This has been my first proper weekend in Canberra. I’ve been home to the family each one since starting, and faced with two empty days not hanging out with the kids, well, that wasn’t particularly appealing! So naturally, I scheduled some socialising :)
Friday night I put the call out to any Canberra folk I knew or had connected with through writing circles to meet up at 5ish at a cute little vegetarian cafe/bar I’d found just down the road in Watson. David & Rob from CSFG and Kaaron Warren with Rebecca James in tow heeded the call and we spent several hours chatting over a couple of wines – great start! Well, it would have been though Kaaron and I compared notes the next evening and realised we’d both felt a LOT more affected by the small amount of wine (including headaches the next day!) than was quite logical, so now we’re a bit suss about the place! Otherwise it was excellent though :)
Saturday I had booked myself into several scheduled viewing of rentals – not that I’m actually looking right now, but I wanted to start getting a feel for the market and it’s also a good way to do some exploring. Thoroughly disheartened after THAT, luckily I organised to drive out to Donna and Matthew’s place at Conder, which is absolutely lovely, where I was fed and watered very well, with an accompaniment of great conversation. Couldn’t stay to continue enjoying their marvellous view, as I had to stop by Lorraine’s place for afternoon tea, more chats, and, perhaps most importantly, baby cuddles! Took bubs a little while to warm up (her brothers made up for that in spades!) but I did eventually get lovely hugs, which was very nice. I dashed home to pull my washing off the line and freshen up, before braving the local streets to find my way to Kaaron’s house. Canberra is terribly easy to navigate, so I made it there despite Google Maps trying its best to lead me astray, and some six hours later, after copious amounts of great food, wonderful wine, and smart conversation interspersed with raucous laughter, was dropped home by one of Kaaron’s fantastic friends. An utterly enjoyable evening to top of a really lovely day!
Despite the wine (and probably because of the water that flowed as freely!), I jumped out of bed feeling very chirpy indeed, albeit after a rather pleasant sleep in (8am is a Sunday sleep-in when you’re usually up at 6!). I did my housework (took about 15 minutes…there are definite advantages to tiny living space!) and wandered off for a walk around the suburb. This was somewhat delayed when I discovered another lovely cafe at the same complex as the vegetarian one and stopped for brunch, but I did then continue on and thoroughly enjoyed the pleasant weather and peaceful streets.
Home again for a Sunday afternoon of work – FableCroft and Aurealis work mostly, and still something I enjoy, so I have to say, on balance, this has been a great first weekend in Canberra! Look forward to many more :)