Sunday, January 30, 2005

Happy Australia Day!


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From Andrew, Paul and their friend Charlie. This is where we spent it - at Taronga beach.

Ferry to Taronga


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On Australia Day we took the ferry to Taronga. Not to visit the zoo, but to try the beach, which I'd hear was nice but overlooked.

Taronga beach, Australia Day


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Nice place to do nothing.

Taronga Beach on Australia Day


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This is where we were most of the day. It was quiet in the morning then afer luch we were invaded by hundreds of visiting boats.

So Sydney: the coffee boat


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This is the epitomy of all that is good about Sydney in summer. Sitting on a remote beach but with great views of the city, along comes a boat selling good coffee and ice cream. He rings his bell and edges between the big boats, selling his coffee. But he also serves landlubbers like us!

Here we are after a swim


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All wet. And I tried to get them to smile by telling them to imagine the photogrpaher (Charlie) had his pants down. Hence the pointing.

The view from Bradley's Head


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Taken on Australia Day so there was a lot of activity on the harbour.

Isn't he growing up?


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Paul at Bradley's Head

Bushwalk between Taronga and Bradley's Head


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We did this on Australia Day, Wednesday 26th January

Rockpool stuff


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As seen at Bradley's Head, 26th January

Treebark from our bushwalk


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From Taronga to Bradley's Head 26th January

Australia Day - Paul at Taronga beach


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It's near the zoo. Nice views, eh?

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Manly surf champions


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"Seven miles from Sydney, a thousand miles from care ..."

Paul portrait


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Well Andrew had one, why not Paul?

Andrew and Charlie


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With swupersoakers. It's been hot.

Supersoaker Paul


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Don't you know there's a drought on?

Monday, January 24, 2005

Paul at the Rocks


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Had a wander down by the Rocks at the weekend, and an ice cream of course.

The Observatory, Sydney


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Available for weddings, parties, winos ...

View from the Observatory, Sydney


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It looks a lot better on a sunny day ... but I got sunburnt nevertheless!

Happy birthday to me ...


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Went out with Andrew and Paul this Saturday (the 22nd) to celebrate [forget??!!] my 42nd birthday. Ended up down at the Observatory and then walked down to the Rocks where they "treated" me to a traditional English lunch of Cornish pastie and chips in some outdoor cafe. Very nice it was too. And they bought me some Maltesers.

Andrew having a read


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At the Observatory park, in the middle of Sydney (nice views of the harbour).

Jan 22nd - my birthday!


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Me and Paul at the Observatory near the Harbour Bridge.

Andrew needs a haircut


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No comment needed!

You are being watched


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Andrew and Paul with their 3D glasses at the Observatory, Sydney, 22 January 2005.

Another busy day in the office


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The girls looking at Lara's wedding photos in Italy. Lara (back to camera) is a new reporter who has worked in Darwin and for the BBC. Also pictured here are Kate W0ods (clinical reporter) and Dr Linda Calabres1 (medical editor and soon to be deputy editor), as well as Edwina L1ght, politcal news editor - who has just given up smoking.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

All present and correct


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Andrew at Barrenjoey beach. Boxing Day.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Watch me do a backflip


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Andrew at Ashfield pool, just before Christmas.

Bronte superheroes


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andrew+charlie&paul

Bronte surf


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Andrew and Paul in the surf at the south end of Bronte beach - just down from Bondi and much more suitable for kids.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Country scenes around Rylestone


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Once you get over the Blue Mountains you enter the rolling hills of the central west of NSW. This is a view of the road heading out towards our campsite from the little country town of Rylestone (there's another Rylestone in the Yorkshire Dales).

A lonely level crossing on a quiet section of track, presumably heading out towards the wine growing area of Mudgee.

Countryside near Rylestone #2


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Driving to the campsite at Dunn's Swamp we saw these sheep sheltering from the sun under this tree. Typical country scene.

Country views #3


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This is the kind of paddock country you see around Rylestone, on the other side of the Blue Mountains. See the sheep don't like being out in the sun again!

Megalong Lookout


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Me and Paul at Hargreaves lookout, over the Megalong valley - the only valley in the Blue Mountains where the bush has been cleared for farming.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Andrew goes abseiling


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At the campsite Andrew made a friend called Riordan, whose grandad was a scout leader. And they were practising abseling off some of the rocks. So Andrew wanted to do it too. No fear!

Here goes


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Andrew goes over the cliff with no fear

Paul gets ready to abseil


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Of course, once Andrew had done it Paul had to have a go as well.

Paul abseiling


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Yes that's my son at the top of that 60 foot cliff, hanging on justwith a rope!

Paul abseils


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Megalong valley from Hargreave's Lookout


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Two boys at Perry's Lookdown at the Blue Mountains


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Paul on the road at Perry's Lookdown campsite


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Canoe at Dunn's Swamp


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$15 for an hour canoe hire. I could camp there a week for that!

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Our New year camping trip ...


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Was to Dunn's Swamp, which is actually a very nice lake out in the rolling country near Mudgee, as you will see from the following pics .

Water views at Dunns Swamp


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Another scene from our nice holiday spot for New Year.

The rock formations at Dunns Swamp


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From the canoe, on this 3km long lake.

Dunn's Swamp


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Lilo time.

New Year's Eve Campfire


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I think the main reason they like to go camping is so they can have a fire ... and throw stuff on it.

Lucky there was no fire ban this year!

Dunns Swamp - paradise for $3 a night.


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It sounds like an awful dump, but as you can see it is a really cool place - reminded me of Burton Constable! Canoeing, swimming, nice scenery (but no stately home).

It's about 200 miles west of Sydney, right over the Blue Mountains and set in the farming country beyond. Felt like we were miles from anywhere - because we were.

Hello campers!


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This is our other campsite, under the nice shady rocks at Dunn's Swamp. Small tent for me, bnig one for the lads.

The long and not so winding road ...


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The way in and out of Perry's Lookdown campsite in the Blue Mountains.