SPRING 2015 || SEPTEMBER... I'VE DONE IT

AH, that's more like it. What a difference a little sunshine can make. Spring has made itself known. I have seeds sprouting, fat aspa...


AH, that's more like it. What a difference a little sunshine can make. Spring has made itself known. I have seeds sprouting, fat asparagus spears growing to full size in a week, wee flowers on beans and on an early tomato seedling. I'm going to a seed saving day on Saturday, but look, I am getting ahead of myself, that's for sharing in a month's time.

In September:

I WENT TO… Canberra. Twice. In one week. It wasn't supposed to be that way, but colleagues and I were called to Parliament House to support a call for an increased humanitarian intake of refugees from the conflict in Syria.

A few days later, I was there for a scheduled visit to Parliament House, this time to represent the advocacy and leadership development programs of Girl Guides Australia.

That day was the day of the Liberal Party leadership spill, and as it happened, our girls and young women were the last to have their photo with Tony Abbott... in his capacity as Minister for Women. So many wry comments I could add here, but, you know, the man's already down.

I ATE… At the recommendation of a mate, professional colleague and sometimes blogger, I had the most divine meal at Mocan and Green Grout in Canberra's uber-trendy New Acton precinct. So much care and attention to flavours and textures and you see it all happen in front of you. In Nanette's words: "sit at the bar and watch the chefs lavish attention on the food". No further enticement necessary.

I OP SHOPPED… A couple of kitsch 1970s thank you cards and a pre-loved wooden truck for the grandkiddlings. Cute.

I MADE… Nothing, but I am scouting for Christmas decorations I can stitch or knit up on long work commutes home.

I READ… I have five books on the go at the moment. I'm so close to finishing three of them. Maybe it'll happen over the coming long weekend. Maybe.

On a side note, if you are worried about how to explain news images and bulletins featuring distressed children to your family, read this piece on talking to children about the Syria crisis.

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