THE VAN GIRLS IN THE BIG CITY
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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We reached Sydney on Sunday November 25 and spent the first 5 days with our friends, Judy and Don at their comfortable Carlingford house. We had first met them in Coober Pedy in 2010 and it was wonderful to catch up again.
They happily shared their home and we enjoyed their company. They are unbelievably hospitable and take us to Berowra Waters to check out the Neales storage place for the van- we should have taken a thermos and picnic lunch because it was a lot forther than we all expected. They taught us how to play Rummy-o and we spent late nights competing for a win; should we mention that we emptied a few bottles of wine etc.? Judy's parmesan chicken is now on our menu, although our first effort needs some refining.
We are happy to call them friends and appreciate all that they did for us while we were settling in to Sydney! Thanks Judy and Don. We look forward to spending some more time with you before you head north for your holidays.
Next stop was Adam's and David's apartment in Annandale where we will stay until they return from overseas on January 8- their adventure includes getting married in New York's Central Park and honeymooning in Paris!
The penthouse apartment has great views of Sydney's skyline and is modern and fabulous! Annandale is a cute little village just a 15 minute bus ride to the city. We consider ourselves very lucky to have such wonderful accommodation over the summer holidays and to be off the road at this busy time. The van is stored undercover at Berowra Waters while we are in the city.
Today is December 26 so we have been in Sydney for a month. So far, so good! The weather has been very changeable and sunny days have not been many; despite this we have managed some harbour walks and have explored some interesting areas.
We loved having Judy and Don call by for lunch and we tested out the barbecue with good results. It was good to offer some return hospitality and enjoy their company.
We walk along the Glebe foreshore for our daily exercise and it's busy and attractive-love the Anzac Bridge and the middle aged man who reports to us on the number of buses he has counted crossing that structure each morning! So many young couples who are pregnant, or pushing young kids in prams and nearly everyone has a dog or dogs, and another observation- no fat people in this part of Australia!!!!!
Loved a trip to Haberfield, an Italian village where the main street is lined with stores selling Italian delicacies; our friend Sue a long time Sydney resident drove us there and we enjoyed a pizza lunch and relished shopping for cannoli, ravioli, bread and cheese. The burrata was scrumptious- a fresh mozzarella filled with cream that we had never eaten before. We'll be back for more- many thanks Sue.
Thanks also to David and Issie who prepared a fabulous feast at their Crows Nest home and we enjoyed meeting their friends and Issie's dad and partner visiting Australia from South Africa.
Friend Kathy did some great Korean food! And the star of the evening was little Kira- so sweet and pretty in her new pink raincoat.
By coincidence our lovely friends, now resident in Inverell happened to be departing Australia for the USA from Sydney so we caught up with them for coffee at the Blue apartments Woolloomooloo Wharf ((no we didn't bump into Russell Crowe, who was home here for the opening of Les Mis. movie). They will be doing a white Xmas on the snow fields in the US.
We chose a sunny day to experience the walk from Circular Quay, around the Opera House, Mrs Macquarie's Point and the Botanical Gardens. Amazed at the number of Sydney siders running this track at lunch time. It really is a beautiful harbour and this walk gives different perspectives of the bridge and opera house.
Sue lives at Neutral Bay so we decided to leave mid afternoon for dinner at her apartment and do the Cremorne Point walk before getting to her place. Unfortunately it was another grey day in Sydney but we loved the walk nonetheless and admired the bush and private gardens along the way but as always the views and glimpses of the harbour and Sydney icons are the spectacles.
Robertson's Point with view across to Taronga Zoo has a small, starkly white lighthouse and we sat a while taking in the vistas.
Leah and Stuart found time in their busy schedule to join us for a barbecue dinner before heading north to Brisbane for Christmas - we had fun catching up with their news and heard another interpretation of buying a house in Sydney (David and Issie had told us how stressful that can be). Would not like to go through that! Plus you need a $million plus, plus... Hope to check out the new house before we leave!
And then one day it was Christmas and when we hear on the news that the queue at the nearby Sydney Fish Markets had disrupted traffic on Christmas Eve we found that the Leichardt Woolworths had a stock of very fresh banana prawns at a good price and we bought a kilo and they were delicious- Sheila cooked them to perfection and Kath made a tasty chilli dip!! We did barbecued organic beef spare ribs on the barbecue and some tasty salads- Sue brought the Moet (of course sweetie) and snacks and we had a long slow Christmas Eve dinner, ending with coffee and Nell's pudding. Perfect!
And once again- thanks to Nell ((Kath's mum) for her wonderful and delicious Christmas pudding that we collected from the post office and shared with friends.
Christmas day dawned wet, grey and cool so the three of us lounged around until it was time for us to drive to the Williams for a fabulous family dinner and that was lovely! We really felt included in the family festivities and the food was plentiful and delicious. The fashion parade provided by the kids was fun and we finally learned how to play Uno. Thanks once again Judy and Don!!
The only negative in all this is Kath has sprained her Achilles for a third time on Saturday and has ceased all activity for a short while- rushing to the post office at the last minute to collect the wine for Christmas was how it happened and yes we got the wine 5 minutes before the post office closed.
Happy to report that the sprain seems to be mending fast.
That's it for 2012 -we are watching the cricket, missed the Sydney to Hobart start, looking forward to Malcolm and Cheryl arriving and Kath is finishing off the Moet and it is still bubbly.
Happy New Year everyone!