Saturday, January 27, 2007

Lazy Australia Day

Now that the weather has started to warm up for the summer (ok, at the time of this entry, the weather's dipped back down to 20C in the night), it's a really nice time to experience Sydney's outdoors. Last weekend was spent in Palm Beach, this Friday was Australia Day and we went to Centennial Park for a picnic. Although many people and their dogs had the same idea, the park was huge and there was plenty of room for everyone without having to picnic anywhere near other people if you choose not to. Dogs ran freely everywhere and came right up to our cooler bag (after packing 2 picnics in the last 2 weeks, I thought it was time to invest in a cheap cooler bag) to sniff, explore and even lick it, in the hope that they would be able to get to our food.

I had packed:-
a. a sweet chilli tuna and avocado spread over walnut sourdough loaf;
b. salad;
c chocolate chip rock buns;
d. savoury biscuits with an eggplant dip;
e. a mango;
f. virgin pina colada.

Tossing a frisbee (frisbee ring rather?) around was plenty of exercise especially if one keeps missing it and has to run all over the park to pick it up. It was pretty sunny, I made sure I had slapped on plenty of sunblock and kept my shades on. We didn't even get round to the mango nor the biscuits with the dip. It was altogether an extremely lazy and pleasant day out.

I am getting used to this laid-back great outdoors option that this city has got to offer. The nice weather and the numerous parks and beaches all within easy reach by public transport really make it conducive to just do as much or as little as you like outdoors without busting the wallet. More lazy summer days to come I'm sure...


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