Well, here I am, the first guest in Lunar’s new Wisdom home, and very fine it is too. Lunar and her family had already celebrated their first Christmas in their new abode. No mean feat given that they only got the keys on 11th December.
I arrived early to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sydney rather than Edinburgh having spent Christmas with family in Melbourne.
The new house is lovely, and the photos posted previously do not do justice. So, it was a quick tour before heading off for our NYE celebrations at the Opera House and the NYE fireworks.
As glamping on an island in the middle of the harbour was not really my style, there was not much persuasion needed to make it a once in a lifetime experience for all of us and celebrate it at the Sydney Opera House instead. None of us had ever been inside the Opera House or in fact recall being to an opera. Combine that with the opportunity to watch the NYE fireworks from the balcony afterwards with ample supplies of champagne and canapés – it was a win win.
A great night was had by all. Sydney Opera House did themselves proud in the performance of La Boheme and the Midnight Party afterwards. Certainly something to think of adding to your bucket list.
Interval and Children’s fireworks at 9pm:
Waiting for the main event at Midnight:
In the few days I have been here, I have been treated to a trip to Jervis Bay via Fitzroy Falls and Mount Cambewarra. Weather was overcast, but brighter and warmer than a Scottish winter that I have to look forward to.
[Mt Cambewarra lookout]
[Cave Beach, Booderee]
[Scottish Rocks, Booderee]
Since then I have seen the rain garden perform in all its glory, as the weather has been more Scottish than Australian this past two days.
We popped back into Sydney and out to Manly to a favourite restaurant at the beach, to find the food was as good, but the weather worse than in the winter 18 months ago.
Now it is nearly time to head back to a very wet Scotland and leave Lunar and her family to put out the packing cases in the kerbside collection, start the landscaping and settle in to their new home.
And to quote Arnie: “I’ll be back!”