Monday, 13 October 2014

A walk from Manly to North Head, Scotty dogs and Icecreams

I started this post using my iPad, but could not add captions to the photos. I saved it and came to the computer to continue, and now what I had typed on the iPad has been lost-- if it does appear as a different post, you will know what happened.
I will start again and see if I do remember what I had written.

I have been home for the last week or so after having had some surgery and I am not allowed to drive as yet. So what does one do?--I have tried to get my thousands of wood pieces into some sort of order (as I can never find the particular piece I am looking for when I want it), I have started a new embroidery design, and of course  I need a new button to go with that-- so that had to be drawn and sent away to be cut. I have completed a Maeve Binchy novel called One week in Winter and am currently reading an Ann Granger book called Bricks and Mortality. I have been going for short strolls and many trips to the corner shop when friends visit, for a cup of coffee and to get out of the house. Miss Penny is delighted to have company all day.

About 3 weeks ago, my husband and I had a day off work and we decided to go on the Manly to North Head walk. We caught the train to the city, and then the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. We were entertained by some dolphins frolicking in the harbour on the way to Manly.
Manly Beach
Looking back towards Manly
We found a café along the way for a coffee and a muffin. This cute shop was next door.
The Mambo café
After the morning coffee break, we walked up the bush track to North Head. I was delighted to find some beautiful native flowers in bloom along the track.
Everlasting daisies
Pretty pink flower
Masses of Flannel flowers
Close up of a Flannel flower. Note the moss green tips of the petals
Egg and Bacon pea flower
Another type of pink Boronia
Tea tree flowers
This collection of water on a rocky area
We walked back down via the road and along the way, we saw this gorgeous little pond in the front yard of someone's house.

Pond filled with Koi carp
We arrived back at the shopping precinct and found a quaint Greek café and had a lovely 2 course meal and a glass of red wine which came with the meal. A lovely way to finish the walk.
In the meantime, I have been doing some painting. There was a request for some Scotty dogs and these are a few of them painted. The small ones are buttons and the larger ones are brooches. Someone told me that Scotty dogs tend to be biters, but I think we would be safe with these.
Scotty dogs-- Brooches and Buttons
I had painted some single scoop of ice cream buttons previously and thought some double scooped ones would also be delicious. These do not have button holes and rather than make them into brooches, my daughter suggested that I turn them into fridge magnets. These are the flavours I like as there is no chance of weight gained with these.
Double scooped ice cream-- fridge magnets?
Double scooped ice cream Buttons
I had gone out to lunch with my daughter a couple of weeks ago at a gallery/café called Hazelhurst. We were sitting out doors near a pond and this heron was having a wonderful time exploring the pond and its surrounds.

A heron
Whilst visiting a friend at her house, these 2 rainbow lorikeets came to the kitchen window and started knocking on the window with their beaks to get our attention.  They were after some bread--apparently they prefer the seeded variety with linseed in them!
2 Rainbow lorikeets
A friend drove here this morning and picked me up to go for a walk away from the home area. We walked around a walking track near Wanda and needless to say, popped into a café nearby for a coffee. We then proceeded to drive around a new housing estate called Greenhills. I was amazed by the huge houses being built on this site. The house appeared to occupy most of the block of land, leaving very little yard for young children to run around in. There were street trees planted, but it will be many years before they are big enough to make the area look green. Unfortunately I did not have my camera or phone with me  to take any photos.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Until next time,



Anonymous said...

Hi Yvonne what a lovely day you had ,love your pics and your brooches are so cute.xx

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Christine M said...

Looks like a lovely day out. I love your little scottie dogs. They are so cute.

Radka said...

Hi Yvonne, I hope all is well after your surgery :-)
Thank you for sharing your pictures with us,some of the plants are new to me.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Fantastic walk. Aren't our native blooms beautiful. I have really enjoyed seeing them. I just adore your Scotty dog buttons! Hope you are 100% fit soon....I love a good coffee too x

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Yvonne...your walks sound very inviting! The flowers are lovely and I like that no-calorie ice cream!

Grethe said...

Healty with good walks! Hope you are healing well. What a lovely lot of nice flowers.
Enjoy your activities, Yvonne :-)

Unknown said...

Hello Yvonne I do hope you are recovering well from your surgery. Your walks sound so lovely and Miss Penny must be very pleased indeed to have your company! What beautiful plants and wildlife-I would love to see lorikeets in my garden! Take care
Alison xx