Saturday, January 28, 2006

An heir is born! Long Live the Heir!

Coffee break in North Sydney. Coffee served in Sydney is up there with a capaccino in Venito or a cafe con leche in the centre of Madrid. They really make good coffee hear. The hot topics during this coffee break were, the getz car, the SAS, Sherman in the military, football and being a new dad.

Took this photo from level 26 of the Optus building at midday. Click on the photo to enlarge it. I didnt spot the cyclist when I took the photo. It's called "Cyclist in North Sydney".

On the 19th January Frederico Payne was born. Mel spent 9 days in hospital after giving birth to Freddy. She got to know the midwives quite well. This is a shot of Mel being discharged, the midwives were having a good joke with her.

First Day at home with a son. Family Portrait.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Sunday in Reverse Order

Ended up down at the Civic Club with Nick. We have a 100% record in the meat raffle. I won last time and this week Nick is the proud winner. Taking the photo, when he went up to collect his prize, cause quite a stir in the club..... Nick looks like he's just won $20 Million on the Lotto

Ate at David Jones Food Hall for lunch. The customers surround the staff in a semi circle, the staff work in the middle preparing the food.

This was my lunch - A seafood sir fry with prawns, scallops, squid, snow peas and asparagus in a tasty sauce. The wine is a clare valley Riesling.

Chef Hats, David Jones Food Hall, Sydney - 2006

Spent the morning with Mel in the city. The Rex Simpson shop like most of the older buildings in the city is surrounded by walls of glass.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

The City of Sydney

It's not always blue skies and warm sun in Sydney. January seems to be a particular wet summer month in this almost sub tropical temperature. The clouds lay thick and heavy over sydney. This shot was taken from level 36 of the Optus Building in North Sydney.

Another shot fromlevel 36. This time looking down at North sydney. The old building you see below is the Greenwood Hotel. Today a pub, but at one stage Im told a church and then a school. It is now surrounded by glass sky scrapers. They have kept the old facade but the pub has lost its old charm on the inside. I rarely use this pub as a watering hole....

Sydney has the Royal Botanical Gardens close to its centre. This is a protected tree with rather strange roots. They seem to hang down from the limbs of the tree and attach themselves to the earth. Like its hanging on to life any way it can....

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Tragedy of the Fly

I sat in a leafy, sunny, back garden of an oldish terrace house. About to take a slurp of my tea when this fly flew right into the piping hot brew. Of course he died instantly. Decided to salvage his carcuss and began photographing it on the bench I was sat on.

Click on the photo to enlarge it and get a good look at the dead insect.

Portraits (and self portraits in the Aviators)

Had some fun at the pub today. Check out this cool dude we met....

Nick couldnt resist to try on the specs....

And once more the cool dude from Brisbane.....

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Queenscliff Pool

Captured this guy at the sea pool, he's just out of the shade with the sun beating down on his back. Not sure if he is restfull or troubled by something.....

Found this little crab (size of a 50p piece) by Queenscliff Pool in the rocks. Managed to get him to stand still for a few moments with the lense only a few centimetres from his face!

Same Photo but with the view behind. The tree's are the Norflok Pines of Manly that line the back of the beach.....

Monday, January 02, 2006

Do you want some moore?

Below is a copy of David Moore's "Manly Ferry and Unilever Building, Circular Quay - 1958".

And here is a copy of Richard Payne's "Lady Herron Ferry and Cocacola building, circular Quay - 2006".

Another version I took. I prefer this one to the 'Lady Herron'...

My first sentence

Today I ended up in court.....

Then I was in gaol.....

But they didnt throw away the key and I was able to leave and snap this guy playing his guitar

Sunday, January 01, 2006


After a ferocious day of heat on the beach, we strolled into Manly to catch the 9pm fireworks. With chocolate ice cream dripping down my hand and onto my clothes I jockeyed for position on the wharf with the big pregnant bird in tow. Some kids had been handed those screeching style blowing horns that you get in party packs. They blew constantly. I felt like spoiling a 6 year old girls fun stood behind me, but concentrated on the fireworks. A bottle of wine and BBQ thai chicken later and midnight was approaching. We managed to get a better viewing spot for the midnight beach fireworks. Stood on the sand, this time in between drunk teenagers and young girls who looked like they were in the throws of loosing their virginity. Much more like it. The fireworks were lit on the beach and exploded literally over head, the rockets raining down on our heads. Fireworks suddenly become more exciting when danger was involved!!!