Friday, August 10, 2012

Did you ever see such a thing in your life?

We have spent the last couple of days livin' the high life in the nation's capital - Canberra. You could argue that if Canberra is my idea of the "high life" then maybe I need to get out more, and maybe I do, but as I've said before, we love it!

The prime purpose of this trip was to see Agatha Christie's famous long-running play The Mousetrap. It has been running continuously in London since 1952 for 60 years! 60 Years!!! That is amazing. Hubby is a long-time AC fan and has influenced the kids heavily. They read the books, they watch the TV series.

I wish I could say I was a huge fan too, but my brain hurts too much at the end of a long day and I never seem to be able to keep track of who's who and who did what, unless I concentrate a LOT.

But I'm always up for a good stage play! So when Hubby emailed me and said "if we ever go to see anything, it has to be this" I had my finger hovering over the "Pay Now" button quicker than you can say "Three Blind Mice".

We watched the Wednesday matinee performance - the kids were the youngest there by about 30 years! It was a veritable sea of grey (luckily my own greys have just been dyed out of existence). But I guarantee my young whipper-snappers enjoyed it every bit as much as the oldies!

The play itself was fabulous! It's clever - lots of plot twists and turns and AC cleverly makes everyone into a suspect or the next murder victim, so you never know where the plot will head next - no-one is free from suspicion! Fabulous, memorable characters that are slowly developed throughout the play. Wonderful dialogue - beautifully crafted, easy on the ear and at times, laugh-out-loud funny (I didn't really expect that). And stunning performances - great delivery of the dialogue, some slapstick, quirky characters. Everything you expect from a great play! It totally engaged not only me, but the kids as well. A little fidgeting from Wombat Girl, but they were totally enthralled from start to finish. We especially loved the plea from the cast at the end  to "keep the secret of the whodunnit locked in your hearts". Which we shall.

The opportunity to enjoy the "big smoke" was nice too. We loved our hotel room:

Enjoyed eating out:

Video Boy's mango and coconut Bombe Alaska

Dessert King!

Mocktails before steak at Hogs Breath
Hubby and I wiped out the Kathmandu Clearance store that was conveniently located across the road from the hotel! $10 tees and I got a Goretex jacket ($799 down to $187!!) Score!

AND we found the best board-game store EVAH - Mind Games!

And what trip to Canberra is complete without a visit to Nerdsville Heaven (aka Questacon)? They had some nice, new exhibitions that we hadn't seen:

Thank you Canberra! We enjoyed ourselves and we are sure to be back again soon!


  1. What an awesome time!
    Looks like you guys had fun.

  2. That looks like my perfect getaway too; food, shopping, a show ... just great! I have never thought of taking the kids to Canberra but am going to try and do that on my next trip over the tasman. My hubby would love the war memorial and there are so many places to take the kids. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I LOVE Agatha Christie! I didn't know there was a tv series... hmm.. Looks like a great time!

    1. Deb - check out Miss Marple ( and Poirot (

  4. I didn't know Mousetrap was on. You have inspired me, thinking I'll have to hot foot it down to Canberra. And I can't wait to take my little guy to Questacon, although two is probably a little premature x


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