Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Boating with Bruce & Jan - Part I

Some time before we travelled from England, Jane had e-mailed asking how we were with boats. They had an invitation for a day out on a boat with their old friends, Bruce and Jan, during our stay. We thought that sounded just fine.

As Jan is originally from England, I had thought she and Jane were the connection between the two couples, but turns out that Bruce and Chris go back to their time in London in the 1970s, where Jane met Chris. After raising their children in the same Sydney suburb as Chris and Jane, Bruce and Jan sold up and moved a bit north to one of the cliffs overlooking Pittwater. That is where we went boating.

I wasn't sure what we'd got into when I saw this

fine example of Aussie humour, but fortunately our boat was much larger and very luxurious.

Rather like an RV on water, it had every

miniature mod con one could think of including a neat fold out fishing bench on the back and, since we were in Australia after all, an outdoor BBQ and sink.

The weather was a mixed bag and slightly cool, but blue water and sunshine seemed to win the balance.

There were lots of boats in the marinas

and lots of houses overlooking the water. 'Lots' or even 'squillions' doesn't begin to describe the numbers of boats in this area. For a better idea, go up to the link about to Pittwater and click the + until you see the dotted Swiss print that is this harbour. I'm sure that one of those water meteors is Bruce; he does love his white wake!

Not long after we set off, we took a short break and Jan produced hot drinks, carrot cake and blueberry muffins.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It reminds me of Minnesota. Makes me home sick, until I remember how cold it has been up there this summer. Joanne