Daytripper: Watson’s Bay

There is a lot of architecture going on in Watson’s Bay. Chiefly, there is a weatherboard, slightly nautical look that struck me as an architectural cross between The Ghost and Mrs Muir and Admiral Boom’s house from Mary Poppins. It intrigued me and I would have taken photos except that I felt a bit awkward about snapping pictures of…

Postcards galore

When my kids were little, we used to make sure we sent postcards to their grandparents whenever we went away somewhere. Even if we only went to the coast for a weekend, we would make a point of finding, buying, writing and sending a postcard if at all possible. It was a way of occupying…

Botany Bay National Park

I love a long weekend! Particularly a four day long weekend. Good Friday saw us head out to Botany Bay National Park at Kurnell for a few hours with some friends who had a rare day off because of the public holiday and wanted to do some fishing. I’m not mad keen about fishing so…

Hot air and culture

Last weekend I travelled to Canberra with my partner and a good friend to see the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition showing at the National Gallery of Australia. The exhibition was good – well put together and clearly ‘home grown’ rather than a blockbuster imported exhibition such as we’ve seen there before. While many of the major works…

Museum of Sydney

Part of my renewed energy and interest in the things going on around me led to a decision yesterday to head into town and visit the Museum of Sydney. Mostly because I’d never been.  It’s on the mandatory list of school excursions so my kids have been there – but I don’t often play tourist…

Walking to Wentworth Falls

It’s not exactly a strenuous bushwalk, but the walk down to the top of Wentworth Falls from the carpark and picnic grounds is a nice way to spend an hour. There are some steps, so if you haven’t been before, be prepared for a huffy and puffy walk back up the cliff (unless you are…

A Blue Mountains getaway

This weekend we headed up to the Blue Mountains for a few hours getaway. We didn’t leave until Saturday morning and were home just after lunch on Sunday so it might not really qualify as a weekend away – but we managed to pack lots in regardless. First up was a visit to the Norman…

Women in football

First, a rant warning! Bookworm was 18 yesterday. At her request, we travelled to Wollongong yesterday afternoon to watch the Matildas play New Zealand at the very beautifully located Win Stadium. The ocean is just over that hill on the far side of the ground. It was a scrappy game in parts, with Australia down…