Well, 2015 is now but a memory, so here are a few highlight of our year:
January got off to a great start when we spent a special two nights in the wonderful Wolgan Valley
...Which is by far overshadowing the fact that it is Friday. So instead of the usual weekly catch up, I am posting a few festive-themed photos.
I have never seen a Christmas tree surrounded by flowers before, such as this one outside Cafe Sydney, near Circular Quay:
There was a tornado in Sydney this week and it wreaked havoc over the south of the city. 213km per hour winds ripped roofs off houses, left thousands without power, and there were hail stones the size of golf balls. We were lucky - escaping with just a tremendous rain storm.
Nature is so powerful, but it can also produce such vivid and beautiful colours, such as this sky last week:
We have been thinking about buying out here for a while, and began looking way before we really should have, which was a silly thing to do as the past couple of years in Sydney the housing market has been a little crazy, and even in the year we have been checking prices the value has leapt considerably.
But we weren't in a position to buy - being self-employed, we needed to have a years accounts before any banks would even look at us.
Sorry for the lack of posts this past fortnight - I will tell you all about what has been going on next week!
The last month of the year is upon us once again. The first door of advent calendars are opened, decorations hung up, the countdown to Christmas begins.
Only, the date also signifies the first day of summer here in Australia - and that, to my English mind, is as far from Christmassy as it gets.
I love summer, but I can't help but think Christmas should look like this:
Here's hoping to a slightly cooler Friday than last week, when the mercury reached over 40 degrees.
A couple of weekends ago, after a week of seemingly non-stop rain, the grey clouds continued to hang over the city. We woke up on the Saturday to a few droplets of rain spattering against the window, but it didn't seem too bad, and definitely not cause to change our plans to walk up near Elvina Bay, a remote suburb north of the city.
We made a picnic, packed our waterproofs, and set off on the 45 minute drive north.
Just as we were coming up to the carpark where we had planned to start our walk, the heavens opened - with horizontal rain. We were prepared we we going to get wet, but there is a limit.
And it would be nice to see some of the scenery rather than walking along with eyes squinting against the rain. The carpark cost $12, which would have been fine were we going to spend all afternoon walking, but with the rain as it was, we couldn't justify it as in all likelihood we would be back at the car within half an hour.
Mid November seemed like the perfect time to bake the first batch lebkuchen...