At this point I was still looking for a job. I'd been to a few interviews and had made the cut for a couple of 2nd interviews too. Unfortunately, during the week of the 2nd interviews I came down with a bloody cold! I completely duffed those interviews as a result. In hindsight, I probably would've been better off trying to postpone the interviews. *sigh* Anyway, after spending a week in bed, I got back on the horse & started going to interviews again. I felt like all I was doing was going to interviews.... first interview with the recruitment agent and hopefully get on the shortlist for an interview with the client & then, if I've really done well, a 2nd interview with the client. So most of it's a bit of a blurr - I couldn't tell you who I interviewed with or how many interviews I went on. Although, amongst these, there was one that really stood out. A country club on the Northern Beaches was looking for a Membership Secretary. I'd already been offered a position at a great company in Lane Cove as their Sales Administrator. So this is where I stood when my folks arrived - stalling the Lane Cove guys hoping that I'd hear from the Country Club with good news.
We didn't do much on the Saturday night cos they arrived quite late, but we headed out on Sunday for lunch at the Newport Arms. It was Nike's birthday on the Monday & we weren't going to be able to get together, so her, James & Thomas joined us for lunch.
By this stage, Scott had also come down with the dreaded lurgy & was feeling pretty crappy so we headed home early & spent the evening at home.
During the following week my folks had a ball going out and doing a whole stack of touristy stuff. We had planned to spend the following weekend down the coast in Wollongong (The 'Gong) but Scott was really feeling awful and of course hadn't taken off sick during the week.... so we decided to stay local for the weekend. We'd discovered some stunning spots with Penny & Tony recently so decided to take my folks as well.
The Tiger is a lean beef pie with mash, mushy peas and gravy. It is true Aussie tucker and the ONLY way to eat a pie!
The James Craig - Sydney's largest tall ship. We're hoping to spend New Year's Eve '08 on her but may only be able to do it next year.
It was a beautiful day so the car was pretty hot. Good thing we have a sunroof - easy to get rid of all that hot air & cool the car down!
Dad & Scott spent most of the day trying to figure out what the purpose of this structure was/is. A monument of some sort possibly? Nope, on our way home, we stopped off and found out that it's actually a Shit Stack!!! There's a sewerage plant and this is the chimney which gets rid of the fumes. It was quite a disappointing conclusion but my Mom & I had a good laugh!
On the Sunday we took a train to Milson's point and took a walk across the Harbour Bridge - here's a shot of Mom & Dad on the bridge
There are quite a few of these arty representations of the cottages which used to be along this street. Here's Dad behind one of the invisible walls.
After tasting some chilli sauses at the Rocks market, we decided to cool our mouths off with some ice cold beer
The intrepid explorers deciding on where to go next.... Scott & I decided to walk across to Darling Harbour while my folks took the ferry around.
After finding Claude's kitchen in the Rocks earlier this year, we finally found Bistro Lilly in the city! :-)
The magnolias here are quite spectacular!!! On the walk back from the restaurant to our apartment, there is one such spectacular magnolia tree.... I bent a branch down to smell the some flowers, and the whole branch broke off! I wasn't going to just throw all those stunning flowers away, so took them home. Dad couldn't believe that I was going to take this branch home & put the flowers in a vase - did I have a vase big enough!!!???
After a 2 month holiday in Aus, I think my folks were really looking forward to getting home again. Not least of all to see their pets!
Hint! Hint! Mom - why not create a blog with your holiday adventures......??? :-)
The day after they left, I received a call from the Country Club to offer me the position as Member Services Secretary - I start on 19 August!
Scott and I have also been doing a bit of house/apartment hunting around the Northern Beaches area. We've found a couple of stunning places and have applications pending for them. Keep your fingers crossed that we get approved for them!
I'll keep you posted!