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MenOZiscences - reviewing the Down Under Parts

Once I was getting back on kilter and ready to deal with meeting and greeting again, the first long-term pal I caught up with was SR; we met during our health studies some 20+ years ago. It is one of those connections which can be apart for an entire year, but pick up on each meeting like it was yesterday. Good mates. Like minds. SR and I met up on Feb 8th for an evening meal and much chatter. We decided this needed to be repeated before I departed, so would be doing exactly that on the 20th. Despite having the camera with me, I entirely forgot to use it. The meal was Thai and I had one of the best tofu laksas I have ever eaten.

Then on the 10th, it was an outing with LW, another pal from study days, fellow homoeopath and all-round good egg. As the weather was out-of-sight ridiculously warm (Sydney was regularly getting temps in the high 30's and up to mid-40's C. Yup, well over boiling point of water.), we decided to meet up at Circular Quay, right in the heart of the city, on the harbour. There were wonderful water breezes cooling everything off - but it took fractions of a second for us to then decided we would board the ferry across the harbour to Manly, a beach-side suburb out by North Head.

It's crazy, but somehow I didn't take any photos whilst there. Something to do with too much chatter, d'ya think??? That and balancing one's lunch on one's lap and fending off seagulls. No. To be fair the gulls didn't bother us. There was another lady along a bit they seemed to prefer.

The beach was GLORIOUS. The breeze was DELIGHTFUL. The food was DELICIOUS. The company was THE BEST.

I bought a sun hat. Couldn't believe my own had not gotten packed. Tsk.  There were a few piccies taken at the Quay and as we crossed on the ferry - they'll turn up in the Tuesday spot, not tomorrow but the next onw - but here's a beaut to whet the appetite.

© Yamini MacLean - Sydney Opera House and financial district from the Manly ferry.


  1. Great picture of Sydney Opera House. So glad that some aspects of the stay in Oz went well. My friend Kate in Perth, WA, used to have a cupboard full of straw hats which guests had purchased during their stay and then left behind as being too awkward a shape to pack!
    Cheers, Gail.

  2. Sounds absolutely wonderful! Nothing like catching up with good friends. Now, do we understand it was even too hot for you??

    Your Pals Who Are Heading Out In The Morning,

    Murphy & Stanley

  3. YaYa
    SR and LW are wonderful friends....nothing better than to be able to converse just like you saw each other the day before.
    I'm happy to say I have 2 such friends too. That is a gorgeous photo of the Opera house.
    Hugs HiC

  4. What a beautiful picture. The colors are so saturated.

  5. Glad you were having so much fun you forgot to take pictures!

  6. it's hard to imagine that there is sun and heat too while we have such a horrible weather...do you have a trick or a tip how we can manage such a climate change the best without being under the weather (literally) for 87 days?

  7. Taking photos is great, but sometimes it's better to just enjoy each other's company and chat, chat, chat, chat...

  8. That's so fun! 'FOrgot' photos! I know what you mean!!! xx


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