Menozplorer – a glimpse of summer…

Many of you were aware of the spring fires in NSW (and other regions of OZ).  What you are less likely to have heard about is the turnaround into almost winter weather again!  Boots and coats, scarves and hats were in evidence, as were umbrellas, though they proved a little difficult as strong winds were also present.  In particular, on Monday 18th November, there was a mini tornado right in Hornbsy!  Yours truly was present in the Westfield centre when the roof blew off. (That link has video news.)

It is now referred to as Hornado Monday.  Oh the wit.  It was nothing like the typhoon and tornadoes other parts of the world have and are suffering.  Still highly unpleasant. 


So it is with great fondness indeed that I share with you now some highlights from a day trip taken on the Thursday before the Hornado.  There was rain in the days leading up to it.  There was rain the very next day too.

For that one day, though, we were blessed.  I took a friend who is visiting from Portland ( - yes, USofA!, Emm’s sister-in-law), for a drive up to the Central Coast and a delightful place known as The Entrance.  I had visited there not long after first emigrating, so at least 20 years ago; man has that place changed!!  For once though, I can honestly say it is for the better.

We were impressed with the cleanliness, organisation of tourist info, the all-day free parking station (oh yeah!) and general feel of the place.  It is mainly a holiday and tourist destination, but as Sydney expands, it is showing signs of becoming one of the ‘dormitory’ towns. 
 
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As we drove in and glimpsed the sea it shone like turquoise and sapphire crystal in the glorious sunshine.  The name is from the fact that there is a channel here connecting the Tuggerah and Budgewoi Lakes to the Pacific Ocean.  In fact, it is often referred to as Lakes Entrance also.  After parking, we wandered through the Memorial park down to the promenade along the channel-side, which became a boardwalk as it turn round onto the ocean beach side.  We continued our walk until we came to the 1937 building of the Surf Life Saving Society.  From here, too, we could see the tidal baths; these are some of the very few remaining in use.
 
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Join me tomorrow to continue the visit to The Entrance! 
....(y'know there's gonna be pelicans, right???  &*>)

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like Oz has been laying on some weather to help you to acclimatise for a mid winter return to Scotland…
    Cheers Gail.

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  2. Oh, those colours.... I'd heard about the unseasonable weather, but at least it doesn't last long, unlike over here. ;-)

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