Last Saturday we went to the city by ferry to meet some Sydney bloggers for lunch.
It happened to be the same day that 16 year old Jessica Watson returned to Sydney after sailing solo around the world non stop and unassisted. She is the youngest person to have done this.
Sydney siders came out in droves to welcome her home. (to Australia, she actually lives in Buderim near Brisbane) However she was running behind schedule to the strong winds and choppy seas outside the harbour.
So we didn't stay as we had a lunch date with the bloggers. However, we were a little early so we stopped by this Belgian Chocolate Cafe for a hot chocolate and I thought of my Belgian blogger friend Gattina and wished she could be meeting with us too.
We walked to The Rocks area and then tried to find the Glenmore Hotel. We were going off course when blogger Joan recognised me from my blog and called out to us. She then lead us to the right place. After climbing many, many stairs we found the Rooftop Restaurant and a magnificent view of the harbour.
Soon everyone had arrived and it was a fun time meeting each other and chatting mostly about blogs, bloggers and cameras. (I wonder why). This photo was taken by another patron with Julie's camera.
The happy bloggers are from L to R are Bill, Diane, Jim, Julie (the organiser), Ann, Joan, Michelle and Peter.
After lunch and many hours late we saw Jessica (sort of) sailing into the harbour with a flotilla of well wishers and a water canon boat leading the way.
Jessica will land next to the Opera House, where thousands of people are waiting.
Her tiny pink yacht, "Ella's Pink Lady" is on the left under the Opera House roof.
She was a brave clever girl to be able to complete this challenge in such a tiny boat 10 m long. Apparently she was knocked over many times in rough seas.
On the way home we called in to the hospital to see our newest member of the family but he wasn't very interested.