Blue Mountains, back and beyond...
Trip Start Jan 13, 2010
14Trip End Mar 18, 2010
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Where I stayed
with Mick & Trish and Larry & Casey
Larry took time off to meet us at his house in Blackheath and give us a guided tour on arrival of all the possibilities had we but a month or two to explore. We were bowled over by the Blue Mountains. Not just by the sudden vertiginous gorges, the birds and flora, but by all the creative possibilities of time there
We returned to Sydney for our night at the opera with Trish, Mick and Des: Massenet’s Manon, a wonderful experience. The cultural days continued with Mao’s Last Dancer at the cinema in Avalon, before a memorable final lunch party at Trish & Mick’s on the Saturday with Des, Tracy (an old friend), Mick’s colleague Kim, dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and her partner Cynthia, Bruce Beresford (directed must-see Mao’s Last Dancer) and his novelist wife Virginia. The leisurely, delicious lunch was dramatic with the accompaniment of a torrential rain deluge which even silenced the kookaburras. We sadly left the following day for Sydney where we spent the afternoon in the Art Gallery of New South Wales before our final dinner party hosted by Larry and Casey (see photo) for which Mick, Trish, Des and Tracy joined us. We said sad farewells to all with enormous thanks for wonderful hospitality throughout our stay. Larry capped it all by getting out of bed at an unreasonable hour to put us on our Christchurch flight at break of day. If they’ll have us, we hope to be back some day.