The last week here has been pretty mixed. The run of stunning weather we have been having has come to an abrupt end with two days of solid rain – add to that a household of people coming down with the flu and it adds up to some fun days stuck indoors. Still between the showers theres been enough sunshine to get out and about.
Last weekend we spent the evening up at Mrs MacQuaries Point which is the small headland east of the opera house stuck between there and Garden Island. Its an historic area in Sydney and an absolute hotspot for wedding photos. Do yourself a favour if your getting married anytime soon – whilst it may be a very picturesque spot to get you snaps taken, its not exactly original or private. In the hour we were there at dusk there were at least 7 or 8 bridal parties whisked round the various vantage spots by teams of frantic photogs. It looked like the hardest thing was managing to take some shots without getting another bride in the background. A quick 20 mins and theyd be whisked off only to be replaced by some other newly weds waiting in the wings. Sydney is abound with vantage points and hidden alcoves all of which would provide an equally memorable setting. I joined in tho and get a few pics of the family in the evening light
The next day again dawned clear and dry which was good as Id arranged to meet a friend of mine at one of Sydneys best bouldering areas, the Balkans. The whole Sydney region is sat ontop of sandstone and there are places to climb literally everywhere with new ones still being uncovered if you can be bothered to put the time in to go and find them. 10 degrees is about as cold as it gets in winter so an early start is essential to get the best conditions. Setting off before dawn ensures you get the most amount of time on the rock before the sun gets its warmth to it.
James below on Eastern Bloc Arete V0 and the Pincer Movement V5
To top it off Aussie teen Jess Watson arrived back in Sydney to a heros welcome following her round the world sailing epic. Shes attracted alot of negative press with people telling her she hasnt sailed far enough and that she cant hold any record I dont think any of the Australian public could give a crap. Only 40 boats were on the water to wave her off 7 months ago but an estimated 1500 crowded the harbour for her return. The proposed 100m exclusion that the Police tried to enforce was a joke as boats of all sizes jossled for position next to the 10m yacht. The PM and Premier of NSW were on hand to wlecome back at the Opera House – despite the fact she was over two hours late. This must have been a bit of an embarrassment for the organisers who I heard had kept her off shore for a couple of days so she could have a Saturday homecoming. Theres been a million pictures in the press lately but I wandered up to Dubroyd head with a few hundred other folks and grabbed a few of my own
Jess’ boat is the one in the middle of the frame with “Ella” on the sail in bright pink letters