Friday, February 5, 2016

Chinese New Year Sydney 2016

Martin Place is setting up for the start of the celebrations tonight. Kung he fat choy.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Room with a view

Lighthouse keepers cottage Barrenjoey lighthouse.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The big sheep

This is one of the many 'Big' things that country towns erect to attract visitors. This ram is at Goulburn about 2 hours drive south of Sydney. Australia used to rely on wool exports, it was said 'we rode on the sheep's back'.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Morning mass at St Marys

Morning mass today, the christmas trees placed in rows created a fresh smell.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

P&O Ships in the harbour

The Pacific Pearl, Pacific Jewel and Pacific Dawn escorted new sister ships Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria into Sydney Harbour today. Here are three with the HMAS Canberra docked at Wooloomooloo.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Industrial Court NSW

The Industrial Relations Commission at 47 Bridge St. This is the Macquarie St side. The NSW Industrial Relations Commission is the court which hears matters relating to the workplace. Lovely old court, sold to developers for another hotel above it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Picnikers at Hanging Rock

Look closely at these picnic people - notice anything strange? Hanging Rock is not in Sydney, but about 10 hours South. Worth a visit. It is a bit spooky.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wine country

At Pokolbin, in the Hunter region north of Sydney.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Beehive building Newcastle

The beehive building off Hunter St in Newcastle.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Kangaroos and Hot Air Balloon

Early morning in the Hunter Valley, about 2 hours drive north of Sydney.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hawkesbury River Rail Bridge

The mighty Hawkesbury River is north of Sydney, it defines the northern boundary. This rail bridge was opened in 1946, replacing an earlier structure.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Historic hospital

Georges Head overlooking Sydney Harbour has a few historic buildings, this is the old hospital.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Frenchy's cafe

Truly a french cafe in Georges Head, near Mosman. Run totally by French staff, an out of the way gem.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Green foliage of the bush

Seed pods of an Australian native bush, any ideas of species?

Friday, September 18, 2015

Hidden Sydney

One of the great beach pools on the northern beaches of Sydney. This one is at Narrabeen.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Flowery fountain

Fountain in Royal Botanic Gardens. Love the border.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Astor Building Sydney

The white small apartment building is one of Sydney's first apartments. The Astor. Has a new occupant on the top floor, actor Cate Blanchett and family. 'Built in 1922, The Astor Flats, a thirteen storey reinforced concrete residential apartment building constructed in the Interwar Free Classical Style has a prestige Macquarie Street address with commanding views of the Harbour and Botanic Gardens.'NSW Environment

Friday, August 28, 2015

Grey ship on a grey morning

HMAS Cholues in Wooloomooloo Bay. HMAS Choules is a Bay Class Landing Ship Dock, based on the Royal Schelde Enforcer design. Used to be a Britsih ship but we bought it. It was formally handed to the Australian Defence Force in October 2011. ADFS Choules arrived in Western Australia in December 2011, and was commissioned as HMAS Choules on 13 December 2011. The ship is named after the late Chief Petty Officer Claude Choules. Claude Stanley Choules was an English Australian who was the last combat veteran of the First World War, and the last military witness to the scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cloudy sky over harbour

Early morning sky looking east over Sydney Harbour, the island Pinchgut, from Farm Cove.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Morning has broken in Sydney

On my morning walk, panned left away from the Opera House and Bridge to the city skyline.