I visited the Canberra Zoo with some of my family to celebrate my great nephew’s 3rd birthday. It was a beautiful day and everyone had a great time, especially the three year old. I was able to see several familiar Australian animals but a good selection of foreigners as well! Above is a snow leopard and below are the lions we could hear roaring from all over the park.
The wallabies and fairy penguins were cute as always.
The fur of the dingoes was surprisingly soft and a beautiful colour
The giraffe was the favourite of the birthday boy and one of the animals we were able to see up really close.
There is also a reptile area and aquarium.
When I lived in Canberra, the current Parliament House was being built. I remember touring the old parliament house as a student and as a teacher. I remember when designs were submitted for a new parliament house and when construction began. The photo below is taken from the new looking over the old towards the War Memorial and Mt Ainslie, site of cross country runs when I was in highschool.
Parliament house is now 26 years old and its modern design is very different to the old parliament house opened in 1927 and the Canadian houses of parliament rebuilt and opened in 1926. Today I walked around inside for the first time. It is an amazing building filled with beautiful wood, stone and architectural features.
Above is the members hall featuring marble pillars designed to look like gum trees.
The colours in the senate and house of representatives are the traditional red and green also seen in Britain and Canada but the Australian red is more of a red-ochre and the green a grey-green seen in the plants and rock of the Australian bush.
I didn’t take a photo of the outside but you can see several views on the education site here.
Late afternoon sun catches a little turtle wearing pond weed.
King Parrot, one of several I’ve seen in the back yard in Canberra.
A rainbow lorikeet which would have been perfectly camouflaged if he’d turned his back to me.
I’m in Australia visiting my family and enjoying sights and sounds I haven’t seen for a while. Three kookaburras posed briefly for me.
The sky is still blue; the grass is green but the tones are a little different. And of course gum trees are everywhere.
Ottawa, and much of Canada, is in for very cold temperatures and arctic winds this week. Often when it is coldest it is also prettiest. When I went outside to take these photos I could here the ice on the trees cracking and creaking in the wind.
We are almost one third of the way through Dressember and I am happy to report that I have reached over a third of my fundraising goal. My goal is $1240 which is $40 a day for the month of December. Thank you to those of you who have checked out the sites I linked to at the beginning of the month and thank you to those who have already donated.
Last year the Dressember campaign raised $165,000; this year’s campaign has already past that milestone. As of today, 2,510 Dressember advocates around the world have raised $170,144.
I have to admit it has not been too much of a challenge wearing a dress for the last nine days. The biggest thing is of course keeping warm as the temperature has ranged from +5°C to -16°C. Most of my time has been spent inside but even when I’m outside I have a collection of warm boots and cosy tights to keep the chill off! Both my girls and a couple of friends have allowed me to raid their closets. I didn’t set out to wear a different dress every day in December but it has been fun to have such variety.
The point is to make a difference and to make change possible for women, men and children living against their will in desperate, illegal and hopeless circumstances. The money raised for the International Justice Mission funds rescue missions and system reform as well as programs to equip and support those who have been rescued. Read some of the stories of hope here.
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It is bitterly cold here again so I tried a trick I had seen and heard about, freezing bubbles. I made bubble mix then braved the -20°C temperature for a few minutes at a time to blow bubbles in our snow and ice covered back yard.
Most bubbles shatter while they are in the air or as soon as they hit a surface. Some float in the air long enough to freeze before they land on the snow.
While the intensely coloured sky is a dramatic and beautiful sight the reason for it still a cause for concern.
We made further preparations today as hot, dry and windy weather conditions are expected tomorrow.