Money makes the world go round. . . . .

We were recently in Canberra for a day and we paid a visit to the Royal Australian Mint. The picture above is the entry that we used when we visited with our children many years ago.  We were now visiting with our granddaughter and we were surprised to find that this is no longer the entry to the Mint.

There is now a fancy, ,much more touristy entry to the Mint and it is wheelchair accessible.

The entry is around the corner from these photos.

The gallery for viewing the Mint is a huge improvement on our experience back in the 1980s.  They have excellent displays and interactive exhibits.  There is a discovery booklet for children and plenty for children to see and do.

There is a robot on the work floor but unfortunately we were there during holiday time so the robot was only doing a set pattern to let people see that it actually worked.  We will need to go back when the Mint in producing money to see the robot in full action.One of the exhibits that caught my eye was the Melbourne Cup trophy from 1888.

It is such a beautiful trophy compared to the trophy the winner receives these days.

The Royal Australian Mint is certainly somewhere you should visit if you are ever in Canberra.  I will be returning when the Mint is in operation as I want to see the robot in full working mode.


One thing led to another

We have been thinking about overseas holiday plans for next year and part of that is time in the Hebrides and the Shetland Islands.  On a recent visit to the library I borrowed this book.

It is a wonderful book for the traveller to the Hebrides as it gives such detail about what to expect but it also includes excerpts from some fiction that Peter May has written.  I had not heard of this author but he has won awards for his writing and is well known in the UK for his work in television.

The fiction that is mentioned in the travel book Hebrides led me to check out the title at my local library.  The first in the Lewis Trilogy is The Blackhouse and I read that at lightening speed.  There were so many instances of experiences I had as a child in the highlands of Caithness.  I loved the book and even though it was crime fiction there was so much detail about life on the islands that you would enjoy the book even though you were not a crime fiction fan.

I immediately reserved the remaining two books in the trilogy and promptly finished them.

I have checked out the internet for ideas for our trip next year and have discovered that there is a trail you can follow that visits places mentioned in the books.  I include the link here at The Lewis Trilogy.

The picture above is an example from the website.

When I first started looking for ideas on travel in the Hebrides

this was the page from a book on travel in Scotland that I was going to base our journey around.  I will now be looking into the holiday in much more detail.

I highly recommend the Lewis Trilogy.

Tuesday Travels. . . A Canberra attraction that is often missed by tourists

Canberra, as our nation’s capital, has many attractions for the tourists but one which is perhaps not as well known as the others is the National Archives. . . . “We are the nation’s memory – a living collection of government records illuminating our history and identity.”

It is an unprepossessing building which in its former life housed government offices and was a post office. You can read its history on the red sign shown in the photo.

The Archives building is hidden away to the back and left of old Parliament House.  It is in the Parliamentary triangle so is within easy access of the Parliament buildings, the Art Gallery, the Portrait Gallery, the High Court and Questacon – Science and Technology Centre. . . . . . .all worth a visit.

It had been a while since we had last been there so decided to pay a visit.  There was an excellent exhibition on the life of Gough Whitlam, one of our previous prime ministers.  The archives has much to commend it and I suggest you take a quick look at the National Archives of Australia website to get some idea of what to expect if you decide to visit.

I have used the online facility to research my family’s arrival in Australia.  You can get copies of documents and can make use of the reading room.  My younger daughter was able to get copies of the Defence service record of her grandpa who served on the Kokoda Track in World War 2.