Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sydney Beaches

Back in Australia, we headed to Sydney for the weekend, as you do. We stayed with a work mate of Him Outdoors who took him out on a surf ski at Freshwater Beach, the home of surfing. As you can see, the legendary status of the area rubbed off on Him Outdoors...

Him Outdoors prepares to go surf-skiing
Going, going...
Freshwater Beach
Curl Curl Beach
I love these outdoor swimming pools they have by the sea. They're called 'rock pools' over here.

Dee Why
The fast lane at Dee Why
We went to Manly to mingle with the beautiful people (and sample the beer at two craft breweries - Murray's and Four Pines).


Manly, Sydney

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Back Down South

Dad had suggested an afternoon tea somewhere (very cute of him to ask mum, "Do you think Katie might like...?") I did like. Very much. We had pots of tea and plates of sandwiches and fancy tarts at the Compleat Angler, looking at the river as it flowed past, although we weren't seated on the terrace as it began to rain. It really was a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.

Mum is overwhelmed by the tea tray
Dad plays peek-a-boo with the scones
The company is great and the view's not bad either.

All Saints' Church, Marlow
Dad at the Compleat Angler
Dinner with friends at Cousin Rachael's place was a lovely way to spend an evening.

Our Man in London with the little person
Family portrait
Cousin Rachael and I went to see Henry V at The Globe. I will write more about this spectacular performance, but here are a few pictures of the venue. As we were groundlings (standing in the yard for $5) our pre-show drinks of Pimm's and cider cost more than our tickets. For some reason this amused me.

The Globe Theatre
Cousin Rachael checks out the programme
We ended up with a lovely walk from Marlow to Turville. The Chiltern Hills are absolutley gorgeous!

Looking back at Marlow
Dad and Cousin Rachael in the leafy lanes
Half-time refreshments at the Prince Albert
The windmill at Turville