First stop was picking up Rose at Wollongong where she's studying for a year.
Lunch and a walk at North Beach. It's a tough life being a student here.
Then up to Bowral to spend way too short visit with Marg and Tony.
Tony claims that the slingshot scares the ducks away from his pond. Not so much!
The bush near their place is beautiful. I went on an early morning run through it.
All too quickly we had to leave, but managed to grab a balanced lunch (Aussie style) on the way. Americans may not recognize the "lamington" in the upper left. You will see more of these, as they are a staple of our trips to Australia.
My childhood home town. We arrived for a weekend-long reunion of old friends.
The view from the deck of "Brindabella Farm Stay", owned by my friend Annie Hallard. If you're looking for a place to stay in Batlow, this is the place!
Drinks and dinner on the deck. Great to see so many old friends after such a long time.
The sign is a little the worse for wear, and I guess it will come down soon, but great to still see it there. It's been more than 20 years since my parents left Batlow.
So happy to be able to spend a little time reminiscing and looking a photos with the indomitable Kathie Ehmsen, still spry and still dancing every week. Jenny Hymans had us over for some lovely scones backed by her daughter.
That afternoon Annie Hallard and I did a quick trip to Blowering Dam, the site of many great Hallard/Heatley/Gedye adventures. It hasn't changed bit.
Annie very nearly fell in right after this photo was taken.
We all scrubbed up well for an evening at the Courabaya Winery, which makes great wine and served delicious food. Thank you Louise Clark for organizing it. Great choice
It was Louise's birthday!
The next morning we had tea on the hill at the back of our old property where my sister Jenny is buried and my parents' ashes are scattered. The view down the Gilmore Valley is serene. A big thank you to Barney Hyams who personally cleaned up the site before we got out there.
With Jenny and Louise
Thank you Barney!
Great to see Bib again!
Wonderful to spend time with Didi after maybe 40 years.
Great to hear Hugh's travel stories.
Great to reconnect with Diana too.
Great to see Janelle again. We got a chance to visit Bob's grave earlier that morning. Very sad, but very beautiful.
Next stop: visit with R&D back in Sydney.
Beautiful Federation house
With a great guest cottage in the back yard. Wish we could have stayed for longer!
But it was off to Tasmania the next morning. Job #1 was to take the ferry from Hobart to the new and exciting MONA museum just north of the city. It's a must if you visit Hobart.
The ferry itself sets the mood for the adventure to come.
Disgracefully large, but incredible fresh lamington purchased in Salamanca square and consumed on the ferry.
This shiny wall is the entrance to the actual museum. Mt Wellington, above Hobart is reflected in the wall.
The museum is dug into the sandstone and goes down at least 100' from ground level. That's a bar in the distance.
Watch the video. It's very cool.
They have the biggest James Turrell "Sky Space" we've ever seen. Perhaps the most beautiful too. Unfortunately the ferry schedule didn't let us stay for the sunset light show.
They have a handful of "hotel rooms" that are actually apartments hanging over the water, each named after famous Australian artists of the 20th Century.
Ferry back to Hobart
At dusk we took the windy mountain road up through the clouds towards the summit of...
Mt Wellington. It's 4000' above Hobart.