There are those special days which you want to capture in a bottle so the memories and emotions can be enjoyed over and over again. The second Sunday of this month was one of those precious days. Miss O, Miss G and I were in Sydney in readiness for Miss E's graduation. And in many ways the tables had turned - now it was my grown children (Miss E and Miss N) who were making the decisions and organising our days, showing us the best of their newly adopted 'home town'. It was exhilarating to not have to make all the choices and constantly be on the look out for eight young children and a husband with health challenges - but instead to be lead and just soak up the opportunities of each day.
As we caught one of the Parramatta RiverCat ferries into the city on this Sunday the warm summer weather was perfect as was the company of my older daughters. The journey took around an hour as the scenery changed from the mangrove swamps to the inner city harbour and it's stunning icons. We wandered through some of the oldest streets of our young country, enjoying the Sunday Markets at The Rocks and a special lunch at The Tea Cosy where you are invited to pick up and add to the 'anonymous knitting' at your table while you wait for your food to be served.
We strolled freely under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, marvelling at the stunning structures and wonderful views before browsing the markets in more detail. At this point Miss G and Miss N joined us in the city after their women's cricket game.
People of all ages and races were meandering around Circular Quay and The Rocks, stopping to enjoy a wide range of street entertainment and the eclectic mix of watercraft and architecture. I realised I had never been in the heart of the city on a Sunday. The pace was very different to the focused rush of commuters on week days. It was one gloriously beautiful day!