Archive | September, 2013

Bass Point Reserve

29 Sep

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Today, Sunday 29th of September, we had again perfect spring weather: Sunny, in the low twenties, no wind.

Too beautiful to stay home all day. I said to Peter let’s go somewhere where we can enjoy this beautiful sunny day!

So we ended up driving to Bass Point Reserve. But first we stopped at Shellharbour Village near the swimming pool where we bought some lovely ice-cream and took some photos.

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We were extremely lucky to find a parking spot right in front of this place. It is unbelievable how many people had come today to this beautiful spot by the sea. Today is the Sunday before the long weekend, which people always love for a bit of a break. The school-kids are on holidays already. Lots of families go with them on some holiday outings. It is vacation time and lots of holiday places are booked out at this time of the year. Next weekend the crowds may be even larger with people having a long weekend, meaning they don’t have to go to work on Monday. I hope the kids are going to have as fine a weather as today for the rest of their holidays.

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The Outdoor Shellharbour Swimming Pool

The Outdoor Shellharbour Swimming Pool

Peter takes a picture

Peter takes a picture

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We finished our ice-creams and then we headed towards Bass Point Reserve.

We parked here.

We parked here.

This path was near where we had parked.

This path was near where we had parked.

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This may be the spot where the ship had been sitting on the rocks. All American seaman were rescued, but some Australian rescuers lost their lives in this terrible night in 1941.

This may be the spot where the ship had been sitting on the rocks. All American seaman were rescued, but some Australian rescuers lost their lives in this terrible night in 1941.

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We found this sign a bit further on where we could park our car again.

We found this sign a bit further on where we could park our car again.

From there we followed the signs hoping we’d end up at that little beach as indicated on one of the boards.

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This sign was near the rocks. However this little beach must have been somewhere else. We decided we’d look for it another day. We had been out for nearly three hours and felt like heading back home for coffee and cake.

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Many years ago we visited Bass Point Reserve quite often. It was great that today we could refresh our memory a bit. However we still aren’t quite sure which path leads to that little beach. I hope we can soon go back there. I really do want to see this little beach again!

Sunday with the Family

24 Sep
Ryan with Lucas

Ryan with Lucas

The guests arrive for my birthday supper on Sunday

The guests arrive for my birthday supper on Sunday

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Monika and Caroline spread out food and drinks for ten of us.

Monika and Caroline spread out food and drinks for ten of us.

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Granddaughter Krystal had baked a cake for the occasion.

Granddaughter Krystal had baked a cake for the occasion.

I received some beautiful gifts:

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Twenty Years ago

23 Sep
Peter with Caroline, Uta, Troy and Ryan in September 1993 in the park at Moss Vale Station

Peter with Caroline, Troy,  Uta,  and Ryan in September 1993 in the park at Moss Vale Station

Troy and Ryan are the twin sons of Monika.

The three sisters: Gaby, Caroline and Monika, as well as Monika's daughters, Tashi and baby Roxy. August 1993

The three sisters: Gaby, Caroline and Monika, as well as Monika’s daughters, Tashi and baby Roxy.
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This picture was taken in front of Gaby’s house, probably on Gaby’s birthday

which was on the 28th of  August.

Our Rental Car

23 Sep

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How wonderful it was to have this rental car for a period of twelve days! What did we do with it? On the pick-up day, Tuesday 9th April, we travelled in it around locally. The following day we started our big trip through the outback of New South Wales and from there into the state of Victoria, where we first stayed at Mildura and then we travelled on to Melbourne.

On Wednesday, 10th April, we started before sunrise. We went up Macquarie Pass. Macquarie Pass is an 8 kilometre long section of the Illawarra Highway passing through Macquarie Pass National Park. It was opened in 1898. It is a very winding steep road through this beautiful National Park. Peter knows this section well for he travelled up and down this path every day when he worked at Robertson Station which is at the top of the escarpment. We went through Robertson on the way to Moss Vale. Moss Vale was our first stop. We had a lovely breakfast up there on that Wednesday morning.

There’s one picture of Moss Vale Station. The train from Sydney stops at Moss Vale on its way to Melbourne! We took a few pictures in the vicinity of the station.  First of all we went to have some breakfast not far from the station where we stopped.

Just arrived at Moss Vale

Just arrived at Moss Vale

On the way to have breakfast

On the way to have breakfast

Inside the cafe where we had breakfast  were some remarkable posters. The service was very friendly. The owner agreed to have his picture taken by me.

Inside IL PRANZO

Inside IL PRANZO

One of the rooms at IL PRANZO

One of the rooms at IL PRANZO

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A beautiful restaurant near Moss Vale Station

A beautiful restaurant near Moss Vale Station

An old Telephone Booth

An old Telephone Booth

And an old Letter Box

And an old Letter Box

THE ILLAWARRA

23 Sep

RIMG0086 In April 2013 we hired a car in Wollongong for a period of twelve days. The first day Peter took the car for a test drive along the coast North of Wollongong. RIMG0085 RIMG0087 We drove across the Sea Cliff Bridge up to Bald Hill. RIMG0048 When we arrived at Bald Hill we saw some signs out that the hang gliding  would start soon. RIMG0066 RIMG0074 RIMG0069 RIMG0068 From Bald Hill we could see  the Sea Cliff Bridge. We could also see the little beach that we always see from the train on the way to Sydney. The picture below shows the sandy way that leads to that little beach. We had stopped our car nearby. RIMG0050 . RIMG0053 On that day in April 2013 we drove up the escarpment for lunch.  Near Bulli Lookout is a very nice place, called the Cliff Hanger Cafe. Yesterday I did publish a blog about this place!

Cliff Hanger Cafe

22 Sep

I mentioned the Cliff Hanger Cafe already in another blog.  We had scones with lovely fresh cream there! It was great to have lunch in a place like this with a beautiful view down to the coast. Can’t believe nearly half a year is gone since this day of driving around in the Illawarra and having lunch at the Cliff Hanger Cafe.
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Sea Cliff Bridge

21 Sep

The Sea Cliff Bridge as seen from Bald Hill

DSCN5685 On Tuesday, the 9th of April 2013,  we picked up a rental car in Wollongong.  Our first stop was for a cup of coffee at Austinmer Beach.

This is the place where we had coffee right opposite the beach.

Here we had coffee right opposite the beach.

This is Peter at Austinmer Beach

This is Peter at Austinmer Beach

There's a Swimming Pool at Austinmer Beach.

There’s a Swimming Pool at Austinmer Beach.

I found a seat to sit down and relax.

I found a seat to sit down and relax.

And here I am being photographed with a happy young woman from China!

And here I am being photographed with a happy young woman from China .

This young woman had come with a lot of other Chinese people on a tourist bus that stopped near the beach just for a few minutes. This friendly young woman asked Peter to take some pictures of her. And she also wanted to be photographed together with me! After this interlude we drove further up north. There is this little beach that we can always see from the train on the way to Sydney. We stopped briefly near that little beach. Then we drove up to Bald Hill where we could see this little beach from the top and we could also see the Sea Cliff Bridge. DSCN5696

This is near that little beach where we had just stopped the car.

This is near that little beach where we had just stopped the car.

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From Bald Hill we had a great look at the little beach.

From Bald Hill we had a great look at the little beach.

The Sea Cliff Bridge as seen from Bald Hill

The Sea Cliff Bridge as seen from Bald Hill

On that Tuesday we also went from Bald Hill up the escarpment to Bulli Lookout where we had something to eat at the Cliffhanger Cafe. All these places are in our area. .