We recently noticed this striking door on the Water Supply building in Pitt Street, Sydney. The frieze above the door extols the virtues of water. It is especially appropriate for today, since it is the last day of 2014 – the Year of the Horse in the Chinese calendar. 2015 is the Year of the Sheep.
Another thing that you might not expect to find around Sydney Harbour is patches of wild rainforest. But when we walked from Gore Cove Reserve to Wollstonecraft station a few days back, the walking trail went through several patches of rainforest. There were plenty of tree ferns and strangling fig trees, giving an oddly tropical feel to the walk.
We were walking along Sawmillers Reserve at Berrys Bay, on the north side of Sydney Harbour, and were surprised to see this shipwreck. Of course there have been plenty of shipwrecks in Sydney in the past, but you don’t expect to see the skeleton of a ship sticking out of the water like that. It is apparently the wreck of an old MSB hopper barge.
One of the amazing things about Sydney is the large number of surprising details that you can stumble across. We lived there for 7 years in one of our previous existences, but still find new things on every visit.
A few days back we went for a walk from the Harbour Bridge to Wollstonecraft. In Lavender Bay there was this graphic reminder of the fact that there used to be lots of shipbuilding yards around the harbour. It’s the slipway of the Neptune Engineering Company, which was used to launch ships from the late 19th century through to 1989.
We had dinner in central Sydney last night, and spent some time looking at the Christmas lights and decorations. The town hall, which normally looks rather staidly Victorian, was lit up with festive Christmas projections.