Week 16/2024: A recap of the week

Week of 15 April 2024

This is a quick summary of week 16 while I catch up with the travel blog posts from the Canberra and NSW trip.

You can read the first travel blog post here.

Week 16 summary

Habit tracker

  • 9.30 shutdown: 3/7 days
  • 8,000 steps: 7/7 days (the day with the fewest steps was Sunday with 13,705 steps so I did great on this!)

What was the best thing about this week?

Art and photography.

A large brown metal sculpture in the shape of a twist in an outdoor setting with trees in the background
Virginia by Clement Meadmore at the National Gallery of Australia

Catching up with people. Coming home again.

What did I notice this week?

Cockatoos without the sulphur crest that we see in Tasmania. They were on the ground near to the National Library.

A white bird with pink features sitting on the ground with one foot raised
Little corella in Reconciliation Place, Canberra

We think they are little corellas, which apparently have become more common in Canberra over recent years.

What did I learn this week?

Where Dickson is now was the Canberra Aerodrome in the 1920s. There’s a discovery walk that takes in some of the early features of this, most of which have now gone.

The stormwater channel was built in 1959. Before that, the area was “flat and treeless”, ideal for the landing ground. I had no idea when I lived here!

A concrete water channel running through a tree lined areas with a gravel walking track on the right hand side
The stormwater channel running through Dickson

According to the walking guide, at the start of World War I, Canberra’s designer, Walter Burley Griffin, identified Dickson as the future industrial area for the city.

We were a week too late for the guided history walk held on 27 April, but there are some old photos of the area here.

What am I reading?

  • Fierce Self Compassion by Kristin Neff
  • Nowhere Man and the Roadkill Lady by Steve Tolbert
  • Golden Valley by Marjorie Gadd

It was great to be away on holidays. I read two complete novels and am ready to start a third one.

a book cover with the title Nowhere Man and the Roadkill Lady by Steve Tolbert. The image is brown and orange tones, focused on a bench overlooking the sea
Nowhere Man and the Roadkill Lady by Steve Tolbert
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