Well, Guy and Helen had to unfortunately cancel meeting up on Wednesday but we're going round to theirs for tea next week which will be good. I'm working six days this week but I had a lovely day off on Wednesday. The sun was shining so I went down to the Harbour and decided to walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge. The 'old coat hanger', as it's known, crosses the harbour at one of its narrowest points, joining central Sydney with the satellite business district in North Sydney. A British engineering firm called Dorman, Long and Co won the tender to build the bridge, which was completed in 1932, at a cost of 20 million! You can access the pedestrian walkway on the eastern side of the bridge via the Argyle Stairs, near Cumberland Street. Once on the bridge the views were spectacular but it was even better from the Pylon Lookout. You have to climb 200 stairs to get to the top of the southeastern stone pylon, which also has a small museum telling the story of the Harbour Bridge, but it's definitely well worth it! I got some good piccies and a good look round the whole of Sydney!
I then had a wander round the rocks and visited The Rocks Discovery Museum, which is free, and tells you about life in Sydney when the aborigines lived here, before they got pushed out by everyone else! This was very interesting and it was good to get a better understanding of their history. From there I walked along Argyle Street through Argyle Cut (excavated by convicts) to Millers Point, a delightful district of early colonial homes with a very English-village feel. I felt really at home in this area! Nearby lies the lovely 1848 Garrison Church and then the Sydney Observatory, which sits on top of Observatory Hill overlooking Millers Point and the Harbour. There's a lovely garden and a free astronomy museum to look round.
Meanwhile Jem was at a Malborough Wine Tasting in town so we met up for a drink, or two, at the nearby Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel. This is an atmospheric old pub that claims to be 'the oldest pub' in town! It brews its own beers and we tried the Quayle Ale, Trafalgar Pale Ale and Nelsons Blood which were all very nice. Back at home, Jem was looking out of the window and saw that the people who lived in the house opposite us were trying to get their cat down off the roof. They couldn't see where it was so Jem helped them but they told him that the cat was deaf. He suggested that they get tuna to tempt the cat down but that didn't work so they ended up having to get the fire brigade out!! All very exciting hey and you'll be happy to know that snowy is safely back on the ground!
I'm now off to the beach so have a great weekend and lots of love to you all!