Monthly Archives: May 2018

The Last of the Autumn Leaves #2

Canberra had some very early autumn leaves this year, and the rest of them are just coming out and falling now, days before winter.

The last of the Autumn Leaves Canberra Australia Autumn Colours Sonya Heaney 30th May 2018 Garden Nature 2

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The Last of the Autumn Leaves #1

Canberra had some very early autumn leaves this year, and the rest of them are just coming out and falling now, days before winter.

The last of the Autumn Leaves Canberra Australia Autumn Colours Sonya Heaney 30th May 2018 Garden Nature 1

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Reconciliation Day

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Today Canberra becomes the first place in Australia to host a public holiday for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. Reconciliation Day replaces the Family and Community Day holiday, which replaced the Melbourne Cup holiday before that.

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Cyborgs: Heroes Never Die

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I’m a bit late with a post today, because I got home late last night and wanted to write about where I’d been. Also, the wine was free-flowing at the function, and I wasn’t in the mood to type when I got back!

It’s hard to believe, but this is the first time I’ve been to see a movie since Les Misérables in early 2012!

At the invitation of the embassy, last night I attended the first Australian screening of the movie Cyborgs: Heroes Never Die (Кiборги: Герої не вмирають).

It is a movie about the battle for Donetsk Sergey Prokofiev International Airport (named after the Ukrainian composer) during 2014, the first year of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Cyborgs is the nickname given to the Ukrainian Army units who fought, lost, and died in the conflict.

When the battle began the airport was brand new, and had just been…

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Monday Morning in Canberra

The autumn leaves are a little late in Canberra this year!

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Saturday in Canberra

We had a late lunch in Manuka this afternoon. On the way home we had to drive past St Christopher’s Cathedral. Such blue sky. It looks a bit like it’s a Tuscan town. The trees around it were full of hundreds of sulphur-crested cockatoos.

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Sunday in Canberra

We were worried. After months of blue skies and no rain, Saturday was a terrible day. Sunday was the day of the Coral-Balmoral (Vietnam War) 50th anniversary service on Anzac Parade (the street that runs from the Australian War Memorial towards Parliament House). Hundreds of people came for it.

We were lucky: we had a sunny day, despite the forecast.

The first picture is (duh!) Parliament House, taken from the back of the car yesterday afternoon. It’s still all wrapped up for renovations. I’m not sure they should’ve done it EXACTLY when we’re celebrating the building being open for thirty years.

The second picture was taken at the side of the Vietnam War Memorial – you can see the wall of the main thing on the right – hours after the service (we went back after lunch to take a few more pictures), of the wreaths that were laid by dignitaries etc.

Australian Parliament House Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 13th May 2018 Capital Hill Mother_s Day Blue Sky Sunny Afternoon Autumn

Vietnam War Memorial Anzac Parade Coral and Balmoral 50 Fifty Years Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 13th May 2018

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