Photograph courtesy Visit Canberra.

This month Fifty Five Plus showcases  three events in Canberra. The National Portrait Gallery Book Club invites you to join Dr. Sarah Engledow, historian, to discuss Eucalyptus, Murray Bail’s novel of love, landscape and the enthralling power of language. The book club promotes a deeper understanding of biography and how it intersects with portraiture. Venue:  Australian National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Canberra 2600. Date:  16th July 2014.  10am to 12noon.  cost $10 ($7 members) includes tea/coffee Bookings Essential.  Tel:  (02) 6102 7000

High Tea Southern Cross

Canberra Southern Cross Winter High Tea Cruises Experience an afternoon of elegance with high tea served on board M.V. Southern Cross.  Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, a tantalising selection of sweet and savoury treats as you cruise across beautiful Lake Burley Griffin. Venue:  Lotus Bay, Mariner Place, Yarralumla, Canberra 2600. Times:  2pm to 3.30pm 21st June, 19th July and 23rd August Bookings are essential.  Tel: (02) 6273 1784.  All tickets cost $50 for further information/directions www.cscc.com.au/another-featured-dining-post/



Truffle Hunt Ruffles Estate is located on 23 Mount Majura Road, Canberra 2602.  Truffle Hunts run from 14th June to 16th August, 2014 and cost $60 for an adult and $45 for children who must be over 10 years of age. Starting in the warmth of the Truffle Shed there is a talk on the history of the estate and the French black truffles.  Enjoy the distinctive aroma and learn the difference truffles bring to dishes. Follow Snuffle the truffle dog and her handler into the paddock as she locates the scent and then tracks the elusive truffle. Take a turn at smelling, touching and photographing the freshly found truffle. The final experience is eating a truffle crème brulee.   _MG_2503

Times Saturdays 10-11.30 and 1pm to 2.30.

Photographs are courtesy of, The Truffle Festival, Canberra & Capital.