Saturday, August 31, 2019
The grandfather clock was there to greet just near the reception area. Looked the part but never heard it chime.
Not just good looks but the food was just the best.
The waitress was there for our every need, if required.
Making bookings on line for accommodation can be ‘very interesting’. Not all places live up to how they are publicised but the Saxonville did not let us down we are glad to say.
Quite a contrast to the electronic key cards that are given out in a lot of accommodation places these days.
After carrying the keys around in my jacket pocket all day I decided I definitely preferred the modern day electronic device.
Which do you think you would prefer?
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Our hotel, The Saxonville, was not far from the northern beach and it did not take us long to walk there.
We were happy enough to look over the cliff edge at the activity below without the slightest intention of digging our toes in the sand. There were plenty of others doing that for us.
The locals are very proud of their James Cook heritage and we took time out to visit the museum where he lived for some time while he learnt his craft as a sailor.
Another prominent spot on the landscape are the 199 steps that lead to the Abbey and they also get frequent mention.
You can see the trail of people making their little pilgrimage to the site.
As for us, we found a local pub, had a glass of Guinness and caught the hop on/hop off bus which took us up and around there in style.
In spite of taking the easy option, we still managed to exceed 13,000 steps for our walking for the day.
Sunday, August 25, 2019
They have become friends of the family through my son, James, pictured bottom right with his girlfriend, Briana.
It was a privilege for us to have been invited.
The wedding venue was a farm in New South Wales, Australia. Although crisp first thing it was a lovely clear day for an outdoor wedding and the brides could not have wished for better.
Saturday, August 24, 2019
We moved on from Melbourne, but brother Bob had an Aussie Rules football game to come to Sydney for so we had another family gathering.
The picture does not show all of the family gathered but Uncle Bob was happy to be catching up with my son, Rick, and Hannah, his partner, here from England for a few days.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
We really enjoyed the outing.
We stopped for breakfast in the lovely, old Queen Victoria Building and what a lovely surprise to see grandson, Jackson, order a pot of tea - and he drank it all.
The crockery was mismatched but lovely fine china nevertheless.
Dymocks Bookstore presented another trip down memory lane. They have a mezzanine cafe and our mother thought it was a bit like heaven, being able to stop and have something to eat and drink while in a book store. She was an avid reader.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
The Seattle White family, David, Lisa and Jackson were already in an Airbnb in Pyrmont and it was so good to be with them again.
When I went to live in Sydney when I was 21 I used to catch a ferry from Mosman into Circular Quay as my main means of getting to and from work.
I never got tired of this method of transport and so I was looking forward to catching the ferry to Manly so that I could see those familiar sites - the Opera House,
To think it can be so crowded in summer but there we were on cool spring like morning and hardly a soul in view.
A walk along the Manly Corso and a refreshing drink at one of seaside restaurants and all was well with the world.
Monday, August 19, 2019
When I was in Melbourne earlier in the year I was here for St Patricks Day and went to see my great niece, Jaeda, at several venues, dancing to celebrate the day.
The first event was at 10am in an Irish Pub and the drinks were flowing even at that hour. I was happy to have a cappuccino to keep me going.
I didn’t manage to capture an image of Jaeda dancing yesterday but here she is on the right with very proud Grandad and Mum, Irene.
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Even though I had lived in Australia for 30 years I had never had the opportunity to go to this great venue of all things wonderful to Australian sports fans.
Linda and I are pictured here with John, a long standing friend of our brother, Bob.
John and Bob being faithful Saints supporters we just had to wear the right colours for the day.
Another ‘bucket list’ item, if I had a bucket list.
I had always wanted to watch an Aussie Rules game.
I know nothing about the game but I enjoyed the whole show, the atmosphere, the crowd involvement - it was just great. Although this image gives the appearance of an empty stand, there were over 50,000 fans there and the roar of the crowd was all part of the fun of the day.
Friday, August 16, 2019
We have found this works for us with great success.
Great shopping restraint. If it can’t fit into our cabin baggage then we won’t be buying.
That said, there is always the option to post a parcel home if something just has to be had, but on the whole we manage.
We have been known to exit a garment or two and replace them with new ones along the way.
This trip will include catching up with family, a wedding in New South Wales, Australia and a little bit of travel into Yorkshire and Wales - a few places in England we have always wanted to go to but not made it until this time around.
A house sitter has been ‘installed’ and we already have positive reports that the cats have adjusted to having someone new in charge.
Today we fly to Melbourne and after a weekend there with our brother and partner we will head up to Sydney to catch up with three of my sons and their spouses.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
He was born on Valentines Day and may give Valentine a run for his money when he is fully grown.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
When I was last here I was writing about a quilt I was making called Forest Friends.
In the end I think it took me about thirteen months to create all the blocks for this quilt and then, finally, it went under the eye of Linda’s trusty machine quilting needle.
It was one of my entries in our local quilt show and was given the Viewer’s Choice Award.
I have never won any sort of prize in a quilt show so this was quite exciting for me.
Friday, August 09, 2019
Part of the adventure was saying goodbye to some of her possessions and would we like 2 trash bags full of quilting fabrics.
We never pass on an opportunity like this and we had a lot of fun going through everything that was there.
Some pieces were quite substantial yardage but in the midst I found a whole lot of pre cut 2" squares in blue and white. Some were stitched into 4 patches but a lot were not.
When we do harvesting of scraps we only go down to 2.5" so these small pieces of fabric presented a little challenge for me.
I ended up making some into 9 patch blocks and some into snowball blocks which turned out to a fun combination.
Amazing what you can do with some 2" scrappy pieces.
Thank you, Fiona, for sharing your fabric with us.