Thursday, 30 November 2017

Celebrating The Girl Part 3

We usually do our yearly celebration in Sydney and take in the David Jones Christmas windows, do some shopping at Peter's of Kensington and have a high tea.
This year as we had already enjoyed a beautiful high tea, we had just planned a shopping and sight seeing weekend, so we headed to Sydney by train early on Monday morning.
We booked into a lovely spacious apartment for the night which was  super convenient to the train station( right above it to be precise), and really extremely quiet  considering it's location.
It had  lovely views right across the centre of Sydney and we could easily see the Harbour Bridge and watch as cruise ships entered and departed the port.
As we were in Sydney we decided on the spur of the moment to be totally glutinous and decided to indulge in another high tea. We are sure The Girl would have approved.
So, we travelled to the Queen Victoria Building  and thoroughly enjoyed the high tea.
The Queen Victoria Building is a stunning old building, constructed about 1898, and  as recently as 1959 it was threatened with  demolition, but the public rallied to save it and she now stands  proud in all her glory.
It is magnificent spread over many floors with beautiful stained glass windows,
and beautiful Christmas tree erected  in the central dome area, covering several levels of the building, and decorated with lights and Swarovski crystals.
We then wandered to David Jones and gooed and Garred  over the gorgeous window decorations, although  not quite as good the last two years  as the previous years.
A visit to Santa's cave is always on the book for us two big kids and we were not disapointed this year.
The  windows with the moving puppets were truly a delight and would have  delighted  any young child visiting.
Sometimes it's just  lovely to step back in time and do  wonderful things that we remember from our childhood.
We had been hoping to see a live show whilst in Sydney, but they had been booked out, but we were on a last minute listing and fortunately for us  2 tickets became available to see Muriel's Wedding that night, so we grabbed them with glee.
We wandered around the harbour to the theatre and  en route passed under the bridge and were across  the harbour from the Opera House.
The show was AMAZING !!!, so glad we got tickets.
We wandered back around the harbour to Circular Quay rail station and took in the city's night lights.
What an amazing day we had, we returned to our apartment for a great nights sleep, hit the shops the next morning and then after a quick  bite to eat at Central Station returned home to my friends place.
Brian picked me up the next morning and we travelled to Wollongong to  stay with our gorgeous grandson while his Mum and Dad had a holiday.
We had a great few days in honour of Rita, and next year we have decided that we will do our celebrating out in the country, basing ourselves at the farm. I will have to do some research on   local attractions and high tea venues so that we can do The Girl justice.
I have been away from the farm for two weeks now and am keen to return as much is needed to be done, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the break away and made many more memories of Rita to share with my friend.
Take care everyone, stay safe,
Jane and Brian.


  1. You've been in Sydney recently too, Jane. How wonderful to be enjoying time doing some traditional things you love. I have not been to the Queen Victora building, I will put that on my list for the next time I'm in Sydney. It looks a lovely old building. Meg:)

    1. It truly is a beautiful old building, I really love those old historic girls.

      Take care

  2. What a great time you had in Sydney. I'm sure Rita would have approved. Love the photos of the Queen Victoria Building. I grew up in Sydney so I know it well. I'm sure you'll enjoy going home too. xx

    1. It was a fun break Rhonda, but coming home has been great, we even had some rain today 49 mm.
      It washed every where but at least we finally got some.
      Take care