|View from Andy and Sally's balcony. Tree's surround the property and one of the reasons I was very worried about those fires reaching my brother's property. There is also only one way in and one way out!|
|My brother's ford.and the damage three years ago.|
The trip to Mona Vale was a complete washout and the icecream parlour remembered from our last visit three years ago couldn't be found! Or maybe Ian's memory (which he said is excellent) is not as good as he makes out.
The only good thing about the trip was the Dan Murphys liquor store. Gosh, the wine is ridiculously cheap including the good quality wines as well. As members, there were even more benefits. Guess what we did? Yep became a member!
Yesterday we took the bus to the station. Seems silly not to seeing as the stop is not 100yds from his door. (and we do not want a repeat of the hailstone situation). It looked like someone had finally turned up to do something about that fallen tree but when questioned the reply was "No idea? We can't do anything until the power goes off and when that will be is anyone's guess". More yellow tape was stretched across and as second precaution bins had been placed in the road. All cars must now not cross the line. Quite how that car stuck on the wrong side is going to get out...Hmmm, I expect it an extra pair of hands to lift the tape will see to that.
Sydney has changed somewhat, especially by Darling Harbour. New buildings changing the skyline and we had high hopes that the IMAX cinema would be finished. After all, it was started three years ago. But no, still a work in progress. Strike that off our list of things to do then!
|Tall ship James Graig|
|The HMS Endeavor.|
|Sparrows are bloody big in these parts! No its a Myna bird|
|Cruise liner in. Not one effected by the Coronavirus me thinks.|
MVKrait ferried 14 commandos, disguised as Malay fishermen, thousands of kilometres behind enemy lines into Singapore Harbour as part of Operation Jaywick in 1943
The mission? To blow up enemy shipping in the heart of Japan's wartime stronghold. And it worked. The men returned home to Australia undetected, leaving the Japanese command reeling.
The men involved in this extraordinary raid became part of the top secret, so-called Z Special Unit
Their heroism was unacknowledged during the war, and members of the unit were sworn to secrecy even after the conflict ended.
This became a UK TV series in the late '80s called Heros and was a popular series at the time. We were ardent viewers.
Caught the ferry from Darling Harbour back to Circular Quay which gave a great view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
The train back was a stressful experience. Waiting on platform 2 for the Hornsby train, jostled by the hordes of commuters, after three had come and gone and still nothing on the information boards about the train we wanted it was obvious that we must have misread the map. But no...having walked back up the stairs, asked an official where we should be, he smilingly told us that at rush hour the platforms change and the Hornsby train now leaves from Platform 3!
Ian was quick to point out earlier today that I got our departure date wrong for Tasmania. We actually leave on the 22nd not the 20th as previously stated.