It's now day two of our stay in Australia with Julie and Ian. They live in Caringbah a suburb south of Sydney. More significantly only a few minutes away from Botany Bay, the location of the first recorded footfall of Europeans in Australia. There are a number of memorials and descriptions of the event, some two years after the good ship Endeavour sailed from UK. The bravery and perseverance of those long dead explorers was exemplified today when we visited Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, some two hours away from Sydney. How did the early explorers make their way through the 'bush'? How did they find a way through the mountains with their sheer drops of many, many feet? How did the following settlers clear the land, dig the soil, divert the rivers to bring water and transform the wilderness?
On a more prosaic note, I ( Penny) had the immense pleasure of feeding a cockatoo by hand and watched three whales leaping and turning in the waves, magnificent!