After a hard day of retail therapy ... a pint of ice cold Trafalgar Ale at the Lord Nelson Hotel, the Rocks.
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We've had Linda's sister over from China these last few weeks, but while I've been away she hasn't had much chance to see the best of the city.
So to make up for all that I took her out with the boys to Manly yesterday. The weather wasn't that great to start with - it felt more like winter than summer. Nevertheless, after some bacon and eggs at a Manly cafe, we walked down the beach to North Steyne, where Paul insisted on having a swim despite the chilly breeze and big surf.
Andrew managed to eat two hot dogs form the sausage sizzle at the nearby swim carnival and we headed back on the ferry after yet more ice cream. And a quick visit to the pub:
As you can see, I managed to snap a few pics with my Rolleicord Vb and with the cranky old Leica IIIg and Elmar 50/2.8, both using black and white print film ,which I developed myself and scanned the negatives in with my Epson 500.
Today the weather was much better and it was time to give Balmoral a try. It turned out really nice. I packed my Leica R7 and 28-70mm lens (plus a 90mm 'spare') and headed off with just slide film this time. Over the bridge and within 30 minutes (or so) we were having a great brunch at one of the Balmoral cafes - Andrew blowing my month's salary on Eggs Benedict - who does he think he is?
It was great to have a swim in the enclosure, jumping off the boardwalk, as usual. Beautiful sunny weather and nice warm water (once you're in of course). Then the boys went out on kayaks that I hired for them, and disappeared over the horizon for a while, making me quite worried. They managed to survive the Cruel Sea and returned in time for lunch at the Balmoral Kiosk. I think Erjie managed to see the 'real' Sydney for a day at least.