Visiting Canberra in August 2016

7 Sep
We could park our car right in front of our room.

We could park our car right in front of our room.

This was a rented car. We had to leave our car behind for it needed new spark plugs. We had left home early in the morning. Our plan had been to drive up Macquarie Pass to Moss Vale for breakfast at a cafe in Moss Vale. We found out that Macquarie Pass was closed for maintenance work. So we went up the Jamberoo Mountain Road Pass to the highlands. To arrive at our chosen cafe in Moss Vale via this pass instead of Macquarie Pass took us just an extra ten minutes.

After our very good breakfast in Moss Vale we drove straight through to Canberra where we spent a couple of hours at Parliament House before checking in at Forrest Hotel at around 2pm.

I wrote about our visit to Parliament House here in my previous post:

https://auntyuta.com/2016/09/07/utas-diary-september-2016/

All hotels in Australia provide you with tea and coffee making facilities. We had bought some cake in Moss Vale for our afternoon coffee.

We liked to have coffee and cake in our room.

We liked to have coffee and cake in our room.

Peter is about to unpack.

Peter is about to unpack.

Top right the air-conditioning kept the room at 22C at all times.

Top right the air-conditioning kept the room at 22C at all times. We never had to reset it.

When the air-conditioning switched itself on, the air came out really hot. After a little while it would switch itself off again. I thought, this worked really well. I never felt cold in our room, even though the outside temperature would be a cool 5 degrees C during the night.

This is early morning Peter in bed with a cup of tea.

This is early morning Peter in bed probably with a cup of tea.

During the night we topped our bed with a woolen blanket. There were a couple of Australian made woolen blankets in our wardrobe. That these blankets were actually Australian made, was very much to my liking!

5 Responses to “Visiting Canberra in August 2016”

  1. catterel September 7, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

    With all those sheep in Australia and NZ, wool should be cheap and plentiful. Glad you had warm native blankezs!

    • auntyuta September 7, 2016 at 7:08 pm #

      I suspect, Cat, that these Australian made woolen blankets were made a long, long time ago. Australian manufacturing industry sadly is at a near standstill.

  2. Christine J Randall September 14, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    I had to laugh, at the image of you checking the label on the blanket! These days the wool would be sent overseas and come back as ‘Australian Wool’ blankets. I’ve decided I dislike UHT milk in my coffee, even though I’m fine having it on my porridge every morning. I just can’t enjoy tea or coffee with it, rather have it black.

    I like your blog, Aunty Uta. It has a refreshing realness.

    • auntyuta September 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

      I think these blankets must be very old for it says on the label that they were ‘made’ in Australia.
      It is not easy these days to find products with labels where it says ‘made in Australia’.
      Thank you so much, Christine, for commenting. It is good to know that you liked my blog. 🙂

      • Christine J Randall September 18, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

        I did enjoy my visit. I was curious about wool blanket manufacturing in Australia so I Googled. I discovered that there still are blankets made here, but they do have to compete with imports. It seems the ones surviving have diversified into luxury fibres like alpaca. Bendigo Woollen Mills (near where I live) still manufactures knitting wool. The industry isn’t dead, thank goodness.

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