Tag Archives: Sydney Diaries

Harbourside Hamiltons

Not only did we get to spend time in Byron Bay with the Hamiltons, but we also got to show off our neighbourhood, the Lower North Shore and the greater Harbour district to them as well. Purple Rain Spring in the Southern Hemisphere begins in September lasting through to the end of November and the […]

Sculptures By the Sea 4: Citizens on Patrol

October 2017 Welcome to our 4th annual report from the Eastern Suburbs. It’s October in Sydney and that means one thing. Sculptures by the Sea. We would once again be joined by our fellow Art Critic (and occasional Art purchaser) Adam. As always we would be taking the South to North route starting at Tamarama […]

TBT: Sydney Vivid 2017

Some of you may recall the strange affair of the Phantom of the Opera:a mystery never fully explained. We are told, ladies and gentlemen, that this is the very chandelier which figures in the famous disaster. Our workshops have repaired it and wire parts of it for the new electric light Perhaps we can frighten […]

Secret Garden?

A couple of times each working day I lock my computer and take my empty cup back to the kitchen on my office floor. Placing the empty ceramic cup on the coffee machine I subconsciously pick ‘Flat White’ from the array of buttons, avoiding the ‘too sweet’ hazelnut mocha option and the pedestrian ‘Long Black’ […]

…and build a Lego house

He must have done something right. Not only was Karen really enthusiastic about going to a museum but she was fully aware of what the exhibition was going to be – Comic Books and Lego. Wow, I guess 8 years of subtle pressure and influence does pay off. Also we had a wee bit of […]

Fantastic Four

With the girls coming back from Melbourne we had four days left to enjoy Sydney and expose Laura to as much as possible. Here is how we got on… Day 1: Pub Crawl There are many things to do in Sydney on a Friday night but one of the more random acts is to do […]

Sydney Diaries: Babylon Zoo

The day was finally here. We had wanted to go to Taronga Zoo ever since we arrived but when you live in Sydney you need to keep things back for when visitors arrive – otherwise every new visit feels like Groundhog Day (‘Opera House Tour: Again!!) With the reunion of the Hamilton sisters we could […]

Sydney Diaries: Oh Dear Oh Dear I Shall be too late!..

One of the more cultured ways to spend a few hours in Sydney is to follow the White Rabbit, or more accurately pay him a visit. Located near the award winning One Central Park Tower, the White Rabbit is a gallery showcasing 21st Century Chinese Contemporary Art. The collection, one of the largest in the […]

Hotmanay!!

Normally when we celebrate Hogmanay we are in Scotland and it is “baltic”, as the locals say. This year was different…close to 40 degree heat and glorious sunshine. Quite a lot of people in Sydney camp out from the early hours of the morning to stake the best spot on the shoreline for one of […]

Christmas Day

We celebrated our first Christmas Eve together at a new place for us, The Butler in Potts Point with some new Australian friends, Millie and Alec. The Butler is a lovely new bar/ restaurantopened overlooking the city. Several glasses of wine and scrumptious sharing plates were devoured over travel stories, wedding plans and film trivia. […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Not as we know it with sunglasses, sun-cream, shorts and t-shirts added to the mix! Sydney hasn’t done a bad job dressing itself up for the Festive Holiday but it’s hard to take it seriously with brilliant sunshine! Know what we mean? Our first christmas together as a couple (out of 8) would be celebrated […]

Sydney Diaries: Battle of the Galleries Part 1

So with Karen settling in nicely to her ‘return to the workplace’ and John spending a few tough weeks engaging with recruitment agents (or ‘Lemons’ as one of pal refers to them) it was time for him to take a Friday off of the job hunt and check out some of the galleries in Sydney. […]

Sydney Diaries: Thats what friends are for!

We were fortunate to be invited into a group of friends in our first week in Sydney. Mostly Irish as these were John’s Uni pals from Cork – namely Dave, Rowan and Allan. Our first encounter was as part of the Come Dine With Me Night – a group dinner in a random restaurant every […]

Sydney Diaries: Parramasala

Question: What can convince Karen to get a train for over an hour? Answer: The promise of decent Masala Dosa. So when we found out about the Parramasala Indian Culture Festival we decided to go check it out. Held in Parramatta (the clue is in the name!) and celebrating it’s fifth anniversary this is a […]

Sydney Diaries: A Night At The Opera (House)

With the backpacks emptied and the flat sorted it was time to enjoy our time in Sydney. When you are travelling it’s hard to fit in “Date Nights” in random villages and Karen’s a far classier lady than being content with some Chicken Satay and a can of Tiger beer. So with that in mind […]