Pre-Wedding-Anniversary

Kiama Harbour on Saturday, 19th of December 2015
Kiama Harbour on Saturday, 19th of December 2015

Yesterday, When the temperature in Dapto reached close to 35 Degrees (Celsius) Peter suggested we could escape to Kiama for some ice-cream. Well, in Kiama they catch fish, don’t they? And at Kiama Harbour is a fish-cafe where one ought to be able to get fantastically fresh fish. We set off before lunch to try our luck for getting some yummy, fresh fish.

The climate in Kiama was much to our liking. Our car told us, the outside temperature was ‘only’ 30 Degrees. When we got out of the car, there was a lovely sea-breeze. This was just perfect weather for a summer holiday. Lots of tourists and visitors were around in Kiama. When we cued up at the fish-cafe we noticed quite a few Asian tourists. Peter says, they did not hesitate to spend 70 Dollars on a basket of fish and chips! But you could of course also get smaller portions. Ours was only thirteen Dollars.

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Peter fed the rest of my fish to the seagulls. Here they've had already their fill.
Peter fed the rest of my fish to the seagulls. Here they’ve had already their fill.

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Kiama Harbour was just beautiful on a day like this. We spent about an hour there. By one o’clock we were back in Kiama’s main street and were looking for a parking spot. Peter found some parking near the police station and got out of the car to take some pictures of the surrounding buildings. I took some picture from inside the parked car:

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Then Peter found another parking spot closer to the shops. It was close to some shops, but the ice-cream shop was still quite some distance away. Where we had parked, we could smell some coffee. And there was a nice sitting area under umbrellas outside. We noticed a display of yummy cakes. So we sat down outside and a friendly girl came to take our orders. Apart from flat white coffee and cake we also asked for some water, which arrived in a beautiful blue bottle.

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This is our car.
This is our car.

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We ended up driving home without having had any ice-cream. Well, we can go back to Kiama some other day for that yummy ice-cream in Kiama. I am sure the great Australian Ice-Creamery is still going to be there when we go there next time.  

31st of May 2014

Today, on Saturday, we actually did go out for a drive. Peter and I, we were both very happy that we actually did do this. However, we refrained from going up Macquarie Pass. I saw the clouds hugging the escarpment and urged Peter not to go up the pass. It definitely looked like there could be quite a bit of fog further up there. Not a good idea to make an elderly gent drive in the fog along all these curves of the pass, right? Not a good idea at all even though Peter is a confident driver. There was a time – many years ago – when he had to go up and down the pass every day. More likely than not he still does know  every curve on that pass extraordinarily well!

We agreed it would be good to go down south towards Kiama and weather permitting further on to Berry. Would it rain today? This was the question. It turned out we were lucky all day. Off and on there was a slight drizzle. But no rain to speak of. Often there were quite threatening clouds, but also a bit of sunshine did get through in between very, very dark periods. It remained pleasantly warm for there was no wind, none at all. We could really call ourselves lucky that the weather had turned out all right after a very doubtful start in the morning.

We bypassed Kiama and Gerringong. This is what it says in Wikipedia:

“Major highway upgrade[edit]

Major roadworks are currently underway and are due for completion in 2014. Commenced in 2012, the major infrastructure project will include a new overpass over the Omega rail level crossing, major highway widening, with additional exits and safer on and off ramps.[5]

The $310 million upgrade will provide 7.5 kilometres of upgraded highway and include two new interchanges with access to Gerringong and Gerroa.”

Bypassing Gerringong on the highway we could see along this 7.5 kilometres stretch a lot of activity, never mind that it was Saturday. Will they be able to finish the upgrade this year? I wonder.

From Kiama it was another 25 kilometres. Soon we arrived in Berry for Brunch at the French Bakery Restaurant.

 

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I chose Eggs Florentine
I chose Eggs Florentine
We had big cups of coffee.
We had big cups of coffee.
Peter had Eggs Benedictine.
Peter had Eggs Benedictine.
This Baker's Sourdough Bread and Cakes are very popular.
This Baker’s Sourdough Bread and Cakes are very popular.

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Our brunch was very good tasting and very filling. We knew we would not need any more to eat for quite some time. Strolling along the main street of Berry later on, we had a good look at the various shop displays and took quite a few pictures.

Then on the way home I took some more pictures from the car, mostly pictures on that section where we had to slow down a bit because of all the road building work that was going on. I am going to publish some of these other pictures in my next post.

More Photos from 1999, 2000 and some from 2001

I can’t help myself, I just scanned a few more photos while Peter is doing some more research about the end of WW II on the other computer. I think I start with a couple of photos that were taken on Caroline’s birthday on the 9th of December 1999. That same week Caroline moved away to Sydney, where she had a job.

 

 

Caroline is 21. We had a bit of a celebration with family and some of Caroline's friends at the German Club. This family photo was taken later on at our home.
Caroline is 21. We had a bit of a celebration with family and some of Caroline’s friends at the German Club. This family photo was taken later on at our home.
I think our son Martin took the previous picture. Here he is resting on the lawn in front of our house.
I think our son Martin took the previous picture. Here he is resting on the lawn in front of our house.

SYDNEY 2000, these Olympic Games were a great experience for us. We felt really uplifted during the Olympics and the Paralympics. Peter was a volunteer during both events. He was one of the drivers, driving around important people from hotels to the different venues. The volunteers were treated very well by the organisers of the Games. It was a very interesting time for Peter.

There was some fund to be had during the Games for Roxy, Krystal, and Natasha.
There was some fun to be had during the Games for Roxy, Krystal, and Natasha.
This is Sydney Harbour during the time of the Games.
This is Sydney Harbour during the time of the Games.
Peter took this pictures with me in the foreground.
Peter took this pictures with me in the foreground.
At this function for the volunteers, Gaby wanted to be present too. She was very proud of her Dad!
At this function for the volunteers, Gaby wanted to be present too. She was very proud of her Dad!
This picture with Peter and Ilse was taken during her stay with us in 2001
This picture with Peter and Ilse was taken during her stay with us in 2001

In 2001 Ilse came again sometime in February. She had liked her stay in 1999 so much that she stayed in 2001 one month longer, namely well into May of 2001. We were very happy when it turned out that Margot and Richard were able to come and visit us while Ilse was with us as well. Margot is Peter’s and Ilse’s cousin. So Margot and her husband Richard stayed with us for one week. One day we went with them by train to Sydney. Gaby did come to Sydney as well for she wanted to meet Margot and Richard. We all had lunch at a restaurant at Circular Quay, Richard shouting the meal for all of us. Then we went for a stroll towards the Opera House.

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This is a look from the site of the Opera House towards Circular Quay. Richard on the left in the picture.
This is a look from the site of the Opera House towards Circular Quay.
Richard on the left in the picture.
Here we are on the other side of the Harbour with the Opera House in the background.
Here we are on the other side of the Harbour with the Opera House in the background.

On another day we went to Kiama, a beautiful little seaside town. The old Post Office there had been painted a lovely pinkish colour.

We are having fun at the entrance to the Post Office. Ilse has adorned herself with a lovely fresh Frangipani.
We are having fun at the entrance to the Post Office. Ilse has adorned herself with a lovely fresh Frangipani.

After one week’s stay with us, Margot and Richard did fly back to Perth. Ilse, Peter, Caroline and Gaby farewelled them at the airport. I think I had to stay home because there wasn’t room for me in the car. Our little car, that we still have now, was in 2001 less than a year old. We had bought it new in May 2000. Ilse used to call out car ‘Paulchen’. She liked it and always praised it. She did not want us to say anything bad about it! 🙂

Farewelling Richard and Margot at Sydney Airport
Farewelling Richard and Margot at Sydney Airport
Caroline, Ilse, Gaby, and Peter at the Airport in Sydney to farewell Richard and Margot
Caroline, Ilse, Gaby, and Peter at the Airport in Sydney to farewell Richard and Margot