We arrived Saturday night, and headed straight out again the next day … to Craft Depot to drool over their patchwork fabrics. Advertised as having over 8000 bolts of fabric, it was great fun walking up and down the aisles. Managed to bring home three pieces of fabric (well, we had to buy SOMEthing haha) – plus Mum very generously bought me a floorstand Ott-lite for my Christmas present. My old one is still in storage, and it needs a transformer for it as I bought it in the USA before you could buy them locally, and the transformer always affects the TV … so now I don’t have to worry about that anymore yippee!!! That was all we achieved on our first day in Sydney – we finished off by having an appetiser plate of flathead fillets and potato wedges at the nearby pub at Pennant Hills, and it was totally divine 😀
The next day (Monday) we hopped on a bus into Parramatta, then caught the train into the city and had a wander around Circular Quay to see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, before having lunch at the Gumnut Cafe in The Rocks. I’ve decided I’ve now fallen in love with Iced Chai tea … just divine!!!
After lunch we waddled over to the Information Centre to pick up oodles of brochures for later visits, then headed back over to the Opera House and spent the rest of the afternoon wandering through the Royal Botanic Gardens.
We spent ages looking up at the gazillion grey-headed flying foxes (ie fruit bats) hanging upside down in the trees … they look like huge pods hanging down – I tried to get a photo of one in flight, but didn’t manage to get a good clear shot.
After that we tried to hurry to get to Tapestry Craft in the city to look at their displays on the walls, but they closed at 5pm so we missed out. Poor Mum and I were both hobbling by that stage, our feet were so weary – so then we continued on up the street to the QVB building for our train home again. It was a very long, but very enjoyable day … although we ended up on the wrong bus coming home and it took us 2 1/2 hours to get home … “not happy Jan!” (if you’re curious how that saying came about, you can check out the link to the YouTube video 🙂