Showing posts from December 25, 2011

My last full day in Australia (15th December 2011)

Enough already?  Here is the last posting of photo’s from my Australian trip earlier this month.   They are of the lovely Blue Mountains area near Sydney.  I took one of those dreadful day-trips to this area on my last full day (20 minutes here, 10 minutes there etc -  just enough time to take photo’s, but not enough time to savour the scenery).  But it was better than nothing.
In some ways my mind is still in Australia (I know this cos I dreamed about it last night).  It was a wonderful trip for which I will have grateful memories for a long time.

Australian countryside (or bush)

Much of the good stuff in my visit to Australia was when I got out into the “bush” (or “countryside”) – I am still not certain if the words are synonymous.
I know that the “bush” and the “outback” are not the same.
Australia is indeed a very flat Continent.  You will see this in the photo’s I took from a plane, en route from Adelaide to Melbourne. 
There are also quite delightful “countryside” areas near Adelaide (the Adelaide Hills); and near Melbourne in the Ballaratt/Creswick/Doylesford areas. These places are neither Cities, nor Outback.
Here are my pics.  I’ll end the Australia series tomorrow with some photo’s from the gorgeous Blue Mountains near Sydney.

Sydney scenes

Here are some pictures from Sydney.  I am sure that many of them show familiar places, but it’s different when you are “there”.  (Incidentally, I think that the Opera House “shows” better in photo’s than up close. It seems to need a coat or two of paint). Tomorrow, some pictures of lovely Australian countryside.

Not quite Australia

I hoved over to Largo, FL today  (a 75 minute drive) to hook up with Steven S. and his family.
 I met Steven when he was an undergraduate at Harvard College, at which time he attended S. James’s Church in Porter Square, Cambridge where I was the Rector.
Both Steven and I moved on.  He wound up for a while in Sydney, AU, and my plan had been to visit him there.  But he returned to his present home in Los Angeles before my trip, so we did not connect in Australia.
Steven hails from Titusville, FL  (on the Atlantic Coast).  He’s been at home with his parents and one of his brothers for the Christmas holiday.
The four of them came over to Largo today to look at the 40’ yacht which is being built for them at
See  for examples of Island Yachts.

It’s a gorgeous boat.  Soon it will be taken by road from Largo to Fort Pierce FL where it will be launched.  Then Steven’s parents will sail her down to the American Virgin Islands.
So I met Steven’s Mom and Dad, and his brother Andre…

Back in Australia Street scenes in Adelaide and Melbourne