Now.. we arrived in Sydney on the 31st March. We picked up Peter, John's brother, at Watson's Bay and headed around to Drummoyne to pick up our mooring we had already organised. There we were met by John's younger brother David and John's parents, Michael and Marion. No sooner had we landed and the prawns and champagne were laid out in celebration of our arrival. It was fantastic coming through the heads and heading down the Harbour under the bridge-this is something John had mentioned to me years ago..."one day we'll sail under this bridge in our own boat". Well, there we are!
After celebrations we headed back to Westleigh to John's parents home and spent the next 2 weeks catching up. The following day we popped back to Drummoyne to pick up Jed and Jude to give them lunch and deliver them to the train station to get their flight to NZ. We were going our own way for a week or two. 'GlenshielVII' and 'Sorcerer' were having a well earned rest!
|Houses perched on South Head at the entrance into the Sydney Harbour|
|Vintage 18ft skiffs on the Harbour|
|We finally made it!|
|The brothers Fry-Peter (above) and David|
|John getting down and dirty at Peters place in the Blue Mountains|
|Handing up a shovelful of mud to Josh and friend|
|A beautiful day for a climb at Mt York, Blue Mountains.|
|I have always said he looks good in a hat!|
|Josh showing us how it is done!|
|Our dear friends Jules and Paola living now in the Blueys|
|Kay Cottee's 'First Lady'-I can't believe I went on board and stood behind the wheel!|
One of the first books I ever read about sailing was Kay Cottee's 'First Lady'. It was very inspiring and I was able to go on board her boat here in the museum. Kay was the first woman to complete a solo, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the globe on June 5th 1988. She took 189 days to sail more than 22,000 nautical miles in 'First Lady'. We had a great day checking out the Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW(unfortunately missed seeing the Archibald Exhibition), Maritime Museum(where we had lunch with John's brother Dave, Tatiana and all the children) and the Botanical Gardens.
|Henry Moore's 'Reclining Figure'-AGNSW|
|Frederic, Lord Leighton-1877, 'Athlete Wrestling Python' AGNSW|
|After large amounts of rain, the waterfalls were everywhere. America Bay, Cowan Creek|
|Refuge Bay, Cowan Creek|
|Skink on Scribbly Gum, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park|
|Busy scribbles by busy moth larvae|
|Wollemi Pine, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park|
|Just outside Ku-Ring-Gai Nat. Park information centre.|
|Angophora costata with Xanthorrhoea semiplana(or australis?)|
|A lovely anchorage in Cowan Creek|
|Beautiful specimens of bottlebrush (Callistemon or Banksia...anyone?) on the way to Brooklyn.|
|Jerusalem Bay(Sorcerer is 2nd yacht on the left)|
|Me and Old Man Angophora|
|Stand of Spotted Gum (Eucalyptus maculata) of state significance in Towlers Bay, Pittwater|
|View from youth hostel in Towlers Bay, Pittwater|
After farewelling Broken Bay we headed off to Newcastle on 25th April, Anzac Day at 0600hrs with Jed and Jude. Had a great sail in 20-30kn WNW, 50 nautical miles. Tied up with Glenshiel at the public jetty. Newcastle...now thats another story.