Wednesday, December 27, 2006

2006 City to Surf

Left: A winter's day at Bondi, Right: Alison and I at the start line

2006 City to Surf was held on a beautiful winter's day. The City to Surf is held every year in Sydney, and consists of a 14km run or walk from Hyde Park in the City to Bondi Beach. I've taken part on a number of occasions, usually it's the work sponsored marquee at the end that keeps me going. The course goes through some of the prettiest parts of Sydney, and includes a landmark, the aptly named 'Heartbreak Hill'. It's quite a famous race really, and attracts many professional runners, as well as the cartoon characters and gorillas amongst families and corporate groups making up the 'Back of the Pack'.

Left: Gorillas on course for Bondi, and Right: A sea of red at the start line

This year, Alison and Cameron, some friends of mine were also doing the course so we ran (read 'walked') all the way to Bondi together. As usual, the marquee put up a good performance by supplying us with a decent barbecue and a few drinks at the end.

Band playing on the roof of Double Bay's Golden Sheaf Hotel, and Alison and Cam enjoying the barbecue at Bondi

Stunning sunsets

While we were driving home from our trip to Barwon Heads on the Bellarine Peninsula, we came across this stunning sunset, and just had to stop off and take a photograph.
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Lena Juliet Holmes

Meet my lovely niece Lena Juliet. This is one of many photos of the newest member of the family. For more, see Greg and Andrea's website. Lena was born on 23 December in England.

A day for a Seachange - Barwon Heads

Views around the point at Barwon Heads

Not long after arriving home from my trip, I spent a weekend in Melbourne with Rachelle and Tom. Over the weekend we took a drive down to Barwon Heads, a little past Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula. For those not in the know, Barwon Heads is one of the main sites for the filming of one of my favourite television series, Seachange.

Under the bridge that caused so much drama
in the Pearl Bay of Seachange

Barwon Heads is a small village to the south west of Melbourne on the Bass Strait. We enjoyed a great meal of fish and chips in the boat shed, and then took a walk around the point. It was a beautiful winter's day, and a great day out.

The Boat Shed - Diver Dan's place

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Greetings from Aunty Claire

Hot off the press - I am now an aunt. My brother Greg and his wife Andrea gave birth to a baby girl, Lena, yesterday (Dec 23) in the UK. As yet there are currently no photos available, however we are all very excited about the new birth. Check Greg's website for further details, and I'll post some photos as soon as they are available.