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CannibalRabbit’s Holiday specific posts

CannibalRabbit Family at Lake Eildon 2011

After the Alexandra Show, where Monty got Best of Breed, we headed up to the Lake Eildon [^] dam wall at Eildon. After a wet year the lake is almost full, something that has only happened six times in the past 50 years [^].

CannibalRabbits at Lake Eildon

Vivid Sydney

Sydney hosted the Vivid festival [^] from 27th May to 13th June 2011, “a festival of light music and ideas”.

Luckily it was on while we were in Sydney for Mrs CannibalRabbit and a friend to Mary Poppins the Musical. That gave me something to do while they were Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-ing and Chim-Chiminey-ing. That was a hike along the length of the Sydney CBD in the rain! But it was worth it.

One thing that would have been nice was a tripod, but we were travelling light – carry-on luggage only. With a bit improvisation I got some reasonable photos, most of them using the Sydney Harbour Bridge to lean the camera on. Circular Quay was just teeming with people, all trying to take photos so the extra height from the Bridge helped.

Vivid Sydney Opera House

Beechworth – Sigrid Thornton

We were in Beechworth three weeks ago for the Ned Kelly Festival 2010 [^]. The festival commemorates the committal trial of the outlaw Ned Kelly [^] in 1880 after his capture at Glenrowan [^].

There was an added attraction for many people, beside the re-enactments, with the appearance of The Man from Snowy River’s Sigrid Thornton [^]. The local media were out in force.

Sigrid Thornton - Beechworth

Chadsworth’s Travels

It’s been a while since my last Chadsworth’s Travels photos, there are a few more on the way – promise. On our November 2009 Road Trip to Sydney and Canberra he managed to escape the car while we were at Canberra’s Black Mountain Tower [^].

Chadsworth Canberra

Australian War Memorial

To mark Remembrance Day we have a post about the Australian War Memorial [^]  in Canberra. The Memorial is a commemoration of the Australians who have died while at war and like the Auckland War Memorial Museum [^], is both a memorial and a museum. The AWM is dedicated to helping us understand the impact of war on Australian society, and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Australian War Memorial

This is one of the places that was on our must-do list for Canberra. I would recommend one of the guided tours if you are on a tight timetable – it ensures that you get a another view of the Memorial. Paul, our guide for about two hours was fantastic, and spent the time emphasising the very real personal cost borne by our soldiers and their families in past conflicts and today.

It is important for us to remember that the people in the armed forces serve their country. Regardless of our own thoughts about our nation’s military involvement, we need to remember that the service personnel are there doing the bidding of the government that we elected; their duty. Today is a time for Remembrance. A time to honour the sacrifices that have been made in the name of our country. The sacrifices made by the dead and the survivors, and the cost to their families.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Laurence Binyon’s “For the Fallen”