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Images from Surry Hills, Sydney

A couple of months back, a friend was visiting from Hong Kong. I hadn’t seen him in a number of years. We went for breakfast at the iconic Bill’s Cafe (my first time) in Surry Hills. Even though I hadn’t seen him in ages, we were giggling like little kids.

There are a lot of the cool creative agencies located in Surry Hills.  So as you can imagine, it is a hub of creativity. I love the area. It’s an old working class suburb that feels alive,  imaginative and slightly bohemian. There are great restaurants and bars, interior design studios, art galleries and cool coffee shops where the beautiful people hang out.

So we went wandering around, taking snaps of the area and stopping for the odd cup of coffee.

 

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Pic of the day: Fiji sunset

They are my favourite parts of the day. Sunrises I see when I go for a cycle. Sunsets are when I crack open a beer and watch the world melt away. Here’s a favourite of mine from Fiji. This is a pic of my daughter. Enjoy.

Fiji: my daughter

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Pics of the Day: Maroubra sunset

To clear my head I went for a walk down to Maroubra beach. It’s a winter day, but it was a clear, crisp and unseasonably warm. With not many people around, the atmosphere was calming and slightly ethereal. Here are a couple of pics from my little sojourn. It was also my attempt to look professional. I took my tripod, which looked a bit silly with a micro four thirds camera plonked on the top. I hope you enjoy.

Kids playing

Maroubra at sunset

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Images from Maroubra beach, Sydney

Maroubra cube

In my post, New Beginnings, you’d have seen that my family have moved to Maroubra (there are also a few extra pics in Slow cooked lamb shanks in Sangiovese). Maroubra is a beach suburb in the east of Sydney. Unlike Bondi and Coogee, it hasn’t been over-developed. It still has a slightly shabby and untouched feel, although I am not sure how long this will last. There is talk of development going on very soon.

So I’ve spent the last couple of weeks getting to know it a little better. I’m only starting out on this photography lark, so please excuse me if they are a little amateur (some of the photo blogs I visit are breathtaking and very inspirational). Comments/advice most welcome.

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Snap happy in Hyde Park, Sydney

There’s something magical about Hyde Park in Sydney. It’s surrounded by old majestic buildings, has old majestic trees running through it, is steeped in history and is frequented by so many interesting people. And it’s smack bang in the city.

It’s a great place to wander round and snap happy. Below are some photos I have taken recently as I wandered lonely as a cloud. Hope you enjoy them.

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New beginnings

For the last four and a half years I have lived with my wife and two young and energetic daughters in a two bedroom flat, about 9kms from the centre of Sydney. It was convenient, but very small. And living with three other families in the block was far from ideal.

So we have now moved to our little oasis ten minutes walk from Maroubra Beach, Sydney. We have chickens (Snowy and Sophie), raised veggie beds, a big outdoor deck for entertaining and more importantly space for the kids to run and space for mum and dad to feel less stressed. The kids get up every morning to check if any eggs have been laid.

Until last week, I had never eaten a proper, freshly laid egg.  Oh my. The egg was creamy, yummy, and so colourful.

Yes, our place is a bit further away, but it’s a small price to pay to have privacy and peace and quiet. It’s the reason I’ve been quiet of late (that as well as work), so expect more food posts to come as we settle in. Below is a selection of pictures from our new piece of paradise to whet your apetite.

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