Friday, September 17, 2010

The week that was....

My holiday - I have taken the last week off work to have some "me time" and enjoy the lovely Spring weather that Sydney is experiencing at the moment.

Just a couple hours drive north of us is the historic township of Morpeth. A step back in time and a lovely way to spend a Sunday meandering around the quaint shops. Of course the first thing on arrival is to check out the coffee shops and order a devonshire tea complete with freshly baked scones, jam and cream.

A wander down the street uncovers all sorts of wonders starting with this lovely old clydesdale.

And of course Morpeth is famous for its unique collection of teapots of all shapes and sizes. Tea anyone!!

The next day saw us on the bus into the City. This was the business end of the holiday - an appointment with our accountant. We thought why not make a day of it and make our way down to the area of Sydney known as "The Rocks". One of my favourite parts of the city. I love the juxtaposition of the old buildings in the front of the photo and the modern looming up behind them.

And of course an outing to Sydney would not be complete without a photo of the Opera House.

I have lived in Sydney all my life and until a couple of weeks ago I had not heard of Fagan Park at Galston. What a hidden treasure and only 1 hours drive from our doorstep. This park was donated by the Fagan family to the community for all the enjoy and enjoy we did. Lovely wide open spaces and beautifully maintained as you can see by the photos below.

Of course all this fresh air and driving around certainly works up an appetite. We stumbled across this lovely restaurant in a quaint garden setting which seemed to fit the bill admirably.

Today is the last offical day of my week off - where has that gone - and being the lovely day that it was we headed off to Balmoral Beach about 30 mins drive from us. This photo was taken as we drove down one of the very steep streets around the Mosman area

On arriving at the bottom of the hill - and paying the inevitable parking fee - we took ourselves off for a walk along the beachfront enjoying the view across the harbour

Of course it was getting close to lunchtime and what did we spot but the local fish and chip shop aptly called "Bottom of the Harbour"

So the decision was made - fish and chips it would be for lunch - and they were delicious.

All goods things must come to an end and after my week of holidaying and eating it is back to work on Monday with my packed lunch. I know when I open my lunch on Monday I will be thinking of my fish and chips by the beach.


Unknown said...

Karen it looks lovely ! So nice to hear you enjoyed your time off .

Shirlwin said...

When I moved to Australia 2nd son and I spent a couple of days in Sydney, staying at The Rocks. I was mightily impressed with the Opera House, such a unique and truly beautiful building. I touched it!! The Bridge didn't impress the same.

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi Karen, that fish looks yummy. Yes Morpeth is a great place to visit.
I loved our first visit to the "Rocks' when the girls were young. We went and ate at
the Old Spaghetti Factory- the table we had was an old Singer machine top and the treadle was still attached. They had chamber pots filled with flowers hanging from the ceiling!!!:-)

RobynLouise said...

What a great holiday and your pics are wonderful. Love the old brick building the fish and chip shop was situated in with the dark bricks outlining the corner window, and of course the historic style of The Rocks :).

Margarita said...

That fish and chips looks wonderful, pity our nearest one is that far away. Thank you for sharing your photos.