Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
152Trip End Dec 05, 2011
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We hired a car today and went exploring to Rose Bay, where we are thinking of putting the children into a sailing course. It was a great place - sailing club, beach and playground....what more could you want?
We are quickly coming to realise that Sydney is a hugely expensive place to live. The weekly shop was ridiculously expensive, close to double the cost of the same shop in the UK, and eating out equally crazy prices. Same thing with babysitting, cleaners etc etc.
Saturday saw us catching up with some very old friends from University - Sarah (Wilkie) Emmett Bennett and Nick Bennett and their gorgeous 3 children, Tia, India and Tom. They very kindly invited us over to their great house near Manly where our kids quickly joined in playing with all the toys in their playroom. It was the first time they had had a proper playdate or even played with a room full of toys since we left the UK at the end of December, and they really loved the time with other kids their age. Tia is 5 and India a very confident chatty little 3 1/2 year old. Tom is about 16 months old so a good little mate for Benjamin.
We all headed to Freshwater Beach via Manly to pick up 2 boogie boards for our kids. What an amazing spot - Brad and I were instantly jealous of the amazing quality of life the Bennetts have. Nick surfs before work most days and has the choice of numerous great beaches. Sarah and the kids also have tons of choice re: beaches and playgrounds as well as a fantastic big pool in their back garden.
We had a good couple of hours on the beach, the kids trying to dodge all the boats that were racing in some kind of competition. Watching the teams getting in and out of the water provided much amusement for us - a scary number of budgy smugglers and silly hats on show. Couldn't work out why all the guys were giving themselves massive wedgies as they were getting into their boats until someone said that they do this so that their bottoms stick more firmly to the seats.
The kids first night with a babysitter and Katherine's first night out since sometime before Christmas all went very well. The babysitter put a new meaning on motormouth, but seemed to do a good job with the kids - even Zach who woke up having had a nightmare about sharks attacking him and Jamie in the waters near the botanical gardens!