Hasn’t Boxing Day always seemed something of a disappointment after the fun of Christmas Day? The sun had evaporated (OK – I know! … I am a Physicist) and the Sydney waterfront was awash in a torrential downpour as we awoke and waited for the Ryder family to join us from the Blue Mountains. What were we going to do all day in the rain? Keturah, a local, obviously knew better than to panic – a short swim in the Blue Hotel pool later and things were brightening up.
The Tom-tom did us proud and we were very soon on our way to the beach of Keturah’s uni days, Coogee. Although the surf seemed less impressive than Manly, that was based on our view from the carpark! We spent a couple of happy hours body-boarding and being generally thrashed about by the breakers … including P having to stand like the Pillars of Hercules holding Maddie aloft as a roller completely submerged him. All too soon the parking was up and it was time to return to Woolloomooloo for a feast, a movie for the children and plenty of laughter!