Wednesday, 31 December 2008

From the Archive

School holidays, and the kids were out earning money in the run up to Christmas. These guys were really good.

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

From the Archive

It didn't take long for the new fixtures at Cook and Phillip Park to be damaged (or should that be vandalised?).

Monday, 29 December 2008

From the Archive

What with running to and from hospitals, then Christmas, I haven't had the time or inclination to take photos this past week. Here are some taken over the past few months, but never used.

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Friday, 26 December 2008

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Merry Christmas!

I wish each and every one of you, your families and friends, peace and happiness.

Merry Christmas

Friday, 19 December 2008

Sky Watch Friday/A walk in the Gardens (5)

In all my wanders through the Gardens, I have never before seen this pond covered in waterlillies.

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Monday, 15 December 2008

A walk in the Gardens

Despite the recent heavy rain, Sydney is still subject to water restrictions.

I am extremely lucky to be able to walk in the Botanic Gardens at lunchtime. Although I follow the same paths, it is an ever changing vista.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Sky Watch Friday/Its starting to look a lot like Christmas (11)

I have no idea what this tree is but its covered in red berries and obviously fruits just before Christmas. If anyone knows what it is, please tell me.
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Update - We think its a species of cotoneaster (thanks mum). Its also an invasive weed. Isn't that sad.

NO ITS NOT - they aren't berries, they are flowers, which I think means its a brachychiton aceifolius or Illawarra Flame Tree (which makes a lot more sense, given its location).

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Its starting to look a lot like Christmas (3)

Its a Christmas tradition for David Jones, one of the city's remaining department stores, to decorate its windows in a Christmas theme. Its loved by kids and adults alike. This year however, you can tell that times are tough - only half the windows are decorated. This year's theme is Santa's workshop.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Monday, 1 December 2008

Theme Day - Circles/Spheres

National Mutual Building

The National Mutual Building was built between 1891 and 1895. Originally the head office of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the USA, this building was designed by the Society's chief architect, Edward Raht, in the early Romanesque style. On completion the building was said to have surpassed anything that had ever been attempted in the Australian colonies. Raht designed the building around a central light well containing a grant staircase with a balustrade of Belgian marble. The light well area is roofed by a magnificent stained glass ceiling and once housed two open cage lifts. during world War II the ceiling was temporarily dismantled and stored in the building's basement. At this time, part of the basement was converted for use as an air raid shelter. A handsome vestibule, with walls faced in Italian marble, provides stair access to the upper floors. On the fifth level there is a grandly decorated room that was once a banqueting hall. The building was extensively restored during the 1980s.

This is the last of the Sydney Open posts. Hope you enjoyed them.

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