Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sydney is Vivid, and Turkish.

Last evening we met our friends Kerry-Anne and Brian, and took a dinner cruise on the "Starship" around the magnificent Sydney Harbour.
At this time of the year, sydney holds their "Vivid" festival, there are many light installations throughout the city,  so our cruise was to take in some of the lights.

The photo below is credited to Lauren Bath Services

This gives you some idea of what part of the harbor looks like during the festival. My photos of course, are but a poor rendition of what can be achieved with a good camera and perhaps a helicopter.

After a delightful evening on the harbor, we farewelled our friends, arranging to meet the next morning for our  next  excursion to Newtown for breakfast.

I found the Turkish restaurant on the Internet, and as we love Turkish food, and our friends like food, we decided to try it out.
The food was just delicious, and the restaurant was wonderfully decorated with all things Turkish.   It brought back many fond memories of our travels in that country.

Our breakfast looked a little like this, and has inspired me to cook one for ourselves before too long.

After pottering around the shops for a little while, we found our way to the train station,  negotiated  the ticket machine, and went back to our hotel.

This afternoon we went to see the magnificent show "Les Miserables ". Neither of us had read Victor Hugo's book, and no idea what the show was about.   Luckily, the synopsis was written in the program, so we were able to follow exactly what was going on.  What a great story of redemption it was !

It was not to far to walk there and back to the theatre from the hotel, we are become quite accustomed to Sydney now.  The walking helps to compensate for all the eating we are doing.

Some more of the light installations, this time the Sydney Town Hall.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Graduation at Last

After over five years of part time distance study, I have at last completed and been awarded my Cerificate of Theology.  We flew to Sydney on Friday for the graduation ceremony at Moore Theological College.   There were 361 graduands, but only around eighty were there in person.  I was not the oldest by far, neither was I awarded honors as some were, but I'm so happy to have passed.  At the ceremony we sand some old hymns, with words such as "Praise, my soul, the King of heaven....ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven....praise the everlasting King.

On Saturday, after a delicious breakfast in our hotel, we headed off to the rocks area of Sydney, where we enjoyed wandering around for a few hours.

Some new UGG slippers for me, and a pair of lambs wool insoles for TRO.  We watched a street theatre performer squeeze herself into a tiny glass square container, and enjoyed some saxophone busking.

We headed back to our hotel for a light lunch, and a relax before going out for the evening.