Wednesday, March 30, 2005

View from the Bronte cafe strip


three palms, originally uploaded by photosofsydney.

Easter Sunday. Bronte is the next beach down from Bondi [there's that fantastic 2km walk between them along the cliffs and through Tamarama]. Bronte is much better for families - got playgrounds etc.

Bronte shops and cafes


Bronte shops, originally uploaded by photosofsydney.

They look more glamorous and inviting in real life somehow.

Bronte cafe scene


bronte cafe, originally uploaded by photosofsydney.

Linda and the boys exiting after tricking me into sipping some "home made lemonade" that turned out to be tons of salt and sugar dissoved in water. Thanks!

Andrew's icecream at Bronte


Andrew icecream Bronte, originally uploaded by photosofsydney.

Andrew with his expensive blackcurrent ice cream [surcharge at weekends!] bought from the kiosk run by people with French accents.

Dangerous current Bronte beach

The sign says it all. Amazingly there weren't that many people about on this beautiful weekend.

Nice view for Easter lunch - Bronte


Beach Bronte, originally uploaded by photosofsydney.

This was taken from wehere we sat down under an overhang at the north end of the beach to eat sandwiches and watch the big surf [and some of the crazy surfies who were out in it].

Bronte beach closed


Bronte beach closed, originally uploaded by photosofsydney.

It doesn't look it in this picture but the sea was quite rough on Easter Sunday. One silly person who didn't obey this sign was swept out to sea and never seen again!

Bronte sea pool


Bronte beach 3, originally uploaded by photosofsydney.

This is one of our favourite paces for a swim - but not today. On Easter Sunday it was very rough [and the water not so warm now it's autumn]. But some people enjoyed the big waves!

Bronte sea pool


Bronte pool 3, originally uploaded by photosofsydney.

Bronte beach


bronte beach, originally uploaded by photosofsydney.

Now you see them ...


Bronte pool2, originally uploaded by photosofsydney.

and now ...


Bronte pool, originally uploaded by photosofsydney.

... you don't


Bronte pool 2, originally uploaded by photosofsydney.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Nepean river


Nepean river, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

From last year. Nice isn't it?This river marks the border /start of the Blue Mountains - on the right, lowland Sydney plains. On the left - the canyons and bush of the Blue Mountains.

Monday, March 21, 2005

A guest staying the weekend



Huntsman spider, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.
Look what I found on Saturday when I was taking some boxes down off a top shelf. This Huntsman spider jumped off the wall onto the floor and disappeared under the bed. Imagine having to go to sleep knowing that thing is in the room!

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Where I spend half my life - Strathfield station


Strathfield station, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Every day I do the timetable shuffle - gazing here at the indicator boards to see which train will suddenly arrive out of nowhere to take me into Sydney.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Ferry cross the harbour: Poul in 2005

Two ferry journeys, almost twenty years apart. I met Poul [from Denmark] in 1987 in the South of France, while on holiday around Nice.

I don't remember much about it now, except that we mooched around a bit, went to the casino at Monte Carlo and bummed around the beach with a cool New Yorker called Bernie Delgado who worked as a designer on the New York Post.

At that time Poul was training to be a journalist and I was going from one disastrous career choice (drug repping for Astra) to another (PhD back at Liverpool Uni).

Well we had a lot to talk about then, and even more to talk about when Poul turned up in Sydney this week - after a break of 18 years! We had lunch at Aqua and then took a ferry across the harbour. The weather was slightly better than it was in 87 when Poul and I took a ferry across the Mersey.

Poul now works for TV2 in Denmark.

Ferry cross the Mersey: Poul in 1987

This is Poul back in the 1980s when he came up to see us in Liverpool. The ferry cross the Mersey on a typical "good weather" day for Liverpool.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Off to school.


school uniform, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Summer uniform. Don't they look happy?

One of Andrew's friends has a birthday party


bowling alley, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

At the local ten pin bowling club.

Boys and their toys.


gameboy, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Gameboy. Now lost.

Paul on the ferry


paul ferry, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Boys on the Manly ferry


andrew ferry, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

On the way back - they're tired.

Going home


harbour, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Back towards Circular Quay from the Manly Ferry.

Bradley's head


bradley head, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

From the Manly ferry.

Bye Kel


kel's leaving, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Our editor of many years, Kellie, left last month to have a baby. This was the leaving do. Here you can see Lara [political reporter]; Fiona [business editor] Kel at end of table, Rob [designer]; Shaun [new reporter] Edwina [political editor] and Karen [professional news reporter].

Kellie's leaving do


mo1, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Deana [new editor] gives a speech at Kel's [old editor's] leaving do at some rubbish Italian restaurant in Crows Nest. They wouldn't let me drink beer! And it was a really hot evening.

Monday, March 14, 2005

My favourite cafe in Sydney: the Domain


Cafe in Sydney Domain, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

The cactus and the fountain


cactus fountain, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

After a swim at Cook and Philip park and watching the St Patrick's parade we went to the Botanic Gardens...

Fountain in Botanic Gardens


botanic1, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Hello Yorkshire!


vaucluse view, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

It's not snowing here, as you can see.

In the park with Alex


tyre swing, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Andrew and Paul with their friend Alex, who kept forgetting his stuff.

Nice Sydney view from Dudley Page Reserve


sydney views, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

From a park near Watson's Bay. Which landmarks can you spot?

Macquarie Lighthouse, on a sunny Sunday


south head, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Lovely weather. The last of the summer - or the beginning of the autumn?

Dunbar Head Signal Station


radar station, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Near South Head and Watson's Bay. Can you see Paul?

View from South Head


light house at south head, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Looking down towards Bondi.

Dunbar Head Signal Station, Vaucluse


lighthouse, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

We went to Watson's Bay this weekend.

Table talk


table talk, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

This is how Linda spends her weekends. Yakking.

Paul in a cafe


paul cafe, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Gloria jeans to be exact. Awful coffee - but it's the only one open on Sunday in Strathfield.

Mother and son


clontarf, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Awww, mum I'm embarassed ...

Clontarf day off


clontarf4, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

We went to Clontarf on the North Shore last week, to walk the Spit to manly walkway. This is a beach on the way.

Andrew at Clontarf


clontarf andrew, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Looking for crabs under rocks.

Ice cream on a windy Sunday


bench, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

At Dobroyd Point, near Clontarf.

On the beach near Clontarf


clontarf2, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

This was linda's first weekend back - quite a change from China.

Andrew says hi from Clontarf beach


higrandma, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Paul's beach message


paul beach, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Can you read what it is?

View from Dobroyd Point


clontarf3, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Looking towards Manly, North Head and the Qurantine station.

A game of war


gameofwar, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

Give them a bit of open space and some sticks and they're away.

Manly to Spit Wharf view


clontarf view, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

This is the highpoint of the walk from Clontarf to Manly - looking towards the city (and Balmoral beach opposite).

Can I have the double cone?


icecreamvan, originally uploaded by sydneyphoto.

At Dobroyd Point, a windy place overlooking Manly and the outer harbour, we walked up the track to this ice cream van. I wonder what this exaspertaed Itlain gent is saying - Paul couldn't make up his mind!