Apr 23, 2018

Life This Week 23/4/2018: School Holiday Memories.

These have been my first school holidays as a parent and they've been pretty special even though we spent them right here at home. I was lucky enough to be there for that last day of school pick up and then to be home for most of the break.

These weeks of bonus summer weather helped as well.

Hyde Park was its usual glorious self.

We tried to be cultured by visiting the art gallery but the park outside held more appeal.

At least we managed to find a couple of pieces of art to ponder out there in the sun.

Of course there was good food and the break from routine and decadently unstructured days stretched out ahead of us.

We had breakfast at the organic market at Kings Cross.

The French Patisserie stall does an excellent almond croissant and croque monsieur.  It's one of the first stalls you'll see as you come up Darlinghurst Road from the station,

Saturday mornings are a special time at The Cross.  It's the morning after the night before.  The night and its neon signs seem to have hidden their secrets and sights in time for the sun to rise over quiet tree lined streets filled with families and fresh faced locals to go about their Saturday morning business.  It's just the lines of bikes and the flashy store fronts that hint at what life might be like here after dark.

Things got a little wet and grey briefly during the break which was the perfect reason for a a trip to the cinema with a hot chocolate afterwards.

Then the sun returned bringing with it our sense of adventure.

We travelled so frequently on the train that by Thursday in week one of the break, we qualified for half price travel for the rest of the week.

Putting my new Ikea pouch to good use.  It's perfect to keep things accessible in a backpack.
We travelled to places I've been meaning to explore but never quite got around to visiting until now.

New South Wales really is a stunning part of the world.  There's so much to explore for the price of a train ride. 

It's comforting to know that by using so much public transport these holidays, we did our bit for the planet whose beauty we were out exploring.

I got myself a blue tooth selfie stick and still have to figure out how to take relaxed looking selfies with it.

I'm going to miss the weekday brunches and adventures we've been having.

It'll be back to routine and expert level time management soon.  It's going to take a bit of getting used to but I'm sure we'll get there soon enough.  Before you know it, though, it'll be time to do this school holiday thing all over again.


  1. Wow looks like you really got out and about and explored the city! We didn't go to the art gallery but did see the Dino exhibit at the Museum which Mr 10 loved :)

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  2. It looks like you and your little one had the perfect school holidays. Those pastries and the trip to the park outside the Art Gallery would have been my favourites!

  3. Glad you're enjoying the break. It's good to get out in your own city. I have mixed feelings about next week, too!

  4. It sounds like you had a wonderful school holidays SSG! It's nice you got out and about and got to see so much. I had plans for getting out and taking advantage of the free activities but with being unwell it was pretty low key for us. I'm hoping we avoid germs for a little while longer and we can get out and take advantage of the warm autumn weather :)

  5. School holidays are the best. I love them. Mine will be gone in a few years! What will I do then? Have a permanent school holiday?

  6. Hi SSG what a lovely way to spend the school holidays. Growing up we lived in Naremburn and of course no car in our family. Mum would take us into town on the bus, catch a ferry to Circular Quay to Manly and then after a day at the beach with fish and chips we would catch the Double Decker bus home. Other times it was a trip to Balmoral or just a picnic in the backyard with some school friends. The simpler things in life are always more enjoyable and yes NSW has some beautiful places. I lived in Kiama for a couple of years before moving to Queensland and always loved the Terrace Shops as we drove into the town. Not sure if they are still there. Enjoy the rest of your school holidays.

  7. What a fun holiday that looks like. I love the Eternity squashed can - wonderful Sydney tribute.

  8. Sounds like you and your son had the perfect school holidays. Our elementary school holidays are in July and August (our summer months).

  9. What a wonderful round up of Week One of the school holidays at home!! This was great to see and read. And the art gallery is not so appealing to young kids as I found one time I took a 6 yo GD!
    Thanks so much for linking up for #lifethisweek 17/52. Next week's optional prompt is Taking Stock 18/52. Denyse


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