|On the beach!|
|She knows where we are going!|
|And he's not lost either|
|Down the cantilevered pathway|
|Stream, ferns, gum trees and bright blue sky|
|Father and daughter|
|The bottlebrush tree - looks like a corncob that's been munched on|
|and a very toxic looking toadstool, but perfectly formed ...|
|Kirsty isn't taller than David, but there's not much in it. However, if she artfully stands uphill of him, she looks MUCH taller|
|A joke for NZers - where the whakawi? (Clue: the wh sounds like a soft f, and the i sounds like a long e - now try)|
|He doesn't seem sure either|
|At times the flow is very peaceful|
|but you can see where the water has carved out the rock|
|Time for refreshments please, char wallah|
|The snake WAS here, honest, guv.|
Wentworth Falls were pretty spectacular and given my petrification about heights (I get frozen in place and my legs will only move in the rapid direction of away) I was really pleased that the barriers were several feet before the edge of the falls, and that they were extremely sturdy. Kirsty and David went further down the path, but I reached the nadir for me when the path had been carved out of the rock and had a large overhang. So back up to the falls I went and left the two of them being more brave. Kirsty went further and took photos, so I could see what else there was.
|Above the falls, and ...|
|... at and over the falls, and ...|
|Do I look brave? Do I look relaxed?|
|A contributory waterfall|
|My Davey. See, I could take my hand off the barrier to take photos ...|
David has been suffering lately with a problem with his heel - sharp pain on walking too far. So he went up to wait for us to fetch him from where the tour buses and cars park for people who are just coming to the lookouts or down to see the falls. (A number of the tourists come out dressed in finery, including totally appropriate open dress sandals and tights - what are they thinking?) So the four photos below were taken by him as he made his way up to the meeting point. Some pretty impressive scenery.
What had taken about an hour on the way in, to walk, take photos, stop and look, took Kirsty and me 15 minutes to stride back along, and then the drive to the lookouts and carpark took about 5 minutes. But finding David among hundreds of cars and a thousand or so people did take a fair amount of time! But even there, there was a coffee cart - Mojo is ubiquitous, everywhere and all over the place! What is it with the coffee fixation now?
I had read about the Everglades House and gardens so we set off to investigate. The weather was looking threatening by then but we decided we would not dissolve with a bit of rain. I was a bit mean, unthinkingly but not good, as I parked in the far corner of the carpark, not taking account of David's very sore foot. Kirsty and I did offer amputation services to give him something real to complain about; but for some reason he declined.
The house was very art deco. If the internal colour scheme was original, I am not sure how I would have kept my spirits up inside if I had lived there - it was a very dark yellow-brown. Kirsty described it as looking like thousands of cigarettes had been smoked inside. She was right - it was that ghastly nicotine stain colour. However it had some amazing views, an absolutely stunning staircase, and a fabulously opulent bath for its time. The gardens had been sculptured (is that a word?) into differently planted terraces and I would guess that thousands of tons of stone had been moved and as much dirt and soil had been brought in to level the terrace beds.
|The Garden Theatre|
|The entry porch|
|and the wings|
|Remember Hamlet and Polonius behind the arras? Well, there he is!|
|This photo is for Dee and Rob who so love agapanthus, not! But I do.|
|It's autumn and the japanese maple looked wonderful in the dull light|
|Not sure who the sculptor is but I liked it and thought Bruce and Gary would too|
|The bath! Check out the tiles as well.|
|Now that's a view|
|And that staircase is impressive|
|A view from the theatre level terrace|
We cut short our visit, as the sky was looking very threatening and the thunder was rolling and booming. As we got to the car, the heavy raindrops started to fall and I was still loading things back in the boot. David was keen that I hurry into the car in case of being struck by lightning. Kirsty pooh-poohed that fear saying that I was the shortest thing around and the lightning would choose one of the trees or posts for preference. I was very cheered by that thought but tried not to be offended at being denigrated as the shortest thing around - I am sure there were shrubs in the carpark that were smaller than me, but maybe I was mistaken ...
Another quiet late afternoon and night in with the rain pounding down outside and lightning flashing while back in Sydney they'd been having a huge hailstorm - it is so cosy being inside in that kind of weather, central heating turned on, wine in hand, a platter of cheese, fig paste, pate, crackers, olives. I am sure Kirsty doesn't often spend Saturday night watching TV, but then she rarely has the opportunity to spend time with her mum and dad either (or we with her), so it was just lovely.