Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The London branch in Sydney

The London branch were well set up in their stylish Randwick Airbnb during their Sydney stay: lots of pool time for Eddie, fantastic toys to play with, great eating options nearby and plenty of shared time with Nanny and Poppa (and us)!  It helped (just) make up for the loss of Eddie and Ivy's Canberra playmates, although I think Eddie lost his Mojo for a bit - it was so quiet ...........

We didn't do too much in Sydney the first two days - it was too hot to venture far from the a/c and the pool. However by Monday we were able to set out on the ferry to Manly Beach - the classic Sydney visitor destination......


Eddie had recovered his Mojo by this and was a very animated traveller....

Manly had all the attributes Eddie looks for in a beach (namely seagulls!!)..........

Ivy had recovered her sleeping Mojo by today and we didn't see much of her until after lunch.
Lunch was truly amazin. We found the best restaurant eva..... chip pizzas on the menu... 3 thumbs up from Eddie!!
Ivy finally woke up - properly - on the ferry ride back to Circular Quay.....
Hope she doesn't forget seeing Sydney Harbour.......
Our last night together (last night) was lovely. We celebrated Eddie's 7th birthday with a cake and presents ..... The rockin rollin laughin kookaburra was a huge hit (yay!) - resulting in big smiles from Eddie....
and great hilarity all around....
... only to be relieved when those batteries wear out (soon I hope)!

Such precious times with these beauties.........
Can't bear to write how it felt to say goodbye!!!

Cousins

There were two magical days in early January when we saw the London and Canberra cousins together - the last day of the Mollymook Beach holiday...........
 Ivy had the Canberra boys wrapped around her little finger!


 And Eddie was best buddies with Angus and Ollie........

Then, just the day after, at Randwick in Sydney, Eddie and Ivy met Ella and Abi (just back from their holiday in Bali). Ella hadn't seen Eddie for six years or so, but they got on (both water babies) as though it was only yesterday.......

 In all the excitement Abi avoided nap time all afternoon....
 but loved story time, tucked up in bed, with Ella and Abi.....
 They all found Davey a great playmate.........
 Ella set him her handstand challenge (which Davey fulfilled - just!)


 Eddie and Ivy have found all their Australian cousins amazin fun!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

NYE Sydney

Our darling nephew Joel invited us to this AMAZING place at Milson's Point, overlooking Luna Park, Lavender Bay and Sydney's Harbour Bridge, to view the greatest show on Earth, Sydney's NYE fireworks, last Sunday night. 

I was so excited I could hardly believe I was really HERE........ Seeing the New Year in on Sydney Harbour has been on my bucket list for at least 60 years! How did you know that Joel?

We made our way from Coogee by bus and train and were well set up with drinks and nibbles on the balcony, before 6pm..... ready for the year's best show in Sydney (the world?)...... and only six hours to go...... 




 It's so special sharing this wonderful night with our South Korean family too (starting the celebrations with a glass of our fave Kardinia Rose).



The first (short) fireworks show started at 9.00pm ..... so the kids could go home early.......

Fireworks were exploded on pontoons stationed all along the harbour and the Parramatta River beyond. It seemed like the display on this pontoon directly opposite our balcony was just for us.......... 





I loved the way the cruise boats were all lit up with LED lights - a beautiful light show to complement the main action.
But then close to midnight the countdown begins: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ..... and then the bridge explodes with light and colour .......... We gasp, and scream, cameras click, ears boom with the exploding sound. and when the bridge show pauses it's back to the pontoons spread across the water, a moving feast of glorious colour, light, sound and fury. Twenty minutes of the most thrilling show on Earth ......


And then it's over......... and a New Year begun.  A spectacular way to start 2018, in the best of company.

I'd been dreading the trip back home. A million people gather round the harbour to see this show and I thought there would be huge delays getting back across the harbour, at the very least.

But Joel had booked us a big "Bling Taxi" to ferry us home. We were picked up in Kirribilli at about 1.30pm and we were back in Coogee barely 45minutes later with very few delays. The "Bling Taxi" delivered on its name in spades. We laughed all the drive home - the envy of everyone in view. This night could not get any better! HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone............