On the trail to Yankee Hat

We decided the kids (well actually it was more like that us parents) needed some exercise this weekend, and figured a six kilometre hike was the best way to do it, as you do. So we made the trek to the Yankee Hat Rock Shelter in the Namadgi National Park just south of Canberra.  Yankee Hat is one of the only currently known Aboriginal sites in the Australian Capital Territory(ACT), those that are known can be found in the Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. This trail takes you across the Gudgenby Valley to the base of Yankee Hat Mountain, where you will find a tiny mural of sorts under a rock shelf. The drawings could possibly be over 3000 years old. They are the first prehistoric drawings identified in the ACT.

It’s a very easy trail, a good one to start with if you don’t want to scare people off going for a hike. We got there early and there was a light dusting of snow, which just made the whole place look wonderful. The kangaroos didn’t look as impressed as we were, but I suppose we were not sitting in a frozen swamp. Now I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking…

The Mr & the future Dark Overlord head across Gudgenby Valley

 

It was frozen and snowy!

 

snow and stick fights!

 

The kangaroos were frozen, like the swamp.

 

The ancient aboriginal drawings that you will find at the base of Yankee Hat Mountain.

 

Snow clung to the trees until midday.

 

 

Images all copyright to: C Jubb 2015

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Taking comfort in the Goulburn cold.

My column from this weeks paper… 

YOU know it’s cold in Goulburn when the car still has frost on the windscreen at 9am.  Travellers from the north arrive wearing shorts and thongs and hop happily out of their cars to see the Big Merino. But before they can prepare to take a selfie in front of our concrete wonder, they realise it is startlingly crisp out there, and make a hasty retreat to their warm car, where you will see them pulling ski gear out of the boot and trying to wear everything they packed all at once, because clearly they must be mere kilometres away from snow here it’s just that cold!

I love it. You feel like cooking warm hearty meals and you finally get some sleep when it’s cold, because you won’t be too hot under all the blankets.

I know many people loath the cold, and I can understand why, but when you think about it there are some really good reasons to like winter. I will give you a few examples…. Read the rest here.

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Jenkins the Hare

I love beautifully told and illustrated children’s books. I still insist the kids have a library of books, even though I am all about eReaders myself. There is something to be said about holding a book like this in your hands, some of them are more like a piece of art and Jenkins the Hare is no exception.  It’s gorgeous. This book was imagined, designed and made in Australia by Demelza Haines and Adam Murphy.

Find the book here!

“Meet Jenkins the Hare: a smart, sweet, little fellow. He has many friends and is thought of as very loyal and loved by all the animals, especially the younger ones. Jenkins is always thinking of new games to play and fun to be had. His favourite possession is his beautiful, stripy scarf. One day it goes missing and he must go through the woods and retrace his steps to find it, meeting all of his friends along the way.”

My children loved this book. It is an adorable easy to read story for little children that has a kind Wind in Willows feel to it, and it teaches the value of friendship and helping out a mate. I was a relaxing read, something that you look for in a short bedtime story. I throughly recommend this book. I want to hang the whole thing on the wall. If you are looking for a gift that will have people asking where did you find that? I suggest you check out Welly’s Wonders.

Jenkins the Hare comes from the team at Welly’s Wonders, a husband and wife team who happen to have oodles of talent. Check out their page for more about them, because there is just too much to tell you about here.

And you know how I said I want to hang the book on the wall? Well they’ve taken care of that too. You can get very high quality A3&A4 prints of beautiful illustrations from Jenkins the Hare and their other book Burton the Brave, they are quite timeless in my opinion and we now have one hanging on my office wall.

Welly’s Wonders also have a gorgeous line of onesies, shirts, cardsbibs and blankets featuring Jenkins and Burton. Do check them out for a truly unique gift for the next baby shower.

One of the fabulous prints.Disclaimer: while we were gifted a book and print in return for the review, the sentiments are sincere. We loved Jenkins the Hare! 

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I’m a winter person…

I sometimes think I take more interesting pictures in the colder months.

autumn

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A day off from the biggest job… Because I said so.

From my column about mothers day… 

THE world embraced some cheerful news this week, the Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born, and it really is a nice piece of news all round. Some of the more jaded of you may think, who cares? Yet you can’t deny that a baby being born is nice to hear about, especially in a time when really crappy stories often headline the news. Also, it is really good news for the British economy which is expected to be boosted by the arrival of the little princess, by around a billion pounds by the time she is ten.

However she has already pulled in a reported eighty million pounds already, and Prince George brought in nearly two hundred and fifty million in his first year of life. The Princess can expect to have every little outfit copied, just as fashion houses do with the clothes her mother wears. The Duchess of Cambridge can sell out an outfit minutes after a picture of her is published. Can you imagine the pressure the Duchess must be under?

Little girls all over England will want to emulate this new tiny Princess. Something her late grandmother Princess Diana knew about only to well, and it is something that William and Kate will have to navigate carefully. I have said this before, parenting today is a whole different ball game. There is no baby book around (yet), that has a chapter on how to deal with online bullying or in this case, a chapter on having the whole world judge your appearance. Parenting a Princess is probably a lot harder than it seems… read the rest here.

With a couple of my babies...

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