Blogs from Frenchs Forest, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Frenchs Forest October 17th 2012

We have been down under for one week now and we are loving it. The people have been so friendly and helpful. The flora and fauna so different. Imagine a pair of rain bow lorikeets chattering in the the bottle brush tree which is showing brilliant red blooms it self. The birds are all amazing. Species that we only see in exotic pet stores at home are flying all about and waking us each morning with a deafening cacophony. Too cool. Tomorrow we are heading out of Sydney so we will probably see kangaroos along side the roads. They are just as prevalent (and bothersome ) as our deer in Comox in most parts....we hear.... read more
49er racing in Sydney Harbour
Breaking into storage shed
Pink and Gray Galah

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Frenchs Forest December 26th 2011

The French had notorious Devil's Island off the coast of French Guiana, a disease-infested tropical penal colony, where they sent their worst criminals and basically anyone opposing the king too vocally. Hardly a single convict sentenced there came back, at least alive. Still more humane than guillotine, I suppose. But the Brits, giving the French a bloody nose in pretty much everything except in gastronomy, took the concept onto an entire new level and went large,more precisely extra-super-large, even more to the point, full frontal bloated obese-large, and had an entire continent set up as a penitentiary. At the outset, the continent seemed almost to be designed for this purpose - vast void of inimical land, that happens to be the driest, flattest, most infertile and climatically aggressive of all inhabited continents. What's more, it has ... read more
A Convict ?
The Bridge

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Frenchs Forest August 13th 2011

I've now been in Sydney a month and have really settled in to the Aussie way of life. I've found Sydney itself quite American in some ways; the wide streets in blocks, the big houses and cars and the general pace of life seems more like an American city than most British cities that I know. Sydney harbour really is the most beautiful harbour I've ever seen (and I like to think I'm an expert in this area...). Even on a cloudy day, going over the bridge into the city puts a huge smile on my face, and it is simply stunning when it's sunny. The days when I've been down to Circular Quay (where many of the ferries go in and out) have been lovely Winter days and there's been a fantastic atmosphere about the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Frenchs Forest January 6th 2011

The excitment is building, the van and car almost packed! We're off this Saturday, first detination Nelson's Bay. Yehhh!!!... read more

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