March 2019 Archives

One Month On

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It was four weeks ago last night I had my appendix out.  Still doing all right.  Still random stabby pains all over my abdomen though.

Meanwhile.

Wednesday a week and a bit ago we met up with EffanC for dinner at Malaysian Chapter.  They have a new menu but didn't put any effort at all into its presentation, it's just bits of paper in dodgy old sheet protectors.

Thursday was the usual pizza.

Friday the sweetie and I had sushi in town and watched the new Ghostbusters.  It's rated quite poorly on IMDB, but I thought it was a bit of nonsensical fun.  Kit and Pete came up for Kit's brother's wedding, so I gave them the keys during the day but we didn't see them at all Friday night.

Saturday Stu went off for a war game with Tom and Damien and I had a quiet morning. Kit and Pete surfaced well after lunch, possibly still over the limit, so I drove Kit to pick up her mum and took them to Kingston so Kit could try on wedding dresses.  In the evening Pete and Leisa were having a combined birthday thing at the Old Canberra Inn, so I drove them to that as well.  Kit still wasn't hungry so I suggested splitting a schnitty, as I don't like huge pub sized servings either.  Worked great, although Kit ate so little of it I ended up having most of it anyway hehe.  Inflicted them with our slide show.  Still too big, at 729 photos.  Still needs more culling.

Sunday Kit and Pete went home.  I just had a quiet day doing stuff.  Finished watching the Stepford Wives which I'd last seen in 2006 and started watching the day before.  We did some food shopping, and watched Fuller House and Discovery in the evening.

Monday I got up a bit early and went and saw the balloons.  Neil was operating the Square this year and not cooking.  Saw the beagle, mostly its butt.  Then came home.  Had a quiet but productive day.  Even pulled a whole heap of crap out of the spare room.  Including a huge pile to take to the Green Shed.  So can move in there again now, but still need to do a lot of organising.

Tuesday I bought some ten litre plastic boxes to store shoes that don't get used very often.  They stack nicely and are to replace cardboard shoeboxes that silverfish eat.  Trying to get rid of as much cardboard in the house as I can.  Had Turkish for dinner and watched Homeland.

Wednesday I got some more plastic tubs for shoes because I didn't have quite enough.  In the evening I prepped a big batch of steak/bacon/onion/garlic/mushrooms for the weekend.

Thursday was just MacGyver, but no pizza because we'd already had takeaway one night this week.

So there we are, all caught up.  Nothing particularly exciting in there.

Cordeaux Dam

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On the way home from Sydney I made a slight detour to go see Cordeaux Dam, another of Sydney's upper Nepean catchment dams.  This one was opened in 1926.

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

Cordeaux Dam

The trip from Sydney to Parramatta isn't something I ever had the need to do.  And if I was to have done it, I'd have taken the train because it's so much faster.  So I'd never taken the Rivercat to Parramatta.  But on this day, it was such a lovely day and Mum and I had nothing better to do anyway, so we did it!

Explorer of the Seas in Circular Quay
Rivercat to Parramatta

Circular Quay
Rivercat to Parramatta

Circular Quay
Rivercat to Parramatta

Museum of Contemporary Art
Rivercat to Parramatta

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Rivercat to Parramatta

Explorer of the Seas at Circular Quay
Rivercat to Parramatta

Sydney
Rivercat to Parramatta

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
Rivercat to Parramatta

Dawes Point and Pier One
Rivercat to Parramatta

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Rivercat to Parramatta

Historic Sydney Observatory
Rivercat to Parramatta

Barangaroo
Rivercat to Parramatta

Barangaroo
Rivercat to Parramatta

Viking Orion (background) and Southern Swan tall ship
Rivercat to Parramatta

Glebe Island aka Anzac Bridge
Rivercat to Parramatta

Marlene Matthews Rivercat
Rivercat to Parramatta

Historic Bell's Store, or Fenwick Stone Building, built in the 1880s.  Restored in 2012 (the stepped gable had to be reproduced from an old photo as it had been removed when it was used as Fenwick's tugboat company).
Rivercat to Parramatta

Sydney
Rivercat to Parramatta

Cockatoo Island
Rivercat to Parramatta

Cockatoo Island
Rivercat to Parramatta

Historic buildings on Spectacle Island
Rivercat to Parramatta

Pretty old home in Drummoyne
Rivercat to Parramatta

Gladesville Bridge from the east
Rivercat to Parramatta

Gladesville Bridge from the west
Rivercat to Parramatta

Abbotsford House, built in 1878
Rivercat to Parramatta

Huge house in Abbotsford Point, built 2013
Rivercat to Parramatta

Sydney Rowing Club, Abbotsford
Rivercat to Parramatta

Breakfast Point Country Club
Rivercat to Parramatta

Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital, now Rivendell School, part of Concorde Hospital
Rivercat to Parramatta

Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital, now Rivendell School, part of Concorde Hospital
Rivercat to Parramatta

Ryde Bridge over the Parramatta River
Rivercat to Parramatta

John Whitton Bridge
Rivercat to Parramatta

John Whitton Bridge
Rivercat to Parramatta

Apartment buildings at Sydney Olympic Park (troubled Opal Tower at the left)
Rivercat to Parramatta

Parramatta River
Rivercat to Parramatta

Seagulls on a wharf on the Parramatta River
Rivercat to Parramatta

Mangroves on the Parramatta River
Rivercat to Parramatta

Water pipeline bridge
Rivercat to Parramatta

Bin chicken! (Australian White Ibis)
Rivercat to Parramatta

Railway bridge at Camellia
Rivercat to Parramatta

Apartment buildings in Parramatta (Pam and Graham live in the one with the yellow top)
Rivercat to Parramatta

Buildings in Parramatta
Rivercat to Parramatta

Parramatta ferry wharf
Rivercat to Parramatta

Parramatta weir (with lots of debris from the storm the previous night)
Rivercat to Parramatta

Dawn Fraser Rivercat at Parramatta
Rivercat to Parramatta

So as an enticement for me to come to Sydney after Christmas, Mum noted there was a Lego exhibition on at Moore Park.  I suppose that's a good enough excuse ;)

Our first problem (after an easy train and bus ride to Anzac Parade) was finding the damned thing.  The tickets simply said "Entertainment Quarter" with no further detail and NOTHING at the Entertainment Quarter indicating where it was on.  We wandered around for ages.  We asked two different people where to go.  Absolutely abysmal event management!!

Anyways.

Eventually found it.

Lego Logo Mosaic

Lego Cities Logo

This one operated much like the Sydney Icons show I saw a few years back.  Just a few displays (five this time), with Lego to play with.  Last time it was primarily just bricks, but this time there was a mix of bricks and other types of pieces.  Not that I played with any of it heh.

There were five cities - Tokyo, Dubai, London and Sydney, in four corners of the room, with New York in the middle.  Been to all of them except Dubai.

Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Dubai

Lego Dubai

Lego Dubai

Lego Dubai

Lego Dubai

Lego Dubai

Lego Dubai

Lego Dubai

London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

New York

Lego New York

Lego New York

Lego New York

Lego New York

Lego New York

So that was all pretty cool.

My version of the Lego logo vs Ryan McNaught's

Lego coloured seats

Did almost nothing on my todo list today.  Other than wash the towels.

I did bake a Yum, delicious! cake this afternoon.  Delightfully simple and can be made with ingredients that we always have in stock.

Also Stu really didn't feel up to going shopping, so dove into the fridge/freezer to see what we could eat all week.  Found one of Kit's little roosters that she'd given us when they moved, so we slow roasted him for dinner.  I felt more.. reverence.. I guess to this little bird, who I would have seen and fed while he was alive.  And now he's feeding us. 

It'll very much be an eat the fridge/freezer/pantry week this week.

Just waiting for the dishwasher to finish so I can go crash..

Sydney Weekend

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Back on 8 February I headed up to Sydney to catch up with Mum for Christmas.  Just a few weeks late haha.

Drove up Friday evening (after having a random day off which was nice) and looked at some of Mum's holiday photo slide shows.

On Saturday morning we headed into The Entertainment Quarter for the latest Ryan McNaught Lego exhibition - Lego Cities.  We took the train to Central and a bus down Anzac Parade (where I think it's amusing they're putting light rail back in after it being gone for so long).

Central Station

Central Station

Except the Entertainment Quarter is huge and there was literally no information whatsover on the tickets about where to go.  Lucky we were early because we walked around for ages, and had to ask two separate people where it was.  Pathetic event management.

I'll leave the Lego to a separate post.

So we were done by 11am but it was a case of "now what?".  It was such a lovely day I didn't want to just go back to Mum's and do nothing.  We were in Sydney for heavens' sake!  Even if we just took a Manly Ferry and back it'd be *something*.  But then I thought, you know I've never taken the ferry to Parramatta before.  So we hopped on a bus to Circular Quay, topped my Opal Card, and hopped on a River Cat.  I decided not to sit outside in the sun (I came for a Lego show, so no hat, sunscreen or sunglasses, and did get ripped off by the pharmacy at Circular Quay just to get some sunscreen), so got seats on the left, fortunately the windows open!

I'll leave the ferry trip to a separate post.

On the way Mum called Pam and asked if she'd like to catch up for lunch (it was about 13:30 by this point).  So she met us at the ferry terminal.  Parramatta had been hit hard by the storm the previous night, and there were a lot of downed trees.  Pam's place (which is brand new, and they are the first tenants in the place) got heaps of water from leaky windows.  Note to self: don't buy an apartment in any new building until the building industry can get their act together - shoddy work is the norm on anything built since the building deregulation thirty years ago or whenever it was).  

Tree blown down in storm

We wandered up to Church Street to look for some lunch (it's after 14:00 by this point).  I stipulated it needed to be a *light* lunch as I was going out for dinner.  So we ended up at Volcanos Steakhouse, where we thought we'd get a few starters and call it a day.  Except their starters were HUGE.  And then Pam said she doesn't eat cheese, after the things Mum and I ordered had cheese.  I wish she'd said that before.  #grunt.  If I'd known all that I wouldn't have got any more than two dishes, tops.  They were pretty good though!

Volcanos Parramatta Mozarella Sticks

Volcanos Parramatta Wedges

Volcanos Parramatta Cheesy Garlic Bread

After eating way too much, we headed for the station (the ferry is nice and all but it takes like an hour and a half). 

St John's Parramatta
St John's Parramatta

Parramatta Town Hall
Parramatta Town Hall

Caught an inter-urban back to Central, and another train back to Mum's.

I had twenty minutes, which gave me just enough time to have a shower, then head out again.

Met up with Daniel and Fi at Redfern station and we walked down to the Duck Inn Restaurant and Pub.  I started with a delicious Grifter watermelon pilsner (Serpent's Kiss) that was perfect for a humid Sydney summer evening, and had one other that it seems I didn't check in, so don't remember which.  Could have been the Mismatch Lager, but not sure.

Duck Inn Beers

Because I had such a big late lunch, I was happy with just starters again.  And Daniel and Fi had spent the day down at Wollongong with Daniel's parents so didn't feel like too much either so that worked out.  And they all had duck in them!

Starting with confit duck loaded fries with fig, burgundy, thyme mayo, liquid gruyere cheese and scallions, which was amazing

Duck Inn loaded fries

And also steamed bao buns with shredded five spice duck, pickled carrots and daikon, coriander, chili and hoisin sauce, also amazing, and peking duck spring rolls served with micro herbs and soy infusion dripping sauce.

Duck Inn bao rolls and spring rolls

Was a lovely evening catching up with those guys.  I owe them a beer though!

Sunday morning I went to church with Mum, hoping to see the Cartans, as they're in their nineties now and times to see them may be limited..  But they weren't there.

So then headed off to Luc and Lizzi's to do a penultimate donut photo with Ryan, and ended up staying for lunch which was lovely.

Then headed for home.  I took a slight detour to go see Cordeaux Dam.  Again you can drive right up to it which is nice.

I'll leave the dam to a separate post.

And finally home.

Monday night I started feeling sick.  Just a cold.  But after having so much time off I felt bad about taking any more time off, so carried on.  Fortunately it wasn't a bad cold so that was good.  Only lasted a few days.

Pretty quiet week otherwise, just continuing tv watching of MacGyver, Fuller House, Discovery, and we started watching season 7 of Homeland.  I also started scanning the last two analogue photo albums of Mum's (there were two holiday albums squirrelled away), and started labelling my last holiday photos.

This weekend has also been really quiet.  I haven't left the house!  Just getting stuff done, filing photos, labelling photos, doing jigsaws, basically weekendy type stuff.  Last night we watched Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which was a bit of fun, if a bit far fetched.

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