Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Hermitage Foreshore Walk, Vaucluse


Heritage Walk, Vaucluse, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Wednesday: Kids off school and I don't have to take them anywhere this morning. Hoorah. No soccer club,no coaching school. And it's still WARM ... what's going on? Global warming? Isn't it supposed to be autumn now? Can't even wear my nice jacket. Well at least I can wear my new Polaroid sunglasses, which have me tilting my head at random to get that darkening sky effect. Reading the story of the Hiroshima bomb on the train. And dozing off - now I'm doing it in the morning as well. Is it a sign of getting old? Or just because I stay up till 1am reading books about Hiroshima? At work I kept thinking it was Tuesday because of having Easter Monday off. And I got all the deadlines mixed up. Still in a panic about getting enough material for the news meeting on Thursday, especially as Kathryn is now doing mostly political and C is off because her mother died. You could tell I was winging it when Linda brought one of the stories round after it had been put on the page and pointed out that it was full of holes. She wasn't too hard on me, but I could tell she wasn't impressed. My mind is elsewhere, thinking about heading off to Tibet at the weekend. Oh, and on this bloodly awful constricted feeling I keep getting in my chest and throat - not helped by losing my voice due to taking inhaled steroids again.
Went for a walk up to Crow's Nest at lunchtime to mooch around the Op Shop - nothing much there today. Managed to resist buying a pair of square toed boots - they'll be out of fashion again next year, you wait and see. But it was bloody hot again, wandering round. Cool eather long overdue.
Picked up the photo reprints from the Kramer-like photo lab man in St Leonards. They're copies of pics I took on my last trip - to give out to the Tibetans and pumi people I hope to meet again this time round. The Kramer guy told me I was lucky not to be going to the Solomons. I didn't have a clue what he was talking about at first - Solomon? King Solomon? Ahhhh .... and his reprint were rubbish, despite the high prices.
Surprised myself in the afternoon by knocking out an article on uterine fibroid embolisation in about an hour. Makes a change from surfing the internet when I should be working. It was made easy by being able to get through to a nice "interventional radiologist" on the phone almost immediately, and he told me everyhitng I needd to know.
Knocked off at 5pm, and failed to avoid dozing on the train again. The guy next to me had a video ipod - what an amazing yet crap device. Picture the size of a matchbox. Reminds me of those prematurely old alcies who carry little transistor radios around stuck to their ear.
At home managed to get a run round the block in the dark without falling vitim to asthma or arryhthmias. Then on to Andrew's homework - which I couldn't do! He's 9 years old and they're asking him to do complex fractions and convert the denominator into 1/21sts!
So, that was my day.

Where the other half lives - Vaucluse

Hermitage Foreshore Walk, Vaucluse, Sydney


Heritage Walk, Vaucluse, Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Hermitage Foreshore Walk, Vaucluse


Heritage Walk, Vaucluse, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Strickland House, Vaucluse, Sydney

Hermitage Foreshore Walk to Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, Sydney

Hermit Bay, Vaucluse, Sydney


Milk Beach? Vaucluse, Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Hermitage Foreshore Walk, Vaucluse


Heritage Walk, Vaucluse, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Hermitage Foreshore walk, Vaucluse, Sydney

Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, Sydney


Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, Sydney


Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, Sydney


Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, Sydney


Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Looking towards the Quarantine Station

Nielsen Park


Neilsen's Beach, originally uploaded by jiulong.

The Kiosk, Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, Sydney

The Kiosk at Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, Sydney

San Souci breakwater


San Souci breakwater, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Neilsen's Beach, Shark Bay, Sydney

Paul at Hunter's Hill


Paul at Hunter's Hill, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Vaucluse House, Sydney


Vaucluse House, Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Vaucluse House, Sydney


Vaucluse House, Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Vaucluse House


Vaucluse House, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Vaucluse House


Vaucluse House, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Vaucluse House


Vaucluse House, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Vaucluse House, Sydney


Vaucluse House, Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Vaucluse House, Sydney


Vaucluse House, Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Vaucluse House, Sydney


Vaucluse House, Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Vaucluse House


Vaucluse House, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Easter Sunday at Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse


Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Neilsen's Beach is one of my favourite places around the harbour, especially when reached by walking round from Rose Bay, as I did this weekend. It's right in the heart of Sydney's most exclusive suburb, Vaucluse, and yet it is an everyman's beach. On this sunny Sunday it was full of Lebanese matriarchs and squealing Chinese kids. It has a cafe "The Kiosk" run by a rather crotchety Italian family, but it is a relaxing place and never too overcrowded. And they always have these bizarre Italian Game shows or soccer matches playing in the backgound on TV.
I took a bus over to Rose Bay and hopped off just outside the posh Catholic girl's private school that looks like Colditz. I alway wonder about these exclusive Catholic schools. If Jesus came back, would they let him in? I suspect they'd send him round to the tradesman's entrance and that he would try turf them all out, just as he tried to throw the merchants out of the temple. Being a trouble causer of Middle-Eastern appearance, however, I suspect he would be immobilised by the anti-terrorist squad and deported back to the Gaza Strip or wherever Bethlehem is these days.
But back to my little walk. I took the steep path down to the waterside and walked around the Heritage Trail - a delightful walk, with a few obscure beaches along the way. Must remember to come back here at New Year to see the fireworks. I scoffed my egg sandwiches on one of these unofficial bays, sitting on the sandstone outcrop watching the seaplanes take off and land. Super!
I carried on past the big old white house, and round to Neilsen's Beach, where I stopped for a decaf and a cornflake cookie. It was quite apt that I came back here the week before I head off to China again, for it was here that I came on my first week back after returning from Beijing following my "heart attack". Then I was letting the stress ooze out. Now I am getting hyped up about returning to the canyons of eastern Kham. And in the spirit of exploration, I worked my way around the boulders of the shoreline and found myself at the headland jutting out towards Watson's Bay, with beautiful views back to the city.
From there, I made my way back round the side of Neilsen's Beach reserve, along the exclusive streets with their Spanish villas, to finish off my afternoon walk at Vaucluse House. A nice bit of real estate from a couple of centuries ago. They knoew how to build houses then, too. Had a browse round as a wedding reception was on, took lots of snaps but didn't feel like paying $8 to look around inside.
Hiked up the hill back to the main road to take a bus back to the city. On the way, strolling past one pink stucco mansion, I saw the occupants returning home in their BMW. They looked at me as I puffed up the lane toting my cameras and with my hairy legs peeping out of my ragged trousers. Definitely no their stratosphere. What do these people do to accumulate such wealth? I wonder. You must have to be a crook or a bastard to get your hands on that kind of wonga.

Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse


Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, originally uploaded by jiulong.

My two companions today: Leica R3 and Leica IIIa

With Summicron 50mm and Color-Skopar 28mm lenses.

Me near Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse


Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, originally uploaded by jiulong.

It started off really cold this morning, but by the time I got down to Neilsen's Beach it was like summer. Hence the hastily stripped off jumper and rolled up kegs.

Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse


Neilsen's Beach, Vaucluse, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Karen Burge's leaving do (Color-Skopar 28mm/3.5)


Karen Burge's leaving do, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Las Friday we said farewell to Karen, our professional news editor. She's been with MO for 5 years, starting as a cadet sraight from Uni. She's going to work for a financial mag down at Circular Quay. To see hr off we took Friday afternoon out to go for a Mexican meal, which was great, sitting under the canopy in the back yard, chugging back lots of vino. Not much work done afterwards! [All the pics were taken with a Leica IIIa and my new Color-Skopar 28mm/3.5 lens]

Geoff and Luka: Karen's leaving do

Luka and Linda


Luka and Linda, originally uploaded by jiulong.

That's Kate's little girl.

Fiona Clark at Karen's leaving do


Fiona Clark: Karen's leaving do, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Karen's leaving do


Karen's leaving do, originally uploaded by jiulong.

A three-months pregnant Deana (editor) gives the speech for Karen Burge, our professional news editor who is leaing this week.

Karen's leaving lunch


Karen's leaving do, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Karen's leaving


Karen leaving, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Round of applause for the speec.

Panorama from Mount York (western edge of Blue Mountains)

Looking west from the last high point of the Blue Mountains, towards the stat of the western plains.

View from Pulpit Rock, Mount Victoria

Pulpit Rock, Mount Victoria


Pulpit Rock Mount Victoria, originally uploaded by jiulong.

When I saw this view it was spoiled somewhat by the racket of helicopters thuding around the valley doing a bushfre practice water bombing.

Mt Victoria station


Mt Victoria station, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Nice old station. This pic y my digital Kodak DX7630.

Mount Victoria station


Mount Victoria station, originally uploaded by jiulong.

A really solid old Victorian station in a beautiful small town that has managed to avoid the ugliness and prtention of Katoomba and Leura.

Derelict house, near Mount York


Derelict house, near Mount York, originally uploaded by jiulong.

How folorn. I wonder who used to live he?

Lawson's Long Alley, Mount Victoria

This is waht's left of the first road built across the Blue Mountains into the "interior" of Australia - now abandoned (except for a few bushwalkrs. This section had a few steep sections so horse and carriages had to ve drags fitted to them to slow the down on the descent.

Berghofer's Pass, Mount Victoria


Berghofer's Pass, Mount Victoria, originally uploaded by jiulong.

The first motor car route across the Blue Mountains can be seen winding round the base of that rock. The modern cross-mountain highway via Victoria Pass is just behind that rock outcrop to the right.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Nice house, Mt Victoria


Nice house, Mt Victoria, originally uploaded by jiulong.