Author Archives: Watson

Short term leases

By 12 February 2014

I am starting to do some research on how to sell my house and buy another and was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to bridge the time between settlements on your old home and the new one in Canberra? If you have done this – and could not move in with family [...]

Gwen Shirlow vet?

By 31 August 2013

I just read that Gwen Shirlow, who took over the vet practice in Braddon from Peter Burgess, has left there.
Does anyone know where she moved to?
I urgently need a reliable vet for a complex medical problem my cat is suffering from.

Turf laying in North Canberra

By 16 May 2013

I am finally preparing to move into our brand new house in the Gungahlin area. One of the things I want to tackle straight away after I move in is the backyard. I have a dog and I want grass in there asap. Because of a combination of having to organise the move, not being [...]

Horse riding holiday programs around Canberra?

By 28 March 2013

I’ve just been googling and decided I needed to consult the hive.
I would like to book my 8yo in for 2 days of horse riding during the 2nd week of school holidays. Can’t really afford 4 and have care for the other days.
But it looks like the main equestrian places I can find online require [...]

Best place to sell books to in Canberra?

By 14 November 2012

I’m decluttering.
I have a few boxes of books that I want to get rid off.
Can anyone recommend a 2ndhand bookstore that I can sell them to?
Obviously I’m not expecting to get lots for them, but anything is better than nothing atm.

Courtyard walls in Canberra?

By 9 November 2012

Google is totally failing me today…
I discovered that I am allowed to enclose the frontyard of my yet to be built shoebox-with-windows as long as I use “courtyard walls”. After trawling ACTPLA documents, I also discovered that the wall can go across 70% of the width of my small block. And that it needs to [...]

Favourite country outing?

By 7 October 2012

I realised that I really have hardly done any exploring of the region since I moved here 15 years ago. When I get out of town, I tend to drive at least 300kms before I stop.
So I want to do some daytrips to country towns. To do the usual, you know. Eat a pie or [...]

Winter gas bill

By 3 August 2012

Just out of interest, what would an average quarterly winter gas bill (eg. May-June-July) be like if you heat with gas (+ a gas stove in my case)?
Mine totaled $740 and I had people tell me to check for gas leaks. I live in a pretty badly insulated 2 bedroom rental and have ducted gas [...]

Used bicycle parts

By 15 May 2012

As I cannot afford to buy a new bike, I am considering putting one together myself if I can find cheap parts. So what is a good place for cheap bicycle parts? Obviously, the frame is going to be the most important, but I’ll recycle anything I can except for possibly the fiddly moving parts [...]

Pet mince

By 9 May 2012

Does anyone know of a butcher in North Canberra selling good quality pet mince?
I tried the Dickson butcher, but for some reason neither my dog nor my cat would touch their pet mince, and they are not particularly fussy.

Stolen push bike

By 7 May 2012
Stolen push bike

I feel really stupid, but I forgot to move my bicycle to the back after I used it to do my shopping. Left it parked against the front of the house in Watson last night and this morning it was gone.
I brought this bike over on the plane from Belgium over 10 years ago. It [...]

Apple picking around Canberra?

By 10 April 2012

Does anyone know an apple orchard where you can pick your own?
The only source I found is from 2003.
Willing to drive up to an hour.

Illegal dumping at public housing flats in Watson

Illegal dumping at public housing flats in Watson

I just reported the issue with dumping rubbish on the footpath in the street that runs along the back of the Watson shops for the 3rd time. First time I sent a report through the Fix My Street service was early July last year. Then sent a follow up with these pictures at the end [...]

Fishing in/near Canberra?

By 8 November 2011

My daughter (nearly 7) wants to go fishing this weekend! I’ve never cast a line in my life so I have absolutely no clue. I’ll go to that tackle shop in Belco for our gear as I’ve heard they are good with advice too.
I considered driving up to Wee Jasper if we have the time [...]

Where to get sashimi salmon?

By 10 October 2011

We started making our own sushi and it’s just not the same with smoked salmon. Does anyone know where to get good sashimi grade salmon on the Northside?
I am pretty sure that I saw it at that Cold Seas place near Fyshwick markets a couple of years ago, but that’s really out of my way.
I [...]

Bus drivers educating Canberra drivers on traffic light etiquette?

By 27 September 2011

I was driving North on Northbourne Ave yesterday towards the Dickson intersection at 2.45pm. There was a fairly long line of cars in the lane to turn right into Antil St, so I decided to go straight instead. As I approached the red lights, I noticed the bus driver getting out of his bus. I [...]

GP willing to refer to specialist in Canberra?

By 14 September 2011

I don’t want to post the whole story here, but I want to take my daughter to see a specialist at the Sydney Westmead hospital. I called them, described the problem to them and they seemed confident that they could help us. However, the GP I last saw would not give me a referral.
Can anyone [...]

Wolf spider bites and dogs in Canberra?

By 26 July 2011

Google came up with some references that wolf spider bites can be fatal to dogs, but could not give me this info from a reliable source.
So I’m hoping that there is some entomology student out there who can confirm this for me.
Can the wolf spiders we get in Canberra be lethal to dogs?

Library collection

By 14 July 2011

Am I the only one who finds the ACT Libraries collection a tiny tad lacking? Pretty much each and every book I want to read, I have to request to be held because they never seem to make it to the shelves. And now I know why. For 3 of the books I recently asked [...]

Watson rubbish tip

By 5 July 2011

I just logged a Fix my Street job relating to the rubbish piling up on the footpath in Harvey Street adjacent to the flats, at the back of the Watson shops.
The pile is growing exponentially and it looks feral. And it pees me off to no end that it’s clearly more than one person [...]

Land releases and affordable housing in Canberra?

By 14 June 2011

I looked at an affordable land and house package at Springbank Rise on the weekend. Then I decided I’d have another look to see if there is a chance that I could get a similar deal closer to where we live now.
I discovered that the government has a policy that states that 20% of all [...]

Piano lessons for kids in Canberra?

By 6 June 2011

My 6yo wants to start piano lessons.
I am a bit worried I won’t be able to afford the $30 per half hour price tag. That’s also what the teachers doing the classes before school at our primary school ask.
Anyone know about any group piano lessons?
Or at least duo lessons that might be cheaper?
Obviously, [...]

Tutor for primary?

By 30 May 2011

Anyone know a good tutor for a primary school child (year 2) who is significantly behind on her peers in literacy and numeracy?
This child falls into a few “high risk categories” and has some mild behavioural issues and is not getting the support she needs from the school.
Her carers would be very glad [...]

Medical certificates from the chemist?

By 30 May 2011

There was a thread about this in 2008, but I haven’t seen an update on it. Just a mention in another thread that someone did in fact go to a chemist for medical certificates. However, a Google doesn’t bring up anything useful to help me find where I can go, as apparently not all chemists [...]

Traffic in Watson this morning?

By 23 May 2011

Anyone know what was going on with the traffic in Watson/Hackett this morning?
It was crazy! Knox St, Phillip Ave and the roundabout were full of cars lining up.
Then I got to Antil St at about 9am – drove through Downer to avoid the bottle neck in Watson – and it was pretty much [...]

Carlos at Watson closing?

By 4 March 2011

I need to get the goss…
Anyone know what’s going on with Carlos at Watson? I rode past there half an hour ago and they’d taken their sign down.
I know someone related to Carlos died recently because there was a massive wake there a few weeks back.
I never liked the place, but if they are packing [...]

Truck protest on Northbourne Ave?

By 2 March 2011

Anyone know why there is a convoy of trucks beeping their horns driving up and down Northbourne Ave?
They just crossed the MacArthur Ave intersection for the second time in an hour.

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