Christmas decorations are beginning to adorn shopping centres, advent calendars and crackers are on the shelves, and - most importantly - it is time for Lebkuchen! I am going to bake some more this year, but for the time being we are able to munch on some from Aldi - my go-to shop when I feel nostalgic as, being German, there were many in Munich! And where else in Australia would I find genuine, German-made lebkuchen?!
The 2km stretch of coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama has been transformed for two weeks by artists from across the globe.
We walked into the city on Saturday, and went to look at the newly opened Barangaroo Reserve. Built on the old port area between Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour, the 5.7 hectares site is landscaped with more than 75,000 native trees and shrubs, and the 10,000 blocks of sandstone used were excavated directly from the site.
At the weekend we returned to our Sunday morning ritual of an early surf-walk. Holidays, bad weather, bad surf and niggling aching limbs had meant we hadn't done this for a few weeks; and whilst T was rewarded with good surf, fantastic sunrise views over Manly were my prize for leaving bed.
Our second week in England was spent with T's family in the pretty village of Parkgate on the Wirral Peninsular.
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Last weekend was hot: 38 degrees hot! Whilst most Sydney-siders went to the beach, sat in from of fans, or switched the air con on, there were those who believed the best way to cool off, was to curl up with your fluffy brother...
We left a sunny, hot Sydney, bound for England - where the forecast was for rain for our whole time there. Grabbing some fresh air before our afternoon flight, we soaked up as much vitamin D as possible, wondering if we could bank it for the following fortnight.