Wednesday, July 19, 2017

If you buy a drone, learn to fly it first

This was my second drone I've stuck up in a tree. Fortunately this one still worked when I got it down...

NAIDOC by the lake

I really like Belconnen Arts Centre. One of my favourite jobs was working at Disability ACT and the window by my desk looked out both over beautiful Lake Ginninderra but also over the fabulously appointed Belconnen Arts Centre. It's not the Louvre, as it's only a small centre, but it has some great exhibitions and it sits right on the banks of the lake which I think is more natural, calming and somehow more beautiful than its bigger brother Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra's centre.
NAIDOC is a week long celebration of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. It's not particularly strong in Canberra compared to other parts of Australia, but the city still goes to some effort to recognise the valuable part the culture plays both historically but also in present and future Australia. I think it's an important part of Australia's make-up that the kids should understand, learn from and respect.
We spent a lovely Saturday morning at a NAIDOC celebration at the art centre. It included face painting, craft as well as damper making/cooking. The wind blows in off the lake but there was enough fun, with music and laughter to make light of the chill.

Audrey and a Bogong moth
Eli made a Wolves boomerang which while not entirely culturally sensitive was pretty good.
Chilly (but sunny) Canberra day

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Skating in Garema Place

Audrey's quite a decent skater (I'm not). Amy skated pretty well too - I remember skating together one snowy evening in Warsaw by the rink that is set up by the Palace of Science and Culture every year.

Canberra now has its own outdoor rink (running until the end of July) and Audrey skated around with some competency (while Eli and I watched on the sidelines)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Kata Tournament

The kids took part in a Kata tournament against another Dojo in the north of the city. It's a pretty friendly (but serious!) affair. For the uninitiated a kata tournament is non-contact, but competitors go through a series of routines against another participant. It makes it interesting as bigger/stronger competitors don't always win if their younger rival has perfected and timed their punches and kicks more appropriately.

Both Audrey and Eli did ever so well. It's the second tournament of this type that they've entered (they now have 'orange senior' belts) and they look forward to it ever so much - their competitive nature is never more evident. Audrey only just missed out on a position but Eli came away with a very creditable third place in his category.

Eli with his winning ribbon

Graffiti masterclass!

The kids and I went along to the launch of an amazing mural in the city next to a skatepark. As part of the launch the kids were allowed to practice graffiti on one of Canberra's (26) legal graffiti walls. Here's some pictures of our morning.

The real artists in front of their mural!