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This morning, Gidget actually led us to her harness and started prodding it and indicating—she’s coming to accept that the harness and leash is her ticket to outside! 😸 She had a blast a) trying to chase off Gracie, despite the leash and b) chewing these flower things.

a tabby cat with a purple leash chews a flower from a grassy plant the tabby cat looks up from her chewing at something out of frame (it's Gracie)

Today we walked all the way from our local beach to Red Bluff. To actually get across to the south side of the cliff, there were some really steep sections making for an unexpected challenge in the middle of our walk 😅 But exhausted as we now feel, it was totally worth it.

a reddish cliff seen side-on with yellow sand and ocean nearby the cliffs front-on, shrubs growing through the crevices
another part of the cliffs seen side-on above the ocean another part of the cliffs seen front-on, with a sharp vertical alcove within selfie of a masked white woman and unmasked Indian man, reddish cliff-face behind them

Chillin’ with Gidget this afternoon. A new pair of runners I’d ordered arrived in the mail (see top left of frame); relief, since I hadn’t got any email updates since “we’re preparing it in our warehouse” 😅 They’re supposed to be waterproof, which’ll be useful on beach walks!

a sleeping tabby cat with a white belly, her head resting near a grey sneaker-wearing foot

It’s like The Birds around my place today. Currawongs everywhere, digging through our gutters for soft weeds to turn into nests! Gidget has been loving it – “it’s like cat TV but real life” I think sums up her thinking – except she got a bit freaked out when I took her outside (on a leash) with me while I hung out laundry, and chose to hide under a chair 😂 To be fair, those currawongs are tough as nails. They were outright landing on the washing line or just perching on my fence to stare daggers at me as I worked… if I were a cat I’d hide, too.

a tabby cat, indoors, looks up and right very alertedly

Went on a pretty long afternoon walk today, just laps of a nearby park, soaking up that rare winter sun. The playground there was packed, and this ice cream truck was there to make the most of the opportunity. Viv saw an opportunity of his own to make the most of 😆

an Indian guy in a green hoodie stands at the side of an ice cream truck, grinning, as native Australian trees tower over him in the background

I went to the pet supplies shop today and bought this nifty harness for Gidget, so we can take her outside in a controlled way (i.e. not let her jump or climb on things, as per the vet’s instructions). She enjoyed a quick visit to the park behind our place… until some kids ruined it by coming to play on the playground 🙈 According to Gidget, playgrounds are strictly for cats!

a tabby cat, with a purple harness and purple leash, looks alarmedly to her left as she stands on ground covered in fallen leaves, in the shade of some nearby plants

We’ve arrived back home unscathed, although Viv copped a warning from NSW Police for speeding on the Hume 🤦🏻‍♀️ For lunch we stopped off at Beechworth, a historic gold mining town in Victoria’s northeast. Keen to have an early night and deep sleep 😊

a view of a Beechworth street, historic buildings and classic cars visible Beechworth Post Office building seen from across the street another historic building in Beechworth seen from the opposite corner

We had dry weather this morning, but rain set in again over the afternoon. I went to the National Museum, we both checked out our modern parliament in the afternoon, and we went to Canberra’s CBD for “Korean fusion” food tonight 😜 Returning home tomorrow – another long drive!

a rainbow over Lake Burley-Griffin

The government wants to redevelop the Australian War Memorial for some reason (ahem, they want to spend a lot of money making it horrible), so we decided to visit it while it’s there. Found my Grandma’s uncle’s name on the wall of WW1 fallen. The exhibits were informative, and made it clear how war is hell. I thought it was a really well-designed place.

The Australian War Memorial, looking towards the dome with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in heavy rain

Our first stop today was Old Parliament House, now hosting the Museum of Australian Democracy. For a building that was always intended to be temporary, it’s very beautiful, and probably all the better now the politicians have moved on 😉

the House of Representatives in Old Parliament House, characterised by fine woodwork and green upholstery
photo of Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.