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Why live in Canberra?

By Thumper 27 March 2008 24

We saw a recent post about what canberra is to people. And the responses ranged from clean air to lack of traffic to arts and culture.

However, there is another thing that strikes me about Canberra and it occured this morning.

The morning was crisp and still. The air clean and fresh. As I drove to work the sun glinted through a soft mist that hung over Ginninderra Creek. Passing Lake Ginninderra one could not help but notice how still and calm the waters were with the only ripple being from a number of ducks as they paddled their way across the water. The sky, with the sun low on the horizon, was flecked to the east with wispy grey and pink clouds that seemed to change colour with the position of the sun.

A stunningly beautiful morning, and one of the reasons why I like this place.

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Snarky 2:34 pm 28 Mar 08

Canberra is a “bush capital” all right 🙂

More than once I’ve mused over what it says about Canberra that I can be riding my bike barely a kilometer from the Prime Minister’s residence and less than 2 km from our nation’s Parliament and have to swerve to avoid a dead roo by the side of the road.

In it’s way it’s a useful perspective – “don’t take yourself too seriously” and all that.

spoonbill 2:08 pm 28 Mar 08

It’s interesting reading these evocative thoughts and yet a post about a high speed train and international airport received rave reviews on riotact recently. To me these it would be infrastructure like that which has the potential to diminish what is so wonderful about the Canberra environment, as we would become a dormitory suburb of Sydney.

Thumper 12:30 pm 28 Mar 08

I can go running in the afternoon and after a few minutes from my place I can’t even see a house, only feilds, cows, horses, etc….

ant 12:27 pm 28 Mar 08

I was thinking pretty-much teh same thing yesterday. I’d popped over to some up-market shops to grab some lunch, and was wandering back to work. As I crossed a busy-ish road, it struck me that, if this was Sydney or even Queanbeyan, it would be more cramped, dirty, buildings jumbled together, fewer trees…. plus the air was clear, the sun was bright, and it just felt very nice.

I love autumn and spring, both are stunning in Canberra.

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