The Day of the Lobster
Slept well and woke up refreshed with no ill effects from the long journey. The day started out a little dull but it looked as if it might clear up as the day progressed. After breakfast made contact with Rijan (ex King’s and Best Man to be at Ben and Kelly’s wedding). He and his wife, Helen, have just had a baby boy, Harley, ten days ago. Rijan came to meet us and took us back to their flat in the fashionable Mosman district on the north shore. The flat had a stunning, to die for, view over the estuary. Harley was a little sweetie and took to snuggling up to Angela like a duck to water. When we had finished Rijan took us to the ferry wharf via Balmoral Beach, a very quiet, perfect family beach.
The ferry took us to Circular Quay where we waited, with a beer, at the opera Bar for Helen to join us. I don’t think either of us realized just how effective the sun had become and the time we spent waiting, along with the time spent eating lunch was sufficient to give us a good dose of Vitamin D. I had forgotten to pack a hat and neither of us was carrying sun cream., so before we boarded the ferry to Watson’s Bay we bought and lathered ourselves in sun cream.
On arrival at Watson’s Bay we paddled in the warm waters and booked a table at the famous Doyle’s Fish Restaurant for the evening. Then we strolled along the cliffs where Angela and I had watched the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in 2007. The sun was feeling very strong in the clear sea air and I knew I was going to suffer as the evening progressed. Cancelling our reservation we took the last ferry back to Circular Quay and ate a superb meal on the quay. I had kangaroo steak on a bed of beetroot risotto.
Predictably, I did not sleep very well, and hardly at all after 1.30am, as a result of a rather sore head, sunburned like a lobster!
The Girlie Perspective
Sydney was seen in all its summer glory today. I had a memorable precious cuddle with 10 day old Harley. He was very relaxed and soon snoozed. His Mummy & Daddy, Rijan & Helen were very welcoming, treating us to coffee and Rijan’s homemade brownies (domesticated Daddy or what!) We sat on the wall near the Opera House, people watching and lapping up the atmosphere in such an iconic spot. The coastal walk was lovely but my recently damaged foot did start to complain so I was ready to rest at Glenferrie Lodge after a fish & chip supper.