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Showing posts with label Sydney. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sydney. Show all posts

Saturday, January 12, 2019


Finally after a Christmas break and a trip away I am back at the computer and have mustered up some enthusiasm to blog again.
After enjoying a round of Christmas parties with various clubs and in the village, our daughter and SIL from Sydney came to stay for Christmas. Then we all flew to Sydney for a night at their apartment. The next day we all drove to Canberra and stayed in a nice hotel before continuing our drive to Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains. Here we met up with our other daughter, SIL and two grandsons where we all stayed in a nice holiday house on the edge of Lake Jindabyne. We spent the days hiking and kayaking until I broke my ankle. My ambition of walking to the summit of Mt Kosciusko (the highest mountain in Australia) had been dashed. I was so disappointed. However, I managed a few photos with my phone.
The view of the Pacific Ocean from Carol and David's apartment in Vaucluse, Sydney. I took a short walk along the path called the Federation Cliff Walk, which winds its way around the clifftops from Watson's Bay to Bondi.

The next day we were off to Canberra, the capital of Australia.
Carol and David are into jogging so they got up early to beat the 35°C/95°F heat and jogged part way around Lake Burley Griffin, named after the designer of the city.
The National Carillon is a 50 metre tall tower, located on Aspen Island on Lake Burley Griffin. Inside the tower are 55 bells, which can be heard chiming around the lake every fifteen minutes. Each bell weighs between seven kilograms and six tonnes, each one creating their own unique sound that can be played by a professional Carillonist.
In the distance on the right is the giant flag pole on top of Parliament House.

(To be continued)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Our daughter, Carol-Ann, has always enjoyed sketching but recently she has tried her hand at painting. She has taught herself from You Tube. We encouraged her to apply to enter a piece in the Swiss+Oz Art Expo 2015. Her application was successful and one of her paintings was hung in the expo. We were invited to attend the official opening in Bondi in Sydney, So last week we packed our bags, jumped on a plane and went to Sydney for a few days.
 Carol-Ann was shy as she had to wear a badge saying 'I am an Artist' and she felt that she wasn't really in league with other artists but I don't think her work would have been accepted if it wasn't good enough.

 There was quite a crowd there and some interesting art.

 I liked this piece mounted in a window frame by Monique Rüeger.

 The exhibition was opened by the Swiss Consul General, Ernst Steinmann.

Some more of Carol's work is on her living room wall.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


When I was in Sydney last week we visited the New South Wales Art Gallery to view the finalists of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Art Prizes. The Archibald Art Prize is Australia's favourite and most prestigious art prize. There were 884 participants and a $5000 prize.

The Archibald prize is for the best portrait.
The winner was Fiona Lowry's portrait of Penelope Seidler a well known architect. It was an unusual technique, a misty monochrome.

My favourite was Andrew Mezei's Morpheus, a portrait of Professor Kate Leslie a well known anaesthetist, who has won awards in medicine. Her research is to do with dreams and awareness under anaesthetic. Thus the title, Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams and sleep. Mezei also included opium poppies. I love how Mezei has shown the light.

The Wynne prize is for the best Australian landscape or sculpture.
 Michael Johnson won with this piece called 'Oceania high low.'

 My favourite was Max Mannix's "Where I'd Like to be."

The Sulman Prize is for the best subject painting.
 The winner was Andrew Sullivan with T-Rex. (I didn't like it at all)

But I was attracted to this one "The Archer" by Michael Peck maybe because it reminded me of my Grandson who has just discovered archery.

After our stroll around the gallery we had lunch with our daughter and SIL at the gallery cafe and then returned to their apartment overlooking the sea.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Our big trans continent holiday was almost over. The Indian Pacific Train pulled into Central Station in Sydney. Before flying home to Brisbane we visited our daughter, Carol-Ann and David, who live in Sydney.
Central Station, Sydney.

I know I have shown this view from Carol and David's apartment before but it is so beautiful looking out over the Pacific Ocean from the suburb of Vaucluse, close to the heads of Sydney Harbour (Port Jackson.)

After a sleep in a real bed and a shower in a real shower (compared to the ones on the train) we were taken to lunch at Doyles famous seafood restaurant at Watson's Bay. We could see all the way down the harbour to the city of Sydney.

Carol-Ann took a few days off work and she took us on the ferry to visit Government House. This is how Carol travels to and from work everyday. Unfortunately it was a grey day but the harbour is still beautiful.

The first Government House was built of canvas and timber for Governor Arthur Phillip, who brought the first fleet of convicts to Australia in 1788. The Governor is the Queen's representative in the colonies now called the Commonwealth countries.

In 1837 this new one was built. It was supervised by architect Mortimor Lewis and Colonel Barney. It was designed in the Romantic Neo Gothic Revival Style-castellated, crenellated and turreted. The Governors of NSW have lived and worked there ever since except for a few times when there was controversy over the pomp and ceremony involved. Royalty stay there when visiting Sydney. We went for a free guided tour, it was very majestical inside but no photos allowed. 

Government House is situated on the harbour next to the Royal Botanical Gardens and.....

....close to the Opera House.

Government House has five hectares of beautiful gardens.

After a few days it was time to say goodbye to our children and fly home to end another great Adventure in Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


After my reunion on the north shore of Sydney Harbour (its real name is Port Jackson), our eldest daughter and son in law collected us and took us to their apartment at Vaucluse, a suburb on the southern shore of the harbour close to the heads.
Carol and David outside their apartment block.

The view from the front of their apartment block.

They took us for a walk along the cliff tops it was a dull, showery day, but the view was still lovely.

Father and daughter enjoy rare time together.
The next morning, Monday, Carol started work late and we went with her on the ferry from Watson's Bay to Circular Quay. It was pouring with rain. We said goodbye to Carol and then found a dry cosy restaurant in Custom's House. It was for young, trendy workers and our wrinkles and grey hair looked a bit out of place. However, the service and food was excellent. After lunch it was too wet to go exploring on foot so we went back to the Quay. We wanted to get a ferry down the harbour into Parramatta River to enjoy the sites of Sydney without getting wet and using our all day concession $2.50 ticket. Unfortunately, we just missed that ferry so we got on the next one that turned up and wondered where it would take us. We ended up at Darling Harbour and the maratime museum.
Rain over Sydney Tower

Darling Harbour

The Endeavour (replica)
The Endeavour was the ship in which James Cook discovered the east coast of Australia in 1770.
240 years later the ships that come to Australia are a little bigger and the landscape somewhat altered, if only James Cook could see it now.

Monday, May 17, 2010

A Full Day with Bloggers, a Teenage Sailor and a Baby.

Last Saturday we went to the city by ferry to meet some Sydney bloggers for lunch.

It happened to be the same day that 16 year old Jessica Watson returned to Sydney after sailing solo around the world non stop and unassisted. She is the youngest person to have done this.
Sydney siders came out in droves to welcome her home. (to Australia, she actually lives in Buderim  near Brisbane) However she was running behind schedule to the strong winds and choppy seas outside the harbour.
So we didn't stay as we had a lunch date with the bloggers. However, we were a little early so we stopped by this Belgian Chocolate Cafe for a hot chocolate and I thought of my Belgian blogger friend Gattina and wished she could be meeting with us too.

We walked to The Rocks area and then tried to find the Glenmore Hotel. We were going off course when blogger Joan recognised me from my blog and called out to us. She then lead us to the right place. After climbing many, many stairs we found the Rooftop Restaurant and a magnificent view of the harbour. 

Soon everyone had arrived and it was a fun time meeting each other and chatting mostly about blogs, bloggers and cameras. (I wonder why). This photo was taken by another patron with Julie's camera.
The happy bloggers are from L to R are Bill, Diane, Jim, Julie (the organiser), Ann, Joan, Michelle and Peter.
After lunch and many hours late we saw Jessica (sort of) sailing into the harbour with a flotilla of well wishers and a water canon boat leading the way.
Jessica will land next to the Opera House, where thousands of people are waiting.

Her tiny pink yacht, "Ella's Pink Lady" is on the left under the Opera House roof.

She was a brave clever girl to be able to complete this challenge in such a tiny boat 10 m long. Apparently she was knocked over many times in rough seas.

On the way home we called in to the hospital to see our newest member of the family but he wasn't very interested.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


I grew up in Sydney between the ages of 7 and 21. I loved it there but since I've left I feel it has become too big, but it is still one of the most beautiful cities in the world.Our daughter lives there now and we often visit to see family and friends.
Sydney Harbour

Bondi Beach

Pyrmont Bridge Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

Ferry leaving Circular Quay

Circular Quay

Sydney Opera House where our daughter works.

Sydney from the harbour.

Ferry arriving at Manly

Manly Beach