Monday, June 13, 2016

Sun, Sea and Blue Skies

Flew to Sydney, picked up a car and spent 4 days in Newcastle, to attend a birthday.
The weather was a warm 21 degrees.
 The breakwater looking back at the Coastguard's lighthouse in Newcastle.

 Wall art.
 Fascinating edges along the breakwater.
Italian Grotto 
Drove to the Hunter Valley Gardens for the day.
The gardens were the mastermind of Bill and Imelda Roche, owners of Nutrimetics.
They sold the company and started the planning of the gardens, to include 10 different themes.
 Oriental Garden
 Brokeback Brumbies
 Border Garden
 Formal Garden
 Children's Storybook Garden
The Rose Garden's beautiful mosaic table.
 The Lake Walk
 They built the Wedding Chapel by the Lake for their daughter.
Canadian Fur tees, turn orange during winter.
 The next morning we drove to Nelson Bay for lunch.
 Coastal Banksia
 Sat above the cliffs and watched the morning surfers do their thing.
Norah Head lighthouse, on the drive back to the airport.


  1. You were so lucky with the weather, thank you for the beautiful garden pictures.

  2. I used to live in Nelson Bay. I know that now it is nothing like it was then, but I loved walking through the bush on the way home from school. The school is gone, and probably where we lived is gone too. We used to feed kookaburras in the back yard. We could just see the water from our front door.

  3. As usual fascinating trip. Another area I don't know.

  4. It looks like you had a great time and were lucky with the weather.

  5. I love that variety of gardens. Thanks for taking us along.