Monday, February 13, 2006

Botanical Gardens

We spent the weekend in Sydney as our friends Charles and Sue have moved house and invited us to come down and trash their place. They've moved to a fantastic new location, with very relaxing views over the tennis courts, a cricket oval and the sea.

Charles did his usual superb job on the barby, and had even invented his own barby-cooked dessert since the last time we saw him. I wish I had a photo to show you, but imagine a large glass dish have filled with semi-frozen fruits-of-the-forest. Then imagine the top half completely covered with marshmallows. So far so good...then he put it into the barby with the hood down for 10 minutes until the marshmallow melted. Must have gained about half a stone by inhaling the fumes. Good work Charles!

We've never been to the Botanical Gardens before, and as they only live a short walk from a ferry connection, we had a great mini-cruise under the Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House for a very enjoyable stroll.

The wildlife there was amazing, and probably the best were the hundreds of flying foxes asleep on the top of the gum trees. Once the kids were packed with E-numbers they ran wild in the huge open spaces and were completely exhausted by the time we walked back from the ferry.

The evening went on longer than it should have, and although Gina had the good sense to go to bed at a reasonable time (lightweight...), Charles and I made the mistake of opening more wine...they're great hosts and it would have been rude not to.

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