|We were waiting for our friends, the Smiths; you can play "Find the Hidden Objects". Of course, our "uniforms" help us to stand out.|
|This young couple from China wanted to get married and did not have any family here, so Elder Smith became the favored Uncle who gives the bride away.|
|This was a very small affair - maybe 15 people counting the photographers and wedding planners. It was held at the Gazebo at the Sydney Observatory on the first day of winter - June 1st.|
A licensed civil minister performed the marriage. The Harbour Bridge is always the perfect backdrop for any photo. We were so cold and this bride was very brave. We had passing showers, wind, and we were wearing our raincoats and scarves.
|After the wedding, we rode the light rail to Darling Harbour for the wedding dinner. These Sisters from Taiwan have been teaching the bride about the gospel of Jesus Christ. This bridge separates Cockle Bay from Darling Harbour.|
These are the Senior Missionaries with Elder Haleck. He is in the 2nd Quorum of the Seventy and serves in the Area Presidency. He joined us for our usual Monday Night Family Home Evening dinner and lesson.
|This is the boat stop - we were told we had enough time to get fish and chips from the local shop and of course enjoyed fresh fish! Dory is one of the common fish that they use in fresh fish and chips and of course that reminds us of Nemo.|
|Waiting patiently and blending in. We even know to ask for tomato sauce, not ketchup, and we drink ginger beer not root beer. We have become experts at the cuisine and will miss some of our favorites! Do they have Bundaberg Ginger Beer in Utah??|
|This is a poinsettia tree in bloom. Because it is winter, they are blooming here now. They seem to grow wild, but not sure they are indigenous to the area.|
Once again we found interesting gateways to properties. We are trying to think of some way to jazz up the entrance to our home in Lehi - here are a few of the ideas we are considering.
|The streets are not paved, but the signs keep us on the straight and narrow - maybe. We were trying to figure out the right way to go and it is difficult to get four old people to agree! :)|
How about this entrance for Lehi?? Or maybe the one below with all of the surf boards? That would help our old vinyl fence look more interesting. We loved our tour of the quaint village and would love to come here again.
The river views and beyond is the ocean. We were amazed at how quiet and peaceful living here would be.
We distrubed this poor man enjoying his back yard and reading a book on a quiet Saturday. Everyone had some sort of boat. If you don't want to wait for the ferry, you need your own transportation.
We puzzled over this sign until we saw the other side. There is probably a lesson in this - make sure you read all sides of the signs. The area is subject to the tides from the ocean and the beach is a wonderful soft sand.
|Of course we got more information from the locals as well as history and we were escorted by two young men on bikes who kept track of our progress on the island by riding past us numerous times.|
We loved this gate which led to this old water tower which looked like a home for a princess. Maybe we have been watching too many princess movies! The flowers and foliage were spectacular and very thick.
This small walk way leads into the "center" of the town.
Because there are no cars, the locals use wheelbarrows to and from the wharf to haul their supplies. We assume you just recognize your own wheelbarrow. Public information is posted on a pole by the wharf. The best part of this agenda is the Attendance/Apologies. Maybe we should all take a page out of this... :)
Our ferry captain who also took our money and gave us history lessons as well as tour advice about when and what to see. It doesn't get any better than that. This was the view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the "Captain's Bridge". There were not very many rules on this ferry.
The last stop on the ferry ride - Little Wobby Beach. And believe us, it was little. We passed on this walk, but maybe the next time.
The boat refueling station is a must in this world of water. And we did not expect to see this type of toilet flusher which is above the toilet.
|At the end of the day, the fishermen are cleaning, descaling, and filleting their fish while the local trash collectors wait...|
We stopped at Pie in the Sky for apple rhubarb pie and ice cream. This shows you where we had spent the day.
|We will continue to cross the bridges and enjoy the sunsets "Down Under".|
Elder and Sister