Bush to beach

Snapshots of a quick trip to Sydney

Flying into Sydney felt like coming home. Fourteen years have passed by since my time in Sydney but everything is still so familiar. I was in Sydney for two nights for work reasons yet lucky enough to score some extra time in the city for shopping and catching up with a dear friend. Sydney Harbour is a fabulous spot for people watching, the many cafes and bars provide the perfect reason to stop awhile and enjoy the view.

Pitt Street mall is shopping heaven, new shoes and perfectly fitting black pants are easy to come by as is delicious Thai food at Assamm under the Queen Victoria Building. Many shops have Christmas decorations on display, the most wonderful of them all vein the Swarovski Christmas tree decorated with beautiful, sparkling crystals.

Leaving Sydney makes me a little sad, it has been so much fun shopping and sightseeing with my dear friend J and I love being in the city. An electrical storm hit Sydney airport on the way home, delaying the flight somewhat and giving me time to share these snapshots with you.

Have a great weekend!

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Nation on alert as bushfires spread, Gillard warns NSW residents to be vigilant | News.com.au

The new year has greeted us with a number of natural disasters for the past couple of years and in Queensland we experienced major flooding that affected thousands. This year Australia is experiencing the other extreme with soaring temperatures in several states and bushfires that have wiped out small country towns in Tasmania. Not all of the fires have started naturally and in some high fire danger areas police are on patrol, on the lookout for the idiots who think that starting a fire in these conditions is fun.

Nation on alert as bushfires spread, Gillard warns NSW residents to be vigilant | News.com.au.

My heart goes out to all the people who have lost their homes, their schools and their livelihoods, please let it rain soon.

The girls go on a road trip

Lighthouse, Port Macquarie
Lighthouse, Port Macquarie

Recently I had to do alot of driving, about 4000km and thankfully I was able to spread it out over several weeks and call on a couple of friends for help. A good chunk of kilometres had to be done during the last few days of March so a girl friend and I went on a road trip to visit our families and then we took the long way home. Why so many kilometres? I have a lease vehicle and for tax purposes I have to do a set amount of kilometres each year, this year wasn’t looking good and rather than pay a hefty tax bill I decided to take a couple of days off to do some driving.

My friend and I grew up in the same, small country town about 500km from where we currently live and we were looking forward to seeing family again but with limited time available it meant a very short stay. The drive south went quickly, we talked most of the way and I am hoping that I didn’t miss any hidden speed cameras. Before we knew it, the trip was over and we were talking about the drives we could do around the area, not to mention the little food stalls and cafes we could stop at to purchase and/or taste fresh local produce. Alas, we didn’t even have much time for that, my Mum had booked me in for yoga and a facial and my Dad was celebrating a birthday so it really didn’t leave time for socialising with friends or going for long, scenic drives.

My camera goes everywhere with me, I thought that this trip would be a great opportunity to take photographs of the local area and some of the small towns we would travel through on the way home. Little did I know that I had left all my memory cards at home, a discovery I would make when the opportunity to take photos of Kangaroos and Wallabies came up, it was dusk and these gorgeous animals were happily feeding on the land surrounding the home of a family friend.

So, even though the photography plan didn’t work out I have included a variety of photos that I have taken in the past when visiting the Mid-North Coast region of New South Wales. I am very happy to say that I did manage to do the required kilometres and see some amazing parts of New South Wales and Queensland that I hadn’t seen before. Both of us were really surprised at how pretty the towns were and we loved rummaging through the little shops that were open, the tourist information centre in Tenterfield sells local art, craft and wines which impressed us greatly although we didn’t purchase any souvenirs to take home. Towns such as Tenterfield, Stanthorpe (home of the most delicious apples) and Warwick are now on our ‘bucket list’ for a girls weekend away in order to explore the areas more thoroughly (including the antique shops and boutiques) and take lots of photos to share with you.

Jelly Bean Art
Jelly Bean Art
Happy, wet dog
Happy, wet dog at the beach
Harrington on the New South Wales coast
View from the pub, Harrington on the New South Wales coast
A Beechwood sunset
A Beechwood sunset
The farm where I grew up
Early morning in Beechwood
My Mum's Frangipani flowers
My Mum's Frangipani flowers
Maxi enjoying the local swimming hole
Maxi enjoying the local swimming hole
Port Macquarie foreshore at night
Port Macquarie foreshore at night
Lights of Port Macquarie
Lights of Port Macquarie
Lighthouse Beach, Port Macquarie
Lighthouse Beach, Port Macquarie