We had a relaxing but fun Sunday. So lucky that the rains came and left by 9am, leaving behind the refreshing scent of wet grass drying in the cool breeze. We strolled to check out the farmers’ market at Coal Loader, an old industrial site that has since been converted into a center for sustainability – and host of farmers’ markets. While this farmers’ market didn’t have in the way of fresh produce and meat to pick up, there are craft stores and little stands hawking freshly baked goods. Picked up two bite-sized chocolate raspberry tarts and a lemon meringue for a quick breakfast, then doubled back to the same store to pick up a almond-ginger-date cake for our lunch dates (we’re inspired to try out this recipe at home too, once our stuff from Chicago finally gets here).
Lunch – back when I was growing up in Singapore, my family was very close to (my parents still are) our neighbors. We even hung out with their extended family on multiple occasions. One of them moved to Sydney nearly 30 years ago after she got married, and apparently we even stayed over at their place when we visited over 20 years ago. Anyway, long story short, my neighbors found out that we were moving to Sydney, and got in touch with their sister, who insisted on bringing us out to lunch. It took several attempts to find a date we were all free, but we finally got to it. Dim sum at Yum Cha over in Chatswood. :)
Back home for a quick breather, then it was out the door again. This time we drove south, under the tunnel, to end up at La Perouse. We were going to join another photography meetup for an evening around La Perouse and Bare Island. What a find this place was! We arrived a little early, and checked out one of the beaches in Conwong Bay (there’s a nude beach the next cove over, but we didn’t have time to check that one out, to Jeff’s chagrin it seems). The waters were clear and calm, and most inviting. We eyed the swimmers enviously, and later found out online that this area is reputedly the best diving spot in all of NSW, with easy shore access, good visibility and shallow diving. We’ll just have to come back for some snorkeling and diving!
This was a great meetup group. We had roughly 20 people in all, and everyone sort of just spread loosely out over the rocks, occasionally coming together for a bit of a chat and to exchange photography tips. I could go crazy playing with the different angles and not have to worry that my companions were getting a little bored with the view. Hehe.
We saw some spear fishermen swimming around under the bridge, and a father-son duo who snorkeled for – and bagged – some huge sea urchins. What a delicious dinner they must make!
We didn’t get to enjoy the full sunset, as clouds started to gather low on the horizon and the sun disappeared behind it. Nothing to complain about though – we’d had a fantastic evening out already. Most of the group decided to reconvene at a fish and chips stall over the hill for a bit of a bite and share their day, but work calls (for Jeff anyway), so we called it a night then.