Category Archives: EATING IN AND EATING OUT

21 FEBRUARY 2012 : THE WIRES ARE DOWN

That last post was terminated. Everything electrical was terminated for 8 hours or so.  The storms hit and the power went down.

FEDERAL HOTEL, BELLINGEN.

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THE YAAN : Back Home after a weekend away. Yesterday was one of my own picture book days. Sun shining. Hours at the swimming pool. At one stage I said to the Cheery Redhead;  Where are the clouds ?  Miss 2 looked a little appalled and searched the endless blue skies for at least one cloud. Her two years on Earth have featured very few blue skied days. She looked more than a little nervous at the lack of clouds. We went uptown and lunched in the restaurant at the Federal Hotel. $10 meals and child friendly. I drove home well pleased with these February Days.

Then the clouds started coming in. My friend N.C. from a little furthe4r south sent me warning messages and I looked up our BOM.  Sure enough – storms coming. They weren’t all that bad here. A tree snapped down and some heavy rain – but they did black out the place for the whole night. All a part of a true Summer.

Now for town on a Tuesday Morning. Tuesdays I go to Urunga for a meeting.  Its maybe 8 kms from here. Not far. Talk with friends and buy some lunch. The small routines are precious. Back later.

11 FEBRUARY 2012 : LEAVING THE SHIRE FOR A DAY

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Going North to Ulmarra today.  Here’s the Google Maps Directions.  113 Kms.  1 hour 32 minutes.  Izzy is bringing together disparate elements of the last 5 years and playing with KEL MACINTOSH from out near Muwillumbah. That’s Kel on the Sax. Scrubby is to the left but he’s not coming to Ulmarra today.

1. Head south on Valery Rd towards Old Pacific Hwy  1.1 km

2. Take the 1st left on to Old Pacific Hwy 2.4 km

3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit 150 m

4. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the Pacific Hwy/National Route 1 ramp 350 m

5. Turn left onto Pacific Hwy/National Route 1 Go through 1 roundabout 29.7 km

6. Slight left to stay on Pacific Hwy/National Route 1 (signs for Grafton)  Go through 1 roundabout 66.0 km

7. Turn right onto Centenary Drive 4.3 km

8. Turn right onto Pacific Hwy/National Route 1 (signs for Ballina) 9.0 km Ulmarra NSW

 

Means I won’t be writing much. Its going to be an interesting gig. Kel is in his 80s – a classic Jazz performer. He’s bringing along PHIL EIZENBERG from STOKERS SIDING. All we know at this time , is that Bob, on the trumpet, is coming along and a double bass player.  We lived in Ulmarra in 2009. Loved it. So here we go on a 2 hour drive to visit old friends, eat good food, listen to music and check the Bookshop.

GLIMPSES OF ULMARRA.

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18 OCTOBER 2011 : THE EVE OF A 62nd BIRTHDAY : PART 2

A RUN THROUGH OF THE LAST 12 MONTHS.

OCTOBER 18 2010: ROSES FOR MY 61ST BIRTHDAY NOVEMBER 18 2010: A BIKE IN ARMIDALE
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DECEMBER  18 2010: BELLINGEN MARKETS JANUARY 18 2011 : THE OLD TRACTOR
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FEBRUARY 18 2011 : WE LOSE MY SISTER MARCH 18 2011 : LORIKEETS IN THE RAIN
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APRIL 18 2011 : IZZY TURNS 62 MAY 18 2011 : SUNFLOWER GARDEN GREW
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JUNE 18 2011 : CRAZY DAY IN BELLINGEN JULY 18 2011 : MORNING MIST IN RALEIGH
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AUGUST 18 2011 : BELLINGEN MUSEUM SEPTEMBER 18 2011: FAMILY HOME IN BELMORE
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29 SEPTEMBER 2011 : ESTAP : IDLING IN SYDNEY

A RAMBLING LOOK BACK OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS.

Just around the corner is a café. CAFÉ ON JOHNSTON .

We have had the BEST treatment there.  They think on their feet. Come up with excellent dishes. Remember our favourites and the things we don’t like.

Today I had corn fritters with mushrooms and roasted vegetable salad. Spot on !

It’s a fine thing walking a city street and sitting down to a good lunch like this. I also get my fruit juice with double ginger and do not have to explain it in detail.

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I went to the Northern Beaches and was given morning tea. I have a strong liking for  sweet things and tea with rose and floral flavours.

A  week visit to a Home City is disconcerting in many ways. Glancing visits to people and places and some people and places missed entirely.

 

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I have had one go at the Inner City bus trip. I am rather experienced at them. Some wild decadence in the city but not as much as I had expected. How good will it be if the monoliths are truly crumbling ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monolith

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vodafone

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I don’t think I have anything inspirational to say at this time so I shall simply post pics and links and maybe an odd comment.
THIS THEN IS SYDNEY IN BRIEF.
 

THE ROCKS.

http://www.fortuneofwar.com.au/

http://www.therocks.com/

The Rocks, in the heart of Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, encompasses the past, present and future. The Indigenous Cadigal people inhabited the rocky headland and surrounding shoreline for thousands of years. Then in 1788, Australia’s first European settlers-British convicts and their overseers-claimed the land and built their camp atop the sandstone cliffs.

The Rocks eventually grew from an open-air gaol into a vibrant port community. Its colourful history-filled with tales of ‘shanghaied’ sailors, rough gangs, and gritty life-can still be traced in the many surviving buildings from the last two centuries.

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