Sun, sun, sun, here it comes!
Another beautiful sunny day. I could easily get used to living in this apartment, spending lazy days watching the waves bob boats, seagulls cruising in large swirling swoops, dolphin watch cruise boats sailing along, to the accompaniment of the drone of jetskis spurting up spray in their wake.
Today after a lazy start to the day we did a drive around the area. We visited the Port Stephens Community Art Centre first. The gardens outside had gravel walking paths weaving amongst pretty gardens. Inside the air conditioned building we looked through the art exhibited by local artists. Brian is after a Shoal Bay painting to add to his collection of art works depicting many of he landscapes we have experienced in our Australian travels. None appealed to us so we will ate a trip through Tea Gardens on Saturday before we head home. There are few galleries there we have been to before and might have something for us.
Then we drove around, looking a beaches, admiring the views some homes have. The sand up here is incredibly white, not unlike that of around the Whitsundays. The water is varying shades of turquoise , the white sand edged by green trees.
Arriving home we snacked on som fruit then Brian headed off to have a swim while I sat back watching mindless tv . The wind had picked up quite strong by now so much so that it blew the umbrella off its pole. Luckily it just ended up ( still open) on our balcony and hadn’t blown over the edge which could have had disastrous results for those on the path below.
Had Italian food for dinner at a restaurant called Gianni’s just a few doors down from our apartment. While looking up the phone number online , to book a table ( its always busy and you need to book) I read through so new reviews about the restaurant. We have always enjoyed it but many of the more current reviews were quite negative. We decided to take a gamble and we weren’t disappointed. The dishes we had were served piping hot and were delicious. Brian had spaccatelle ( short curved pasta) with Italian sausage and Neapolitan sauce. I had spinach and ricotta cannelloni also topped with a Neapolitan sauce. For dessert I had tiramisu . The slice was huge and while I usually ask for extra cream I’m so glad I I didn’t in this instance . Brian had mint choc chip and chocolate gelato which he assured me tasted great. I must admit I think my tiramisu was the best choice!
Walking back a crescent moon shone down on us as the sky began to turn to black. I tried to capture it but the iPad wasn’t adequate. Now we are back at the apartment feet up , being lazy again , something we are both extremely good at. Tomorrow marks our last day here, Saturday we head home. The week has disappeared so quickly and we have been extremely lucky with the weather.