Saturday, 30 January 2010
Wow, I am behind with this blog....the usual daily routines are taking over and occupying most of the days and evenings now. I am almost on top of the washing!. Chores remain the same where ever you are in the world!.
I have been meaning to summarise Nick's Birthday as we had the most wonderful day. Originally we were going camping but the forecast for the weekend was not so good so we decided on a weekend in the city. The plan was to not tell Nick where we were going. However the cat was let out of the bag well before we were even dressed. We caught the bus to Circular Quay and then the ferry across the harbour to Taronga Zoo.
Taronga Zoo is almost 100 years old and is on the Northern shore of Sydney harbour in the suburb of Mosman. It has its own ferry wharf which makes the journey across the harbour from circular quay the preferred method of transport. The zoo has all the usual zoo mammals and reptiles with, perhaps, a slight preponderance of spiders and snakes. The boys loved it!
We decided to treat ourselves to a lunch at the restaurant there and for the first time saw Kookaburras in a tree not to far away. I have since read that they are quite common and it is easy to recognise their laughing call. Well I got this shot after about ten minutes and our food arrive. Oliver was sitting on the outer edge of the table when there was a loud clank like noise, right in front of us sitting on Ol's plate was the Kookaburra I had photographed. They are big birds with chunky beaks and very fluffy dense plumage. I just wished I had the camera in my hand then. Both Ollie and I jumped and half the restaurant turned to see the bird escape with a whole fish finger. Have since learned that they often scavenge. Hmmm,not so exciting after all!. Nick has ticked another bird off in his book though, the twitcher in him has recently re-emerged. Oliver also spent a lot of his time at the planning strategies on how to pick up a lizard. At our apartment in the garden he has been managing to catch them by the tail, however these ones are about 5cm long. The ones on the paths in the zoo looked at least 50cm long potentially with teeth. This didn't seem to deter him though as you can see.
By the time we headed home the sun was shining again and the return journey across the harbour was just perfect. We had sushi for supper, there are some good restaurants with take out at the top of our road and we also had the chocolate cake the boys had made their Daddy for his birthday, great combination!
Friday, 29 January 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
And finally gorgeous Al on Fraser Beach.
And Ed chilling out!
Only a garden spider apparently but it was big and its web was like a metre wide.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Well Nick came home early from work for once and we decided to go and have fish and chips on the beach. We also had a good look around Coogee, which at the moment is full of back packers and students, it's not really a family beach at the mo. Wow I am sounding old! The walk down to the beach is along Coogee Bay Road. This is quite a steep hill and Oliver's school lies just where the road starts to level out. I am already noticing how toned my leg muscles are getting. No need for the gym here!
This is facing North up the beach and there is a beautiful coastal path from North Bondi down to Marouba beach in Botany Bay, most of it is pushchairable, yippee. And this one is looking South along the beach. The coastal path takes you past this sculpture/memorial to Coogee residents killed in the Bali bombing. This happened just a week after Nick and I left Bali and we had drinks in the bar where it happened. It was sad to see the ages and just how many young people lost their lives just from this particular suburb.
The dining room and kitchen open on to the back garden which is wonderful as the door is always open and the boys can run in and out.
Edwards bedroom and the playroom is above and our bedroom here. It is completely furnished all bills linen, everything and so has made our lives easier. The family who stayed here before us, also doctors, left us lots of things including school uniform, tents toys, even a bike for Ollie. The landlady Thalia is also very kind and helpful and loves her garden so I am doing my best to water and nurture all the beautiful plants!
Monday, 25 January 2010
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Darling Harbour has the Sydney Aquarium, Maritime Museum and some very swanky restaurant and boats moored. It also has a massive IMAX cinema ( never been to one, not sure what it is but maybe will find out some day).
After passing beneath the bridge you enter Circular Quay and from here you can catch ferries to the North Shore, Manly, Taronga Zoo etc. You also get fabulous views of the Opera House, which is where these pics were taken.
Our walk ended after climbing the steps of the Opera House and walking through Sydneys botannical gardens. A total of six kilometres with Oliver in tow on foot and he didnt whine. Can you believe it. I think that the enormity of everything stunned him.