Canberra: Day 26

Haircut and visit to National Galleries Tuesday 16th April, 2019

We have walked about 10 kilometres today, partly because we are not allowed into the performance area of the grounds and have to walk to a side entrance and then to our bus. Plus, of course, we visited the National Galleries.

We caught a bus to the town centre, where I stayed to get a haircut. I didn’t find a cheap place, even the shop that advertises as Just Cuts actually charged me $32 for a basic haircut. It seems to be quite a good haircut, but they offer a 7 day guarantee if not satisfied, so I can go back if I find it doesn’t quite work out.

I then caught a Number 6 bus to join Stephen in time for lunch at the Portrait Gallery Cafe. I had a lovely thick pumkin soup, Stephen had scrambled eggs on toast, and we finished off with coffee and a shared slice of cake.

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As Stephen had been in the area for a couple of hours before I arrived he knew just the place for our afternoon nap, some beautiful, long couches inside the Gallery.

We walked across to the National Gallery to look at some Australian landscape paintings to see if they would feel familiar from our travels. I don’t think they did, but it was interesting to see how the artists saw the landscapes.

Between the gallery buildings is the High Court of Australia and a waterfall like fountain.

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We headed to the bus stop just after 3.00 p.m.

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We had a little shopping to do in town for our dinner tonight. I had some beef stirfry and wanted some fresh vegetables for doing a meal in the pressure cooker. We also wanted to get home whilst it was warm to bring in our washing. It was much better coming home in the daylight and we realised that we had gone the long way around once we entered the grounds to find our camping spot when we came back last night.

We bought in all the washing, folded it and put it away. Then, I started cooking. The meal certainly smells good. I’ve set up the pressure cooker outside and being outside I was there at sunset to see a lovely, glowing red cloud. The featured photo doesn’t do it justice, of course.

We are seeing some autumn colours, perhaps not as much as in past years when we have been here.

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