Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Where I live

A week or so ago, Bells invited us to share pictures of where we live - not our house as such (although no reason not to) but more of your suburb or neighbourhood.

I finally got some great weather on Sunday morning, so went for a bit of a walk.

First up though, my tibouchina tree in my front yard - it is a little past it's flowering prime, the purple flowers are fading a little, but it is a lovely colourful tree to have in the garden. Each year we get a little handwritten note in our mailbox from one of our neighbours (we don't know who) advising us it is time to prune the tibouchina so that it flowers well next year!
I realised when I was thinking about where I would walk to take pictures that we are surrounded by parks (big and small) in my suburb. This one is almost diagonally opposite my house - apparently it used to be a brick pit and lots of the houses in the suburb were built with bricks from the pit (in the 1930s).
This one is around the corner - I suspect it might once have been a brick pit too, as it is sort of stuck in the middle of the road.
Further up the same road as park #2 is this one, which is really a soccer field, where little kids play on Saturdays, and sometimes adults on Sundays - we can hear the crowd noise from our house! Once I saw a couple of guys flying huge kites here - they had a dog which had great fun chasing the kite shadows (and sometimes the kites themselves, when they dipped a bit low).
Opposite park #3 is this - the view from the rather imaginatively named Bay Walk - an 8km round trip which I have to admit, I rarely do.
Park #4 - a little one that juts into the bay. Can get a little windy but on a calm day is a lovely day for a picnic. And you can watch the kids in their little boat thingys (have no idea about boats) scudding around the bay (you can just see the red and green sails in the bay photo above) and if you are early, or late enough, the rowers.
More bay shots - I'm often surprised by the number of boats moored here.

Park #5 - this is a biggie - lots of open space, room for soccer or touch footy, as you can see, plus a kid's play area, softball cages and, during the week, a popular spot for personal training sessions (clearly, not mine!!). We watched the new year's eve fireworks from here one year - it was very nice - not packed with people, and a pretty good view, and best of all, a 5 minute walk from home!
One thing I particularly love about Sydney is how you can be driving or walking along, almost anywhere, and seemingly out of nowhere, up pops the Harbour Bridge. This one is on the street where parks 2 and 3 are:
This one is up the road from park #5 (and #6, which I didn't take a picture of, but which has a rotunda and a skateboard ramp!). Added bonus in this photo is a learner driver - we get a lot of these in the suburb as it has lots of quiet streets perfect for driving s-l-o-w-l-y along, indicating to turn way too early and practising reverse parking!
And again, popping up behind the trees on the bay walk (it's there, honest, to the right of the red sailboat on the right!).
And photos of where I live in Sydney would be incompleted without one of these:
Yes, we live below the flight path...not directly, we are fairly lucky actually in that we don't get too much plane noise, just now and then.
So where do YOU live?


Bells said...

hooray! Another meme response!

GREAT photos RR! So evocative of Sydney. It never ceases to amaze me how green sydney is compared to Canberra. You're lucky to have so many parks around.

That's a great one showing how the harbour bridge just shows up in the background. Love it!

Donna said...

Your neighbourhood is so pretty - mine is far, far more bland than that.

Nora said...

I have friends and cousins around the corner from you (HMD)... was there on Sunday! And I did the Bay Run last week - wedding dress diet, remember? Hmmm.

Amy said...

You're making me nostalgic for Sydney! Stop it!

Melissa said...

The pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for such a wonderful letter. I'll be writing one for you this afternoon.

Shazmina Bendi said...

I used to do the bay run semi often with a girlfriend, but we always stopped at Drummoyne Rowing club for "refreshments". It is the only way, in my opinion, to do the Bay run!!

Lynne said...

Wow - beautiful photos. I live in the Sydney metropolitan area but not anywhere as nice as that! however, Penrith is lovely in its own way. My brother lives in Tempe right under the flight path - conversation stops when the planes go over!

Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving birthday wishes - it's such fun getting comments from new friends.

amy said...

I'm catching up on your blog. I love the photos--thanks for posting so many! What amazing views you have. I'm quite impressed with your felted box, and I'm looking forward to finding out more about that adorable beanie you draped over it.

SadieandLance said...

Hey Rose Red I keep seeing you on Brownpants and Shazmina's blogs so thought I'd stop by. Hey I'm pretty sure I know your suburb I used to live in Leichhardt and so those city and Bay views are awfully familiar.

Despite living in Leichhardt for about 5 yrs I only ever did the Bay walk a couple of times but I went to the UTS Haberfiled Rowers many many many times - quite a few with Shazmina actually!