobbie

We saw Granny Bobbie off yesterday morning from Canberra Airport. She is one brave lady, at age 91 packing herself up and travelling on her own (business class of course) between Canberra and Brisbane. We think that by the end of her 4 and a bit weeks with us here in Canberra she was looking pretty healthy and happy!
Josh and Jody hosted a roast dinner on Sunday evening...........
And the girls did their best to be entertaining for Granny Bobbie's enjoyment!

 My 5 year old grand-daughter took this pic of me!

 The girls were pretty stirred up by the end of the evening - quite hilarious!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

LZACS visit

With Granny Bobbie (GG) here it was a great excuse for the Sydney LZACS to visit Canberra, to see her and catch up with their Canberra cousins. 

There aren't too many opportunities for taking a pic of this side of the family all together - this was my best effort (but minus A and S unfortunately!)
We enjoyed lunch together on Saturday, at Saint Germain (in Campbell, not Paris) and our Hassett Park proved to be a great venue for some fun and games after. 

 I think baby Leo has won his cousin's heart or maybe it's the other way around?

For some reason the kids called this their Steve Urkel dance (have they even watched that old sitcom Family Matters???) 

We were all up early on Sunday morning - for breakfast together at the QT Hotel at New Acton - which was perfectly placed for a walk to the lake after (on a breezy cool Canberra morning).

 Baby Leo wins hearts wherever he goes!
I like this pic below - but pity about the WC backdrop! 

It's a huge effort for a busy family with 3 young ones to get away for a weekend - so glad the LZACS made it!!