Sunday, July 24, 2011

An icon + a holiday = good memories

Here's another icon I forgot about.  No not the child.  This photo is of my daughter (then aged 4) at Taronga Zoo.  Excellent place to spend a go-at-your-own-speed day.  Can get a little expensive, but Sydney siders can become Zoo Friends.  For an annual fee you get into the zoo as often as you like plus get extra bonuses and discounts.  This is one of my favourite photos of my girl with her little meerkat backpack.  Which is an excellent segway into me saying I'm packing to go on holidays.  Two weeks up the Sunshine Coast.  A blissful couple of weeks of doing absolutely nothing.
Can't wait! 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Hangover.

Yes it's a tiger.
On a leash.
No the photo wasn't taken by me and there was no tiger at last night's party.  Possible story line here but I think it's been done.
It's just that it's still bloody (can I say that on blogger?) raining and I'm a tad fuzzy from all the champagne and I unearthed this beautiful photo taken by hubby's cousins a few years ago and thought I'd post it instead...............oh never mind..........

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday and all's still wet.

Ahhh it's Friday.  Time to throw the corporate wear in a pile in the corner and open a bottle of wine.  Possibly sail away on the harbour - well maybe not, weather still not behaving. 
Off to a friends birthday party tonight.  Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rain rain go bother someone else

Raining raining raining.  It hasn't let up since I got up this morning.  Galoshes and umbrellas were the fashion items of choice today as we sloshed our way to school.
Truck broken down just outside of school - one very wet mum (not me thank goodness I was happy to wait it out with classical music on the radio) directing traffic so we could all get out.  Still took 20 minutes before I moved.
Garden destroyed by soil erosion (might not as well have bothered with shovelling all that soil) and dog digging up all my plant and bushes and creating holes in yard.  Place looks like a lunar landscape.
I need to look at something pretty.  Sister in law came through with her email and photos of her garden.  I just wish I was there now.  Never mind, I can close the blinds, pretend my garden doesn't exist and this beautiful scene is out there instead, and listen to the rain on the windows as I read a book.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sydney Icons - The Rocks.

The Rocks.  Sydney's birthplace.  A great place to shop, eat, experience Sydney's history, and take photos.  I think it's my favourite place in Sydney.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sydney Icons Part 5 - North Sydney Olympic Pool

The North Sydney Olympic Pool at Milsons Point, taken from Ripples restaurant.  Great views of The Harbour Bridge and Luna Park as you swim.
Am having a very quiet Sunday - hope you are too.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sydney Icons Part 3 - Luna Park

  I must admit, before my recent visit, I hadn't been to Luna Park since  1979, just before the infamous ghost train fire in which 6 children and 1 adult tragically died.  The park was abandoned after that and fell into disrepair before being restored and reopened in 1995 (without a ghost train).  The face more than the actual park has become one of the icons of Sydney.
It is still a fun day out even if it's not quite the same as the 'good ol' days' before the fire.  Just bring your money.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sydney Icons part 2 - the beaches

Manly and Bondi are our two icon beaches.  This pic was taken at neither.  In fact I can't remember where I took this photo.  I just like the light on the water.  It's one of those flook photos you get just right by accident.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sydney Icons - Harbour Bridge (take 2)


Ahhh that's better.  This wasn't taken the next day when my vision was less blurry.  Rather it was taken before the aforementioned wine consumption.  I couldn't decide if I liked the black and white or colour version better so I posted both.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sydney Icons - Harbour Bridge

Failed attempt at photographing the harbour bridge at night after one too many wines.
A nice squiggly effect I think.  Much like myself the following day.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Quiet Sunday

Beautiful pergola in Kiama Or is it Berry
Either way I'm too tired to go anywhere today but we're off to the Eastern suburbs to visit family.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Stairs of wonder.






I love stairs.  Something about them - where do they lead?  Piques my curiosity.  These lovelies are at Bradley's Head.  I didn't go there today.  I shifted 2 ton of top soil instead.  

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A visit with Mary


Statue of St Mary Mackillop


Continuing my walk of crank on Sunday, I dropped in to St Mary's Cathedral after my visit to the art gallery.  It is the epitome of peace and tranquility.  And I'm not even Catholic!  You can take a tour (which sadly was closed that day) and there is a historical exhibition in the crypt.  I will be taking time to do both the tour and see the exhibition.  In the mean time I'm tempted to apply for the position of bell ringer......

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Post workday drinks? Meet you in the shade.

A bountiful garden to relax in after a long hard day at the office.  No it's not mine though I wish it was.  Not that I've fallen out of love with my garden, it's just that this one is in Switzerland.  My favourite place (next to Paris and Italy and, well I could go on).  I've never yet seen this garden or indeed the country as green as this because my visits are always around Christmas or early Spring.  Maybe next year? 
This is where I'd be sitting right now sipping an iced tea with Shell Sheree and friends, discussing our next adventure.  Her cat Meeps is hiding about somewhere..................

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Get lost in art and gain your soul.

This is the photo of one of the magnificent statues outside The Art Gallery Of NSW that I took on Saturday on my sulky walk about town.  On reflection I should have taken it from the other side - but never mind.
Entrance is free but you need to pay for any special exhibitions.  It's a beautiful place with much to offer and you can become a member however, if you don't like spending time at functions being surrounded by older women from Mosman dressed in expensive but gaudy coloured designer jackets, big costume jewellery and too much make up wearing expressions that makes one think that they've just smelt something incredibly foul and will only speak to you begrudgingly and only then to tell you how displeased they are with you, I don't recommend it.   However if you just need to be somewhere quiet where you can lose yourself in some beautiful art work, then I highly recommend it.   I did just that.  I don't know how long I stood and immersed myself in the Van Gogh painting "Head Of A Peasant". It was one of a series he did in preparation for his first major work 'The Potato Eaters'.  I could just imagine this man sitting there by the light of a paraffin lamp, contemplating his meal of potatoes.  I felt a lot calmer upon exiting the gallery.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Snowy pictures remedy for sad heart.

On Saturday I had the most lovely day with my daughter, baking, making placemats, playing ponies, etc.  On Sunday my husband upset me as only a man can.  So I did what any sensible woman who was cranky with her husband would do - I went out. 
I went to the Art Gallery of NSW and lost myself in a painting.  Unfortunately I can't seem to upload the photos I took that day so I've scrambled through old photos to find a happy memory.
I can't even remember if I've posted this one before.  It's the view from my sister in law's place in Adliswil and it's the most glorious snow!  Seeing all this cold white stuff warms my heart and makes me feel a little better - even if I've learnt a valuable lesson - daughters are easier company than husbands.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fairys + mushrooms = fantasy garden

Found this little gem.  A reminder of my daughter's fairy garden.  I guess fairies at the bottom of the garden do exist :)

Friday, July 1, 2011