夏はすぐそこまで来ています。

[by Chris Haldane in Sydney] After four months in another lockdown in Sydney, getting back into the normal rhythms of life has been accompanied by the annual bloom of the jacarandas. There’s nothing quite like seeing their gorgeous purple-blue dotted through the suburbs as you pass by on the train. And I’ve always loved the jacaranda (above) in the Royal Botanic Garden with the quintessentially Sydney backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House peeking through its branches!   In some suburbs whole streets are lined with jacarandas and in my area many parks feature at least a few. Their appearance is always a signal that Spring is on its […]

キッズ・イン・ロックダウン

        [by Chris Haldane in Sydney] Sydney has been in lockdown for 99 days today, joining countless others around the world who know what isolation of this type means. It’s certainly been hard on the children, so it was a delight this week on my local walks to see how some have used their creativity, despite the circumstances. This cubby house was built in a local park by two kids who’ve been home schooling for a few months now.  They’ve been working on it for some weeks, coming over every day to make improvements. They actually arrived while I was sketching it and proudly explained this 2-storey […]

NSW州バサーストへのロードトリップ

[By Chris Haldane in Sydney] Feeling privileged to be able to explore our own country again, I joined Liz Steel a fortnight ago on the first part of her road trip to Bathurst,  200km west of Sydney. It’s familiar territory for both of us, but the last year’s events have certainly given us a fresh appreciation of it!   First stop was the Blue Mts, so named for the blue haze that hangs over them due to the oils released by the eucalyptus forests. The distant views across the cliffs always inspire a love of country!  After scones and cream in Megalong Valley (above) we reached Govetts Leap Lookout in […]