Anneliese's Christmas gift
After the heady world of international catwalks, Anneliese Seubert is revelling in motherhood in the suburbs of Canberra.
Her little girl Camille Winter, with partner Robbie O'Farrell, was born on December 2 in what turned out to be a quick, easy birth at John James Hospital.
The couple arrived at the hospital at 11.20pm and Camille was born barely 40 minutes later, just before the stroke of midnight. She weighed 3.27 kilos and was 49.5 centimetres long.
Camille is the first child for the 39-year-old, who walked side by side with the supermodels of the 1990s from Paris to Milan to New York. ''It's been busy, it's been non-stop but I think she's been very good,'' she said of motherhood. ''And, of course, we can't stop looking at her.''
Seubert grew up in Cooma and got her break into modelling while still a boarder at Canberra Girls' Grammar School. (Designer Alex Perry, who was then a booker at Chadwick's model agency where she began her career, made her school formal dress.) Her classic looks saw her model for all the names - Dior, Gucci, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Hermes.
She met her partner, a public servant, three years ago in Sydney ''on a blind date through my cousin and his brother''. The couple moved to Canberra two years ago for O'Farrell's work. The baby is the first grandchild for Seubert's parents, Dieterand Gretta. And her name has a little family history behind it. ''I just liked the name Camille, it's kind of classic but not too popular,'' she said. ''Winter was Robbie's idea. My grandmother was Winifred and Winter put a cute, modern spin on it.'' Seubert says she hopes to return to modelling or try her hand at something different.
For now, Camille is all they need.
''The best thing has been her fake little smiles we pretend are real, and just when she looks so peaceful and content,'' she said. ''And seeing her with Robbie is cool, he's very good with her.''
Hungry mystery boy band
Who was that boy band? The industrial suburb of Hume was the unlikely location for some boy-band fever this week.
It seems a group of fresh-faced lads in spiffy gear, driving around in a red vintage sports car, tried to get a feed at the Bread Nerds bakery in Hume right on closing time about 3.15pm on Monday. The shop assistant told them she couldn't help as the shop was closed.
Owner Sharon Peart wasn't there at the time and was horrified the shop might have snubbed a pop sensation and, if so, wants to invite them back for lunch.
''We usually get tradies here, not pop stars,'' she said.
Rumours then started flying that the boys were actually British pop phenomenon One Direction. (Ah, no. They have sort of been busy igniting hysteria in the US). Then there was talk it was actually the members of the Collective, the boy band formed during this year's season of The X Factor who are performing at Westfield Woden on Saturday. Nope, not them either. We also checked if it was that other X Factor boy band, What About Tonight. Again, no banana. So who were they? But there's no doubt the Collective will be performing at Westfield Woden on Saturday at 11am, while X Factor winner Samantha Jade will sing at 1.30pm.
Jackson shoots for Madame Tussauds
For the first time, Australians are being asked to vote for the Aussie sporting superstar they would most like to see immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds Sydney.
Six sporting greats have made the voting shortlist of six including the Canberra Capitals' own Lauren Jackson.
She's up against surfer Mick Fanning, rugby league legend Wally Lewis, Paralympian swimmer Jacqueline Freney, cricket good guy Glenn McGrath and former Wallabies captain and star John Eales.
Voting is available via the Madame Tussauds facebook page (facebook.com/madametussaudssydney).
Being a recognised good neighbour has its awards
We can claim him as our own but Canberra consultant and Neighbour Day founder Andrew Heslop has been named the NSW Volunteer of the Year.
Heslop, who divides his time between Sydney and Canberra where he is a marketing and communications consultant with Calvary eHealth, was presented with the award by NSW Communities Minister Victor Dominello, who praised his work with Neighbour Day ''helping to revitalise connections between people in their communities''.
Heslop told us he was ''absolutely chuffed'' to receive the award. ''It was the most wonderful surprise,'' he said.
Wombats relying on their very own calendar girls
Palerang's volunteer Native Animal Rescue Group has its popular wombat calendar on sale again.
The calendar has become a sought-after item with worldwide demand.
Organiser Philip Machin has seven wombats in his care at the moment but the group routinely has about 60.
About 300 of the calendars go overseas each year, with the United States and Europe popular destinations.
The very cute Honey and Rose (pictured) are the March pin-up stars for the calendar.
Funds raised from its sale help offset the cost of rehabilitating orphaned and injured wildlife.
Contact Philip at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 6238 3717.