Monday, January 31, 2011

Beach Gear

The golden sands of a Sydney beach. I have heard that you can tell each beach apart by the sand. Palmie has very coarse sand.

Sydney forecast for next 7 days: hot, hot, hot, hot, hot, hot, warm.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Rocks Laneway

Just off George Street is this lane leading to Nurse's Walk and a recommended Tapas place. The Vintage Cafe.

Monochrome weekend

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Checking out the surf

Early morning mist over the surf with the surfers checking out the break under cover of a big Norfolk Island pine tree.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Not far from where the First Fleet landed in 1788, on 26 January, at Circular Quay.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Australia Day

Young Australian of the Year - Jessica Watson.
Here is her boat shortly after completing her solo non-stop voyage which took 210 days.

Watery Wednesday.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Taking a dip

The place to be, at the moment, is by the sea. Hot summer days, water temperature is 24 degrees. Remember to Slip, slop and slap.

Slip .. on a shirt.
Slop ... on some sunscreen.
Slap .... on a hat.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Inside the Art Gallery of NSW

A quiet place to relax - this is the main foyer.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Offerings of War

Following on from yesterday here is the second equestrian statue outside of the Art Gallery of NSW. The inscription reads:

'That our house may stand forever and that justice and mercy grow.'

The Aboriginal Flag flies in the background.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Offerings of Peace

One of the twin statues outside the Art Gallery of NSW by the English sculptor Gilbert Bayes cast in London and erected in 1926.

The inscription reads:

'The real and lasting victories are those of peace and not of war.'

Monochrome weekend

Friday, January 21, 2011


The tropical greenhouse in the Royal Botanic Garden- it is hot in there (of course). Sydney lately has felt a bit like a greenhouse - must be the La Nina effect - or just summer.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


After a swim at the beach here is the place to wash off all that sand. Refreshing.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Darling Harbour Perspective

View of the CBD skyline from a ferry.
Watery Wednesday.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Luna Park - Just for fun

This is Sydney's oldest and best amusement park with a superb location under the North shore of the bridge. Many fond memories of the wild mouse, the rotor, Coney Island slides and the dodgem cars. What month was this taken?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sunlit Kirribilli

The setting sun threw a yellow light over these harbour watchers at Kirribilli, just across from the Opeara House.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Anzac Bridge

Here are the twin supports for the cable-stayed ANZAC Bridge, guarding the Western approaches are statues of an Australian and New Zealand soldiers. It spans Johnsons Bay and was opened in 1995. I have also heard it referred to as 'Madonna's Bra'.
Sunday Bridges

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Stuttering King

I recently saw the movie 'The King's Speech' starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, here is a statue of Edward VII although not in the film was grandfather of Edward VIII, who in the film was played by Guy Pearse.
Monochrome weekend.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Full Moon over the harbour

Full moon on sunset rising over the Opera House.
Skywatch Friday

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Opera Lovers

Inside the Opera House you can watch the performances live on the TV screen, not the same but in this case $500 cheaper.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Strap yourself in

These jetboat scream around the harbour and thrill the passengers. Have lunch afterwards.
Watery Wednesdays.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dancer at Circular Quay

This dancer was enjoying himself with a beautiful partner on a sunny day at Circular Quay.
Part of My World Tuesday

Monday, January 10, 2011

First Night of Sydney Festival

It was a happy and hungry crowd at Sydney Festival's First Night last Saturday. This is the section in front of the Hyde Park performance.

This is the stage area where the very compelling Kitty, Daisy and Lewis were playing.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sailing ship in harbour

It is good to see sailing ships still in the harbour, The Southern Swan, built of Danish Oak and apparently Sydney's only authentic tall ship. Lieutenant James Cook first visited Sydney in 1770, of course he did not come into Sydney Harbour but sailed right by.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Coathanger at sunset

It is a nice way to see the harbour bridge by ferry. I recommend getting the Balmain - Darling Harbour ferry from Circular Quay at sunset and just stay on for the round trip.
Monochrome weekend.

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Fishing time

Looking out the back of a tinnie (aluminium boat 3.3m) on Pittwater. I wet a line but no luck - as usual. However there is a good fish and chipper on Barrenjoey Rd at Palm Beach.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Big Day Out

A Sydney summer ritual for some (my children) is attending an all day event in the Domain - luckily they came home - eventually - then slept for the next 24 hours. (Disclaimer - this is my daughter's photo. She won't know as she doesn't read my blog, like all Gen X, Y and Z = addicted to facespace.)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wired for sound

My daughter was rollerblading along the boulevard at Manly.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Manly treat

The best ice cream at Manly Beach is Ben & Jerry's, I recommend the Chunky Monkey or the Cherry Garcia.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Surf lifesaving Tent

These are the beaut days of summer in Sydney, between Christmas and New Year the whole city seems to be on holidays, here on the beach at Palm Beach the volunteer lifesavers watch the swimmers from the shelter. There is a great story of a lifesaver, just after world war 1 who saw a shark swimming in the channel towards a young girl who ran a jumped on the shark to scare it off.
Visit their website here There are some great pictures.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Corymbia (Eucalyptus) Ficifolia

These red flowering gums are eye-catching, originally a Western Australian red flowering gum.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011