First order of priority was to spend time with Anna, Ulrika’s Mum. She doesn’t look too bad for 90.
We are staying at Belmont as usual overlooking the beautiful Lake Macquarie.
Looking like tourists we visited Fort Scratchley. In all the time we lived & have visited Newcastle we have never had a look at it. Great views out to Nobbys, the Ocean Baths & back over the City. The guns were only fired in anger once on the 7th June 1942. A Japanese submarine shelled Newcastle & the guns replied with two salvos. The guns are still fired at 1pm everyday.
Our favourite place for lunch in Newcastle is the Merewether Surf Club.
What a difference a day makes. Nobby’s Lighthouse on a wet & windy Sunday Morning. The lighthouse was built in 1858 & replaced a coal burning light that was first put in place in 1804. Nobby’s Head was originally an island. The breakwall connecting it to the mainland was built by convicts between 1818 & 1856. During the period 1833 to 1857 the height of Nobby’s Head was reduced by 16m because sailing ships were losing their wind as they rounded the Headland. They even had plans to blow the whole hill up until sanity prevailed.
Tough going for the yachts heading south.
Rick Stein has just opened a new restaurant at Port Stephens. As we have been to his restaurant at Mollymook & actually met him we just had to have lunch. Unfortunately he was not in residence.
A couple of fast birds taking off from Williamtown RAAF Base.
This is a Light & House. It is the Inner Head Light on Nelson Head at Port Stephens. The station was established in 1872, four kerosene lamps shone from a wooden tower. The light was first shown from the octagonal lantern room attached to the cottage in 1876.
Spent a few hours at Blackbutt Reserve checking out the animals.
Good to catch up with Glenn & Judy & Kids, James & Sylvia & Dave & Penny whilst we were in town.
Lots of good things happening to raise money to support Ricky. Any support is appreciated. Ricky Go Fund Me
Hayden at his Kindy Halloween Party.
Quote of the Day
“Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of Hallows’ Even or Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead,including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.”