05 August 2015

In the city and the walk from Bondi to Tamarama

Walking to the next bus in the city
On Sunday 2nd August, we went to Bondi to walk along the clifftops. It is definitely one of the best walks in Sydney. Some beach, some sandcastle building, a bit of walking on the rocks, and great views over the sea. A great part of the city.




The Govt Post Office in Martin Place

On the bus to the beach.

Bondi beach, maybe the most visited beach.

Exploring the rocks nearby

Bronte beach, looking towards Coogee.

Balmoral beach

Balmoral beach
On Saturday, me and the boys got on a bus and headed out to Balmoral beach. We built some sandcastles, and walked along the rocks.




The Manly ferry passes past the entrance to Sydney harbour







Later on, we had some people from the boys school over for dinner. One by chance was the same age as Paul. I introduced them, but he said; we know each other. We go to the same school.



Clambering on sometimes slippery rocks

Mini waterfalls

Ollie runs around the ragged rocks

The bus home

Some buddies from school

03 August 2015

Opera House

The tourist things keep coming. Sunday we went to the Opera House. It's a nice place to visit anytime, always a new way to see something in it.



Opera house

Opera house

Opera house

Sydney CBD

Ollie, Paul, Louis.

20 July 2015

The first day of school!

In the school office on day 1.
For the first day of school, I went to school as well on the train. The office had all the paperwork. Paul got to chose all his subjects.




Chatswood near the train station.









The uniform shop was closed today. Too bad if it is your first day. The deputy principal opened up the room of odd uniform items, so luckily we got a jumper. The pants were standard black.





Chatswood train station.

Trains are double decker.

At St Leonards train station.

A shot of the school.

The sports oval at school.

Sunday walk over the bridge

On the walkway, heading towards the city.
We took a train to Milsons Point. From there it's quick to get on the bridge. Walking across has some great views.



 The bridge was opened up 1932 and provided work for masses of people during the Great Depression.
A lot of steelwork in this thing. Takes a while to paint it as well.

Sydney Opera House as seen from the bridge.

Looking onto the city as we get closer.

At Circular Quay train station.

At the fete Blanc Bleu Rouge eating Montreal street food.

Rugby match

Walking around, or rolling on the ground, some people run.
After the walk around Balls Head, the boys were tired and went home with Marie. Me and Paul went to the Rugby Union. Not many people were there. It was ho hum until the last 15 minutes, when the lead swapped several times.






When the ball is on the ground, the game keeps going.

I think that Paul enjoyed the game. Then we walked home.



Sometimes they run with the ball.

If the ball is knocked on, or can't get out, they have a scrum.

18 July 2015

Paul arrives

Paul in the courtyard of our place.
After some months of paperwork etc, we've got an exchange student staying with us: Paul from Montreal. We picked him up from the airport.











Walking nearby up the shops.

 After he settled in on the Friday, we went for a walk nearby on Saturday. We walked near Waverton to Berry Island. I've never done it myself. The bushland is in pretty good condition. It seems to be fairly untouched. It's a surprise to be so close to the city, and have some nature.






Near Waverton train station on the way to Berry Island.




On Berry Island, there are some Aboriginal rock carvings. We saw a kooaburra.


A kookaburra on Berry Island.

Berry Island - you can forget you're in the city.









The city centre.

One of the small navy bases.

Louis birthday!

Celebration on the day at home. No expense spared.
Our youngest little boy proudly turned the big 6! There were 3 celebrations; starting with just us on the day, and a few gifts. Then we had my family to yum cha, my absolute favourite. Sam came around to make the cake for his main event. She worked in a cake shop for 5 years or so. She showed us a few tricks, like putting some icing onto baking paper, then freezing it and popping it onto the cake. This way she could trace a car with a pencil, then put the icing on the wax side. Lou had a drag racer on the cake, nice work!




At the yum cha place for Louis's bday.


We all went down to the slot car track for an hour odd session of racing. Not sure who won. Louis and Ivan retired early.





The birthday boy himself with a pile of macaroons.

Fil, Ceal, Mill, Tess.

Sam the cake maker extraordinaire!

Crazy boys, Lou Roger David Ivan Ollie.

Racing!

Happy birthday to Lou!