We had a great time in Canberra – I went to Conflux and the rest of the family went to Questacon. We all visited Cockington Green and Parliament House and the Fred Williams exhibition at the National Gallery.
The roof garden at Parliament House is a fantastic mix of overwhelming natural and built environment. Very clever architecture/vision. The Australian flag on the huge pole towering above us was looking a little tattered; the guard said it was time to replace it and said there were bits of blue from the flag, shredded by the wind, blown up against the fence to our left. I don’t envy the people who have to climb that flagpole.
This photo was taken at the National Library of Australia bookshop; I was thrilled to see When We Have Wings displayed there as the bookshop has a fairly small collection of Australian fiction. I met a manager, Matt, and he kindly invited me to sign the copies of WWHW that they had left.