Last week after work I went down and met Marcus and Dan for the Anon Sunwear Launch Party which was a tow-in aerial show down Manly Beach in pretty small conditions. Dion Agius is the real standout in this video, the dude wearing the bones wetsuit.
This weekend Rach and Mike came over to the Northern Beaches all the way from the the South Beaches. Normally arch rivals, we laid our weapons down for one night of jazz and dinner.
We went to Artichoke in Manly a great little cafe that has live music whilst you eat. Mike especially liked it as we had a drummer right next to us knocking out some jazz beats (The Jaraka Collective) -
The Jaraka at Artichoke
Nancy, Marcus, Marcus’ Mum and Nancy’s friends from Kuala Lumpur (a facebook friend she had not seen for 18 years, before I was even born) joined us for a great evening -
Marcus, Nancy’s Friends and Rach.
After a great night of some great Pinot Gris, Food and talk of video productions with a new video camera that is on its way to Manly we headed home. Here’s a shot of Artichoke, a crazy little venue that is a converted house on a back street.
Outside the Artichoke
The next day Jon and co. had a BBQ at Forty Baskets, a little park on Sydney Harbour 20 minutes walk from the wharf. For some reason we were under the invasion of about one million flies, which was making it pretty hard to do anything but swat them off you -
All those little black dots are flies
After a great day at the park even with the flies, we headed back and stopped off for a quick swim.
Marcus and me dusk at the pool in Sydney Harbour
A great weekend and a nice start to NSW Summer time! More Pictures at Facebook
After ruining Australian tourism with the post ‘Shark Sighting on Google Maps‘ I have an apology to make. I was looking at g2007.com stats and there’s a fair bit of traffic that arrives on the blog for people searching for the shark post -
I was showing this to Amy and showed her the picture and in 5 seconds she said “that looks like a surfer”.
Here’s the original image -
Looks like a Shark
You can see how the mistake can be made. Compared to the other surfers he or she is completely faded out and also looks to be a bit too deep to be surfing. If you turn the supposed shark image around a bit, blow it up a bit and compare it to another surfer, its clearly not a shark -
Primary School Friends, High School Friends, College Friends, University Friends, Work Friends, Flat Mate Friends, Internet Friends, Surf Related Friends, Friends of Friends, Business Friends, Parents of Friends you name it there on Facebook and it used to be said the intenet would be the end of friends.
Here is a collage of all my friends on Facebook you might recognise some people of even yourself -
Also on another note, Simone and Stu live on a hill, whenever we go over there you have to leave the car in gear as well as put the handbrake on. Unfortunetly the driver of the car on top forgot to do it -
This bank holiday weekend Amy and I went to Nelson Bay on the NSW coast about 3 hours drive (including traffic) North of Sydney, about 45 minutes South of Seal Rocks. This post is geo-tagged so you can find out exactly where it is.
It has some amazing scenary and beaches in this part of Australia and we were lucky enough to get an entire weekend of blue skies and high twenties temperatures. We book a internet deal at ‘The Landmark’ hotel, which was a studio apartment with views of the water, it was very beautiful -
Earth Shadow from the Balcony at Nelsons Bay
We visited some of the beaches and found that Zenith Beach was quite easily our favourite, it was also completely out of the wind, there was no waves there though which was ashame but enough of a shore break to get some serious body boarding under my belt. Amy will not go in the water even though it is not cold at all, apparently its ‘no where near as warm as Queensland’, however this goes on all year around, even in summer.
We took a little trip to One Mile Beach where there was more of a wave and I mananged to get out on the board in some very small waves but it was good fun. We then took a drive to Stockton Beach, which is a 32 mile long beach, easily visible from Google Earth, of just a huge sand dune. It looks like you are in the middle of a desert from some angles -
Amy took this great photo of a Camel, which you can ride in exchange for cash -
Camels on Stockton Beach
That night we went to ‘Hogs Breath’ restaurant in Nelson Bay which turned out to be a bit like TGI Fridays. We then went back to out studio and had some nice desert wine and watched films on the cable TV the room had.
The next day we walked up this massive hill next to Zenith beach for a great view of the beaches, Bhanglassi were recording their new album this weekend, so in support I wore the Bhanglassi Tape T-Shirt. Here is Amy and I at the top of the hill (forgot the name) with the great view in the background -
Top of the Hill
Here’s a view back into Shoal Bay, beyond the point is Nelson Bay, you can see the wind was quite strong on the this side, but completely blocked out on the East facing beaches -
Shoal Bay from the top of the Hill
We couldn’t really find anything wrong with Zenith, so we went back there again for another day of amazingly clear water and no crowds, which you really can’t fault, here’s me again killing some 0.5ft waves in crystal clear water -
Clear Shark Free (hopefully) Waters
This is the path that leads to the Beach, with Amy standing at the top looking beach ready!
Amy at the top of the Steps
We met Tanya, Neal and Matilda (their little baby) at a Thai restaurant, Neal is an old colleague of mine and current colleague of Amy who moved from London as well, so it was nice to see them and their energetic 9 month old.
The next morning we checked out and went back to the beach again in the morning. It was hot and hazy and we noticed smoke coming from a nearby beach. Eventually this helicopter showed up and started scooping water from the sea to put out the fires -
First day of Bushfire Season
All the great weather did have this bad side effect, the start of the bush fire season. Fires destroyed a home in Port Stephens on Monday morning.
Apart from the bush fires on the last day, a great weekend with very good weather and a real relaxing time! More photos on the book.