We spent Friday and Saturday a week ago inspecting flats in Canberra. It is the capital of Australia and is close to 3 hours southwest of Sydney. It is a beautifully laid out city designed by an American, Walter Burley-Griffin. It was the result of trying to determine whether Sydney or Melbourne should be the nation’s capital. It was decided that neither one should be, but that a new city should be built. It was started in 1913 and includes man made lakes, parks, walking and biking paths and a “mall” like Washington DC from the war memorial to the Parliament Building. They call it the ANZAC Parade, (ANZAC references a World War I battle Australia and New Zealand joined to fight.) On one of the surrounding mountains is the Telstra tower that a gave us a beautiful view of the city. The Stenlunds, the CES couple there teaching Institute at the universities, gave us our tour of the beautiful city. We got really close up views of kangaroo and cockatoos in the park area near the lake. The cockatoos are beautiful with white feathers and a yellow crown. They have a raucous squak that we hear all over Sydney. It was like a mini vacation staying in a motel, going out to
dinner to Outback Jacks, and visiting with the Stenlands. They served us both a delicious breakfast and lunch. Our main purpose was to see and inspect several missionary flats. That was a little subduing. Imagine college apartments with 4 very busy young men living in them who have no desire to clean. Or perhaps they simply don’t know how to keep their flat clean! We also visited 2 couples who have generously volunteered their time inspecting and helping with needed repairs in the missionary flats. It was very pleasant talking with them.
Three interesting things on the drive down to Canberra: 1)There are signs for Lake George, but it is completely dry. Our neighbor tells us that sometimes it is full! 2)At the rest stop, there were signs on the sidewalks to watch for snakes. I just went back and got in the car! I wish I had thought to take a picture. 3) the McDonald’s there has lamb wraps!