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Acer Arena, Australia - 6th November 2010

By: becka_kate

Tonight we went to see Powderfinger, a great Aussie band who were playing their last ever Sydney concert. They're one Bec's favourite bands (and the creators of her favourite video clip of all time) and she was really excited that she and her friends were able to get tickets to this show.


Wanna hear them perform this song at the concert? Go here

* Posted Nov 7, 2010, 3:14 am Last edited Jan 25, 2011, 6:30 am by becka_kate [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Leura Cascades, Australia - 20th November 2010

By: becka_kate

Today we travelled up to the Blue Mountains with friends for a girls only weekend. No boys or kids allowed.
We took in the peace and tranquility of the Leura Cascades. Unfortunately we couldn't get to main Cascades thanks to the wet and rainy weather making the path muddy and full of huge puddles.


* Posted Dec 1, 2010, 10:38 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Echo Point, Australia - 21st November 2010

By: becka_kate

Here I am at the beautiful Three Sisters.

The legend behind their formation says:

Long ago in the Blue Mountains there lived three little Aboriginal sisters. They were Meenhi, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, whose Witch Doctor father was called Tyawan.

Only one creature was feared by all the Bunyip who lived in a deep hole. When Tyawan had to pass the hole, he would leave his daughters safely on the cliff behind a rocky wall. One day, waving goodbye to his daughters, he descended the cliff steps. On top of the cliff a big centipede suddenly appeared and frightened Meehni, who threw a stone at it. The stone rolled over the cliff and crashed into the valley.

Birds, animals and fairies stopped till as the rocks behind the three sisters split open, leaving them on a thin ledge.
The Three Sisters

The angry Bunyip emerged to see the terrified sisters. In the valley, Tyawan saw the Bunyip close to his daughters, so he pointed his magic bone at the girls and turned them to stone. The Bunyip then chased Tyawan, who found himself trapped, so he changed himself into a Lyre Bird. Everyone was safe, but Tyawan had dropped his magic bone. After the Bunyip had gone, Tyawan searched and searched for his bone and he is still searching.

The Three Sisters stand silently watching him from their ledge, hoping he will find the bone to turn them back to Aboriginal girls.

As you look at the Three Sisters, you can hear Tyawan the Lyre Bird calling his daughters as his search for the lost bone continues.

This is the Megalong Valley. You can kind of see from the blue tinges on the horizon why the early British explorers and settlers named this area the 'Blue Mountains'.

After the lookout we took a short bush walk, but again had to turn back thanks to the huge puddles left over from weeks of rain. Aren't these gum trees magnificent?

* Posted Dec 22, 2010, 2:30 am Last edited Jan 25, 2011, 6:29 am by becka_kate [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Grose Canyon, Australia - 21st November 2010

By: becka_kate

This is Australia's Grose Canyon and, it is the second largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon in the US.
IMG_7156 by becka_kate, on Flickr

* Posted Dec 22, 2010, 2:33 am Last edited Dec 25, 2010, 11:53 am by becka_kate [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Sydney, Australia - 28th November 2010

By: becka_kate

Just letting you know that I am safe and well. My host is in the middle of proofreading & editing 100 end of year reports for the grade she supervises at school and as soon as they're out of the way I will be able to use the computer to start my updates.
Get back to you soon - I promise!

IMG_7219 by becka_kate, on Flickr

* Posted Nov 28, 2010, 1:43 pm Last edited Dec 22, 2010, 2:38 am by becka_kate [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

ANZ Stadium, Homebush, Australia - 13th December 2010

By: becka_kate

Jay-Z! Oprah! U2!! Bono! The Edge!

IMG_0066 by becka_kate, on Flickr
Oprah's "Ultimate Audience" who she bought out here to film her Aussie shows were sitting right near us, just the other side of all those empty seats, and when she came out she sat here too!

U2 were pretty awsome as well!
IMG_0092 by becka_kate, on Flickr

IMG_0105 by becka_kate, on Flickr

(BTW - sorry not to be in the photos, but somebody forgot to put new batteries in the camera and had to use her iPhone instead! Apparently it is impossible without having 3 hands to photgraph toyvoyagers this way!)

* Posted Dec 22, 2010, 2:57 am Last edited Dec 22, 2010, 3:07 am by becka_kate [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Sydney Football Stadium, Australia - 17th December 2010

By: becka_kate

Tonight we saw Bon Jovi's Circle Tour (think there's a theme here - U2's concert was '360 degrees')
It was a great night, and luckily it stopped raining, so we didn't get wet.
Once again, Bec had to use the iPhone to get pics and so I'm MIA in these photos too! Sorry!

Such a gorgeous sunset behind the stage!
IMG_0132 by becka_kate, on Flickr

IMG_0134 by becka_kate, on Flickr

* Posted Dec 22, 2010, 3:05 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

'Home', Australia - 22nd December 2010

By: becka_kate

So, here's what I've been up to lately...

Christmas shopping..


Learning about the local flora and fauna..

These are cicada shells. They belong to noisy insects (a lot like crickets) who hibernate underground during winter and come out when the weather is warmer. We counted 17shells on this tree alone!)

This is a Christmas bush. The cooler than normal weather this year means that it is a lot more vibrantly coloured than it has been in past years.


and Kangaroo Paw

I've helped organise Christmas cards...

Taken the dogs to the park..
(Would you believe that it had been bucketing down rain only about 10minutes before this photo was taken??)


Helped to pick out goodies to bake for Christmas lunch...


Assisted with the grocery shopping...

Helped to wrap Christmas presents...


Watched Papelbon play Mario Kart on the wii (someone my size just can't manipulate all the controls at once!)

and, caught up on my reading.


* Posted Dec 22, 2010, 3:36 am Last edited Dec 23, 2010, 8:59 am by becka_kate [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Sydney, Australia - 24th December 2010

By: becka_kate

Today's Christmas Eve and so we are getting ready to celebrate.

Wonder what this is going to be?

I went looking for more clues and discovered Brandy, cherries and ginger. I think some Christmas baking is being done.

Pabelbon and I assisted with making chocolate cake, well, I supervised any way...


Mmmm Christmas cake - the result of the fruit mix I found earlier!

All the Christmas baking done - Fruit cake, chocolate and sponge.

Now to make the fillings!
Icecream with additions to go with the chocolate cake...


Of course there was still the mundane things to do like the washing!

and Bec seemed to think that today would be a good day to paint some magazine boxes to use at work.  :stare:

* Posted Dec 25, 2010, 9:25 am Last edited Jan 25, 2011, 6:42 am by becka_kate [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

David Jones, Sydney, Australia - 24th December 2010

By: becka_kate

Tonight we visited the city to get into the Christmas spirit.
Our first stop was at the shop windows in David Jones, one of Sydney's major department stores. Every year they decorate their windows along one wall with a different theme. Some years it's a different Christmas story, other years it's Santa based. This year's was Christmas carols, with mice hidden in each scene (we don't know why!)

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Ding Dong Merrily On High


Good King Wenscelas

And of course, the Nativity (The First Noel)


* Posted Dec 25, 2010, 11:14 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, Australia - 24th December 2010

By: becka_kate

Our next stop was at St Mary's Cathedral.


This year it the main site for the Lights of Christmas festival which started with the Sydney Girls Youth Choir performing two sets of carols on the cathedral steps.

They were followed by a spectacular light display which projected images of candles, flowers, butterflies, gum leaves, rain and a kaleidoscope of colours onto the Cathedral wall.

This was one of our favourite displays of the night - candles and Australian Christmas Bush flowers.

and this beautiful kaliedoscope of native flowers, which started with a single line of light tracing the rose window and slowly growing larger and larger.

At the end of the light show we posed with the nearby Christmas tree, which had the added bonus of having the famous Sydney Tower in the background!

Bec has more cathedral photos here if you're interested :)

* Posted Dec 25, 2010, 11:41 am Last edited Dec 25, 2010, 12:04 pm by becka_kate [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, Australia - 24th December 2010

By: becka_kate

There was also a light show at the nearby Hyde Park Barracks, which was a lot more contemporary in design and effects. We all agreed that although it was good, the Cathedral light show was  more impressive. We think the inspiration for this display was wrapping paper gone crazy  ;)
(I am in these pictures - I swear! Just hard to see in the darkness)




* Posted Dec 25, 2010, 11:49 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Martin Place, Sydney, Australia - 24th December 2010

By: becka_kate

Our last stop for the night was at the Christmas tree in Martin Place. This is Sydney's main tree site and is the biggest part of the city's Christmas decorations. This year the tree is 21 metres high with 58,000 LED lights, more than 300 stars and a 1500mm seven pointed shimmering tree top star.



Phew - what a busy day! Time to go home and get ready for Santa to come!

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Revesby, Australia - 25th January 2011

By: becka_kate

Nursey is on her way to the USA!

* Posted Jan 25, 2011, 6:34 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Los Angeles, California, United States - 7th February 2011

By: pinkandgray

I made it to the U.S.A.  Pink Bunny, Grumpy, Claire and Gwen were here to greet me.  I am excited. 


* Posted Feb 8, 2011, 3:43 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

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