I love playing tourist with visitors to the area. Mind you I haven't lived here long enough to know everywhere and everything so its sometimes a voyage of discovery for me too.
Thursday was a bit bleak. Definitely not beach weather, so we decided to go to Blackwall Mountain, which is about 20 minutes drive from here on the way to Woy Woy. By the time we got there, the Dearly Beloved took the kids up to the top through a drizzly rain, while my cousin & I had some quiet chat time.
The kids found a cave half way up
View from the top.
Lion Island shrouded in misty rain. You can just make out Barrenjoey Headland in the background where the Hawkesbury River meets the Pacific Ocean. If you aren't familiar with this area, Barrenjoey is the north easterly tip of the Sydney Metropolitan area.
Here's the ferry which has just left Ettalong wharf. It is headed for Palm Beach, just down from Barrenjoey Headland.
Scrambling down the hillside
After the intrepid, and slightly damp mountaineers had returned to base, we headed off to the waterfront at Ettalong, where we found a picnic shelter for some lunch.
Just look at that glowering sky in the background.
My cousin had been to Pearl Beach before for family holidays, as her eldest sister had a holiday cottage there, so we called in there next, so she could reacquaint herself with it.
The kids enjoyed playing with the frizbee on the beach for a bit before we headed home. They managed to send it into the surf, and it was just too far out for them to retrieve it. The brave man took off his shoes to wade into the very cold water, so the day was saved. It is a very pretty place.
After dinner each night we have played antique games.
This one is a travel game which is well over 50 years old, and went down really well with the kids. You buy tickets to travel to various countries, exchange currency and buy souvenirs. Sounds simple but it isn't as there are many and varied obstacles. Besides this we have had the Scrabble out, also about 50 years old, and UNO, the baby at 35 years old. LOL. The boxes are torn but it doesn't detract from the fun we've had!
That's all for now. Part 2 in a day or two.