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Australia Day Canberra Style

1 Feb

I think my partner Scott and I reached a new level of patriotism this year.

Firstly we turned a public holiday Thursday into a long weekend by taking the Friday off as well – doesn’t get much more Aussie than that.

We then chose to spend our self-made Australia Day long weekend in Canberra – our nations capital.

More than a few people questioned this decision – actually make that every single person I spoke to.

‘Why Canberra?’ and an incredulous look was what I got whenever I mentioned our mini-break destination of choice.

Admittedly Canberra doesn’t have a reputation of being the most exciting place on earth. It’s claims to fame are fireworks.. and ah…. porn.

Prior to beginning our trip we had hopes of seeing our Prime Minister make a speech – if we were lucky.

We never expected to actually meet her!

Meeting Australia Day ambassador Adam Gilchrist and Australian of the Year Geoffrey Rush was icing on the cake.

Australia Day 2012 was an incredible experience I know we’ll never forget.

P.S. The fireworks in Queanbeyan were awesome!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5Mw08SCjQg

Snap Happy Weekend

14 Nov

I love many things – but I’m never super passionate about any one thing for any great length of time.

It’s one of my best faults.

On the upside it means I’m forever looking for potential new interests in the hope that one day…. I’ll find my true love.

For quite a while photography was a real contender. But like many other previous endeavours, it too gradually faded into the background. (Replaced by my latest love – crochet)

But this weekend a comeback was staged. Perhaps it was the sunny Melbourne weather. Maybe I have some kind of undiagnosed craft related seasonal disorder – who knows.

With sunlight so bright I couldn’t help but squint, I spent Saturday morning wandering around our backyard – finding pure joy in snapping away at all of the beautiful growing that’s going on this time of year.

We visited the Dandenong Show that afternoon where I found myself looking through the lens with a new sense of purpose.

Sunday’s activities – the annual Sheltie Day in Somerville didn’t require any motivation on my part at all! Not surprisingly, the one thing that guarantees never-ending snap happiness for me is shelties running around having a grand ol’ time. So much cuteness.

I’m really hoping the photography flame has been reignited. I love the way taking pictures makes me look for the little things I’d otherwise miss. And it’s especially good timing seeing as my little nephew is due any day now!!! I’m pretty sure there’s an abundance of cuteness just around the corner. Good times.

* Photos taken using a Canon 450D.

* Photo editing performed using Picnik – my new favourite online application – check it out at www.picnik.com

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