20 October - All together walk - Sydney Harbour NP - Waverton to Milsons Point

There was an unusual event in Sydney, water pouring from the sky.
Some people might have thought it was a good day to stay in bed or go to the movies.
Undeterred, 15 intrepid Hillview stalwarts and Tristan, a young visitor from France, met at Waverton.
We passed through the upper part of the Coal loader site, the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, inspecting the Cammeraygal engraving site and the Community Garden and then down the metal steps (rather than the lift option), through the tunnel under the platform of the coal loader, to join the tracks to explore Balls Head.

 2017 10 20 AltogetherWalk Deidre Whale 095003 Copy  2017 10 20 Alltog AnneG 1B  2017 10 20 Alltog Anne R1 Copy                                                                                  Cammeraygal whale engraving                        Inspecting the Community Garden         Wondering about the Native Stingless Bee Hive   

       The morning tea was deferred as we could not fit into the dry area under the overhang. As we reached the viewpoint the rain had eased, although the city view was still clouded.    

        2017 10 20 Alltog Anne G3B   2017 10 20 Alltog AnneG 5B                                                                                                                                                  No room at the overhang                                                                        Tristan and Anne G pose in the rain

 2017 10 20 All together AnneR P1160805.JPG P1160805 Copy                                                                                                                                            The city now doth like a garment wear ...  cloud (with apologies to Wordsworth)   

 On our return to the Community centre we deliberated about having coffee but the cold wind had picked up and we decided to keep warm in our damp clothes by keeping walking.2017 10 20 All together AnneR P1160807.JPG P1160807 Copy   2017 10 20 All together AnneR P1160808 Copy                                                                                                                                                 Where is John?                                                                      How much is that doggie in the window?

We explored the former BP site, now a park which reflects its industrial heritage, then around the playing fields of Waverton park , street walking, and crossing a rail bridge to Sawmillers Reserve for Brunch near a small covered area in case of a shower which did not eventuate.

          2017 10 20 Alltog AnneR P1160816 Copy     2017 10 20 Alltog AnneR P1160817 Copy                                                                                                                                                                                         A windblown group admiring ...              the view

  2017 10 20 AltogetherWalk Deidre Lunch 114849 1     2017 10 20 Alltog AnneR P1160822    201710 20 Alltog AnneR P1160821                                                                                 Some trusted that it would not rain during lunch           Others played it safe under the shelter              What was John doing behind the concrete?

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We were lucky to remain fairly dry as we spent 20 minutes exploring the peaceful lush vegetation in Wendy Whitley’s garden, then walked around Blues Point, this time having a clear view of the bridge, and quickly inspected the Comic walk around Lavender Bay and Luna park to enjoy coffee at Milson’s Point.

            2017 10 20 Alltog AnneR P1160831 Copy   2017 10 20 AltogetherWalk Deidre AnneG 124035 1 Copy    2017 10 20 AltogetherWalk Deidre WendyWhiteleysGarden 124729 3 Copy                                                                                                         The bridge from Wendy Whitely's Garden                          Anne G reads out the history of the garden                                     A beautiful old fig tree

 2017 10 20 Alltog AnneR P1160832 Copy    2017 10 20 AltogetherWalk Deidre WendyWhiteleysGarden 124528 Copy  2017 10 20 Alltog AnneR P1160839 Copy                                                                                  Exploring the garden                               Claude and Brett Whitely's Female Nude statue                                Leunig's Mr Curly on the Comic Walk

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After coffee Claude and Margaret offered to take Tristan and Anne G to inspect the Admiralty house and Kirribilli house sights that will be part of next week’s walk. As we reached Milson’s Point station the heavy rain set in.
Leaders: Anne R, Anne G
Walkers: Barrie B, Susan C, Elaine E, Mary G, Aileen J, Robyn M, Lydia M, Claude P, Margaret P, Bill S, Deidre S, Lyn T
Visitor; Tristan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Words: Anne G                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photos: Deidre (1, 11, 18, 19, 21), Anne G (2, 4, 5), Anne R (3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 22,23), Claude (16)