Towards the End of Summer in Australia

Yesterday, on the last day in February, I spent the day exploring the Wollongong Harboursite a bit while Peter had to spend the day in Wollongong Hospital. It was a glorious late summer day. I used the Free Tram to get to the Harbour.

http://www.premierillawarra.com.au/pdf/gongshuttlemap.pdf

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Since we had had a very early breakfast that day I felt already a bit hungry. So first thing I sat down here in Osborne Park and had some cheese on Rye as well as some grapes and water. Before going down to the harbour I took some more photos:

 

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Walking down to the traffic lights it was easy to cross the road to the other site. The next pictures show where I walked along then.

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http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/4835205/see-wollongongs-new-blue-mile-tramway-take-shape/

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Here at this bus stop I caught the free tram back into the city where I had some lovely hot chilly chocolate drink. Then I took another bus back to the hospital where I spent a bit of time at the outside terrace. I waited then for quite a few hours in different areas in and outside the hospital until Peter was ready to go back home. Our daughter Monika was called at work when Peter was ready. She came and picked us up and drove us back home to Dapto. Next Monday Peter has to see his cardiologist. So we have to wait and see what he has to say.

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From this outside area at the Hospital one can see Mount Keira

http://www.visitwollongong.com.au/things-to-do/lookouts

 

Family Visit from Germany, April 2017

My brother and sister-in-law arrived Monday morning, the 3rd of April. Their flight was from Berlin to Sydney via London and Singapore. Their plane was to first to land in Sydney after the curfew’s end at 6 am. Peter and I picked them up from the airport. It was a very rainy day after heaps of rain the previous weeks. I think on that arrival day on Monday we stayed with our guests at home in Dapto. The had left home some 48 hours before they arrived here. There was some trouble at their departure from Tegel Airport in Berlin. Their booked flight with Air Berlin was cancelled. Before they were redirected to another flight they had to stand in a queue for some six hours!

Anyhow, by Tuesday, the fourth of April, they were well and fit to go out for a drive with Peter and me. They had recovered remarkably fast. Tuesday turned out to be a rainy day again. None the less we took a chance driving with them up to Mt Keira. Arriving at Mt Keira the rain had just stopped, which was pretty amazing. We took the opportunity to look around a bit. The view towards Wollongong was pretty good. For a few minutes we were able to take a few pictures. Then it started raining again. We were so happy that the rain had stopped for a few minutes. As the rain started we drove down to Wollongong Harbour, where we were able to walk up to the lighthouse. But while we were still near the lighthouse, an extremely heavy downpour caught us. The three of us got very wet despite our umbrellas. Peter had gone away to where the car was parked. But he also was caught by this heavy downpour before he could reach the car. We were glad when he brought the car up to us to pick us up and take us home to Dapto.

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Pictures of our outing to Mount Keira you can find here:

https://auntyuta.com/2017/04/05/up-at-mount-keira/

 

Tuesday, 4th of April 2017

Pictures from our excursion to Wollongong Harbour.

Soon after i had taken these pictures of the Maui Van we got caught in a very heavy downpour. Peter had run further down where we had parked our car. He thought it was urgent that he did get the car up for us, for me as well as Peter Uwe and Astrid. Very dark clouds were already approaching. Before Peter did get to the car, the downpour started already. In the end we all did get quite wet. Our umbrellas were not of much use in this extremely heavy downpour.
When we were up at Mount Keira earlier in the day we were very lucky that some rain had just stopped and a bit of sun did break through. We had a few enjoyable minutes looking towards the sea and Wollongong and watching all these looming clouds in the sky. But before the next downpour came we were already back in the car and on our way to Wollongong.

I took heaps of pictures from Mount Keira too and am going to publish them in my next post.

Wollongong on the 13th of May 2014

Today would have been my father’s birthday. He would have been 110 years today!
Ilse, Peter’s sister, celebrates today her 80th birthday. Happy Birthday to you, dear Ilse!

Peter had to be in Wollongong this morning to pick up a Holter Monitor to get his blood pressure measured for 24 hours. That means tomorrow at 9,30 am he has to return the monitor. We had a very good morning in Wollongong after Peter had got the monitor fixed to his body. We went for a lovely walk along the shoreline and took heaps of pictures. Most of the time it was a bit sunny. Perfect for a walk on a pleasant autumn morning.

We found a parking spot further up from where we had a good view towards the harbour.
We found a parking spot further up from where we had a good view towards the harbour.

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Instead of coffee we chose to get some ice cream.
Instead of coffee we chose to get some ice cream.

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A bit of Wollongong history
A bit of Wollongong history

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Some firemen were around in this beautiful area. We saw some more of them later on. They seemed to be getting instructions as part of their training.
Some firemen were around in this beautiful area. We saw some more of them later on. They seemed to be getting instructions as part of their training.
We remember the time when these apartments were being built. In the meantime many, many more apartments have been built.  A lot of them are high rise buildings.
We remember the time when these apartments were being built. In the meantime many, many more apartments have been built. A lot of them are high rise buildings.
Here comes the free shuttle bus around the corner.
Here comes the free shuttle bus around the corner.
There's a bus stop in front of this beautiful apartment building.
There’s a bus stop in front of this beautiful apartment building.

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Tomorrow when we are in Wollongong again we want to park our car near North Wollongong Beach and take a walk in that area. If we had a Million or so we would like to buy an apartment in Wollongong and live there! Still, it’s nice to go there for a visit. The walks and the views are free for everyone! 🙂