Walk and Enjoy

Walk and Enjoy
Let love be the heart of who you are

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Dangar Island

The drive on the express way to Brooklyn was quite pleasant. Regardless of being the long weekend, it took us more or less 35 minutes upon reaching the wharf. To my surprise there weren't many tourists except for some campers and a few locals who, like us, only came for a day's trip. It was my first time visiting this quaint little forested island which is located in the Hawkesbury River approximately an hour from Sydney CBD by car. A ferry ride only takes 10 minutes from Brooklyn wharf which is adjacent to the cityrail station of Hawkesbury River. As per the history the first European to land on Dangar Island was Governor Arthur Phillip. The Island was first named Mullet due to the abundance of mullet fish and then was purchased by Henry Dangar a pastoralist, surveyor and a parliamentarian.

Heaps of $1 books up for grabs

Brooklyn Public Wharf

We spotted an immature male king parrot. I was lucky enough to get closer without scaring him away.

I wonder what type of bird would lay an egg this big. 

Rural Fire Service

Native to Australia and New Guinea-the Kookaburra. 

The unconventional way of gardening-well I guess if you live in an Island like Dangar everything has it's uses. 

I don't mind getting on one of these tinnies for a nice trip around the Island.
A boat made of sticks? This will take me up creek without a paddle

I've noticed that there were few ornamental gingers growing around the Island

One way of getting around the Island

Brugmansia or commonly called as Angel's trumpets

As per 2011 survey the Island has 267 population
The gateway to the Dangar's residence

So serene and tranquil

Another day in paradise

Is this suppose to scare the bad spirits away??

This couple are inspiring-maybe next time I visit the Island I will take my kayak with me(if I get to have one).

The view from the summit...

After a long walk around the Island we sat down for some warm drinks and light meal

Wheelbarrows are not only used for gardening but in Dangar Island they are also useful in pushing  your  groceries (who needs a trolley?).

This hot chocolate was divine-perfect for restoring energy.
There goes our ferry

I almost forgot to share this little fellow, trapped inside the fence. He would have loved to go for a walk with us.

They close early for Easter

Our plan B.

I hope the photos will give you a clear idea of how Dangar Island looks. I took so many photos which I wanted to share but I don't really want to overwhelm you.
I would like to wish everyone a happy and relaxing Easter. Bearing in mind the reason for the season!



Monday, 25 March 2013

Rural outskirts of Sydney

With our ever busy lives, we tend to forget many simple things in life which make us so much happier and appreciative of what we have. Last weekend I was blessed to spend quality time with my two sisters. It's not often we can catch up for an afternoon tea but when we do, we try to make the most of it. We share the same passion for foraging on the rural outskirts of Sydney in the quest of finding a good antique shop or, even better, an op shop.

Sharing with you are some of the photos I took. Hope you'll enjoy them as much as I loved taking them!

Wishing you all a happy and safe Easter!



This little cottage is situated just next to an antique/collectable shop....love the white picket fence.

I'm drawn to the beautiful landscape of Australian countryside

Rolling hills, gum trees...lush green pastures
Sprawling land of sheep, cattle and wheat

Anglican Church at Camden

Rustic look of Gledswood Homestead Winery

After our late lunch at picturesque Picton, we headed towards Camden

To wrap up our get together we sat down to a platter of cheese and crackers at my sister's house

These collections of cheese knives are a flea market find
This little mouse cheese holder is a classic, not only very useful but it's full of character making gathering a tad whimsical

The drive home was rather long and winding but having a girls day out always put a smile on my face