Right, so this blog’s going to be a little different from the previous ones. We’ve done a fair amount since I last posted and we’ve taken heaps of photos. So this one’s going to be a photo blog – mainly photos with explanatory captions instead of my ramblings interspersed with photographs.
Just a quick note about the photos. If you click on the pics, you should be able to view a larger version. If you want to see any of the pics in higher resolution (bigger format), please send me a mail and I’ll send it via email. The original pics are about 1MB each in size so I had to make them smaller to put them on the website.
This is me on our new chocolate brown leather sofa proof-reading Scott’s last blog! It’s ÜBER comfy!!!
This is a sculpture by Victor Cusack called Man, Time & The Environment. It was unveiled in ’93 at an estimated cost of $790,000 – plus the annual expenses of up to $25,000 (I suppose for running the water & electricity to run the water pumps).
It incorporates three ancient water clock designs: a Greek Clepsydra clock, a Pendulum clock and a Chinese Water Wheel.
This is taken just to the right of the Water Clocks. Westfield mall is split in two sections in Hornsby – separated by glass walkway over the piazza which you can see to the left on the second level.
It’s a fabulous mall with a fabulous fresh food market underground. There are butchers, greengrocers, a fish market and a chicken butcher. Yip! That’s correct – a chicken butcher! It’s the size of a normal butcher’s store front but with every different type of chicken cut you can think of. There are kievs, chicken balls, kebabs, etc and they’re all beautifully presented.
This is part of the parking lot for the Hornsby train station. Notice how all the cars are reverse parked?
On the way to meet Graham & Percy for dinner last Thursday night, I took this pic of the inside of the double-decker train. You’ve seen the outside, now you can see the inside. I must seem like SUCH a tourist everywhere I go with my camera! LOL!
After a rather hectic week (Scott’s second at work & mine running around getting supplies to make our apartment feel like home), we decided a little fun was in order on Friday night. So we took the train down to Milson’s Point station and walked through Kiribilli & Milson’s point down to Luna Park.
Scott at the top of the stairs leading down to the wharf. The entrance towers of Lunar Park are behind him.
The entrance to Luna Park – Scott’s under the blacked out tooth!
Our first ride was the Ferris wheel. That’s the Ferris wheel in the background. The funny arch thingy above it is actually the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
A great pic of Scott taken on the Ferris wheel with the bridge in the background.
Taken from the Ferris wheel… The entrance to Luna Park (bottom left), Milson’s Point ferry pick up (bottom centre), a beautifully lit up Sydney Opera House and everything being dwarfed by the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The colours and lights of the main drag at Luna Park. The castle-like building on the left is the Crystal Palace which has various function venues. That night it was being used by the Chartered Accountants association for their annual awards evening – so plenty of accountants walking around in black tie. Apparently this is a fabulous venue – our boss’s daughter had her wedding reception here.
This is two barrels rolling in opposite directions. I made it through okay and then turned to take this pic of Scott going through. The lady behind Scott’s arm clutching her bag didn’t do so well – she ended up falling over and tumbling around until they switched the rollers off – it was rather funny to watch! She must’ve felt like a right ‘nana though.
As far as rides go, this one was terrifying!!! It looks to pretty in this picture taken from the Ferris wheel, doesn’t it….. I think it was called the Flying Saucer or something equally arb. Basically it’s a wheel which sits flat. People are strapped in standing up to the inner rim of the wheel. See the solid white light around the rim? The tops of our heads were just inside that rim. So it starts spinning and you’re kinda squashed against the cushion at your back….. and then the damn thing starts lifting on one side on this massive arm….. until the whole wheel is at 90 DEGREES TO THE GROUND!!! AT HIGH SPEED!!!!!!! AND IT WENT ON FOREVER!!!!!!!! I got of this one and EVERYTHING was shaking!!! I’m getting too old for this extreme adrenalin stuff!!! Needless to say, we hit the bar for an ice cold beer to sooth our throats after all the screaming. Sorry, did I say “our”? No, Scott didn’t scream like a little girl
at all… much… okay, maybe a little. LOL!
After the beers, we walked around a bit and did some fun stuff like winning a little Bob The Builder plush toy for hitting balloons with darts. Scott then managed to persuade me that The Ranger would be fun to go on. You know the Pirate Ship at Ratanga and all the other shows/theme parks you’ve ever been to? Well take the Pirate Ship, add steroids and a centre pin which must’ve been faulty BECAUSE THE BLOODY THING WENT ALL THE WAY AROUND!!!!!!! How stupid am I????? Why do I do this to myself???? I think I’ll blame it on Scott’s ability to make me take up childish dares….. Me, a competitive nature… NEVER! LOL!!!
Scott sitting on the jetty outside the park with the lights of the city behind him – bit blurred but my idea of an arty photo!
On Saturday morning we went off to Barbeques Galore in Hornsby where we bought our Weber Q200 gas barbie. We haven’t cooked on the stove since we got it!!!! It’s brilliant!!! Sure, you can’t beat a real braai with a fire ‘n all….. but this is the way things are done here, so when in Rome….
Scott cooking up a storm on the Weber – T-bone steaks and a couple of chicken & pepperdew snags (snags = sausage).
The Sydney Fish Market. You can see part of the warehouse behind Scott – that is the main fish market. It’s noisy, crowded and packed with wonderfully fresh seafood. We started off with a dozen fresh oysters – we actually watched the guy shuck them! Yum! Yum! But it was really busy and crowded so we headed outside to find somewhere to get lunch – most of the fish markets (shops) inside and outside have take-away sections as well as being able to buy fresh, raw fish. Oh boy, the variety!!! Crabs with a body the size of a rugby ball, every different size of prawn, octopus, scallops, squid (whole, calamari steaks & rings), special sashimi cuts of tuna & salmon, so many varieties of fish - some I’ve never heard of. I even found greenlipped abalone (pronounced abalone) which is REALLY small – about the size of a cake of Dove soap only half as thick. There was also a swordfish in one of the shops – it was MASSIVE and there was only a piece of it on display. Think of the difference between an old Nissen bakkie and one of those open cast mining trucks and you may come close to how it dwarfed the other fish on display.
The platter we ordered included calamari rings, deep fried white fish, deep fried prawns, scallops in the half-shell, oyster mornay, oyster grilled with bacon and some chips too. It was delicious and could’ve fed a family of four!!!
Yum! Yum! We made a damn huge dent in that platter – a few things left over buy we just couldn’t anymore!!!
Now it was time to walk off all that (deep fried, greasy) seafood so we headed for Darling Harbour via the Pyrmont Bridge.
This is a beautiful little drinking fountain on a street corner on the way to Darling Harbour.
Coming up to the Pyrmont Bridge which crosses Darling Harbour. The Metro MonoRail runs over the bridge and does a circle into the city via Chinatown and Paddy’s Markets amongst others.
Me on the Pyrmont Bridge – see the Sydney Tower in the background. Also known as the AMP tower but that’s for another days’ outing.
Over the bridge on the right is this old ferry – the South Steyne. The old girl’s been retired and is now a floating bar and restaurant.
Over the left side of the bridge is the Australian National Maritime Museum which has a massive indoor section as well as these outdoor exhibits – the lighthouse, the HMAS Onslow (submarine), HMAS Vampire (the big navy ship) as well as the Australian-built replica of Captain Cook’s HM Bark Endeavour – you can see the masts in the background. Also another thing to explore on another day…..
Scott looking over the water..
This flag is enormous!!!! A very majestic sight from the bridge.
This must be the control tower for Darling Harbour.
A great shot of Scott on the Pyrmont Bridge.
Looking back the way we’d come with the monorail passing us.
Standing near the Aquarium looking back at the bridge.
THE SYDNEY AQUARIUM
A Lion Fish
These little guys were cute – Pineapple Fish
A Saltwater Croc peeping out of the water
The same croc from below – just hanging out…
These Sting Rays were HUGE – look at the size of the shark behind it and then also the tunnel and a person’s head and shoulders.
A cool pic of Scott in the floored tank – that’s a strange looking shark under him (see next pic)
Strange looking shark this – but I can’t for the life of me remember it’s name!
The main viewing are of the big tank. I must say here that I think the Two Oceans Aquarium at the Waterfront in Cape Town is far more impressive than this one.
QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING
WOW!!! We came across this stunning building by accident. We were across the road looking for the Australian Opal Cutters when we happened upon this. This shopping mall was described by Pierre Cardin as "the most beautiful shopping centre in the world".
The statue over the entrance.
The stained glass windows seen above the entrance in the first pic
The staircase and the stained glass windows at the entrance.
Scott on the staircase
Me on the staircase
Looking down at the mosaic floor
Well, that's it for now. Once again I'm sitting in La Roma Cafe putting all this together. Scott's just SMSed to say that he's going to meet me here so we can get a floor mop and some groceries. This is great 'cos this laptop is damn heavy and to carry everything home - even with my trolley - is a mission.
Last night we celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary with a fillet roasted in the Weber and a bottle of bubbly! What a wonderful evening! And a very eventful two years of marriage!!!! LOL!!! I wonder what the next two hold in store - let alone the next 50!!!???!!!
I start work next week Tuesday after the Easter weekend which is quite exciting and a little daunting too. I'll try to post before I start next week but if not, then the next time will only be at the beginning of April when we get our ADSL line installed.
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All our love, hugs 'n kisses,
Mands & Scott