Who’s tired……

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I really should stop whinging to everyone about how tired  *I* feel…

On Tuesday 28th September I waved goodbye to the manservant at Sydney airport as he flew back to DC.

On Saturday 2nd October, as I flew back to DC, he flew off to South Korea.

He arrived home late Tuesday night and went into his office first thing Wednesday morning and again today…

I think that means he flew about 30,000 miles in a week.   On a selfish note that’s a lot of miles towards my next trip home!

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I took 1,434 photos while I was home – this is the Myall River at Tea Gardens  (about 140 miles north of Sydney)

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Day Trip from Sydney

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We spent yesterday with my parents who live about 3 hours drive north of Sydney -  in Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest. This will be my last visit with them this trip. It is always really, really tough saying goodbye to them as the thought is always in the back of my mind that this might be the last time I see them.

  Their little town is  sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean 

and the Myall River, Great Lakes system:. 

We were only on the beach for a short time before I could feel my too fair skin starting to burn. The water was clear and so inviting, and there was no seaweed here; just tiny shells washing ashore:

The river is also lovely and clear….

 

The pelican was hoping we had some fish for him – he was disappointed.

 

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Survived!

Well,  I have survived the initial visit to the parental units – or more importantly, they survived my visit!

It is very obvious that when they handed out the gene for patience I was in another line!

My sister says that her "drinking problem" only started after staying 2 weeks with my parents!  LOL. But she actually stayed in the house with them which proves to me that she actually does have a patience gene – even if it does require alcohol to activate it!!

I will revisit them a few more times during my time here but these will be day trips from Sydney.

Each morning we went to the Boatshed for breakfast and you could not find a more peaceful place to eat a hearty breakfast.  Pelicans floating past, the ferry chugging along and more active people in canoes….  this morning a couple arrived on a jetski and bought take away coffees!!

The menu would be delivered along with the drinks list – and although I was tempted to order a shot of something (it's never too early in Australia) I made do with a beautifully presented cappuccino.

You might not be able to see on the menu but there is "decaf, strong"  which we found amusing!

There is another cafe in town which we had wanted to try but they are only open for breakfast on the weekends.  It is across the road from the river but has a lovely garden setting: 

To get from Tea Gardens to Hawks Nest and the Pacific Ocean you must cross the Singing Bridge over the Myall River and every time we crossed over it the astro-dweeb accompanied the road noise with singing la-la-la-la- laaaa.  Just over the bridge is a koala reserve and I have actually seen a koala in a tree here. 

I have previously posted a photo of the main Hawk's Nest beach – that was the one with me standing at water's edge.  The next beach along is Jimmy's Beach – it looks deserted here but behind me was a whole bus load of school kids!

The next beach has a fabulous name – Winda Whoppa.  This beach actually was deserted but there were about 15 canoes out in the distance.  

On the other side of the Peninsula from Winda Whoppa is the Myall River and here they have oyster racks – but you don't have to wade out into the river to find some good eating as there are oysters on the rocks at water's edge!!

Why does it seem that the really good photo ops happen as you are driving?  As we were driving on the peninsula we saw a Goanna crossing the road.  Of course I wanted a photo of it but this is a really narrow stretch of road and there was a big 4 wheel drive right on my bumper & no where to stop.  Luckily I had the astro-dweeb in the car as he jumped out and got these two great shots – one as the goanna is about to climb a tree and the other one from underneath the tree – he is quite effectively camouflaged with the bark of the tree..

Then it was back to the retirement village.   Do you know how hard it is to drive at 10 kph??  That is 6 mph – my rental car idles at a higher speed than this.  Look at all the obstacles you could hit though!

Of course driving at this speed is economical fuel wise – though you are likely to run through some brake pads!  There is only one service station in town…. and fuel was $1.55 per litre!!

Tea Gardens & Hawks Nest are quiet little towns but they have premium locations.  I think it is probably the ideal place for retirement – there are plenty of water activities and not much happens after 8pm!

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Thriving Metropolis

Lest you think we are in a grand metropolis …..

Tea Gardens is really just a tiny town nestled into the side of the Myall River and separated from the Pacific ocean by the Singing Bridge and another tinier town.

Population of Tea Gardens is 1372 – of which 355 live in the Retirement Village!! 

We love this sign!! 

Australia is a tad behind in internet hotspots and wifi cafes  -  our hotel – although very nice – does not have internet, hence the pirating of someone's unprotected but very weak wireless signal!

 

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Myall River

I am going to take you a little north of Sydney today…..

About 2.5 hours drive north of Sydney my parents live in a retirement village  – though it is not called that.   It is called a Lifestyle Resort.   It IS a retirement village though  - a lot of oldies living in manicured streets in little brick-veneer houses which are reverse images of each other, painted in "natural" colours with small regulated front gardens. 

But the little town is on the Myall River which is peaceful …….

 

 

 

One really nice aspect of the "Lifestyle Resort"  is the community club house.  It is semi-surrounded by a fake lagoon which makes for a pretty photo: (I have not retouched this photo even though it also looks a bit fake!)

 

 

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