Diary of a writing, reading, animal loving, travelling Penguin and his mate who love collecting Penguin books, taking photographs and talking to people about Tasmania, Australia
Friday, 12 July 2013
On My Way to Sydney
Tomorrow I start a little holiday. T. is home from his overseas family visit and now I have 5 days coming up in Sydney with a good friend who brings the train down from north of Sydney for a girl's week out.
We did this last year and the year before so I guess now it has become a tradition. The short holiday centres around a performance at the Sydney Theatre Company each year. This year we will be seeing the play The Maids with Cate Blanchett in a main role. She is a stunning actor and two years ago we were fortunate enough to see her in Uncle Vanya by Checkov.
Sydney often has big light shows down at the harbour and the last time we were there we enjoyed many colours and images flashed across the buildings that surround Circular Quay and on the opera house. The opera house has so many different personalities that shine depending on the time of day and year that one visits.
I have lots of book news but have had absolutely no time to do anything properly. I have a review to do of a light hearted read, some Library Loot, some books I got in a stocktake sale and a wonderful old 1960's Penguin publishers gift from a friend not to mention the book I'm reading for my August book group.
I had hoped to get some postings up today before I left but as mentioned in a previous post I am still treating our 3 dogs and 2 cats for the poison bait the neighbours put down. They unfortunately have ingested a very debilitating poison that has an ingredient that used to be strictly regulated but now can be found in common rat poisons in the local supermarket. The neighbours who put it down have been absolutely no hope whatsoever and couldn't even be bothered to go back to the store where they bought it let me know the brand name so we're going through trial and error.
Blood tests today show the animal's blood clotting times are still taking way too long so onto yet another 2 weeks of treatment with more blood testing to follow. But moving along...I have been reading, seeing a couple of films and now looking forward to some Penguin hunting in Sydney, shopping and browsing happily through bookstores with both new and second hand books.
Travellin Penguin and I really need a holiday break from our cold winter weather we have been experiencing here of late.
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I saw the lights back in May - really good fun. Have a nice break, and all the best with those poor animals.ReplyDelete
Thank you Vicki, The lights are beautiful, don't know if they're on now or not. Either way it is a beautiful place and my animals will be okay, they just can't do much until back to normal. Thank you for your concern. It is really appreciated.Delete
Have a great mini break Pam. I love Sydney, wish I was there!!ReplyDelete
Thank you very much. I will certainly try.Delete
I'm so sorry you're still dealing with the poisoning issue. I'm glad you've been keeping your spirits up with fun adventures--interesting ones, too.ReplyDelete
And, I must ask, how cold and terrible has your winter weather been. I'm a weather nut, so of course I have to pester you with this question. So glad to hear you're off to Sydney. How lovely! Have fun!
Our weather got down to just below freezing which is 0 Celsius (32 F) but started to warm up a bit. In Sydney now it's about 19 C which is about 68 so quite nice now.Delete
Thank you for your warm wishes, Pam
It sounds like a fun trip, and you deserve a break after all that stress. Your neighbors couldn't even bother to go to the store to check?! Karma will catch up with that. I'll look forward to hearing about your bookstore finds, though they're sure to induce envy! and I'm already envying you the opportunity to see Cate Blanchett on stage.ReplyDelete
Neighbours are not overly accommodating to say the least but we'll get through this. Just lots of Vitamin K tablets over the coming weeks. Wish you could come here and go to bookstores with us but I doubt I'll be buying much while here as most of money for the last month has gone into vet bills but sure I can find something (on sale maybe?? ) Thanks for visiting the blog. PamDelete
Sounds like a much needed break, hope you come back feeling recharged and the pets are showing signs of improvement. The theatre show sounds great. (And yes, I am still wishing a pox upon those neighbours of yours.)ReplyDelete
Thanks for your well wishes,having a great time and yes buying books old and new.Like the idea of a pox.ReplyDelete