Matthew St, Crows Nest

Posted: January 26, 2018 in Sydney Streets

Matthew St is tucked down the bottom of Crows Nest, near the Warringah Freeway.

Nearby is the St Thomas’ Rest Park, a historic park and cemetery where the likes of Wollstonecraft, Milton, Berry, Pymble and Blue are buried.


John St, Rydalmere

Posted: January 21, 2018 in Sydney Streets

HWe read that there were markets at the old Defence site where Silverwater Rd crosses the Parramatta River, so we headed down early to beat the heat and check them out.

We parked in John St and walked past what is fast becoming a rare site this close to Sydney… heaps of old fibro houses. Lots of old Housing Commission houses as well.

We combined this with a walk along the Parramatta River along the great path that’s been built there.

Thomas St, Croydon

Posted: January 16, 2018 in Sydney Streets
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Thomas is our youngest son.
Thomas St runs from Liverpool Rd near Ashfield shops to The Strand at Croydon; The Strand being a traditional strip shopping village near Croydon Station.
Croydon is an older suburb and so has an interesting mix of old houses – some renovated, others ready for a lick of paint and a few that will likely be bulldozed in the near future.

Thomas St
Croydon NSW 2132

Emily is our oldest daughter.
Emily St, not far The Forum at Leichhardt. Pretty little street. (And as an aside, hasn’t The Forum changed in the past 10 years? I remember taking the kids there and it was a thriving Italianate courtyard packed with restaurant goers creating a real buzz. Now it’s all a bit sad; virtually deserted, shops up for lease etc.)

On a walk in the surrounding streets it’s evident of the haphazard way some of these older streets and suburbs were settled and grew… some terraces have rear (dunny lane) access, others a side passage, others no access to the old privy at all. Shop fronts scattered through the residential areas, larger houses (the original estate house?) with generous yards. Really interesting.

Emily St
Leichhardt NSW 2040

The Flying Duck

Posted: January 9, 2018 in Drinking at the local hotel

We were in Melbourne for the final weekend of the year. The Flying Duck Hotel at Prahran is a lovely little local, well away from the busy-ness of Chapel St, it’s a local pub, restaurant, dining room, lounge and beer garden all rolled into one. Lovely.

The Dudley at Paddington is a busy local between Paddington and Rushcutters Bay.

BUSY on Christmas Eve, but each year we always go a park at Rushcutters Bay right next to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia where we picnic and wander among the boats before they start the Sydney to Hobart.


An internet search suggests The Royal is a Paddington favourite. It’s a heritage pub situated at Five Ways, a fascinating and we imagine a $$$ area of Paddington, just up the hill from Rushcutters Bay.

A great area to go for a walk.
It’s a neighbourhood local where you can grab a drink and a seat in one of the different rooms, balcony or rooftop with views of the harbour.

Shared plates, pub classics and contemporary dishes.
Somewhere to return!