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Posted: July 14, 2022 in buy local
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A local coffee roaster at Hornsby, on the “old” side of the line.




Posted: February 20, 2021 in Europe in Australia, Walking
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3 years to the day since we farewelled Tom before he headed off to study and live in Berlin.
We were overdue for a catchup, so we’re back! Hi Tom!

Darling St, Balmain
3 years ago to the day

An early morning ride along the Alexandria Canal from Tempe to Alexandria.

Enjoyed breakfast at The Grounds cafe. 

Not really what could be described as a scenic ride… it is along a canal and beside an airport after all, but still, a bit of blue on the map to fill in, and breaking at an institution such as The Grounds… well, any excuse will do!



Overcast and showery for a walk today through Putney towards Gladesville.
A real mix of houses, some beautiful, some ugly, others huge and some obviously just sitting on a goldmine by the water and refusing to waste a cent on any renovation or work before selling for demolition in the future.

Who knew that the original James Squire Bewery, Australia’s first brewery, was in Ryde, eh? Well, Putney. Where the red spot is below.

A lot of this walk was along the waterfront and through parks… nice.





Another short walk around the Woolwich peninsular, this time on a rainy winter morning.

Some stunning houses.


A beautiful Sydney late autumn Sunday; t-shirts and shorts, 25C and winter is a week away.

There’s some stunning homes in this part of Sydney.



The city from Hunters Hill wharf


Substantial engineering to maximise the expensive real estate!


Hunters Hill wharf


Cafe near Woolwich Pier Hotel



Love this gate!


Here come The Habibs house



We started with breakfast at The Coal Loader Cafe. in Balls Head Rd at Waverton, where we were a few weeks ago. Beautiful spot – have to remember this as a venue for a 60th or similar.

From there we headed west, making our way around Balls Head Bay and Oyster Cove, around Berry Island Reserve and on towards Greenwich above the fuel tanks at Gore Cove, some of which have been removed, but some are still in use today, pumping fuel from here to Clyde near Parramatta.


Coal Loader Cafe to Greenwich Rd


Coal Loader Cafe. Lovely.


Coal Loader Cafe


Old wharf fallen into disrepair at Waverton below the Coal Loader Cafe


Old street signs art installation below the Coal Loader Cafe


Looking west towards Wondakiah Dr


Tunnel under the old Coal Loader site


Oyster Cove at the end of Wondakiah Dr at Waverton. Dense housing around, but lots of parkland maintained. Nice!


Remnant of the old gasworks at Oyster Cove at the end of Wondakiah Dr at Waverton. Dense housing around, but lots of parkland maintained


Berry Island – the point where land was filled to connect it to the mainland and make it no longer an island as such,


Berry Island


Berry Island


Looking back towards the Coal Loader


At the point off Berry Island


Along the path between Berry Island and Greenwich


Along the path between Berry Island and Greenwich


Hollaway Park


Hollaway Park, at the end of Vista St. Beautiful little park with a view


Vista St Greenwich


THE spot to watch the fireworks in Sydney! Greenwich Rd, above Gore Cove.

We drove down to Rhodes and parked at the northern end of the path, near the railway bridge to Meadowbank.

We unloaded the bikes and headed off south along a beautiful path beside the river in front of all the new apartments at Rhodes.

As the shopping strip peters out, the path continues along the waterfront, through the Rhodes wetlands, past bird sanctuaries, recreation areas and, once we reached Wentworth Point (close to the Olympic Park), housing.

It was raining this day, so we stopped here and had a coffee before returning back a different way through the various Olympic area paths.

The following week, in bright sunshine, we parked the car and headed out from near the Olympic Archery Centre, heading west along the bike path. We rode past the Armory cafe, but had to cross the river at the bridge at Silverwater road as there’s no path through the oil refinery. The path continued on this other side of the river… we rode till it finished near Western Sydney University.

Here we turned around and rode back to the Armory Cafe for breakie. A nice morning 🙂


Bike paths


Rhodes waterfront


The Armory Cafe


The Armory Cafe


Looking east from near Silverwater Road


Heading west towards The Armory Cafe


Heading west towards The Armory Cafe


Wentworth Point (near Olympic Park) from Rhodes


Historic wrecks at Rhodes


Bird watching refuge at the wetlands area near Wentworth Point


Bird watching refuge at the wetlands area near Wentworth Point



There’s a fine line between vintage and crap – it would seem there are plenty of people who don’t know the difference.

There’s also a MASSIVE difference between vintage/second hand/old//crap/broken and what constitutes a bargain!

$hit! I’m never throwing anything out again EVER!

Deliciopus start to the day at, an old electrical substation transformed into a cafe with a snug interior and a cute courtyard.We enjoyed a delicious start to the day at The Substation Cafe ,  an old electrical substation transformed into a cafe with a snug interior and a cute courtyard. Mediterranean influenced food, great coffee, friendly staff, good service.

We’ll be back 🙂

We went for a walk to the Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre. It’s a warehouse packed with vintage and retro stuff – not really antiques. It appears to be divided into sections – I imagine that each section is sub-let to a different stall-holder.

This was followed by a short stroll to Lunatiques. Love the name 🙂

I was like a trip back to our grandparents’. We found ourselves at every turn saying either

  1. Mitchell Rd antique and Design Centre, look at that, I used to have these (ie remember those roller skates that laced up and the length was adjustable via a wingnut under the sole?)
  2. IMG_1306Remember Gran used to have these? (cue the laminated kitchen table) or
  3. Mitchell Rd antique and Design Centre throwing that away/giving that to Vinnies?What a trip down memory lane!





Holy Crap! This little anvil, about the size of a rolled up sleeping bag – $1200! What would the one i have in the back yard be worth? No wonder the boys argue about who gets it when i die!!


Desk made from an aeroplane wing, anyone?

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Our youngest son turned 21  and we had a 21st birthday party at home last night.

Beer, wine, soft drink and party food, so a delicious, healthy breakfast and a great walk around Alexandria on Sunday morning was in order.

We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Bread and Circus, and then a walk around a few blocks before another coffee at The Substation – where we’ll be back another time for breakie!


Yum. Healthier than beer and pies



Love it. Wyndham St, Alexandria, near Green Square