Posts Tagged ‘weekend’

Abbotsford. We’ve walked through here a few times, but not with an eye on history.

We followed the Canada Bay council walk which was well set out.

We discovered that the Nestle factory house (older people will know the one I mean)  was once owned by A.E. Grace of Grace Bros., Abbotsford had a baths, an animal quarantine establishment operated here and that Henry Lawson lived in Abbotsford for a while.

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We’ve been through here before but had forgotten the rich history. Sydney had a quarantine station for farm and domestic animals as well as for race horses.

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Horse stalls

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Probably an old punt location between Abbotsford and Gladesville

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Waterfront living in Abbotsford.  Just because you live on the water doesn’t mean you can afford to do anything with the site. Asset rich, cash poor.

Sydney Rowers.

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Maurine is John’s mother; 88 and still going (fairly) strong.

Her name is spelt unusually, so we were really pleased to find her street in Melbourne’s west.

We walked it with Wendy, Robyn’s aunt.

Nice to see they were tennis courts in Maurine Court. Maurine loved her tennis; I have fond memories of mum enjoying tennis with a group of ladies every Wednesday at Northbridge.

Behind Newport Beach there’s a considerable hill which rises up to Bilgola Plateau. Over the crest and down the hill towards Pittwater is Joanne Place.

So… after breakfast at Newport, by the time we walked down Joanne Place our legs were feeling it!

Pretty little street in a lovely area of Sydney.

A gorgeous early spring day for a walk in Sydney this weekend. Sun’s out, blue sky; just perfect.

Georgia and Anthony are my brother’s children and it was nice to find that Anthony Road in Castle Hill and Georgia Terrace in Kellyville are both fairly close to each other so it made sense to walk the two of them in the one go.

Lots of large McMansions in Kellyville; new houses are are the first ones built on new sub-divisions.

Anthony Rd, though, totally different. Older weatherboards that will not be there for much longer as the suburb changes markedly with the building of the new rail connection.

A gorgeous early spring day for a walk in Sydney this weekend. Sun’s out, blue sky; just perfect.

Georgia and Anthony are my brother’s children and it was nice to find that Anthony Road in Castle Hill and Georgia Terrace in Kellyville are both fairly close to each other so it made sense to walk the two of them in the one go.

Lots of large McMansions in Kellyville; new houses are are the first ones built on new sub-divisions. New parks being built to cater for the increasing number of children who have nowhere to play in their own backyards – a lot of these houses have a huge footprint and sit on smaller blocks.

Very different to Anthony Rd, which has a lot of older weatherboards that will not be there for much longer as the suburb changes markedly with the building of the new rail connection.

Cameron is one of nephews who is getting married to Eliza next week, so a good time to walk Cameron St. on a glorious winter morning.

Birchgrove is a fabulous suburb, so close to the city with a wide range of off-leash dog parks with harbour access. We could very easily downsize to here.

As we’ve found in previous years, a great variety of little pubs and cafes too.

 

The Grand National Hotel at Paddington is in a fascinating residential area among the backstreets of Paddington where there’s a surprising number of bars and pubs. One of these is the iconic Grand National Hotel, which has been kicking around Paddo for ages.

“The Nash” sits outside the Sydney CBD lockout zone so is a pretty busy pub of a weekend evening

The venue is interesting. The walls are painted with faded pastels, and there’s are booths like an old milk bar.

Best of all, your dog is more than welcome. Before we’d even ordered a drink, the bar staff brought over a water bowl for our dog. No pups in the bistro, but that’s understandable.

Paddo’s a great place for a wander… narrow streets, interesting architecture and a few examples of real community like the honesty box for the home made jams and the hoses that have gone waaay over the top with their Christmas decorations!