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Contents

Editor's Letter Contributors HC Online

CITY

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Save The Date The Hot List 90 Ways To Spend 90 Days Picnics Reinvented

PEOPLE

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Not Just Lucky A Seat At Nonna’s Table

E N T E R TA I N M E N T

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Books Sizzling Summer Movies #Bingeflix

LIFE

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When There’s No Summer Holiday Beyond The Backyard

FOOD

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Cocktail Hour We All Scream For Ice Cream

STYLE

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Merry & Bright Havana Heat Bare Beauty

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Land Of Sun And Sea

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Kicking It Old School


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We wanted this edition to be equal parts inspiration and information—a guide to making the most of a Canberra summer, whether you’re staying in the city or heading to the coast.

E D I TO R ' S LETTER

It’s packed with mouth-watering food and drinks, pages and pages of ideas to spend the warmer months, and some meatier reads to dive into in your down-time. It’s a truly delicious issue, and we hope you love reading it as much as we loved bringing it together.

Summer. Canberra, we made it! We started work on this issue in the dead of winter, when summer seemed an eon away. Planning shoots bathed in colour and light, and immersing ourselves in a celebration of longer days and all the goodness they bring was— quite frankly—what got us through.

Amanda Whitley Magazine Editor-in-chief HerCanberra Founder + Director

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Emma Macdonald Associate Editor

Belinda Neame Production Manager

Ashleigh Went ACTIVE Editor

Beatrice Smith Online Editor

W E ' D L OV E TO H E A R YO U R T H O U G H T S Please drop us a line at hello@hercanberra.com.au with your feedback.

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Magazine cont ributors

WORDS Roslyn Hull Emma Macdonald Belinda Neame Beatrice Smith Ashleigh Went Amanda Whitley Myf Williams Rebecca Worth GRAPHIC DESIGN

TIM BEAN

H AY L E Y O ’ N E I L L

A fire fighter by day (and night), Tim also loves being behind the lens to capture all things food, people and places. You can often find Tim drinking coffee at his local or capturing a time lapse on Anzac Parade!

Hayley O’Neill is a Sydney-based fashion stylist (but a Canberra girl at heart). She has worked alongside the likes of Alex Perry, Samantha Harris and Margaret Zhang.

Katie Radojkovic PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Belinda Neame PHOTOGR APHY Tim Bean Lauren Campbell Paul Jurak Peta Rudd Daniel Spellman HAIR Kate Thackray, Kate Lily Dressing Hair Sarah Wright, Saloon

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L AUREN CAMPBELL

Peta Rudd is a Stylist and Photographer specialising in fashion, beauty and advertising. Peta has a BA degree in commercial photography from RMIT University and her client list includes Harper’s BAZAAR, Maybelline, H&M, Westfield and HerCanberra.

Lauren Campbell is a nuclear medicine scientist and a wedding and portrait photographer. You couldn’t dream up two more polar opposite professions but somehow, she manages to combine the two with unflappable flair.

Amy Capeda Jolina O'Hair Jacqui Scott STYLING Belinda Neame Hayley O'Neill Peta Rudd MODELS Rita Elkhoury Samantha Farrow Devojka Models PRINTING CanPrint Communications

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‘This is the most extraordinary exhibition I have ever seen. Disturbing and thoughtprovoking, it lingered with me long after I left the gallery’ Hyper Real visitor

Hyper Real Until 18 Feb A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby and towering giants. Welcome to humanity amplified.

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4–7 JANUARY Exhibition Park in Canberra

PRIME MINISTER’S XI (T20) V ENGLAND

THE COMMONS STREET FEAST

WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914 - 1919 EXHIBITION

UNTIL 10 DECEMBER Commonwealth Park thecommonsstreetfeast.com.au

MAMMA MIA! UNTIL 17 DECEMBER Canberra Theatre Centre mammamiathemusical.com.au

NEW YEAR'S EVE IN THE CITY 31 DECEMBER City Centre, Garema Place events.act.gov.au

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6–14 JANUARY National Film and Sound Archives womenofempirecanberra.com

ARBORETUM AFTER HOURS 5–19 JANUARY National Arboretum Canberra nationalarboretum.act.gov.au

AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR 26 JANUARY Regatta Point events.act.gov.au

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2 FEBRUARY Manuka Oval cricket.com.au

THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK 2 FEBRUARY Canberra Theatre Centre canberratheatrecentre.com.au

CANBERRA TRIATHLON FESTIVAL 3 FEBRUARY Rond Terrace eliteenergy.com.au

ACTEWAGL ROYAL CANBERRA SHOW 23–25 FEBRUARY Exhibition Park in Canberra canberrashow.org.au


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Books

THE COCKTAIL GARDEN

DRAWING SYBYLLA

Adriana Picker, Ed Loveday

Odette Kelada

BY REBECCA WORTH AND MYF WILLIAMS, PAPERCHAIN BOOKSTORE

All titles available for purchase instore, paperchainbookstore.com.au

THE RULES OF MAGIC Alice Hoffman

For the mysterious Owens family, love has long been a curse. Since 1620 to be exact. Ever since Maria Owens was charged with Witchcraft and sentenced to death there has always been one rule—you must never fall in love. Fast forward to 1960s New York where the family’s secret is kept by Suzanna Owens, a mother of three dangerously unique children. Since they were young their mother has had rules: no walking in the moonlight, no candles, no cats, no crows, no books about magic, no wearing black, no red shoes. Trying to steer her children away from the undeniable reality of their legacy becomes a fruitless endeavour, as they all end up searching for the very thing they shouldn’t—love. A precursor to Hoffman’s first book, Practical Magic, this novel is a moving drama-romance, making it the perfect book for holiday downtime. PAGE 10

A gorgeous collection of refreshing drinks for all occasions. Bursting with botanical delights, these recipes focus on innovative blends for all palates and don’t rely heavily on a mixture of spirits. You’ll also find a whole section of DIY syrup recipes which are used to enhance the flavour in each drink. Enjoy the Inflatable flamingo next to the pool, a Winter G&T by the bonfire, and a variety of cheeky margaritas all year round. Definitely a go-to for summer evenings.

THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS

In Drawing Sybylla, a young Australian writer sits on a writing panel and idles away the time by drawing the speaker, Sybil, who is delivering a speech on Elizabeth Perkins-Gillman’s seminal feminist text The Yellow Wallpaper. The young writer is pulled into this ink world with her animated depiction of Sybil, landing in imagined places and moving further into the depths of her own psyche. Be prepared to enter a metaphysical world where reality and imagination are blurred. Drawing Sybylla unravels the complexities and sacrifices that women make to pursue their craft. It’s a deserving winner of the 2016 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

Rupi Kuar

Forget the odes that put you to sleep in your Year 10 English class, Rupi Kuar is making poetry cool again with a collection of poems following her beautiful first book Milk and Honey. Kuar’s simplistic style captures emotions skilfully— there is a calming tone to the poems, as if you were breathing deeply. She writes a lot about romantic love, but the chapter on refugees is particularly moving. Kaur’s sketches throughout add to the personal nature of the book, making you feel like you are reading someone’s beautifullycurated journals.

TRULY MADLY GUILTY Liane Moriarty

If you’re in a reading rut, pick up a Moriarty novel and be pulled instantly back into the book world. In classic Moriarty style, Truly Madly Guilty is set around an unknown incident at a barbeque that changed the lives of the guests. You’ll want to find out what happened at that barbeque so badly your eyes will jump forward on every page, and you’ll be saying, “just five more minutes” to your next commitment.


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ENTERTAINMENT MOVIES FOR LAZY DAYS The Day After Tomorrow

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Summer and film go hand‑in‑hand, whether it’s binge-watching old faves over the holiday season, or catching the latest blockbuster on Boxing Day. Here are 10 not to miss.

As an action flick, this stands up to repeated viewings, particularly with the cynical US politics of today—and the ice and snow will help you feel cool on a scorching day.

Toy Story

Toy Story is the reason there are a generation of toy hoarders amongst you—and the reason Pixar rules the animated world. Cuddle your favourite childhood companion as you watch all three. Bringing Up Baby The ultimate 1930s screwball comedy! Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn have NEVER been surpassed as a team for quick‑witted, rocket-paced banter. Eighty years old and as fresh as ever. The Sound of Music Fancy a sing-along? The message of love and tolerance is still relevant but it is the familiarity and the joy that bring fans back. With me now! Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…

Much Ado About Nothing Easy, breezy Shakespeare with lots of spray-tan attractiveness, Kenneth and Emma together and Keanu as the villain. A very accessible version that will transport you to Tuscany in summer.

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MOST-ANTICIPATED SUMMER RELEASES Star Wars: The Last Jedi Part of me wants to make this film all five of my suggestions. The trailers have kept me guessing—will Rey go dark? Will Finn beat Captain Phasma? I cannot WAIT to buy my ticket back to my favourite universe. Paddington 2 With most of the original cast returning, the notes promise an action-packed adventure. The trailer reintroduces us to this bear of exceptional comedic timing, and a whimsical world of marmalade and mirth. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Trailers for this look amazing—pitch dark but very funny. The remarkable Frances McDormand plays a sweary, angry mother trying to get her daughter’s murder solved. The Greatest Showman A dramatically-musical true story of the man who invented the big top and coined the phrase ‘show business’? Starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zack Efron? Where do I line up? The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical thriller romance set in Cold War USA. A deaf woman discovers a secret project and a prince who is not human. This looks so intriguing and so different to other films.

Sure, summer days are best enjoyed outdoors. However, on the occasions when you’re craving a date with your couch— whether you’ve sipped one too many Aperol Spritzes or simply need to escape the heat— these picks are made for bingeing.

SINNERS Jessica Biel stars in this series that follows the story of a young mother who stabs a man to death on the beach in an inexplicable fit of rage. You’ll be hooked from the first episode, with every additional installment providing enthralling twists and turns.

RIVERDALE It’s Gossip Girl meets vintage Archie comics. Follow Betty, Veronica, Jughead and the gang as they uncover the mysteries of Riverdale. Don’t be fooled by the familiar cartoon characters—with murder, sex, drugs and motorcycle gangs, this one’s best reserved for adults.

BROADCHURCH A young boy is murdered on a beach in this small British town and the prickly, no-nonsense Detective Alec Hardy is brought to the town to investigate. You won’t be able to tear your eyes away as the truth is uncovered piece-by-piece. Worth watching for the complex characters and shocking plot twists.

THE GOOD PLACE Eleanor Shellstrop wakes to discover she’s died and gone to heaven, only to discover there’s been a mistake and she’s not meant to be there. Guided by ethics professor Chidi, Eleanor is forced to become a better person to avoid going to ‘The Bad Place’. Despite the morbid theme, the series is hilarious, light hearted and feel-good.


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Eat MAMA DOUGH

The latest venture from restaurateur Frank Condi, Mama Dough is packing in Ainslie locals. With just 26 seats inside and out, the wood‑fired pizza joint may be small in size, but it’s delivering some big flavours. Master pizza-maker Giovanni Auzino, ably assisted by Jongwon Back, produces mouth-watering combinations including porcini cream, smoked mozzarella and basil; fior di latte, pistachio pesto, sopressa and cherry tomatoes; and even an astounding “Pizzamisu” of Nutella and ricotta calzone with hazelnut and mascarpone custard. Wash it all down with a choice of two whites, two reds and two beers.

3 Edgar Street, Ainslie. Open from 5pm until late seven days. Takeaway available. mamadough.com.au

Drink 88MPH

From the crew behind legendary themed bars Molly, Black Market and The Highball Express comes eightiesthemed bar 88mph. From menus encased in VHS boxes to no-frills pizza and frozen cocktails, this could very well be Canberra’s most fun night out. There are three karaoke rooms (all with sparkly floors), catering for groups from 10-22 people, and a light-up floor. Now all you need are some shoulder pads and a perm.

Basement, 8-10 Hobart Place, Canberra City. Open seven days. 88mph.bar

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Watch UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA CAPITALS

Watching the University of Canberra Capitals play has never been more exciting, with the new basketball court at the National Convention Centre Canberra now home to the professional WNBL women’s basketball team.

National Convention Centre, Constitution Avenue, Canberra City. Game details at wnbl.com.au/uc-capitals

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SEASONAL CANDLES

Make the surface of the lake your picnic spot with a selfdrive, sustainable, electric GoBoat for hire. GoBoats can carry up to eight people, and you don’t need any previous boating experience or a boat licence. The built-in picnic table makes it the perfect al fresco dining venue.

Fill your home with the aroma of gingerbread without going near an oven. Song of Oya’s seasonal hand-wicked and poured soy candle creation is absolutely delicious, combining caramel and hazelnut with ginger, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. You can also channel your inner wise men with an intoxicating scent of frankincense and myrrh with balsam, spice, patchouli and sandalwood.

Wharf 2, Trevillian Quay, Kingston Foreshore. goboatcanberra.com.au

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Stay ABODE MURRUMBATEMAN

Forget the designated driver—exploring the Canberra wine region is set to become a whole lot more accessible when Abode Murrumbateman opens its doors in February 2018. Located adjacent to the Murrumbateman Village Centre, the hotel is only a stone’s throw away from world-class boutique wineries, paddock-to-plate restaurants and producers.

Bookings will be open from late 2017 via abodehotels.com.au

See HYPER REAL

This blockbuster exhibition is a compelling chronicle of the cycle of life, our constant need for connection, and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? It features major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson; celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks; international masters Maurizio Cattelan, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Evan Penny and many more.

Showing until 18 February at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes.

Wear STATEMENT: CELESTIAL POWER

The Statement Life’s Janette Wojtaszak’s new accessories collection is big, bold, bright and perfect for summer— think riotous colour, tassels, moons and stars.

Shop the collection at thestatementlife.com

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EMMA MACDONALD

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DANIEL SPELLMAN

She grew up in Canberra with the confidence to think she could do anything—even work for a Prime Minister. Now Jamila Rizvi is exposing her feelings of insecurity and imposter syndrome in the hope more women understand how and why the system is stacked against them.

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JAMILA RIZVI is not just lucky. She is prescient. Her first book was written throughout much of 2016 and published in June of this year. But Not Just Lucky could not have been more perfectly-timed to address the dismay, rage and outpouring of emotion that women across Australia have experienced in relation to gender politics. Harvey Weinstein, the “#metoo” movement, Lisa Wilkinson’s pay debate—the last few months have thrown rampant, inherent and entrenched sexism into all of our faces. And Not Just Lucky was there first, chronicling all of the ways that women are overlooked, undervalued, harassed and disadvantaged. Starting from the moment they are born. Part personal narrative and part academic research paper, Jamila has looked at what it means to be female from a cultural, social and workplace perspective. And it can be pretty depressing reading if you possess the XX chromosomes. While she debunks the notion that brain biochemistry differs between the sexes, Jamila cites comprehensive research to uphold the idea of a subconscious gender bias that parents begin the minute their child is out of the womb. It’s a sobering chapter that may concern even those who feel they are raising their children in as forward-thinking and gender-neutral way as possible. She moves on to school enforcement of gender stereotypes, the lack of female role models and the “niceness expectation” for girls. And then there is the crushing weight of social media that falls upon women the minute they sign up to Instagram. It is hardly surprising then, that by the time a woman reaches the workforce, she is almost certain to doubt her own worth, lack the assertive confidence of her male colleagues and be so accustomed to the double standard as to not even notice it. Jamila noticed it. The Lyneham High, Hawker College and Australian National University graduate recalls being outspoken about many things—sexism included —from childhood.

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" If you try to be someone you're not you'll definitely be found out.” “I don't think I ever planned or intended to be an outspoken person. I simply struggle to stay silent when I think that something is wrong or unjust.” While the gender gap in her own household was slim to non-existent—thanks to a supportive dad Abul, a confident mum Helen, and a close sister Miriam— Jamila felt the need to speak out on behalf of others, long before she became a leading member of the modern movement of Australian feminism. She tested out her voice with a stint as the President of the ANU Students’ Association, and cemented it when she “talked” her way into the office of Kevin Rudd as a 22-year-old, brimming with confidence and enthusiasm. If anything, the book chronicles how this version of Jamila—the one who thought she was capable of contributing to the office of the Prime Minister (and anything else besides)—got worn down to someone prone to bouts of imposter-syndrome, rambling internal monologues of self-doubt and an instinctive aversion to reaching too high on the career ladder. Which is all rather surprising, given Jamila’s impressive CV. She would move from Rudd’s media unit to become a youth policy adviser in Minister Kate Ellis's office,


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30 Most Successful Women Under 30, and one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review. Her book has been enthusiastically embraced by readers, reaching the top of a number of best-seller lists and eliciting a flood of personal approaches to the author herself. “The commonality of experiences women have in workplaces, particularly corporate and government offices, was something I suspected but didn't quite contemplate the scale,” says Jamila. More than anything, she wants her book to be a practical guide for women—to help them see the structural barriers in their way and to give them the skills to climb over them. “I’ve tried to provide practical advice around confidence, while being careful to show that often women's lack of confidence is driven by systemic sexism, not some personal failing,” she says.

where she would drive Australia's first ever National Youth Strategy. She would then be promoted to the position of Media Adviser, and by the age of just 25, she would be one of the youngest people ever to act as a Chief of Staff to a Federal Minister. In 2012 she would make the break to publishing, heading Mia Freedman’s Mamamia website, before moving on to her own independent venture as a writer, columnist and commentator, and mother to Rafi. Jamila is now a known name nationally. She speaks out on issues ranging from sexism, to racism, poverty and politics. You can see her on Today, the ABC’s Q&A and The Drum, or listen to her on ABC radio or 3AW in Melbourne. She writes a weekly column for news.com.au, the most popular news website in the country. She’s been named one of Cosmopolitan’s

“There are of course things we can do to feel more confident and project confidence to others but as individuals we can't break down a workplace structure that still treats women as lesser in a myriad of ways. That is something that can only be achieved through the collective power of women and allies working together to dismantle structural gender disadvantage once and for all.” Jamila’s words and experiences are surprisingly candid and she approached the 90,000-word project understanding that true authenticity was the only way to engage with the reader. “In politics and media we talk a lot about messaging and spin. The truth is that spin is useless if the message isn't authentic…Audiences and readers can smell bullshit a mile away. If you try to be someone you're not…you'll definitely be found out.” So Jamila throws her dignity to the wind and comes clean about myriad personal failings, crises of confidence and personal experiences of sexism, racism and harassment—including one particularly sleazy proposition from a senior colleague that left her feeling humiliated and shaken.

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Many have asked her about what parts of Not Just Lucky were the hardest to write, assuming they'd be the admissions of her own failures. But they weren’t. “The hardest part to write was the chapter about sexual harassment and assault. While names and non-key details have been changed to protect identities, each of the women in that chapter are friends or colleagues of mine. Telling their stories was heartbreaking.” Jamila feels the recent “#metoo” movement has finally forced our community to be honest with itself about the widespread and insidious nature of sexual harassment and abuse in workplaces. She understands, all too well, how harrowing an experience it has been for women around the nation—and, indeed, the globe— and hopes meaningful change will come of it. In her book Jamila manages to negotiate a line between women not wanting to be objectified for their gender and their looks and yet, somewhat paradoxically, wanting to look good.

Not only was she facing some level of sexism, but she had to deal with ageism as well. “Girls are told that they can be anything, do anything and try anything but then they enter the workforce and discover that isn't true. The shock prompts them to turn inward and blame themselves, which wreaks havoc on their confidence.”

“Women cannot win in a world that still says our primary role in the workplace is to be ornamental."

“My message in the book, is a simple one: Women will be judged—unfairly—on their appearance regardless. If you're blonde, you're a bimbo. If you're wearing make-up, you're trying too hard. If you're overweight, you're lazy. If you're wearing flat shoes, you're a lesbian. “Women cannot win in a world that still says our primary role in the workplace is to be ornamental. So instead of trying to please others with our appearances, let's instead focus on trying to please ourselves.” Jamila has had to deal with a personal backlash over her own undeniably attractive appearance. “I worked in politics from age 22 to 26 and there was a lot of baggage that came with being young, female

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and—much of the time—single. I often spent the first few meetings with someone proving I was worth taking seriously, delaying when we could start getting some actual work done.”

In her honest, slightly geeky and disarmingly-open way, Jamila reveals that she had an enormous crisis of confidence while writing a book about womens’ collective crisis of confidence. “I originally wanted to open the section on imposter syndrome with a onepage rambling of my inner monologue, panicking that I should never have written the book!

“However, my publisher said that wasn't the best idea and might detract from my authority as an author. Clearly they were right because the section never made it to print!” With the book achieving exactly what she wanted it to—namely opening up a helpful conversation with women about their deepest insecurities and providing a practical guide for them to move onwards and upwards—Jamila is now turning her focus to her next book. This will be on another topic close to her heart—motherhood. “It's another book for women and shares the stories of many women who I admire and respect. It's a charity project that will be raising money for CARE Australia's life-changing projects for women and children in developing countries. Mum is the word for now.” ¡


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Think there’s nothing to do in Canberra over summer? Think again.

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Find a unique gift— or something for yourself at Handmade Canberra Christmas Market. From 8 to 10 December.

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End the week on a high with Friday night drinks at Old Parliament House, from 4pm until late. Until 15 December.

See the ultimate feelgood musical MAMMA MIA! at Canberra Theatre Centre. Until 17 December.

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Take a llama for a walk.

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Explore the Canberra wine region on horseback with Burnelee Excursions on Horseback. Until 16 December.

burnelee.com.au

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Hit the Old Bus Depot Markets for more than 200 stalls offering unique handcrafted items, food and wine.

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Head to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for IMB Bank Sunset Cinema for new release blockbusters and cult classics. Until 23 December.

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Watch Canberra girl Liv Hewson in Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet.

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See Australia’s leading glass artists in action or take part in a hands-on class at Canberra Glassworks and learn the secrets to flame working, glass blowing, cold working, kiln forming and casting.

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Take a trip to Cuba at The Highball Express.

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Explore one of Canberra’s many places to swim, fish or picnic.

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Marvel at the National Gallery of Australia’s Hyper Real, exploring the works of masters of hyperrealism. Until 18 February.

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Taste the Canberra Wine Region at more than 35 wineries.

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Enjoy a Bellini with your blowdry at Saloon in Braddon.

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Take a journey across the Australian desert in the National Museum of Australia’s Aboriginalled exhibition: Songlines: Tracking The Seven Sisters. Until 25 February.

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Shop til you drop at Canberra Centre’s new beauty and lifestyle precinct, Monaro Mall.

canberracentre.com.au

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View the city from on high at Mount Ainslie Lookout.

environment.act.gov.au

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Check out locallymade goods at Trove, Meet Gather Collect, Gungahlin Collective and The Markets Wanniassa.

summernats.com.au

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See a piece of the Moon that's over 3.8 billion years old at the Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla.

Marvel at the muscle cars at Summernats. 4 to 7 January.

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Head to the Actew AGL Royal Canberra Show. 23 to 25 February.

canberrashow.org.au

Encounter a bettong at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary!

mulligansflat.org.au

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Head to Weston Park for family fun—ride your bikes on the cycle track, play Bocce or Pétanque or enjoy the water playground and wading pool.

environment.act.gov.au

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Experience sunrise or sunset at Within Without—the National Gallery of Australia’s Skyspace by American artist James Turrell.

nga.gov.au/turrell

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Visit Yarralumla Play Station to ride the miniature train, a game of mini golf or to pat the farm animals.

yarraps.com.au

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Head to NewActon and enjoy a tipple on the Parlour terrace or in the A.Baker courtyard.

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Play tourist and visit one of our national institutions: the Royal Australian Mint, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House or Australian Parliament House.

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Get up close and personal with some of the world's most amazing creatures at the National Zoo & Aquarium.

Relive your childhood by strapping on your roller skates at Skate Nation.

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Escape the hustle and bustle at a quiet cabin or campground.

Immerse yourself in Canberra’s most decadent day spa – HALE.

hercanberra.com.au/ cabin-fever

halehealth.com.au

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Have the best (and perhaps the most wacky) ice cream you’ve ever licked at Frugii Dessert Laboratory.

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See the world in miniature at Cockington Green Gardens.

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Visit the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets and delight in the buzzy atmosphere and quality produce.

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Get cultural at one of the small galleries around town.

hercanberra.com.au/ art-trail

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Cool down on a hot summer’s day at Big Splash Waterpark.

bigsplashwaterpark.com.au

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Enjoy fresh fish and chips on the lake’s edge while listening to live music on the weekend at Snapper on The Lake.

cscc.com.au/snapper

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Check out Canberra’s newest precinct at Dairy Road in Fyshwick. Taste Capital Brewing’s taphouse and beer garden, while enjoying mouth-watering burgers and hot dogs from Canberra’s famed Brodburger. Fur babies and kids are all welcome with a specially made (non-alcoholic) beer for pets with paws and a cubby house and outdoor games for the kids.

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Seek respite from the heat in the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ Rainforest Gully.

Take the lift to the top of Telstra Tower for 360° views of Canberra.

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Look beyond Canberra’s 104 years as an established city with Dharwara Indigenous Tours.

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Take the family mountain biking at Stromlo Forest Park.

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Spend a day browsing the beautiful independent boutiques of Lonsdale Street in Braddon.

Celebrate Australia Day your way: from live entertainment and celebrations in Commonwealth Park to fireworks on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and a picnic at Lanyon Homestead. 26 January.

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Cheer on the PM’s XI when they take on England in the Prime Minister’s T20 match at Manuka Oval on 2 February.

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Catch up on one of Canberra’s 70 new places to eat.

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Chill out at Vertikal Indoor Snow at the funky new Dairy Flat Fyshwick precinct, where you can train for skiing and boarding and get snow fit in a simulated snow terrain (minus the snow!)

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Catch a show at Canberra Theatre Centre—summer brings everyone from David Sedaris to the 78 Storey Treehouse team to town.

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Stroll along the Kingston Foreshore, catching drinks at The Dock or dinner at Molto Italian.

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Take a ride on the magical carousel in Petrie Plaza—most of the horses and elephants have names; even Phar Lap has his place on the platform.

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Enjoy Chinese High Tea at Casino Canberra.

Taste the dessert that went viral—Pâtissez’s Freak Shake.

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Walk the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in the cool of the morning or evening.

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On your bike! Mulga Bicycle Tours lets you explore the city’s historical, political and cultural sites as well as longer tours into the Canberra region.

Shop big brands on a budget at Canberra Outlet Centre.

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Feed a koala or potoroo at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

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Embrace your inner hoon at Power Kart Raceway.

See beloved Australian actors and iconic from 100 years of Australian movies in the new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits. Until 4 March.

starstruck.gov.au

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Pat an alligator and see more than 50 species of reptiles and frogs at Canberra Reptile Zoo.

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Explore your local shops and head to the suburbs for brunch.

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Give croquet a whirl.

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Escape to the country without leaving town at Pialligo Estate—take a masterclass or enjoy a relaxed lunch in one of the pavilions.

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Retreat from the heat and see a classic film at the National Film and Sound Archive.

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Try indoor bouldering at BlocHaus—think rock climbing, but without ropes or a harness, and on shorter walls, protected by padding on the ground to bounce off.

Head to The RUC for Sunday Soul Sessions— R&B music plus barefoot bowls, burgers, beers or bubbles. Sundays until 24 December.

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Keep cool at one of Canberra’s aquatic centres or pools— whether you like an indoor heated experience or an outdoor dip.

Cool off at Phillip Ice Skating Centre—lessons and skate hire are all available on site.

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Delve into Canberra’s Secrets—Marg Wade offers everything from kangaroo spotting tours to walking food tours of the city.

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See the handwritten journals of Burke and Wills, Australia's first gold medal for women's swimming, the landmark papers of Edward Koiki Mabo and more at the Treasures Gallery at the National Library of Australia.

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Indulge at The Commons Street Feast—more than 20 food trucks, dedicated craft beer and wine bars, plus a whole host of events and entertainment. Until 10 December.

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Eat at one of Canberra’s hatted restaurants. Aubergine or Ottoman Cuisine both scored two hats in the 2018 Good Food Guide, while The Chairman & Yip, Eightysix, Italian & Sons, Lilotang, Monster Kitchen & Bar, Otis Dining Hall, Pulp Kitchen and Temporada all picked up one.

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Enjoy some of Canberra’s best street food and check out some homegrown art and jewellery at The Hamlet on Lonsdale Street in Braddon.

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Move it! Search the HerCanberra ACTIVE Directory to find a way to move your body.

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Go bush! Strap on the sneakers for one of Canberra’s best walks.

hercanberra.com.au/bestcanberra-walks.

See the forest for the trees at the National Arboretum Canberra, with its 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. Let the kids loose on The Pod Playground.

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Explore NewActon, making sure to head to Hotel Hotel to dine at Monster Kitchen and Bar. Snap a selfie on the grand staircase in the Nishi building while you are there.

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Remember the sacrifice at the Australian War Memorial. Each day at 4.55pm AEST, you can absorb the powerful and sombre Last Post Ceremony which honours one of the 62,000 who gave their lives in service.

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Indulge your inner caffeind and take part in one of The Cupping Room’s cupping sessions. The flagship store of 2015 World’s Best Barista, ONA’s Sasa Sestic, these guys are serious about their coffee.

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Enjoy a drop of our very own Canberra brews with names such as the Barley Griffin, Mort’s Gold and Braddon Bitter at BentSpoke Brewing Co. in Braddon.

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Take a hot air balloon flight and finish with a traditional champagne celebration at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

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Join a SegGlideRide tour around the Parliamentary Triangle and Lake Burley Griffin and master the art of riding this selfbalancing twowheeled machine.

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Celebrate Canberra’s vibrant melting pot at the National Multicultural Festival— one of Australia’s biggest and most diverse celebrations. 16 to 18 February.

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Enjoy a drink at Australia’s Best—Bar Rochford—according to Australian Gourmet Traveller. While you’re there, stay for the food— it’s every bit as good.

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Sample some of the region’s freshest produce at the Capital Region Farmers Markets at Exhibition Park, where you can buy fresh produce direct from the growers and makers.

capitalregionfarmersmarket. com.au

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Go for a dip in the historic Manuka Swimming Pool and enjoy the character and Art Deco style of Canberra’s very first public swimming baths.

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Free-fall down a six-metre slide, freeze your own shadow, experience an earthquake or challenge a robot to a game of air hockey at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.

questacon.edu.au

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Drink in the views (and the wine) at Canberra’s first true rooftop bar. Opening this summer.

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Ring in the new year with live music celebrations and fireworks—Civic Square hosts an all-ages concert line-up while Garema Place brings in the New Year with bass beats and highenergy dancing.

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Discover Canberra’s spirit (literally) with this tour of local distillers and cocktail experts.

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Explore Canberra’s food scene with one of Eat Canberra’s food walking tours.

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SUMMER HOLIDAY WORDS

EMMA MACDONALD

Not everyone gets a break to celebrate Christmas Day.

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‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. AND ALL THROUGH THE CITY… people were actually hard at work. As you sit down to your seafood platter for Christmas lunch, or summon the energy to hit the Boxing Day sales, spare a thought for Canberra’s Christmas workforce. These are the people manning our essential and emergency services, caring for the sick or vulnerable, or simply cooking for the hordes who want to be catered for over the festive period. For them the champagne toasts and bon bons will have to wait. There is important work to be done. From 8am to 6pm on Christmas Day, Mate Peric will be one of this city’s first responders. As a member of ACT Fire and Rescue, Mate is trained to deal with a wide range of emergencies–from housefires to car accidents, gas leaks, drug overdoses, children’s fingers stuck in drains, and everything in between.

“We always hope every day is a quiet day, but we also know to expect the unexpected." The father of four says his children have known no other life than one in which dad is just as likely to be rostered on to work over Christmas as to have the day off, and he pays tribute to his wife Leah for her unflagging support.

For 12 years it has been his way of life, and about half of those years have landed him the Christmas Day shift. Unfortunately, the Christmas period is one of ACT Fire and Rescue’s busiest.

“It is just the way it is, they don’t know any different and they are really good about it.” It lessens the blow somewhat for the littlies–his youngest are three and five–that families are invited into the station on Christmas Day for a special lunch.

“I guess with everyone at home, kids around, and lots of people travelling by car that day, there’s just a higher likelihood thing will go wrong. Adding alcohol into the mix is also a problem.”

“We try and cook something special, like a roast, and we do salad and veggies, and one of the families might bring in something nice for dessert. We all get together and have our own little celebration.”

When human tragedy strikes, Mate and his team at the West Belconnen Fire Station are often the first on the scene. Added to this is the heightened fire danger that summer Christmases carry.

Of course, that all ends the minute an emergency call is placed. Mate laughs when he thinks about all the meals he has cooked at the Fire Station over the years which have gone cold while the team has been out on the job.

“We always hope every day is a quiet day, but we also know to expect the unexpected and to keep alert and prepared for anything.”

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ACROSS TOWN, Genevieve Harrigan is a critical care nurse at Canberra Hospital who has worked more Christmases than she has had off. Given her career spans almost 20 years, this has not always been easy for her daughters Lily, 14 and Isla, 11. The girls have often been far from impressed when mum has either had to change Christmas Day to the 24th, or duck off early on the 25th once the presents are unwrapped. “My girls have been a bit disappointed, yes, but they also know the work that I do and they love that I am a nurse. I like to think they are proud of me.” More recently, Gen has been promoted the nurse manager of the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. It means she works a nine-to-five shift, and will this year spend the day with her family. But, like every year, her thoughts are with the 190 nurses she leads. Last year Gen and her daughters got up early and baked 200 cookies to take into the hospital. “I have had to write up the Christmas rosters, knowing these staff will have to sacrifice a special day with their family and I have tried to accommodate everyone. God bless the staff who have actually put their hands up to volunteer to work. That makes things a bit easier.” Christmas in a hospital—and in the area where life and death literally hang in the balance—can be an emotional time. “Christmas intensifies everything, and it is usually a pretty busy day. I would say that mixing families and lots of people with alcohol can sometimes end in disaster.” One Christmas was particularly traumatic for Gen, and she says she has been left with a few emotional scars. But her heart is with patients and their families, for whom celebration is suspended in favour of bedside vigils and often, tears. “Nobody wants to be in hospital over Christmas. But we do our very best to make it a cheerful and happy day. The executives often come in and throw on a special lunch. Even though it is busy and sometimes really difficult work, we try and put a smile on our faces.”

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IF YOU ARE TRAPPED in a dysfunctional relationship it is hard, if not impossible, to produce that smile. Bombarded with images of the perfect nuclear family gathered around a Christmas tree, it can be easy to forget this is a time of coercion, punishment and violence for many people who live in an intimate partner, domestic or family violence relationship. According to chief executive of the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT Mirjana Wilson, Christmas is often the only time of year that isolated women are around friends and family. This gives rise to the additional angst of hiding injuries from loved ones. The combination of financial pressure, free-flowing alcohol and being cooped up in closed quarters, exerts additional burden on relationships. “In an abusive relationship, this pressure is manifold. Some of it could be playing happy family when things really aren't going well; it could be financial pressures to make ends meet and buy presents,” she says. It means Christmas is a perilous time of year when already-stretched services attempt to balance the wellbeing of staff—which includes leave and time with family—and the safety of victims of domestic and family violence. “Essentially, we try to do what we can to prepare for the busy summer period, including calling in casual staff. We do not have the resources to do much else,” says Mirjana. November and December are peak months for contacts to the service, with around 5,000 contacts made on each of these months last year, compared with an average on the other months of around 4,000. On Christmas Day, a handful of staff manage incoming calls and respond to crisis situations. By Boxing Day all hands are back on deck. Ironically, it is here that contacts peak. “We tend to get a spike in calls for assistance in the evening and into Boxing Day after people have been spending many hours together and behaviours escalate.”


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"Mixing families and lots of people with alcohol can sometimes end in disaster.”

As always, Mirjana spends the day close to her phone, assisting with the complex and distressing cases that need her attention. The Domestic Violence Crisis Service crisis line is open 24 hours a day on 02 6280 0900. SOMEONE WHO ENJOYS A HAPPIER, and much quieter time over Christmas is Carlos Palmer, the front office manager for Hotel Realm. On Christmas Day, you will find him ensuring guests who are away from home are experiencing as festive a season as possible. This is ably assisted by the 10-foot sparkling Christmas tree that goes up in the foyer in mid-November. “I just love it when the tree goes up. It signifies a really happy time of year and changes the atmosphere in the hotel,” says Carlos. “We notice that the corporate crowd disappears over Christmas but in Canberra there are a lot of ‘orphans’–as in diplomats and people who have taken up positions in various public service departments and are new to Canberra–who come to our Christmas events,” he says. Qantas crews who frequent the hotel between flights are also treated to drinks and canapés to celebrate.

For families staying in Canberra as part of a holiday, the hotel endeavours to make their visit a little more special through touches like Koko Black chocolates in each room. “It is actually a lovely time to work here, people are usually a little more relaxed and happy” says Carlos, who has notched up 15 years in hospitality—the last four with the Doma Hotel Group. While the Philippines-born manager said that Australia does not have a tipping culture, and that it is never expected, he finds Christmas is a time where tips are most often offered—and guests are extra generous and grateful for the time and efforts of staff. “I think we feel a little more appreciated at this time of year—it’s nice.” ANOTHER WORKER who experiences high levels of customer satisfaction is Jacob Thomas, Vikings Group Executive Chef located at Lanyon Vikings. He is responsible for organising and helping personally prepare almost 400 Christmas lunches. Bookings open in October for the two-sitting buffet lunch where people are expected to consume 45 kilos of fresh turkey, 30 kilos each of fresh salmon and barramundi, 20 kilos each of baby squid and octopus, PAGE 39


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30 kilos of roast pork belly and 35 kilos of halal whole chickens. The vegetable order fills a truck while Jacob will ensure that the dried fruit to feature in the Christmas cakes has an appropriately long time to soak in sherry ahead of baking in the weeks leading to the big day. Jacob says the day is one for regular members who bring their families along for a massive feast without the associated shopping, cooking, or cleaning up. “We do two sittings but most families spend the whole day with us,” says the 25-year industry veteran, who has worked across the United Arab Emirates and was formerly the Head Chef of new Parliament House. The Christmas service is distinctly different to other days of the year—featuring carols, an appearance from Santa, and a communal spirit. And after two months of preparation, and a very long day in which his two grown sons volunteer to help serve, Jacob looks forward to coming home and feasting on a beautiful—but infinitely smaller—meal, lovingly prepared by his wife Jetsu.

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FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT AFFORD to eat, who are homeless, or estranged from friends and family over Christmas, it can be a time when loneliness really bites. St John’s Care has become renowned for hosting a Christmas Day lunch—open to all, staffed by volunteers and attracting up to 400 people who would otherwise spend the day in isolation. Operations manager Rhonda Thorpe says she is heartened by the number of ordinary Canberrans who volunteer to help set up and decorate the St John’s Church hall in Reid with Christmas decorations, serve the meals, or help clean up afterwards. The demolition of the Allawah Flats in Braddon has seen numbers drop in recent years, but Rhonda said up to 300 people were expected this year. “No bookings are required, you can just turn up.” Guests are treated to music, a bag of lollies, a visit from Santa, and a two-course meal consisting of ham or chicken with a variety of salads. All children are presented with a wrapped present. Dessert is Christmas pudding with custard and ice-cream or apple pie and fruit salad for the non-traditional types.


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It is one of the largest charity lunches on in the city and Rhonda said she sometimes had to turn prospective helpers away as so many people were willing to spare a few hours to assist other vulnerable community members. “I guess there is something special about taking time out to help others in need. There is always a lovely festive spirit at the lunch and people enjoy the chance to come together and share a meal and some conversation and music. There’s no doubt there are some of our guests who are hungry, or homeless, or alone at Christmas so this really cheers them up.” On the day there is also likely to be some fresh food available from OzHarvest, where each guest is given an opportunity take home a bag of fresh fruit and vegetables when they leave. AND WHILE MANY PEOPLE are caring for each other, a dedicated workforce also takes time out on Christmas day to ensure the health and wellbeing of the ACT’s animal population.

And sadly, RSPCA ACT inspectors are increasingly called out to attend to animals which have been abandoned over the break. “It’s pretty devastating—people go on holidays and can’t be bothered booking their pets into a boarding kennel, they just go and leave extra food and think it will be OK.” This Christmas Tammy will bring in a festive morning tea to share with staff and volunteers, and so far reports the RSPCA ACT’s Giving Tree appeal has received a generous response of toys and treats for the animals—which are lovingly wrapped by the kennel staff. “Honestly it is the best part of the day watching the dogs rip open their presents. I usually video it and put it up on social media. The cats are not so good at unwrapping their gifts, but the dogs go crazy for it.” ¡

RSPCA ACT CEO Tammy Ven Dange has volunteered to work again on Christmas Day— having done so last year. While she’s mostly on call, she loves spending part of the day with her staff and a dedicated contingent of volunteers who still turn up to walk dogs, feed cats and clean out kennels, despite having families and events of their own. With Christmas coinciding with peak kitten and puppy season between December and January—it is often a chaotic time at the Weston Creek shelter. “We are flat out every day of the year and 25 December is no different,” says Tammy. While she is pleased to report that people appear to have largely heeded messages about the risk of gifting animals for Christmas, Tammy concedes that often it is at the 12-month mark that so-called gifts become problematic. “We don’t get that many new kittens and puppies surrendered right after Christmas, which is good, but we do find a slight rise in surrenders this time of year of 12-month-old dogs in particular who have not been properly trained and socialised when they were younger.”

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Electric Satisf action CHARLOTTE STEVENS, BAR ROCHFORD ____

INGREDIENTS

30ml dark rum 10ml campari 10ml apricot brandy 20ml lime juice 10ml Orgeat Top with sparkling wine

METHOD

Place all ingredients in cocktail shaker tin and shake with ice. Don’t have a tin handy? Use a glass instead, being sure to mix thoroughly. Pour liquid into a wine glass, add ice and sparkling wine. Garnish with a grapefruit or lime wedge.


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45ml fresh-pressed apple juice 30ml Wyborowa 15ml Fiorente 5ml passionfruit syrup 5ml passionfruit pulp

METHOD

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker tin and shake. Double strain and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with half a passionfruit and sprig of mint.

5ml lemon juice 5-6 mint leaves Top with sparkling wine (approx. 45ml)

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Summer Spiced Sangria LEEROY PETERSEN, THE ELK & PEA ____

INGREDIENTS

6-8 mixed frozen berries 1/3 of a chopped red chilli (including seeds) 45mls chilli-infused tequila Dash of port Dash of pinot noir Quarter of an orange (slivered)

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METHOD

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker tin and shake until well mixed. Pour into a glass and top with lemonade, a sprig of mint and a slice of burnt orange.


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Most of us have a little patch of garden to call our own, but some create communal commons to celebrate and share in the great outdoors. We go beyond the backyard.

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PAUL JURAK is better known to a vast number of Canberrans as Kayakcameraman. A plumber by trade who turned to taking photographs of Canberra’s sunrises on his little red kayak as a way to recuperate from cancer, he lives in a quiet Ainslie cul-de-sac. The father of three sons is a big believer in appreciating the outdoors—hence he will be snapping picturesque vistas before most of us are even close to slamming on the snooze button. Almost 10 years ago, Paul and his wife Julie, a school teacher, placed the old family trampoline in the middle of the cul de sac. It instantly drew a crowd. And then— because it is the inner north—it disappeared just as quickly. But not to have their spirits dampened, other parents were heartened by the idea. And a neighbouring dad managed to secure an enormous (and theft‑proof) round trampoline, which takes pride of place between the peach trees and the oak.

The quiet plot of land now supports an entire community of kids who visit at all hours of the day. There are the children who live nearby, but also a healthy contingent of visitors, often with parents who take an opportunity to read the paper or even nap in the car while the kids bounce. Mums with toddlers in tow use the tramp in the mid-mornings well before the 3pm post-school rush. Sunny weekends can often draw 10 or more to the space, where play spills over into impromptu games of soccer, cricket, Frisbee or kite flying. The small circle of families has also been known to throw on a communal meal, everyone bringing a dish into the middle of the cul-de-sac with long tables and a fire pit adding to the atmosphere.

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“I love the community we have encouraged here. All the kids are friends and they accept each other for who they are despite different backgrounds and attending different schools,” says Paul. “Another thing I love is the care that the kids have for their tramp,” he says, noting that it has never been damaged or vandalised. Sometimes, the parents have been witnessed having a turn. And one beautiful day a bride was professionally snapped full-flight in her gown. Paul and Julie are believers in children developing their own senses of safety, responsibility and courtesy. There are no nets on the tramp, and in 10 years, not one child has been seriously injured. Kids of all ages manage to get a turn without any incident.


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Earlier in the year the new mat was affixed and a celebratory drink was had by the parents as the children literally went wild. Paul and Julie hope the Ainslie trampoline stands proud, long after their youngest has moved on. “I guess some may ask about public liability. But I think we are often too precious and negative about outdoor play,” says Paul. “We need to look at the big picture—what this teaches our children about tolerance and how it allows them to create their own community.” “Yes, just let the kids play,” says Julie. “Childhood is over so quickly, I love that my sons have memories of endless weekends bouncing in the sunshine.” She particularly loves coming outside to find the kids have made up their own games—sometimes involving quite complex rules and strategies. “Relationships are built out there, creativity is fostered and kids all

“Childhood is over so quickly, I love that my sons have memories of endless weekends bouncing in the sunshine.” learn to get along with each other rather than hiding away in their rooms playing computer games.” Of course, that’s a lot of wear and tear on one old tramp, and the mat was once taken down after a delegation of elders declared it was dangerous. An international hunt for a replacement was undertaken. And in the six cold months it stood as a lonely metal frame, many an enquiry was made about when it would be ready again.

MICHAEL DAVISON AND CHRISTINE GANT like to think their “backyard” stretches for kilometres through slopes of pine forest. They help convene a group of families and mountain bike lovers dedicating their spare hours to the maintenance and restoration of the Majura Pine Trails. The Majura Pines Trail Alliance came together to deal with the devastation of the popular and historic recreation area caused when the Majura Parkway was constructed through the middle of the pine forest between 2012 and 2014. More than 150 volunteers— from toddlers to retirees—have contributed in excess of 1000 hours to forging over 20km of mapped and sign-posted trails. These paths are open to all and cater for all levels of ability. PAGE 51


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"You can basically let them go— knowing they can’t get too far.”

But don’t think the work stops there. There are always new trails to dream up and maintenance is always required. And then there are battles to wage with the ACT Government to stop it clear-felling the area—the latest of which was won earlier in the year. Michael says the land is precious and a huge community resource. He and his wife Christine take their two youngest children to the trails monthly, if not weekly, to hang out on their bikes, picnic, and take up their tools in trail maintenance. A key group of devotees keeps the volunteer community together through a Facebook group and most weekends will see small crews of families undertaking some work before they and bust out the mountain bikes. “I’ve lived in Sydney for 13 years, so I know how lucky we are to have this area so close to home and available to anyone who wants to use it,” says Michael. Kids can stay in the beginner’s area which is fenced. From the littlies on balance bikes to those who are potential future mountain bike Australian champions, children can pedal around without fear of roads, gutters, pedestrians or any other impediment—save for the

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odd pine tree root which may need to be circumnavigated. “It means you can basically let them go—knowing they can’t get too far,” says Michael. Meanwhile, the serious mountain bikers can get gnarly on the advanced trails which are, according to Michael, world class. “There is always a great atmosphere and a great community feel when we get down there. Some weekends there could be 40 volunteers lined up and waiting to go.”

ON THE FIRST SUNDAY of each month, a group of food forest enthusiasts meander down to a verdant patch of land between the Lyneham Shops and the primary school. Others stride purposefully, kids run, some come with the help of a stick, some come with barrows of tools, pots and plants–“at work” signs go up, tables appear with chairs and colourful rugs on the ground. The Lyneham Commons is a community-run public food forest in Canberra, which has been growing strong since 2015. While it took almost two years to secure the


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necessary government approvals, the 3000 square metres of land is now bearing fruit. Sour cherries and mulberries in particular. The land hosts fruit trees, hazelnut trees, aromatic and culinary herbs, berries and vegetables. Design group convener Sue Peachey said there were around 200 locals involved in the project, from a core team who ensured watering and basic maintenance was kept up, to those who attended special workshops and events. Anyone can be involved and anyone can taste the produce–one of the founding principles behind the Commons is that it is open to all. While there was some tree theft earlier on in the project’s establishment, the children who have responded so enthusiastically to the food forest banded together to created artwork for the sign in a workshop with local artist Sarah Rice with financial support from the ACT Government’s Nature Play. It proudly proclaims “This edible forest garden is a public space that fosters community learning,

connection, and wellbeing. We will work with nature over time, to create a bountiful harvest of healthy fruit, nuts, berries and herbs. Guided by permaculture ethics and principles the food forest mimics the processes of a naturally occurring forest to create a stable and resilient ecosystem. Created by the community for the community, the garden is open for all to share. Harvest the food, enjoy the space and come and meet the locals at our next working bee”. Research shows that kids who plant and care for fruit and vegetables are far more enthusiastic consumers of them, too. Plus the food forest is a great way to get children off screens and outside, interacting and playing in nature. In any event, the sign seems to have worked. And the food forest has been free from incidents. For Sue personally, the best part of the commons is the chance it

gives her to leave the confines of her own potted herb garden in her courtyard. “It’s really a diverse group all coming together to create a food forest. It’s quite a different concept in that a food forest is based on perennial plants and works to create a functioning ecosystem where all plants are interconnected and support each other. We are working with natural processes to supply our needs rather than trying to bend nature to our will. “It is very much about connecting with others. When I spend a day there, I feel more secure in my community, and I have met and spoken and worked with a diverse group of people.” Enjoying the seasons and new plant life is also good for the soul, says Sue. “It really gives you hope about humanity.” ¡

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celebration Christmas is a time to bring friends and family together to celebrate the year gone by. A beautifully-styled table in lush hues, topped with perfumed flowers and laden with platters of fresh food, sets the scene for an unforgettable celebration. Dressed to impress, we come together to share carefully-curated gifts and raise a glass to each other.

T he seasonal table Tones of white, green and gold combine to create a textural feast for the sense. Find more inspiration at hercanberra.com.au/westfieldchristmastable. Soho Side Plate ($11.95 ea), Soho Dinner Plate ($12.95 ea), Madrid Flute ($29.95 for box of four), and Madrid White Wine ($29.95 for box of four), available from David Jones, Westfield Woden. Milano Tablecloth in Silver and White - 180 x 320cm ($119.95), Milano Napkin in Silver ($39.95 for set of four), and Diamond Footed Tealight Holder Grey ($9.95 each), Diamond Footed Tealight Holder Amber ($9.95 ea), available from Bed Bath & Table, Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen. Espen Glass Candleholder ($29.95), Carin Glass Candleholder ($24.95), Elsa Glass Candleholder ($14.95), Monte salad servers ($49.95), Onyx and White Siena Pillar Candle ($6.95 ea), Onyx and White Siena Dinner Candle ($1.50 ea), available from Provincial Home Living, Westfield Belconnen. Paper Straws in Black & Gold Stripe ($5.95 for pack of 25), Round Mango Wood Board with Handle ($49.95, medium), Coupe Porcelain Bowl ($19.95, 30cm), Ceramic White Cheese Board ($19.95, 42 x 15cm), Whiskey Glass ($7.49, 355ml), all from Wheel & Barrow, Westfield Belconnen. Gold Cutlery set ($19.00), available from Kmart, Westfield Belconnen. Emerald Green Velvet Chairs and Trestle Table from The Social Club, Kingston (included in hire cost). wearethesocialclub.com.au. Table florals and hanging hoop florals from The Floral Society. thefloralsociety.com.au. Plants by thenameisplanted.com.au. Cake and Deer Cookies, stylist’s own.

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Eat, drink and be merry! The perfect seasonal entertaining menu is big on flavour, low on fuss. Start with a Grazing Board of favourite cheeses and charcuterie. For the main event, assemble colourful and tasty salads—we love Tomato, Basil and Olive Salad and Roast Kipler Potato Salad—and add a simple and delicious dish of Roast Beef with Horseradish Sauce. Finish with an Australian twist on plum pudding with Chocolate and Raspberry Pavlovas. Get the recipes from hercanberra.com.au/ westfieldchristmasmenu. Menu prepared by John Leverink, head chef The Boat House and owner of Pod Food. All fresh food produce supplied by Our Butcher and Freska Fruita, Westfield Woden and Food Forum, Westfield Belconnen.

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Beauty note A Christmas celebration is the perfect excuse to get glam. Discover beauty looks for all ages and styles at hercanberra.com.au/ westfieldchristmasbeauty Beatrice’s (above left) smokey eye with a hint of sparkle created with Models Own Eyeshadow Palette in Supernatural ($29.95). Perfect skin by Revlon Sculpt + Highlight Contour Kit ($24.95) and Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Peach Pearl ($16.95). All products available from Priceline, Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen. Katie’s (above right) beautiful base created by pairing powder highlight and contour with a pink blush to achieve a flawless finish. Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Powder ($69.00) and Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dusts in Star Light ($35.00), both from Napoleon Perdis, Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen. Luscious lips by Elizabeth Arden Precision Glide Lip – 06 Naturel ($32.00) from Elizabeth Arden and Clinique Chubby Stick Intense – No. 01 Sweet Rose ($36.00) from Clinique, both at David Jones, Westfield Woden. Ashleigh’s (at left) retro glam look created using Models Own Face Base - Face Primer ($19.95) from Priceline, Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen; Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation ($54.00) and Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick – Shade 49 ($55.00), both from David Jones, Westfield Woden.

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Clothing and gifts, from left to right: Imogen wears Country Road dress ($79.95), shoes ($54.95) and headband ($12.95), all from Westfield Woden. She received Flamingo Tote ($39.95) and Heart Coin Purse ($16.95) from Country Road, Westfield Woden. Thomas wears Witchery shirt ($49.95), and Mossimo shorts ($54.95), both from Myer, Westfield Belconnen. Heelys shoes ($119.99) from Rebel Sport, Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen, He received Wonder book ($19.99) and Luckies Smartphone Projector ($40.00) from Harry Hartog, Westfield Woden. Tilly wears Country Road top ($119) and shorts ($159), both from Westfield Woden; shoes ($119,99) by Wittner, available at Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden; and headband ($39.95) by Amelie at David Jones, Westfield Woden. She received a Verao Portable Badmington Set ($79.00) from Rebel Sport, Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen.

Style, unwrapped It’s always a pleasure to receive a gift, but with so many treasures to choose from, giving is just as fun. Find more gift ideas at hercanberra. com.au/westfieldchristmasgifting

Olivia wears Seed top ($24.95), Amelie Necklace ($69.95), and Tony Bianco shoes ($159.95), all from David Jones, Westfield Woden. Skirt ($59.99) from Bardot, Westfield Belconnen. She received a Love Life A5 Feature Journal: ($19.95), Magnetic Gel Pens 2pk ($29.95) and Heart Notepad Cube ($14.95), all from Kikki K, Westfield Belconnen. Sophia wears dress ($69.99) from Bardot, Westfield Belconnen. headpiece by Morgan and Taylor ($19.95), and Walnut shoes ($34.96), from David Jones, Westfield Woden. She received an Our Generation Arlee doll ($59.99) from Kidstuff, Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen.

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Clothing to celebrate Fashion is an expression of personality— showcase your style in a fabulous frock, or cool linen separates for the guys. Find more festive fashion at hercanberra.com.au/ westfieldchristmasstyle

Clothing, from left to right: Katie wears Shona Joy dress ($280) and Guess shoes ($149.94), both from David Jones, Westfield Woden; and Lovisa earrings ($12.99), available at Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden. Beatrice wears Witchery dress ($159.95) and Wittner shoes ($179.95), available at Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden. Headpiece by Bardot, Westfield Belconnen. Amanda wears Seed dress ($189.95) from David Jones, Westfield Woden; Cue headpiece ($235.00), available at Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden; and NineWest shoes ($159.95) from Myer, Westfield Belconnen. Calum wears Country Road shirt ($129), pants ($99.95) and shoes ($249.00), all from Westfield Woden. Belinda wears Country Road dress ($159) from Westfield Woden. Wittner shoes ($179.95) and Cue cuff ($75), available at Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden. Ashleigh wears Bec & Bridge dress ($200) from David Jones, Westfield Woden; Wittner shoes ($249.95) and Lovisa earrings ($15.99), both available at Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden. Emma wears Cue dress ($349), Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen. Hayley wears Bardot dress ($159.99), earrings ($19.99) and shoes ($89.99), all from Bardot, Westfield Belconnen.

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HYAMS BEACH BEST SURF SPOTS

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HYAMS BEACH

Easily one of the most stunning beaches on the coast, hands down. Think white sand and Caribbean-clear water.

Off Cyrus Street, Hyams Beach.

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This one gets 10/10 for location and taste. Grab a bundle before you head off for a spot of whale watching or take it to the big park next to Moona Moona Creek where it’s shallow, shady and family friendly with BBQs and amenities.

54 Owen Street, Huskisson.

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PILGRIMS

An all-vegetarian, all-delicious menu that covers breakfast, lunch and coffee. Try the pancakes or one of their Mexican specials. Bit too far north? Never fear, there’s a Pilgrims in Milton too.

57 Owens Street, Huskisson | pilgrimsmenu.com BAWLEY POINT

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LAKE CONJOLA

An adventure seeker's paradise with kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding, bushwalking, boating and cycling in quiet, unspoilt surrounds. Perfect for families seeking a quiet getaway.

Lake Conjola Entrance Road, Lake Conjola.

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F LOU R WATER SALT

A coastal bakery that’s a cut above the rest. The sourdough is out of this world. A decadent pit stop if you’re taking the Old Braidwood Road and driving down the coast.

87 Princes Highway, Milton | flourwatersalt.com.au

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ST ISADORE

An award-winning paddock-to-plate restaurant with stunning gardens and views. Perfect for a special occasion.

Image of Bannisters Hotel from Destination NSW.

89 Crobyar Road, Milton | stisidore.com.au

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Cocktails on the roof terrace while the sun sets? Don’t mind if we do. Feeling peckish? Book into the award-winning Rick Stein at Bannisters to sample the catch of the day from the master of seafood. Bannisters’ breezy coastal décor and luxe rooms are perfect for a cheeky getaway for couples or parents.

191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook Beach | bannisters.com.au

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BAWLEY POINT

Exciting waves for older kids with the added bonus of Willinga Lake forming a shallow and sheltered lagoon on the south side of the beach. The ultimate family-friendly combination. If you’re a keen kayaker, Willinga Lake becomes deeper further upstream.

Park at the end of Johnston Street, Bawley Point.

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Get up close with kangaroos and take advantage of the wide grassy areas and picnic tables along this gorgeous, relatively flat beach. A great day trip from Batemans Bay with just 30-minutes driving time each way.

Follow the signs from the Princes Highway.

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This rather unassuming looking petrol station at the side of the highway was voted to make the best pies in New South Wales (yes, really). We recommend the Apple Pie with fresh cream.

Princes Highway, East Lynne (just past the turn off to Maiden Road)

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WR AY STREET OYSTER S HED

With five generations of oyster farmers under one roof, Wray Street is where to find the freshest Clyde River oysters on the coast.

Photo by James Blakeney.

Last shed on Wray Street, Batemans Bay.

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Turquoise coves framed by towering trees are just one of the reasons that Lilli Pilli’s serene beaches are beloved by artists and creatives. If you’re looking for a green, low-key getaway in the midst of the hectic summer season, this is it.

Off the George Bass Highway, Lilli Pilli.

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RIVERMOUTH GENERAL STORE

A quirky surf-themed gift shop and sprawling café rolled into one, the Rivermouth Café is located near Tomakin’s family friendly beaches and is just off the highway. Great homemade sweets and healthy treats too.

Photo by James Blakeney.

101 Sunpatch Parade, Tomakin | therivermouthstore.com.au

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Unlike its incredibly-popular sister to the north, South Broulee is slightly less crowded and has the added bonus of a café attached to the Surf Life Saving Club. Great swimming, waves for both surfing and boogie boarding and plenty of space to spread out. If you’re so inclined, you can easily walk around Broulee Island from the beach too.

Park at the Broulee SLSC off Heath Street, Broulee.

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Craving that Farmers Market experience on your holiday? Visit Moruya on a Saturday for fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, bric-à-brac and handmade goods. The markets are also right next to the Riverside Park playground and Moruya Public Swimming Pool, which will entertain the little ones for hours.

Every Saturday morning from 8am, at the end of Shore Street, Moruya.

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Potato Point Dalmeny Mystery Bay DALMENY

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Deliciously fresh fish and chips perfect for eating with your hands after a morning at the beach.

93 Trafalgar Road, Tuross Head.

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Okay, going to the movies on your holiday might seem a bit naff—until you clap eyes on the beauty that is the 1920s fully restored Narooma Kinema. Showing a selection of the latest blockbusters from family to action and everything in between, this is the perfect wet weather activity.

94 Campbell Street, Narooma.

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Narooma’s proximity to Montague Island means that seals and large rays are often spotted around the lagoon, especially when the fishermen are cleaning their catches at the end of the day. Keep an eye out in the late afternoon or evening and see who turns up!

Head to the eastern end of the Mill Bay Boardwalk anytime from 4-6pm.

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A large clifftop eco campground (read: drop toilets and cold showers) that lies in proximity to not one, but three, stunning beaches, Mystery Bay is perfect for large camping groups who don’t mind getting back to nature.

Image by Adam Taylor; Destination NSW

190 Mystery Bay Road, Mystery Bay.

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Lovers of River Cottage Australia, unite! Spot your favourite locals from the series as you stroll through this ridiculously adorable hilltop town. A jaw‑dropping tea shop, woodwork gallery, the famous Tilba Real Dairy, craft shops and even a pub cluster around a very walkable main street that’s perfect for a day trip.

Tip: Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba are two different towns right next to each other, but each has its own charms.

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Yes, you read that correctly—although there’s nothing medicinal here, just the relief that’s brought by a really, really good gelato on a hot day. The Gelati Clinic is part of Fisherman’s Wharf, which also houses some excellent fish and chips, a vintage store and even a wine bar.

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THE BERMAGUI BLUE POOL

A fun alternative to the beach, the ‘Bermy Blue Pool’ is a large sea pool situated right next to town with a smaller pool for kids. The perfect place to cool off without the associated sand, there’s also a viewing platform above (great for whale spotting), an easily accessible car park and amenities. MERIMBULA

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Pacific Drive, Bermagui. Look for the street sign.

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MIMOSA ROCKS NATIONAL PARK

If camping and hiking through pristine national park and swimming in acres of blue lagoon sound good to you, Mimosa Rocks National Park will be your haven. Sprawled between Bermagui and Tathra, keep an eye out for highlights such as The Myer House (which you can rent through National Parks NSW), Bithry Inlet and the culturally significant Aragunnu Bay (Mimosa Rocks lies within the traditional Country of the Yuin people).

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Featuring a gorgeous selection of ready to eat antipasto, locally-made preserves and with one of the best seats in town (right on the famous Tathra Wharf), you can’t go past the Locavore for a light lunch or morning tea. On hotter days, the wharf turns into one big jumping/diving contest—make sure you pencil in a spot of ray-watching under the wharf too.

Wharf Road, Tathra.

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From the team who arguably started the speakeasy trend with their Shady Pines Saloon in Sydney comes Dulcie’s Cottage. You’ll find one of the coolest South Coast bars inside an unassuming weatherboard cottage in Merimbula.

60 Main Street Merimbula | dulcies.com.au

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Pambula’s first craft brewery, producing delicious, handmade brews on site. Perfect for a post-surf catch up.

3546 Princes Highway, Greigs Flat | Facebook @ longstockingbrewery

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A fragrant haven for lovers of smallgoods where locally-caught fish like salmon, ocean and rainbow trout are smoked to perfection. We recommend the Salmon Gravlax.

Image by Nick Rains; Destination NSW

20 Weecoon Street, Eden | edensmokehouse.com.au

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Described as the “most incredible human and killer whale partnership ever witnessed on the planet”, this museum details the story of the Yuin peoples’ symbiotic relationship with the killer whales of the south coast as well as whale skeletons and other exhibitions.

184 Imlay St, Eden.

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Out of a modest but meticulous home in Jerrabomberra, Nonna Rosa Lanzetta produces the finest Italian food —capable of drawing hordes of her boisterous family and many a hungry hanger-on—for regular lunches that seem to last all day.

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NONNA’S SUBURBAN BLOCK holds a garden, a vegetable plot, an indoor and an outdoor kitchen and acts as a giant magnet for family and friends. Under a vast pergola sits a long table which can cram about 20. This just barely accommodates Nonna's three children, 10 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and all the associated partners and guests when it comes time for a regular family lunch. Then, the backyard resembles a village square over a suburban plot. And it is at these moments, when she is surrounded by her family, that Nonna is in her element. The table doubles as a workbench for “Tomato Day” when the family gets together to pump out litres of sugo, or salami day, when spicy meat mixture is encased and hung to cure from an old bed frame suspended in the garage.

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Meanwhile, there is one thing you can be certain of—in Nonna’s backyard, one shall never go hungry. In the open air she will deep-fry the most crispy and delicious zucchini fritters, or her famous rice balls. Inside, the oven is packed with platters of cannelloni—pasta and sauce all made from scratch of course. An ordinary lunch will see the table groaning under the weight of chicken and veal, green salads and caprese, crusty Italian bread and platters of specialised Italian cheese and the most recent salami— once it meets Nonna’s stringent test for quality and taste.


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She is a perfectionist who will provoke peals of laughter across the table as she points out everyone else’s wonky salami formations. For hers, of course, are perfect. With each dish she creates, and her truly incredible pasta centrepieces, the tiny but indomitable Italian great-grandmother smiles on her flock before declaring with conviction “Mangia! Mangia!” It is time to eat. Nonna carries Italy in her heart—her dedication to the cuisine of her homeland is as evident today as it was when she left Arena in Calabria in 1969 to join her beloved husband Giuseppe in a far-off country—Australia. They would live in several homes and raise three children together over nearly 40 years—having met in their village when Nonna Rosa was just 12. “He watched me get off the bus. He say, ‘this is the girl I am going to marry’.” She tells the sweet story of hiding some succulent grapes under a bush after a day of picking. When she snuck back to retrieve

them, Giuseppe had left a small posy of wild flowers and his name rolled up in a note. While Nonna Rosa lost her beloved husband in 2001, she is kept inordinately busy with her close-knit family, with gettogethers happening every few weeks and lasting an entire day. Her adult children are in constant contact and her grandchildren clearly adore her— hulking great lads twice her size bending down to kiss the top of her head as they stroll in the back gate and pull up a chair for a preserved black olive or slice of smoked mozzarella.

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Of course, her children and grandchildren tease her relentlessly, from the quirks of her meticulous home (she folds all her plastic bags with military precision) to the tongs she hangs in trees to help her reach the highest fruit. And her strong Italian accent, and well-worn sayings, are mimicked by all. But the minute someone pokes fun at Nonna’s open vowels, she points to a certificate of proficiency in English as a second language which proudly hangs next to the dining table.

“Nobody can cook like mama.”

“When your Italian is half as good as my English—then you can make fun of my accent!” she chides. For all the banter, nobody can withstand the allure of Nonna’s table laden with seasonal produce. In an age where families are so busy it can be months before they get together, a family lunch takes precedent over any other scheduled event. The biggest surprise is that there is not an electronic device in sight when it is time to sit down. The youngest children play in the backyard, or put one of Nonna’s 1950s Italian records on and dance. The only “i” celebrated in this household is the one that starts the word Italian. Nonna’s cooking expertise has been handed down the family line, although she demands respect and will tolerate no short-cuts in the kitchen—despite the encroachment of modern day convenience food. She prefers not to have a storebought pasta in her immediate vicinity. “Nobody can cook like mama,” says her middle daughter Lyn. “It’s in the way she decides the amount of ingredients, the exact seasoning, her taste, her choice of when to pick the vegetables— it all makes it come together in a way we can’t replicate no matter how hard we try.”

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“Yes, and she sometimes keeps secrets,” adds Rosalie, Lyn’s middle daughter and Nonna’s namesake granddaughter. “So you need to keep a close eye on her in the kitchen if you want to know exactly how to cook like she does—and even then it will never taste the same.” The backyard fills quickly on a Sunday— drawing a busy family from near and far, connecting them across a long table and facilitating endless and loud debate, conversation and laughter—as well as the occasional burst of utter silence, when mouths and glasses are full. And until you’ve tried Nonna Rosa’s limoncello, using fat lemons from her trees, you haven’t tasted the next best thing to a summer’s afternoon in Italy. ¡


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Measurements are guestimates only. Nonna likes to keep a secret. INGREDIENTS

3 medium zucchini, grated 2 cups plain flour 1 large handful of parsley, finely chopped 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated 2 eggs Soda water Salt and pepper to taste Vegetable oil

METHOD

Add grated zucchini to a strainer with some salt. Cover it with a plate and put something heavy on top to draw out the water. Leave for at least half an hour. Squeeze any excess water from the grated zucchini using your hands. It’s important you get rid of as much water as possible. Preheat a deep fryer with vegetable oil. In a large bowl, add flour, parsley and cheese and mix together. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs and a little soda water. Using a fork, begin to whisk the edges of the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Continue whisking and adding soda water as needed to bind the mixture together until it reaches a batter consistency. Using a big spoon, drop a spoonful of batter mixture into the deep fryer. Fry until golden and crispy on the edges. Drain on paper towel. Mangia! PAGE 85


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Scriceae mcream

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TIM BEAN

What’s better than a creamy cold treat on a hot summer’s day? One that you’ve made yourself.

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Vanilla Not so ____

vanilla ice cream

INGREDIENTS

3 cups single cream 1 cup milk 1 cup icing sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

METHOD

Place the milk in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Using a sifter, sift icing sugar into the milk and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Add the vanilla extract. Add cream and whisk to combine. Put the mixture inside a large zip lock bag, removing as much air as possible and place on a baking tray and freeze until just firm (about 3 hours). Take the mixture from the freezer and break into pieces. Place into a food processor and process for 2–3 minutes or until just smooth. Check a couple of times to ensure there are no sneaky larger pieces. Place ice cream into a 2-litre-capacity loaf tin and freeze for 2 hours or until firm.

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berry swirl yoghurt ice cream INGREDIENTS

3 cups single cream 1 cup natural Greek-style yoghurt 1 cup icing sugar, sifted 1 tablespoon vanilla extract ½ cup caster sugar 1½ cups frozen berries of your choice (we used blackberries) 1 tablespoon lemon juice

METHOD

Place the yoghurt in a medium size mixing bowl. Sift in icing sugar and vanilla and whisk until the icing sugar dissolves. Add cream and whisk well. Pour mixture into a large zip-lock bag ensuring that you press out the air. Seal and place in the freezer on a baking tray and freeze until just firm (about 3 hours). While the ice cream mixture is in the freezer, place caster sugar and berries in a small saucepan with the lemon juice. Over high heat, cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes or until syrupy. Leave to cool. Take mixture from the freezer and break into pieces. Place into a food processor and process for 2–3 minutes or until just smooth. Check it a couple of times to ensure there are no sneaky larger pieces. Place half the ice cream mixture in a 2-litre-capacity loaf tin. Spoon over half the chilled berry mixture and swirl through. Repeat with the remaining ice-cream mixture and berry mixture. Freeze until firm. Makes approximately 1.7 litres.

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INGREDIENTS

3 cups single cream 1 cup milk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 cup Nutella ½ cup Dutch cocoa 6 crushed Ferrero Rocher chocolates chocolate-dipped pretzel cones or store-bought waffle cones, to serve

METHOD

Place the cream and vanilla in a medium-mixing bowl. Sift over the cocoa and whisk vigorously until the cocoa has dissolved. Add the Nutella and whisk again until smooth. Stir in the milk. Put mixture in a large zip-lock bag, pressing out the air and seal. Place the bag on a baking tray and freeze until just firm (about 3 hours). Remove the bag from the freezer and bend to break into small pieces. Place the mixture in a food processor, in 2 batches, and process for 2–3 minutes or until just smooth. Check it a couple of times to ensure there are no sneaky larger pieces. Spoon into a 2-litre-capacity loaf tin and swirl through the crushed Ferrero Rochers and then smooth the top. Freeze for 2 hours or until firm. Makes approximate 1.8 litres.

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Crabaouzty

Cones

Why settle for a plain waffle cone when you can take your ice cream to the next level? Get crazy about cones and add a little bit more indulgence to your ice cream. All you need is 200g chocolate with ½ teaspoon vegetable oil melted over a pot of hot water. We used dark chocolate but you could also use milk or white. To make the cones, dip the top into the melted chocolate and hold over the bowl until the excess chocolate drips off. Stand cones in a glass until set. Scoop in your homemade ice cream and enjoy! Makes up to 10 cones.

Dip into your choice of: Crushed Peanuts Chocolate Sprinkles

Crushed Pretzels

Hundred & Thousands

Golden Gaytime Crumbs (yes they are a thing, found at your local Woolworths!)

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K icking i t old school WORDS

ASHLEIGH WENT

Whether you’re looking to completely overhaul your approach to exercise, or just looking for a few fun additions to take the seriousness out of sweating, it’s time to look to our childhoods for fitness inspiration.

How far our exercises regimes have come since our youth. All you need to do is look around a gym to see that too many of us have swapped chasing butterflies and laughing in favour of chasing perfection and slogging away on the treadmill, bored and uninspired. Even the gym bunnies among us are prone to periods of stagnation and boredom. Here are some fun childhood activities to throw into the mix and shake up your summer fitness.

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Climb Nearly every adult has some memory of climbing trees with their siblings or friends as a child. While it was certainly easier back when we were small and sprightly, climbing remains a fun and effective way to get fit. BlocHaus opened earlier this year and has taken the fitness community by storm. Gymnasts, powerlifters, runners and more have been taking to the sloped walls, studded with colourful handholds. No matter your build or ability, bouldering is an exciting, social way to get fit. If you’re more brains than brawn, there’s even more reason to love it. t’s not just the physical elements of bouldering that make it so much fun—there’s a level of strategy required to tackle the walls. There’s also a gym, Pilates classes, a children’s area and great coffee, meaning there really is something for everyone. ––––

BlocHaus Unit 2, Building 2, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick

Jump As an adult, gymnastics can seem a little intimating. How often do we jump, flip, spin or swing? As we spend more time at our desks and less time out playing, we become increasinglylimited in our mobility (think more Tin Man, less Elasti-Girl), balance and coordination. However, gymnastics has never been more accessible for adults, with a huge range of programs and classes available at clubs across the city. One slightly different offering that's just crossed our radar is Woden Valley Gymnastics Club Groove and Move program for the over 50s, whose participants returned from competing on the world stage in Norway. Gymnastics is a fabulous way to get fit and flexible whether you're seven, 17 or 70! ––––

Woden Valley Gymnastics Club 27 Mulley Street, Holder wodenvalley.g ymnastics.org.au

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Play

Splash

Urban Rec Australia is an organisation started in Sydney by Madeleine Wilkie, and recently launched in Canberra. While they offer a whole range of fun social sports, we’re loving Urban Rec’s ‘Return to Recess’ offering, which focuses on playing games from primary and high school.

Canberra is blessed with a plethora of watering holes where you can dip your toes into the water and cool off during long, hot summer days. Being outside by the water encourages your inner child— especially when you add a game of beach volleyball or soccer into the mix.

Every week is different, but the sessions centre on fitness through play—think handball, carrying sandbags, and adventure racing.

Some of our favourites include Uriarra Crossing, Kambah Pool, and Casuarina Sands.

If you’re looking for an activity that’s more social than serious, this could be your jam— and with sessions costing just $12.50, you can score a workout for little more than the cost of a lunch order. ––––

Return to Recess Canberra Merici College, Wise Street, Braddon sydney.urbanrec.com.au/canberra

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Alternatively, why not visit your local pool? Take a beach ball, a lilo or some pool noodles and simply play in the water—you’ll be having so much fun you’ll barely realise you’re burning calories at the same time. ––––

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Kite flying is the ultimate throwback to your childhood. Not only will you spend time sprinting to get your kite airborne, but the time you spend standing and manoeuvring the kite is time far better spent outside than sedentary on the couch.

A Frisbee that is—not a tantrum. You don’t need to join a league to have a play with a Frisbee. They’re cheap, portable and you only need two people. The further you throw, the more time you’ll spend running, so you can scale the game to your fitness level.

This is definitely an activity that’s great for families. Children love the novelty of kite flying. If you’re blessed with a young artist, why not get crafty and build your own kite? You can even hang it up in your home to remind you of afternoons spent active together as a family.

That beings said, Ultimate Frisbee is an incredibly fun social sport. There are leagues on both sides of the lake. With throwing, sprinting and endurance, it’s great for improving your coordination and fitness.

And one of the best spots to fly? The National Arboretum. ––––

nationalarboretum.act.gov.au

Above all, you’ll be enjoying yourself – and isn’t that what it’s all about? ––––

Canberra Ultimate Locations across Canberra canberraultimate.com.au

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Picnics

reinvented

WORDS

B E AT R I C E S M I T H + AM AN DA W H I T L E Y

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We speak to a new start-up that takes picnics to the next level

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PICNICS SURE AREN’T what they used to be. Gone are the days of cobbling together some cold meats and salads and cramming onto a well-worn blanket. The modern picnic has gone upmarket, thanks to some of the biggest names in Canberra’s food and wine industry—James Souter, Kate Hibberson and John Leverink—the team from The Boat House and Pod Food. “The inspiration came to me late last summer,” says James. “My family have always been big picnic fans…and these are generally quite elaborate affairs with lawn games and hot food. It’s just a great way to reconnect with friends in a different setting.” However, the preparation and clean up that comes with a picnic (think unpacking sticky Tupperware when you get home) can deter some people. And so Schmicnics—a pop-up gourmet picnic business—was born. “It just struck me – what if you could just turn up and have all the fun of the picnic without lifting a finger? It sounded pretty great to me!”

For James, it was also all about location, location, location. “People often talk about Canberra underutilising the foreshore, but I think there’s something really special about how the majority of Canberra’s waterfront has remained true to the concept of a garden city. It’s beautiful, and it means that the land is kept open to everyone.” “We want to provide great food, drinks, and atmosphere without changing the nature and intent of the space, opening up the beautiful parklands to people, and make using that space a more inviting and accessible prospect.” Schmicnics offers two types of picnics: hampers, great for smaller groups of two or more people; and parties for larger groups. “The hampers are great for a day out, a casual after-work dinner in summer, or something a bit more special—like a proposal. Think Yellowfin Tuna Tacos,

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Blue Corn, Cultured Cream, Soy; Saltbaked Aalmon, Herb Waffles, Avruga Caviar; or Fire-roasted Corn with Togarashi Spice and Lime and more.” “The parties are a little more elaborate. These are fully catered events with a range of delicious hot and cold food presented on a large grazing style picnic table as a centrepiece. Drinks can be BYO or available as an additional package.”

But food and drink is only part of what make picnics so magical—games like croquet, lawn bowls, Finska (a Finnish log-tossing game) all add to the fun, and rugs, scatter cushions and large shade umbrellas elevate the experience. The best part? the Schmicnics team deliver everything to your chosen location (and do all the cleaning up). “The whole intention of Schmicnics is to get people out enjoying the beauty of Canberra and the lake area, so we’ll be encouraging people to choose one of the many picturesque picnic spot around the lake,” says James. “We want to see those colourful picnic blankets on the green grass by the lake, people sipping a beer, enjoying some really great food, having a game of Finska and a laugh. Finding a new way to enjoy the beautiful Canberra summer with their friends and family.”

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Five places for a five-star picnic LENNOX GARDENS

Lennox Gardens, set on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, offers beautiful views of Black Mountain, the Brindabella Ranges and the city centre. Kids can roam the expanse of lush green grass and there's plenty of space to picnic, have a barbeque or just relax under the shade of towering trees.

Flynn Drive, Yarralumla.

WESTON PARK

As well as having plenty of gorgeous green space for picnics, this 40-hectare park has a wading pool, beach, miniature train and cycle track. Kids will love the playground with climbing net and swings, adventure playground and miniature train while the adults will enjoy a little Bocce or PĂŠtanque.

Off Weston Park Road, Yarralumla.

SPRINGBANK ISLAND

Want to have your picnic spot all to yourself? Springbank Island is located in Lake Burley Griffin's West Basin, accessed is exclusively by boat or paddle craft. A perfect spot for a family picnic with plenty of shady spots during summer, the Island is surrounded by trees and native vegetation.

Lake Burley Griffin - West Basin. GREVILLEA PARK

Nestled on the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin’s East Basin, Grevillea Park has beautiful views views across the lake to Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Kingston and Parliament House. The perfect place to enjoy a magnificent sunset.

Accessible via Morshead Drive, Russell.

BLACK MOUNTAIN PENINSULA

Black Mountain Peninsula is the perfect place to enjoy Lake Burley Griffin in every way: swimming, paddling, boating or just strolling along the beach or the water's edge. This 22.2 hectares of foreshore parkland includes picnic areas, drinking fountains and all-ability-access playgrounds.

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MAKEUP

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AMY CAPEDA

HAIR

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SARAH WRIGHT

Pared back and perfect, these three summer beauty looks will take you from beach to bar.

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Pe a c h y keen Bronze may be de rigeur for summer but freckles are every bit as beautiful. Embrace the skin you’re in with pretty peach tones.

IN T HE B A G ––– When it comes to summer, less is more...and this principle extends to your makeup kit. Seek out these essentials for a no‑makeup look that accentuates—rather than camouflages—your natural beauty.

MAKE UP

Amy loves: Bite Beauty Multisticks ($37, from Amy’s home studio). Sammy wears Praline on her cheeks and lips, giving a natural wash of colour. The product goes on like a cream and wears like a powder for weightless colour application. Simply apply from the bullet and blend out with your fingers. For a beautiful fresh-faced glow, try Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Lit From Within Illuminating Balm ($32)—the warm, faceflattering shade complements every skin tone and applies beautifully for a smooth, luminous finish that won’t move.

Clockwise from top left: Mecca Max Sunlit Skin Bronzing Powder in Medium ($22 from Mecca Maxima, Canberra Centre), Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate ($125, from David Jones), Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel ($69 from David Jones), Mecca Cosmetica Lit From Within Primer ($38 from Mecca Cosmetica, Canberra Centre), Bite Beauty Multistick ($37 from Amy Capeda Makeup), Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick ($49 from charlottetilbury.com), Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in Medium ($30 from Mecca Cosmetica, Canberra Centre), NARS Blush in Amour ($44 from Mecca Maxima, Canberra Centre), By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri Couleur ($75 from Mecca Cosmetica, Canberra Centre).

HAIR

Sarah says: Slicked-back hair is so 2016! Whether its a pony, braid or bun, soften the look and give your hair some boho texture and volume. Pinch small sections of hair at the roots and pull forward slightly. Rub the sections of hair together with your fingertips and spray with Kevin.Murphy BEDROOM. HAIR ($42.95 for 235mL from Saloon) to hold in place.

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Burnished beauty Give your daytime look that ‘ just off the beach’ vibe by leaving shimmery powders behind and embracing creams which work in synergy with the skin.

BOD Y B A SIC S ––– The summer heat means more of us is on show, and these products will help slough off your winter coat (literally) and create a gorgeous summer glow. Don’t forget to add a great SPF that doesn't feel heavy on the skin and plays well under makeup.

MAKE UP

Amy loves: Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate ($125 from David Jones). This duet of highlighting and shading creams makes sculpting simple and gives a natural effect.

Clockwise from top: Honey Bronze Drops Of Sun Holiday Glow Creator ($25 from The Body Shop), Frank Body Peppermint Coffee Scrub ($18.95 from Mecca Cosmetica, Canberra Centre), The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner ($69.95 from thebeautychef.com).

RMS Living Luminizer ($55 from Mecca Cosmetica, Canberra Centre) also deserves a place in your summer beauty arsenal. Enriched with nourishing coconut oil for hydration, this silky luminiser delivers a subtle sheen and luxe-looking glow. HAIR

Sarah says: The wet look is one of the season’s simplest styles. Simply wet your hands, add a little body oil, and place hands at the hairline, pulling your hair away from your face. Make sure you apply the water and oil over the roots, blending it back as you work away from your face. Once you’re happy with how it sits, spray generously with Kevin. Murphy SESSION.SPRAY ($36.95 for 337mL from Saloon) to keep the strands in place.

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Golden glam

Up the glam factor for night with bronzed eyes, glowing skin and neutral lips. Take beach hair to the next level by giving it a disco edge with big bouncy undone curls. MAKE UP

Amy loves: Eyeshadow pencils! They are so easy to apply and have staying power, working well on their own or under powder shadows to create a beautiful smokey eye. Two of my favourites are Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon ($37 from charlottetilbury. com) and By Terry’s Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow ($56 from Mecca Cosmetica, Canberra Centre). Love the gold foil look? Try Mecca Max The Illuminati Metallic Eyeshadow in Showbiz ($18 from Mecca Maxima, Canberra Centre), a mega-impact cream powder eyeshadow which smoothes on like liquidised metal for a foil effect.

T HE M A NE E V E N T ––– Our hair gets a hard time in summer with sun, chlorine and salt water all sources of damage. Opt for products which are kind on your mane, and make time for regular at-home or in-salon treatments.

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Real Wedding: Rupert and Bronia W E D D I N G DAT E 3 March 2017 C E R E M O N Y Lennox Gardens R E C E P T I O N Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Following a ‘meet cute’ at Honky Tonks, a first date that included a run around Lake Burley Griffin and a proposal in Hawaii, Rupert and Bronia wanted to make sure their wedding day captured the atmosphere of summer while still being full of personal significance. The couple take us through the day.


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The groom and groomsmen were in a couple of apartments at The Prince, Kingston Foreshore. Their morning consisted of needing to buy a new shirt to fit the best man’s neck, getting haircuts and celebrating. They also had the task of driving the champagne to the ceremony— very important!

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The bride and bridesmaids stayed in a gorgeous suite at the Hyatt, and our amazing hair and makeup team came to us. Super-relaxed, we all enjoyed champagne together, in-room breakfast and lots of laughs.

THE DRESS

I only really knew what I didn’t want when I started dress shopping. I hit a couple of stores, but ended up at Nouveau Riche in Queanbeyan. I went in thinking I’d be wearing something A-line, lace, and quite old-worldy. I came out with an ivory silk, strapless gown in a mermaid style, all the things that were on my ‘did not want’ list at the start. When I put it on, my mum went silent (she later phoned me to say she cried when she got home), and even I was lost for words.

"WHEN I PUT IT ON, MY M U M W EN T S I L EN T ( S H E L AT E R P H O N E D M E T O S AY S H E C R I E D W H E N S H E G O T H O M E ) ."


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THE CEREMONY

We got married on Friday 3 March 2017, on Bronia’s grandmother’s 91st birthday. That was significant because we knew she would not be able to travel to Canberra for the day, but our guests were so lovely, we had a toast for her birthday all together at the reception! We had the ceremony at 3pm (3 is Bronia’s lucky number) under

the gorgeous trees close to the lakefront in Lennox Gardens. We chose Lennox Gardens and the Hyatt because we wanted everything outside, and it meant our guests didn’t need to fuss about and change locations. We love summer and sunshine, and we have run around Lennox Gardens together so many times that it just made sense.

THE RECEPTION

Our reception was outside in the Lavender Courtyard at the Hyatt. We’d had a function outside at the Hyatt before, and sampled their seafood buffet so we already knew the amazingness they deliver. Rupert is a New Zealander so half of our guests came over for the wedding— we wanted to show them why Canberra is so great!


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The best part was being able to merge our two worlds—New Zealand friends and family with Australian friends and family. Our guests all loved being able to meet so many new but awesome people! The day was amazing, apart from some early concern with rain— everything was relaxed, no-stress and fun. The weather ended up being perfect, our guests had an amazing time, our band was incredible, food divine—we went for the seafood buffet, and people still tell us how fantastic it was! We wanted to spend as much time with our guests as possible so we kept photos short but the results are amazing. We minimised formalities, had a super-fun choreographed dance that really showed our personalities (thanks to Kim and the team at the International Dance Studio in Deakin for tolerating our four left feet!), and had the best party ever—at one stage every single guest was up and dancing. The last song of the night was ‘You’re the Voice’ by John Farnham, and everyone was belting it out—we were standing on the steps in front of everyone, and that moment really sums up just how good the party was!

ADVICE

Don’t do a ‘next day BBQ/ event’—they are exhausting, and you think you’ll need one but you won't! If there are guests you want to spend more time with, invite them for a take away coffee and head to a park.

Also find a ceremony venue that’s free—all the ACT Government sites are, you just need to book them, and let nature paint your backdrop. We organised our wedding within about four months, both super-busy at work too. It can be done, and actually makes for better decision-making in our view! The other things I would add is to get your post-wedding admin done as soon as you can—four months later and we are still writing thank you cards! Its fun to think of the day again, but without a deadline we could be at this forever!


P H OTO G R A P H E R Lara Wiseman-Daniel from All Grown Up Weddings C E L E B R A N T Karen Dahlstrom from Wonder Woman Weddings B R I D E' S D R ES S + H E A D P I E C E Nouveau Riche B R I D E’ S S H O ES Wanted Shoes B R I D E’ S J E W E L L E R Y Peter Lang from Devine Goddess B R I D ES M A I D S’ D R ES S ES Their choice, all navy G R O O M A N D G R O O M S M E N ’ S S U I T S MJ Bale B R I D E’ S A N D B R I D E M A I D S’ H A I R Renee Pound from MEKI Hair M A K E U P Steph Church F LO W E R S Rosie from Jamison Flowers L I G H T I N G Bought from eBay C AT E R E R Hyatt Hotel Canberra B A N D Hit Parade S TAT I O N E R Y Paperless Post (but we got them printed!) F I R S T D A N C E S O N G It was a medley—we got a sweet dance choreographed by Kim at The International Dance Studio. Our medley started with Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran), then moved into party mode with I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston) and finished with a bang with Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae-Jepsen).

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THE LITTLE DETAILS


With This Ring WO R D S Emma Macdonald P H OTO G R A P H Y Tim Bean

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A N EN G AG E M EN T R I N G A N D W ED D I N G B A N D S YM B O L I S I N G LO V E A N D F I D EL I T Y. Is it OK then, to remake them into bigger and brighter versions of themselves?


THE STORY of Mimmi Freebody’s wedding ring is—like the ring itself—full of drama, twists and turns. The accomplished interior designer and owner of MMM Designs was married to Ian Freebody at the Brassey Hotel 17 years ago. At the time she proudly wore a simple solitaire engagement ring and a plain band. Her ring was a reflection of a younger woman, busy with a business and building a home with her new husband. They had a lot on their plates financially so the simple ring was beautiful and just right at the time. Until, three years into the marriage, tragedy struck. Mimmi took off her jewellery at a beautician’s appointment, and while Ian dutifully picked her rings up in a small envelope on his way to do some shopping, somehow, the envelope was lost while he was out. Mimmi was heartbroken. She wore a costume ring for a little while as her finger felt naked. By the time the couple reached

their tenth wedding anniversary, Ian made the ultimate amends by purchasing an enormous marquise-cut diamond in a platinum setting with a matching wedding band. Mimmi was surprised and overcome. “The stone itself was incredible and it was a beautiful moment when he gave it to me—like a re-proposal.” But the ring’s setting was not one she immediately loved. “I felt that I didn’t have input into it and it just didn’t have the appeal I wanted.” Mimmi wore it for many years, never quite feeling completely satisfied.

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She had previously commissioned award-winning jeweller Ben Preston-Black from Creations Jewellers in Manuka to create a very abstract “M” pendant from diamonds and gold from other pieces she was no longer wearing. And then, about a year ago, Mimmi took the leap. She made an appointment to ask Ben to remake her the ultimate wedding ring with a unique design and three bands, using some of her existing metal and diamonds. The ring comes apart so she can wear just a plain diamond band if the mood strikes, and complements her necklace perfectly. “I won’t lie, I was a little anxious about getting a new ring made as it was really huge and dramatic. I worried that it might look too big on my finger.” Mimmi needn’t have worried. The minute she put it on she fell madly in love. “It is perfect. I just love it. For the first few months I just stared at it. I still get asked about it all the time.” Ben says that while most brides would not be unlucky enough

to lose their engagement rings, many are keen to consider a new statement ring somewhere down the track. His team now takes remakes into the workshop weekly, producing hundreds of new rings each year. “Increasingly it is a big part of our business—taking something old but sentimental, and creating something new and beautiful from it, while preserving the emotions and meaning behind the original piece.” Ben says he deals with the gamut of requests and emotions when couples approach him for remakes. He also acknowledges sometimes it can be harder for the husband to understand the reasoning behind it.

Mimmi's new wedding ring

“Most women just want to love the ring they have to wear every day. Sometimes, for whatever reason, they don’t. Maybe they didn’t get to choose it in the first

place or it was an heirloom piece that was passed down to them. “Or they just want something that looks different, which is more a reflection of who they are now, rather than what they were when they first got engaged. Styles change.” Ben said that when considering a remake, there is always opportunity to incorporate all of the elements of the old ring into something new—whether you use existing gems and add more, or use the metal in the new band. His own freeform designs can create entirely different statement pieces to the original elements— such as Mimmi’s ring. He also noted that the 10‑year anniversary mark was often a common time couples approached him about remakes. “Usually the wives come and talk to us first, and then it is important to discuss it with the husbands so


HARRY ROSE has been operating for almost a decade from his Civic workshop where he helps create engagement ring dreams come true. He takes about five commissions each week—the vast majority are engagement rings. Meanwhile, Harry is also increasingly taking commissions for upgrades and remakes of engagement and wedding rings after they have been worn for many years.

they feel they are on board and part of the process.”

“I think it is only really natural to want to move on, in time. Circumstances change, people change, fashions change. For us this ring is a bit of a reaffirmation of who we are as a couple and our life together. I also hope that it will be a family heirloom handed down to future generations.” Unlike past generations who wore bands of gold until they wore into thin strips, Ben said there was little stigma involved with remakes. “It is really acceptable to change your ring now. And it is all tied in to what is fashionable. Rings are valuable investment pieces, so the fashions don’t tend to change that quickly, but certainly you can tend to pick a ring from 15 years ago. The trick is to make the new one unique enough that it is a statement piece for decades to come.”

Harry says about 70 per cent choose to incorporate old stones into new rings, while the

“It’s always fun to see someone come in and get the ring they have always wanted, when they have the time and resources to really spoil themselves.” But Harry also has a soft spot for the older couples, for whom a wedding ring seems to be an unchangeable adornment. “I would like to think a beautiful and elegant engagement ring should stand the test of time.” And it always makes Harry smile when an elderly couple come in to patch up a really worn wedding ring, or replace stones in an engagement ring that has wrapped around the same finger for decades. “For some of my more elderly clients, their engagement ring still sparks joy 50 years down the track and I work hard to keep it as original as can be.” ¡

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Mimmi said Ian loved the new design, and had she not lost the first ring, they probably would have come to a decision to upgrade over time.

“A lot of women like to incorporate elements of their existing ring into something a little more showy,” he said. “It may be that they got engaged during leaner times, or got engaged while they were buying a house or wanting to establish a family and didn’t have the resources to get the ring they really wanted at the time.”

remainder use their engagement jewels for a pendant or earrings and go for a whole new look.


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Owner of “lingerie heaven” Miss Winks, Annie Brown, believes in the transformative power of putting on a beautiful set of lingerie.

“Aesthetics are important, of course, but your lingerie needs to serve a purpose—after all you will be dancing, standing, sitting and throwing bouquets!

“It’s empowering and uplifting. I really believe that what you have on underneath your clothes can give you confidence and not only that, it can really create a beautiful canvas for your clothes.”

It also needs to sit seamlessly under your gown or outfit, giving support in the right places and not poking out where it shouldn’t be.

And what better time to feel your best than on your wedding day (or night). An online lingerie boutique, Miss Winks stocks a curated range of Australian labels that are ethical, beautifully-made and designed with love. The aesthetic is feminine and sensual with a side of sass. There’s no doubt that the dress is the focus for many brides, but what’s underneath it all plays a crucial role. “it is so important to be comfortable in your bridal lingerie, if you are wearing it under your wedding dress,” says Annie.

“I would suggest having some gorgeous yet practical lingerie on for the main event and then choose something for your wedding night simply because it’s beautiful and it makes you feel good.” Considering a last-minute splurge? Annie doesn’t advise it. “Make sure you buy your lingerie well in advance so you can try it on throughout your fittings and make any changes if needs be.” misswinks.com.au


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“My husband wanted some nice photos of me—we started to look at what was available and I was disappointed. People were taking beautiful photos, but they weren't me.”

A growing part of Amanda’s business is Boudoir photography—but leave behind any misconceptions of big hair and fluffy peignoirs—these are beautiful, raw images that celebrate women. And their origin is very personal.

She wasn’t alone. Amanda has since photographed a lot of different women of all shapes and sizes, and she says the one thing they all have in common is that they look gorgeous. And the response has been astounding. “I was hoping that they would feel amazing about themselves but I was blown away by their messages,” says Amanda.

Amanda’s Boudoir packages are all about making women feel comfortable in their own skin, and are shot in the subject’s home. Professional hair and makeup is also available on request for a small extra charge. “We're told by the media, by other women and sometimes even by our own families that our bodies aren't good enough. These are lies. Whether you're a size 6 or a size 26 your body is excellent.” What a beautiful way to celebrate it. thorsonphotography.com.au

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She began as “just a wedding photographer" but Amanda Thorson now loves photographing all stages of people’s lives, and that takes her to all sorts of interesting places—including the bedroom.

“They were all lace, stockings, belts and sexy posing and I'm very much a Bonds kind of girl. You know the girls in magazines who are just looking beautiful sitting around in their underwear? I wanted to look like that. But I'm realistic, I'd had two kids and I was no model.”

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I do, do, do... That special soundtrack for that special day

WO R D S Ashley Feraude, The Romance Collective

W H EN I T CO M ES TO W ED D I N G S, M U S I C H O L D S S P E C I A L M O M EN T I N TO A T R U LY U N F O R G E T TA B L E E X P ER I EN C E. T H E R I G H T M I X O F M ELO D I ES C A N C H A N G E A N ATM O S P H ER E, S H I F T A M O O D A N D L I F T A N O CC A S I O N TO G R E AT H EI G H T S .

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A M AG I C A L A B I L I T Y TO P R O P EL A N A L R E A DY


what’s your go-to song for a mood lift? Start writing down that list and hold on to it. And don’t overthink it—if you’re spending hours Googling some obscure B-side to an 80s record, you’re overdoing it (though I give you applause for the effort).

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MUSICAL DIPLOM ACY

But, getting it right is not straightforward. You need the right song, at the right time and performed by the right musician—or the next thing you know, your grandpa is doing a solo Funky Chicken on the dance floor. But seriously, the wrong music will leave your guests feeling awkward and can cheapen the vibe. S O H OW D O YO U G E T I T R I G H T ?

At first it seems easy, but when you consider the order of proceedings, the wide variety of guests, and how your distant aunty will judge you for playing a rude rap song, the panic starts to set in. Well my friends, don’t fear…having played for more weddings than your average confetti blast, I’m here to help. So buckle in, let’s go through the steps and we can do this together.

The best way to build your list is to consider your favourite genres and the age spread of your guests. You’ll never satisfy everyone but you can make most very happy with a little musical diplomacy. Start to think about the flow of the night; from drinks to the formalities then from dinner to the party. It’s a basic upward drift from dinner music though to the full-on revelry. As a guide, consider the order of proceedings and the main milestones. CEREMONY

The ceremony is the most serious part of your day, so you’ll want to choose songs imbued with emotion to set the right tone. A string section or live acoustic act always goes down a treat, or you could ask your DJ to arrange a pre-recorded set of your song selections.

THE FIRST STEP

The first thing to remember is that the wedding is all about YOU—well, you and your significant other. That’s right, it is a reflection of you, so start with the music you like. What decade makes you nostalgic? What song do you associate with a good time? And

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Once you’ve decided on your ceremony songs, my suggestion is to take it up a notch with the bridal party entrance. Choose songs that


represent each couple as they walk in. For example, if they are heavily into sports, use that as a theme of the song. It breaks the ice and assists the MC to build up the energy in the room. DINNER

CUTTING THE CAKE

The cutting of the cake usually involves a lot of photos. During this time, your guests will wait before they can get back to their conversation, so it’s best to play a well-known song that you like, so that people can nod along while watching you get sore cheeks holding a smile for a few minutes. FIRST DANCE

When it comes to the first dance, this is where we get serious. It’s really the pivotal point of the night and usually the tipping point from the formalities to party time. If you’ve practiced a dance then you’ll have a song already, but if you’re improvisation people, then find a song that’s emotional, perhaps a touch slower and preferably not something from the current top 40 charts, as it will date very quickly in your wedding video.

Any DJ worth their headphones will have mastered the art of building a dance floor. There are two ways we can pick a playlist: either write a list of your ‘must play’ songs, or make note of your ‘must not play’ songs. A DJ will only need about 10 tracks here to get an idea of the vibe you’re going for. Your song list becomes the musical brief, so now it’s time to choose the performers. If you have contacts in the music scene then hand them your brief, negotiate a fee and go from there. If you don’t have time to waste catching live acts at local venues, you could contact The Romance Collective, a group I curated to help Canberra couples find a perfect music solution with the least amount of fuss. So there we have it, a tried-andtested guide to creating the perfect soundtrack to your special day. Now I’m going to go and find that obscure B-side to that 80’s record. Find out more at theromancecollective.com

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Dinner music doesn’t need to be Kenny G lift music and the dance floor tunes don’t have to be an hourlong Michael Jackson mega mix. Dinner music is about creating an ambience—a soft background for social conversations. No matter what decade or genre you’re into, we can find some mellow (but never boring) music to fit there. If you’re into 70s, then soul makes for great vibes, if you’re more of a 90s couple then there are plenty of smoother R&B songs to fill that brief.

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WO R D S Josephine Walsh

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W I L L P E O P L E WA N T T O C O M E ?

You: “Venue can fit 150 people, we’ve invited 120. Some people won’t make it, so we’ll probably have about 13 guests total, because maybe people won’t want to come.” Everyone else: “This is ridiculous.”

T H E W E AT H E R

Two weeks before our wedding, a work colleague gleefully asked if I had heard about my venue cancelling all bookings on the day, as the town had been cut off due to flooding. Although this article reads to the contrary, I tried really, really hard not to worry about our wedding. Every detail was secondary to standing at the altar with my husband and actually getting married. This annoying comment inspired a mental image worthy of a soap opera—my husband and I kitted out in our wedding gear separated by a raging creek bed. Firstly, when I rang the venue, it turned out that my colleague was wrong about Gundaroo being closed due to flooding.

Oh, and thirdly—do not tell a bride-to-be that the weather’s set to be terrible, unless you’re deliberately trying to be uninvited to her farewell afternoon tea. CAN I CONTOUR MY AR MS?

Typing ‘wedding diet’ into Google yields over 20 million results, with taglines like ‘Get ready to put your back, arms, shoulders and side-boob on display!’. Here’s the lowdown: Gentle yoga will help calm your unfounded worries about your arms, and even if you never get into Eagle Pose, you’ll be toning them anyway. A good, tested fake tan works wonders. And you’ll be so dang happy on the day that you’ll look a million bucks.

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Of course your friends and family will make the effort to come to your special day so that they can bask in the reflected glow of your love, enjoy a free meal and cut loose on the dance floor with a couple of vinos under their belt. Set an early RSVP date so know your numbers ahead of time, offer to help those travelling make suitable arrangements, and then calm down.

Secondly, there is nothing that you can do about unexpected rain, cold snaps, unseasonal hail, oppressive heat or a gusty day. Have an idea of what to expect and plan accordingly—tell your guests to rug up, or provide paper fans if you’re expecting a scorcher.


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INCREASE WEDDING STRESS

Despite planning your seating chart with laser-like precision, chances are your guests are going to move around, chat, and make the bar, dance floor and you the temporary centre of their universe. If someone unexpected turns up, the venue will make something work. It’s happened before, it’s probably not going to happen to you, but if it does, it’s not the end of the world! D O I N G T H I N G S YO U ’ V E PA I D F O R UNVEILED SUMMER 2017

OR ASKED OTHER PEOPLE TO DO

One sure-fire way to increase wedding stress is assuming you, and only you, can manage every single detail. Of course you and your partner have expectations of how everything will look, feel and flow, and you probably want to be involved in creating or overseeing the small aspects which will make the day unique.

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If you’re paying for specialist services, don’t be that demanding client who sends daily emails and questions every decision. If you’ve done your research and booked someone whose aesthetic aligns with yours, is communicative and organised, you should only need to give input when asked. Presumably, this is not their first rodeo—trust them and let them do what you’re paying them for. Similarly, if you’ve asked or been lucky enough to have a friend offer to help, let them without being overbearing. Show them what you’d like, set a timeframe with wriggle room, and then let them actually help. You probably don’t need to be on-hand to see that the twine around the napkins has a bow circumference of precisely 2cm. Be ready to adjust your expectations—a real wedding is not the realisation of a dozen Pinterest boards magically implanted into real life. LOOK NO FURTHER

Just because you finally find your perfect dress does not mean that you won’t see others that you’ll like or want. Once you start buying outfits for yourself and the bridal party, as well as committing to a venue or honeymoon destination, stop looking. This is not a good use of your time and will only make you feel like you’ve missed out on something better or made the wrong decision. You haven’t.


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Will Mum and Dad give a blow-by-blow account of most of my major milestones from birth up until today? Will the inlaws then do exactly the same? Who is most likely to replay the college hook-up highlights and lowlights reel?

Whether you’re feeling guilty for not inviting people, worrying if your bridesmaids actually like their dresses, if there’s enough food, or whether playing Kayne’s ‘Black Skinhead’ is appropriate, at some point you’ll wonder whether your guests are enjoying themselves.

This is simple: ––

Only ask people to give a speech if you want them to.

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They’ll probably speak for triple the time you give them. So if you think they’ll talk for 15 minutes, tell them they only have five—the result will be somewhere in the middle!

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Ask speakers to talk with each other so they don’t double up.

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If you’re worried about certain topics or stories being brought up, be blunt and state that these can’t be included.

Think about every wedding you’ve been lucky enough to attend. Were there elements that you would have done differently? Probably. Were there moments that moved you? Yes. Were you happy to just be invited? Most definitely. You’ll probably have the chance to go to many other weddings, but this is the only one that’s just for the two of you. Stop worrying about whether everyone else is having a good time (they definitely are), and just relish the fact that you just got hitched. ¡

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Honeymoons a hop, step and a jump away WO R D S Tenele Conway

A I R L I N ES’ C A P I TA L E X P R ES S TO B E CO M E A S C H ER I S H ED A S A LO N ELY H O U S E W I F E’ S D O G - E A R ED CO P Y O F F I F T Y S H A D ES, B U T A R E W E R E A L LY M A K I N G T H E M O S T O F I T ? We share five hidden honeymoon destinations easily accessible from Singapore or Wellington.

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MOUNT M AUNGANUI, NEW ZEAL AND

We need to start thinking of the direct flights to Wellington as just the gateway. Singapore airlines have partnered with Air New Zealand to give you access from the hub of Wellington to airports all across the country, opening up this neighbouring nation like never before. Jump off the Capital Express and straight onto a direct flight to Tauranga all with the convenience of being checked all the way through from Canberra and you will have access to New Zealand’s premier seaside destination, Mount Maunganui.

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Frequented by locals as their go-to beach escape, The Mount as it is known by locals, is still relatively unheard of by Australians. It is time for this to change. With its high-end eateries, trendy bars, boutique shopping and white sandy beaches stretching on for days you won’t be disappointed with this slice of New Zealand paradise.

HOI AN, VIETNAM

Taking the Capital Express through the hub of Singapore you have access to virtually all of Asia. My top pick for South East Asia has to be Hoi An. Singapore airlines will fly you to Da Nang and just a short drive south you will find this UNESCO world heritage town brimming with amazing food, culture and world-classs beach resorts lined up along the South China Sea. You will be charmed by the Chinese lanterns lit up at night along the canals and the pedestrian-only cobbled streets lined with French Colonial buildings will make you wish you could stay forever. The vibe is laid

back – take on a cooking class to learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine or wander the local food markets to see the heartbeat of this stunning town. This is also the premier spot in Vietnam to get tailor-made clothes. The hundreds of local tailors can whip up outfits in a day or so, either creating a one of a kind piece or using your favourite clothes as a blueprint.


THE MALDIVES

CEBU

Malapascua Island is a must for scuba divers with the normally rare Thresher sharks being a daily sighting and encounters with giant manta rays being a highlight (think six meters wide). Or head south to Moalboal to immerse yourself in the famous Sardine run. If diving isn’t your thing then the Filipino cuisine is sure to satisfy. A unique blend of Asian and Spanish flavours and local delicacies like Sinigang, a tart soup of pork and vegetables, and Lechon Kawali, a deep-fried pork belly dish, you will be in a foodies paradise. As always, Singapore Airlines has Canberra all hooked up with almost-daily flights direct from Singapore with partner airline Silk Air.

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With more than two million visitors per year, Cebu is the heavyweight of Philippines tourism and rightly so. Stay a while in Cebu City if nightlife is your thing, or base yourself in a family-friendly beach resort on Mactan island and use it as a base to see the nearby attractions.

Lucky for us Canberrans, Singapore Airlines is one of the few carriers who can connect you through to the island archipelago of the Maldives. The Capital Express will connect you through Singapore into Male and a short boat trip away will find hundreds of luxury resorts marooned on private islands. This couple’s paradise is truly one of the most picturesque places on the planet. Overwater bungalows are the tourism bread and butter out here in the Indian Ocean and be sure to bring your selfie stick­—this is one place you are going to want to throw in the faces of friends and family on social media for years to come.

COPENHAGEN, DENM ARK

With five direct flights per week from Singapore straight into the seaside Scandinavian city of Copenhagen this colourful harbourfront city should be the top of your list for your next European vacation. Lonely Planet have coined Copenhagen the epitome of Scandi-cool and with 15 Michelin starred restaurants to its name, a clean and efficient transport system and cycle-friendly paths snaked across the city there are simply no excuses for avoiding the cool-as capital of Denmark. Who knows, you might pull a Princess Mary and nab your own Danish royal! One can dream. ¡


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