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Enjoying some r and r around Sydney

My month in New Zealand, and my few days in Melbourne, were absolutely brilliant but more exhausting than I had realised and I spent my first few days back in Cronulla just enjoying some down time. On Saturday Becky and I left Dr Tom writing another scientific paper and drove up the coast to Palm Beach and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.CAF8343F2219AC68173073616F3587E8.jpgCAF90A5E2219AC6817F2E7F3476DD5CA.jpgIt was a bit of a drive, made longer by the fact that, due to roadworks, four traffic lanes converged onto one on the approach to Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Bridge itself was extremely busy.CC7FA71A2219AC6817B732BA0F77553C.jpgPalm Beach is a northern beachside suburb of Sydney. At 41 kilometres from the city it sits near the top of a peninsula with Pittwater667E96872219AC6817A283A226ECE03D.jpg on the western side and Broken BayCD10E35F2219AC681739510BA7F38415.jpg on the East. Broken Bay is where the fictional 'Summer Bay' of the Australian soap opera 'Home and Away' is filmed. We climbed the Smugglers Route steps CD3CBA2C2219AC6817DCC67123CC879B.jpgup to Barrenjoey Lighthouse and it was well worth the effort. 662C101E2219AC6817026DD4BC0501E9.jpg662CE1B82219AC6817E4381F36DCD0F3.jpgAfter spending a while at the top, soaking up the views on all sides, we took the easier route down 662DD97E2219AC68176C3537BB614EED.jpgand headed back to the car via The Boathouse restaurant which includes a shop selling fruit and flowers and has the most wonderful displays.667FECE12219AC68176C4B7719EEA6C0.jpg6680F8AB2219AC68176EC5795DBB341C.jpgBecky decided to take me to Bobbin HeadCAFA157B2219AC6817F09C59B33278EB.jpgfor a cup of tea at the Bobbin Inn,6681E4772219AC681754E9DCC70C0CD8.jpgwhich was unfortunately closed by the time we got there, but we did get a walk around the Mangrove Boardwalk 6683E4DD2219AC681715A9C8536F52C2.jpgwhere there were some fascinating rock formations, wildlife and views.66850C7E2219AC68172D5389E8BAD256.jpg6685F9D02219AC6817346ACE957F4FFF.jpg66A6EB092219AC681700952BBE80F943.jpg
On Sunday T, B and I met up with some of their friends for a late breakfast in Cronulla and then drove into Sydney, to Double Bay,C9DC8E932219AC6817AD9FABDB6877EC.jpg to join some other friends for a ferry trip around the harbour following the last race of the 18ft skiff world championships. This class has been dubbed the Formula One of saiing and it was pretty exciting to watch. The winner, 'Gotta Love It Seven', a Sydney boat, had already been decided on points after the previous six heats of the regatta but there was still all to sail for. Sydney Harbour was a riot of colour and the sun sparkled off the waves like a glitterball.C96559472219AC6817A66185EA85E44A.jpglarge_C9663D272219AC68179F256B647068B5.jpgC96713D52219AC6817B10023DB250E49.jpgC96815C02219AC68175BCA2E56E7963D.jpgC9DB5A682219AC681742D2CC5D942E5B.jpgC9D979EC2219AC6817DBDF4AC93B9D92.jpgand there was huge cheering from everybody on board especially since most of the crew members' family and friends were with us. It was a perfect Sunday!
The next few days are forecast to be sunny and 26c+so me, my purple hat and my book will be spending them on the beach ?

Posted by busyboots 02:35

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