18 March 2012

Government House Open Day, yes please

Greetings all,
Once a year, our fantastic Governor General Quentin Bryce opens her home to the public, & we public come to sticky beak . . . in droves.  Today was my first time, the weather was glorious & surrounds pristine, just as you'd expect from our GG (she is perfection).
 This is how the most powerful person in Australia gets around . . . in style & with 'i'm terribly important' flags & flashing lights on top, how handy in peak hour??
 This is the front of the house, however, other sides are more architectural & with water views.  We got to see her office (personal family photos), where she signs 'the bills' (parliamentary), the dining room, reception areas, complete with gorgeous decor & stunning chandeliers.
 Love this photo, Constable Kenny Koala is writing an autograph for a school friend, but it looks like we're getting a fine.  Special mention to my cartwheeling boy in the background, behind the witches hats.
 Imagine all the grandchildren who get to play here??  We arrived early so were the first people through the gates & straight into the house.  We had time to do everything, before the queues started getting very loooong.
 An infinity garden, beautiful, i want to talk to her gardener for tips!!
 There were all sorts of hidden treasures in the gardens, waterfalls with quirky dedications . . .
 with benches to relax on & enjoy the experience of where you actually are!!
 The $25 family entry (2 adult + up to 4 children = family, finally someone realises we exist) going to The Smith Family charity, there was wonderful free entertainment all day.
 My children try fairy floss for the first time, ewww, their tongues were pink afterwards.
Next year, we'll arrive early again, i'm bringing my husband & the proper camera, without a time limit (we had early afternoon birthday parties) to thoroughly relax in this fabulous experience.  So disappointed we weren't allowed to take photos inside, sigh.  It was fun saying we went to the Governor General's house, like it was a personal invitation, love Posie
PS would not normally take my children to meet the Queen's Representative wearing such casual attire & footwear, we were off to a pool party & left before the GG came out to mix with the crowds, another reason we'll stay all day next time.

17 comments:

Maxabella said...

She really is perfection, isn't she!? Thanks for the little tour, Jen. x

Miriam said...

that lawn is amazing!!!

Bree said...

I can proudly say that I went to the same school as our good lady Governor, although (clearly) not at the same time. She being a wee bit more mature than me :)

I can also say that I have played in the leaves on her footpath in winter (don't get much crunchy, fallen leaf action in QLD) before the rather stern security types suggested we should perhaps shove off. All in good fun. :)

ally said...

I would to visit and stickybeak too.
My children would be cartwheeling in the house probably!!
We were lucky enough to attend a reception at the Hobart govenors house recently - - so beautiful

Jan-Maree said...

What a lovely way to spend the day. Thanks for sharing!

Nancy said...

Beautiful weather and place. I find Canberra is really interesting as it was constructed just for the purpose of being a capital. The military museum is amazing. Our Canadian GG lives in an ancient house built in the 1800s. I suspect your GG doesn't suffer from old house problems with plumbing and other issues. When I visited Canberra two years ago we stayed with military friends. The biggest fun we had was roo hunting. (We finally saw some on the way to the airport but accused our host of creating a mythical creature until we saw the real thing). I bet your GG has a few on her lawn. I would give anything to come back for another visit - but the flight was soooo long.

TexWisGirl said...

looks like a gorgeous place!

fairy floss - we call it cotton candy here in the states. :)

Sarah B said...

I think I'd be cartwheeling on that lawn as well! X

Posie Patchwork said...

Agree, very cart-wheel-worthy lawns. Love Posie

Felicity said...

QB is one of my absolute icons so I'm more than a little jealous that you got to spend time in her space.

Lovely snaps and I look forward to the repeat visit in 2013.

x

Salley said...

Did you check out her wardrobe? I want to know her secrets to such style and glamour!
Thanks Posie for the sunny day shots....of LAWN. 'Course its green here too... but its wall to wall MOULD.

Salley said...

Did you check out her wardrobe? I want to know her secrets to such style and glamour!
Thanks Posie for the sunny day shots....of LAWN. 'Course its green here too... but its wall to wall MOULD.

Michelle said...

Yes its fabulous! we went there when we were posted to Canberra and it is definitely a must see! Michelle xx

Annette Piper said...

Sounds like a good day out for all involved! Love that infinity garden :)

Michelle said...

It makes it even more exciting when its only open exclusively, if it was a standard park open every day not so exciting is it :)

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Kylie said...

Isn't it such a beautiful home. We were invited guests in 2004 when Tim graduated from Duntroon. We had cocktails and canapees and it was all very flash. Free time to roam the residence and admire and take in the atmosphere.
What a treat - I never knew they opened it to the public.