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My hundredth greeting from a very cool down under now that winter has finally arrived, with Christmas in July being celebrated in all states. Festive and traditional affairs are carried out with top events in Sydney.  Here are just a few.

Three hour Cruise on Sydney Harbour with a delicious lunch.

Yulefest in the Blue Mountains with Log Fires and a true Christmas atmosphere.

The Rocks Sydney July markets with a French theme, street singing and hearty winter dishes.

Skating in the forecourt of St. Mary’s Cathedral, with markets and stalls themed on European winter markets, German sausages and Turkish Gozleme.

Winterfest in Luna Park for the young ones.

Winterlight at Parramatta

Christmas at Thredbo in the mountains a true snow fix and yuletide feasts.

Even Bondi Beach one of the coolest concepts on the Australian coast  has beach side ice skating with professional skating performances and Christmas celebrations.

For this my hundredth Snippet I think it is appropriate that we visit Canberra, Australia’s capital city.  When you take a trip to Canberra it is one good thing after another.  This elegant city with its stylish restaurants, hip bars, boutique shopping, fun kid’s activities, great outdoor recreation, and a busy calendar of events and festivals is  well worthy of representing Australia and all it stands for.

For those that just want a decadent weekend away this is the place and the way to go.

Saturday spend your day touring the Canberra region’s cellar doors in comfort and style with Valley Limousines. Your luxury chauffeured limousine will pick you up and squire you around, for wine tastings, a delicious lunch and hand made Robyn Rowe chocolates.

Evening will be spent dinner and dancing, it’s Pina Colada time at the Tropical Kokomos in the heart of the city.  Sample the lobster lollipops or fried chicken buns, and their famous key lime pie.  Once the pineapple disco ball drops from the ceiling, you can dance the night away.

Grab a Uber and head to the ‘88mphbar’ for serious flashbacks, Karaoke, Arcade games, Neon lights and a solid dose of wham.

For a slower weekend spend time in the sunshine on Lake Burley Griffin. This is the centrepiece of Canberra, a glorious large and lovely lake and the ideal water playground, whether you are rowing, sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or fishing.

Cyclists and walkers are well catered for along the 40km shoreline and nothing beats a picnic in its many parks and gardens.

For a more leisurely experience, take a cruise, catch a ferry or simply enjoy the water views from one of the many lakeside cafes and restaurants.

While in Canberra explore the surrounding Inland areas otherwise known as the Tablelands. Head east through Queanbeyan and drive through wine country to the historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore to visit beautiful churches, and old time pubs, galleries and antique stores. Or head west to the Yass Valley and explore a range of small hamlets and towns for annual festivals, local produce and more. Just over one hour from Canberra is Hilltops Region, renowned for its glorious countryside, fascinating history and events such as the National Cherry Festival held in Young, on the first weekend in December.  Here you will see breathtaking orchard landscapes, covered in pink and white blossoms, and home to the cherries in cherry capital country.

It really does not matter what time of the year you visit Canberra, it is a vibrant fascinating city, winter or summer alike there is much to see and you will be able to discover the fascinating history of Australia in the National Archives of Australia. Visit the Old and New Parliament House, The Australian War Memorial, National Gallery, National Library, National Portrait Gallery, National Botanical Gardens, National Zoo and many more prestigious locations including Mount Ainslee Lookout where you can see the whole of Canberra laid out.

Canberra is Capital in more ways than one.

Here at Shelly Beach it is school holidays once again and everywhere is very busy, the beach is still a favourite for hardy swimmers and the sea is perfect for surfers. Crackneck Point is packed with tourists watching the whales heading north, and there have been many of them sighted, more than usual.

Princess Pixie the Pomeranian had a visit today from three seven week old puppies that were as big as her; these handsome dogs are going to make somebody very happy.

I am busy painting for three exhibitions which are being held next month.

My books “Letters of a Travelling Lady, Wallis the Woman I Love, The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain, Flower Power.”  Are available on Amazon and Xlibris.

Cheers.   Patricia.