First, thanks to Alice in Paperland and Highlands Scrapbooking for inviting me to teach. In every class there were women who had been in class previously with Deb and I when we were in Australia in either 2007 or 2010. It was good to see you all.
We had a great time using the Distress Stains...so excited to teach this class again in Oct in New Zealand. If you are a reader of this blog then you know I LOVE me some Distress Stains, just can't get enough!
Now I know that looking at someone else's vacation photos can be painful so I thought I would focus on a just a few highlights of the trip.
Drive to St Albans
A man selling pumpkins and old junk on the side of the road...looked like a page from a Dickens novel (minus the truck of course)
beautiful winter day
long line for food
live music in the back
fabulous scenery along the Hawkesbury River
I had been to Manly in 2007 and loved it so we went back again. This time we parked at Sydney Olympic Park then took the River Cat (a river taxi) into Circular Quay, then caught the ferry out to Manly Beach.
the Manly Ferry leaving Circular Quay
We lucked out with a day of sunshine, beautiful sailboats and great views of the harbor.
the boardwalk leading to the beach
We got fish and chips and ate at a picnic table by the beach. As you can see, everyone is bundled up but it was really quite nice out.
Ice cream on the boardwalk with Ree
Junk'in in Sydney (okay, a little outside the city limits)
On a tip from a reliable source (and an internet search), five of us head out one morning to find a fabulous junking source.
We drove and drove... and drove some more (that would a total of 50 km each way...thank you very much Lorraine).
Turning off the paved road...to find shed number 5. Do you see it? Wayyyyyy back in the back?
There it is, see it in the back with the stolen getaway car in front?
(I think now is the time we hear the faint sound of the banjo music from Deliverance)
This is me laughing and trying to take a picture at the same time.
Good times girls, good times...
Paper Boutiques - Can't go on a trip without going to a few!
Little Paper Lane
Darling little shop in Mona Vale, from the window display of hot air balloons to the great customer service, this shop is a must stop. It might be a small shop but Jayde has stocked it with the best paper choices and some great displays. I bought this and this.
fabulous paper shop in Surry Hills (near downtown). It did not disappoint.
Mad Spud Cafe - Three of us had the Whacko Taco and it was yummmmy!
Australian War Memorial:
Absolutely worth the drive to Canberra. We went thinking we would spend a few hours and instead spent the entire day in the memorial and did not see even half. Very solemn, yet tremendously inspirational. So much sacrifice documented in a very personal way through artifacts, letters, and personal photos. Definitely one of the best days in Australia.
Eternal flame reflecting pool
Red Poppies of Remembrance
The Roll of Honour is a long series of bronze panels recording the names of Australia's war dead.
So I will leave you today with a few of the phrases you might hear when visiting...and mind you, no one ever says, "throw a shrimp on the bar-bie".
mate - friend, buddy, used like we use "dude" or even a greeting for someone you don't know.
bloke - man
sheila - woman
muck up - cause trouble
chalk and cheese - two things/people that don't have anything in common
not the full quid - not too smart
Bob's your uncle - you've got it made
scarce as hen's teeth - something that rarely happens
rug up - dress warmly
windscreen - windshield
punch up -disagreement/fight
brekkie - breakfast
tea - dinner
heaps - lots of something
crooked as a dog's hind leg - can't be trusted
gobsmacked - shocked
lollies - candy
take away - take out food
prezzy - gift
no worries - has multiple uses: for sure, okay, that's alright, no problem....etc.
Thanks to all who made the trip such a great success: Lorraine, Lyle and family, Sally and Anthony and the boys, Pam, Alice, Ree, Shaun and miss Maddy, LeAnne and Donna, Sandra and June (and a special thank you to Andrew, Sandra's husband who took my husband golfing in the Highlands for 3 days while I was teaching) and of course all the ladies in class. It was the best.
cheers for a great weekend!