EXPLORE // Hidden Gems in Fyshwick

Fyshwick. An industrial suburb filled with car dealers and sex shops. Not many people would brag about going to Fyshwick, but today I am going to shock you (not really) and explain why you should venture there.

After a few road trips (including a visit to Bowral which you can read about here), my car was in need of a little TLC. I called up Mario at 5A Mechanical who I highly recommend, and booked the ol’ car in for a service.

With a few hours to kill, I decided to call a friend and explore the hidden gems in Fyshwick with her. As it was lunchtime, we decided to drop in to our old stomping ground – Flute Bakery.

1. Flute Bakery

In college, Flute Bakery was one of my favourite spots to go during lunch breaks. They do incredible pies, great sandwiches and the most amazing macaroons. I ordered a small coffee ($3.50) and E and I shared a beef and red wine pie ($6.00) and a chicken sandwich ($7.50). It was delicious!

 

I also purchased a loaf of multigrain sourdough bread for $6.00! It’s not pictured, but I’m sure you can imagine how good it tastes. I will definitely be enjoying my morning toast these next few days.

 

2. Material Pleasures

Across the road from Flute is Material Pleasures, which we could not resist browsing following our lunch. They buy and sell second-hand designer clothes, and you can often snatch yourself a bargain… Best of all, you’re supporting sustainable fashion and the environment!

After trying on some dresses and skirts, and admiring the Max Mara pants, I found this Ralph Lauren jumper. It was in the male section (no shame) but it was super comfy and is 100% lambs wool. I checked the price and it was $30.00! I couldn’t say no – I’m a sucker for knits.

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A knit to keep me red hot in Winter

Side note: I am yet to do a post on sustainable/ethical fashion, but at the start of the year I decided that I would limit my spending (partially because I bought too many clothes last year and partially because I realised how unsustainable the clothing industry is – shoutout to Gary and sustainable marketing).

 

3. Canty’s Bookshop 

After our fill of textures and satisfied tastebuds, we went to Canty’s Bookshop. It is a marvellous second-hand bookshop, filled with numerous titles.

Now that it is holidays (woo!), I have much more time to relax… and one of my favourite ways to relax is reading. As I mentioned in THOUGHTS // Week 12: The Importance of Self-Care, I already have Haruki Murakami’s new book ‘Men Without Women’ on my reading list. However, with the range at Canty’s Bookshop, I was unable to leave empty handed.

 

I bought the following titles:

  1. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse;
  2. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez; and
  3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

They have been on my ‘wanted to buy’ list for a while, so I was happy to get my hands on them. They were also super cheap, the most expensive being $6.50. In total, the three books were cheaper than my new Murakami book.

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My new (old) books!

Nonetheless I am always on the hunt for new titles, so if you have any recommendations for my holiday reading, shoot me a comment! Or let me know if you have read any of the above and whether you enjoyed them.

All in all, I hope I’ve inspired you to venture out to Fyshwick and explore the fine eats, arts and goings on.

 

Affectionately Yours,

Anika x

 

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EXPLORE // My long weekend

God Bless the Queen.

Thanks to Her Highness, 12 June was a public holiday for us Canberrans. This meant an extra day for adventures and a weekend full of fun and friends. So I figured this week, I’ll take you through the highlights of my long weekend: DIY Brunch, the handmade markets, Wonder Woman and a good ol’ fashioned bushwalk.

1. DIY Brunch

Some say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Naturally, I started the long weekend with poached eggs and smashed avocado on toast. Instead of heading to one of my favourite cafes, I put my domestic goddess skills to good use and did it myself!

 

 

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Affordable and delicious!

2. The handmade markets 

After polishing off our breakky and washing it down with a coffee, we made our way to the handmade markets – a quarterly market held at Exhibition Park In Canberra. These markets were launched in 2008 and boast up to 250 stalls exhibiting their handcrafted goods (including homewares, food and fashion).

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Everyone enjoying the displays of homemade wares…
The markets were incredibly busy and filled with many goodies. First of all, I picked myself a natural perfume from Amacyn containing these ingredients – a blend mandarin, rose geranium, and sandalwood. Next, I picked up these sterling silver earrings – pretty cute if you ask me. Finally… we landed in the food section and I could not walk past the Krofne donuts. Their jam donuts are my absolute favourite – so warm and fresh (if you’ve never tried them, I highly recommend you head to the Old Bus Depot Markets next weekend and try one).

 

3. Wonder Woman

The movie that everyone is talking about. I went with a few friends to see it at Hoyts, then we realised it was booked out… so we road-tripped to Tuggeranong and watched it at Limelight Cinemas. The tickets were only $9.50 !!! What a bargain. I’m surprised that people don’t go there more often.

More to the point, Wonder Woman was really good – I’d give it an 8/10. I’ll let you do your own research about the plot and whether it meets the standards of other DC Comics movies, but I found it entertaining. I was also very pleased to see an empowering female lead (this is so often difficult to find in so many films) and I was also very pleased that it was directed by a woman! #girlpower

 

4. A good ol’ fashioned bushwalk

Sometimes I forget how many great walks are available in Canberra’s surrounding nature reserves/national parks. We put our walking boots on and drove to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, just a short drive away from the city centre. We walked to Gibraltar Peak, which is an 8.2km return walk.

 

At the start of the walk, you’ll pass many lounging kangaroos on the grass plains (some small, some not so small). There are also some cool plants along the way, including the pictured grass trees. There was also a magnificent view at the top of the peak. We stopped here, along with a bunch of other walkers, to rejuvenate and refuel.

 

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I love rock (and roll)
For more information about any walks available at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, make sure you head to their website.

Anyway, enough about me. What did you all get up to this long weekend?

 

Affectionately Yours,

Anika x

EXPLORE // Follow me on an Autumn trail

I would have to say that Autumn is my favourite season (although Spring is a close contender). I love the colours of the leaves and Canberra, biased as I may be, is one of the best places to be if you want to soak in the vibrant colours this season has to offer.

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So, where are the best places to go? I’m going to take you on a tour of my favourite places to find the prettiest leaves this fall.

1. Barton

Barton particularly has glorious-coloured foliage that you just can’t miss. If you park near Darling Street and make your way to Bowen Park, you will catch a glimpse of the following trees:

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2. Lake Burley Griffin

From Bowen Park, make your way to Lake Burley Griffin. Along this path, you will find many people enjoying the sunshine… from cycling to walking or simply enjoying the scenery.

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3. The National Library of Australia

Walk along the lake from Bowen Park until you reach Patrick White Terrace. Closer to the lake, you will find a path carved by trees, and seasonally coloured they are. Once you are ready for a beverage (whether this be coffee or another kind), make your way past the trees to Bookplate Cafe at the National Library of Australia to finish your autumn trail.

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Now now, I have not forgotten about other great autumn spots:

1. Red Hill and Narrabundah

Since you’re already around the area, why not check out what Red Hill/Narrabundah has to offer. See my Instagram posts here and here.

2. The Australian National University

If you are around the city, check out what my stomping ground (the ANU) has to offer. In fact, I would recommend this stretch of trees in all seasons.

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3. Ainslie

If you are around the inner north, I’d recommend Wakefield Avenue in Ainslie. The streets are still beaming with colour from the autumn leaves, and if I do say so myself, it makes for some great photography!

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Where are your favourite places in Canberra to view the autumn leaves?

Affectionately Yours,

Anika x