Are you there Blog?

It’s been over 2 weeks and I haven’t blogged. What the hell? Things are crazy hectic sure and life happens, but too much thought and very little action do not a brilliant blog make.


Image: kiwiTACHAN


No dwelling on this however. I’m jumping back in with a book review of sorts. The clue to the title is in this post somewhere. Can you guess it? 




33 things

Since posting my 100 years piece I’ve been wondering if I was too harsh on this city I reluctantly call home. There are in fact many things I like about Canberra. I could name at least 10 things without thinking too hard (roller derby teams totally count so I’m at 5 things just like that, ha!).

The more I thought about this the more I wanted to fight that part of me that so eagerly jumps on the slam Canberra bandwagon. You know how it goes:

“This city is boring, it has no soul”

Or my favourite rant, “How freaking much for a house I need to knock down!!!”

Today the Like Canberra campaign released their 100 things to like about Canberra. The list was created by a public vote, and given CRDL feature I’m not about to pull it to pieces… much.

There ARE a few things I’d protest. Dendy and Koko Black for a start. They are both excellent establishments but not exclusive to Canberra. The closeness to Sydney and proximity to the coast made me laugh. Aren’t these just highlighting the fact that these places are better? (Yes, I think Sydney beats Canberra hands down. Good for you if you disagree). 

Below I have highlighted the things I agree should be on the list. I’ve only circled the things I really like, or personally felt a connection with. 


Image: like canberra website

It’s 33 things. This seems wrong, that number is too low. For me there are so many fabulous places, events and people that didn’t make this list. So I’ve had an idea.

I’m going to put together my own list. The 100 things Red Lead likes about Canberra. The challenge will be to do it before the year is out.

In the meantime I’d love to hear what you like about Canberra that didn’t make the list. 

March sewing plans


After deciding to make the Watson Jacket for the Gridlock Sewing Competition, Sunday night I went right ahead and cut out the pattern in a small. Yep, I cut out the pattern with NO TRACING! (I hear you gasping).

With the 3rd of April deadline looming I was spurred on by the number of pieces. Basically I got lazy and couldn’t fathom tracing all 15 of them.


Heady at the recklessness of it all (and possibly the beer), I saved the fabric cutting for the next morning. I still need to cut the lining and fuse the interfacing before I get started on this sucker. The instructions read well and I’m hopeful this will go together quickly once I get to the machine.


I have also decided I absolutely MUST make a Elisalex Dress while By Hand London have their sewalong happening. What….that could totally happen. I’ll make it work.


Image: By Hand London

100 years (and still waiting for that bus)


This town gets a bad rap, and let’s be honest deservedly so for many, many reasons. After a decade of living here I’d like to say it’s grown on me, but it really hasn’t.


 Canberra does try to talk me around, and often I am struck with feelings of                                 ‘hey this town’s alright!’


More likely to happen if I’m outdoors and exercising….


….or indoors and eating.

Yeah, this town is alright.

And when Canberra puts on an event, people turn out in force. Which is really cool because it makes me realise a vibe doesn’t come from a city, it comes from the people who live there.


Happy 100th Birthday Canberra. You almost had me convinced this time.



Until your substandard public transport left my family and 50 plus other lost souls stranded lakeside, late Monday evening. That really killed the good vibe and had me cursing your name. Sir Walter would have been turning in his grave.


Sigh…at least we were exercising outdoors I suppose.


When Tessuti announced their Gridlock sewing competition I was all over it Baby! I love the challenge of a sewing deadline.

Now I just need to make the decision – Dress or jacket?