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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

SYDNEY - The Rocks

Date: 20th December 2015


The Rocks in Sydney has always been a quaint area with many New Age shops selling crystals etc. But on Sundays - the Market is simply wonderful as I know to the detriment of my Credit Card! Jonathan suggested we paid a visit and having met him in Central Sydney we walked to this lovely corner of the City. There was a huge Liner in port so we were unable to see the Bridge but it was such a lovely day, nothing mattered.

We arrived at lunch time and my son who is 6ft 3ins with hollow legs and always hungry needed to be fed. We commenced our visit with a couple of glasses of Sauvignon Blanc and some very very tasty light bites at Wine Odyssey in Argyle Street. I love pretty things - be they clothes, jewellery, paintings, shells, artefacts and the Market is an Aladdin's cave of 'Goodies'. We both purchased a present or two, some wonderful hand made soap - the type where the perfume really does last till the last crumb!

Jonathan bought some gifts for his Father and an Aunt - I can only describe them as 3D collages made from stamps. His father is mad on ballooning and we found a Balloon stamp and his Aunt is passionate about horses and we found a beautiful stamp of a very famous Black Horse. When one is travelling you always have to think of weight and these were not heavy. (I have a double problem because the weight limit coming out from the UK was far in access of what I will be able to take leaving Sydney - mad really - why don't the airlines get their act together - and I mean together. So unless I want to jettison half my summer wardrobe I packed light or I'd have been unpacking at the Airport)

We'd wandered for hours, tasted and bought some superb Nougat. I don't have a sweet tooth but cannot resist anything flavoured with coffee and they actually had coffee nougat so a few bars jumped into my handbag - after paying for them of course!

We were just leaving and I was drawn to a stall with the most gorgeous raw stone jewellery - by that I mean the uncut varieties of semi-precious stones. There was one large necklace in particular that just screamed 'Buy Me'. I need more jewellery like a hole in the head and I don't usually wear chunky stuff but this piece told a story of 'Travel'. I got into conversation with the stall holder who had been a Marine Biologist. She said that the Government were destroying the Barrier Reef (not sure how or why) and that she'd taught her subject for years and wanting a change of career, she took to travelling the world sourcing semi-precious gems and converting them into jewellery. 'My" necklace which was crying out to be bought had actually been reduced to half price as Kirsten was going back to her home in Byron Bay for Christmas and wanted to reduce the stock. Along with the necklace, beautifully presented in a special box, I received a write up of where all the different stones were sourced - they came from Russia, Tanzania and HongKong among other countries and that appealed to my Romantic Nature. Her name is Dr Kirsten Michalek-Wagner and her website is

Showing the vitality of The Rocks - Cruise Liner in Port

SYDNEY - The Rocks

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