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Friday, March 13, 2015

Nutcote and Bradley's Head.




Nutcote, located at Neutral Bay,  is the  harbourside home of May Gibbs (1877-1969), Australia’s foremost children’s author and illustrator and best known today for her iconic story The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie.
Bradleys Head has a Fortification Complex and the foremast of the cruiser HMAS Sydney which is mounted on the headland as a memorial to all Australian ships and sailors lost in conflict.


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Going down the garden path to May Gibbs's house.

Front of May Giggs's house. Her bedroom window (left) faced the garden.

There wasn't much in flower at this time of the year.


Looking up to front yards.



8th line up sounds a bit Austen Tayshus (Australiana).


Back of May Gibbs's house.

I said "Woof' but I couldn't fit in.

View of harbour from the high part of back-yard.

View from dining room. You can just get a glimpse of the bridge.

Looking down on to the back-yard.

The back garden up to house.

Lynn could be lunch if she is not careful.

Handy to city transport.

One of the garden’s original plants, this Banksia integrifolia is thought to be more than 160 years old.



A Golden Orb Spider and her (tiny) boyfriend help keep the bugs under control.

The 'Big Bad Banksia Man' has a few bad habits.

Super Goanna to the rescue.

Eye's watching you!

We take a hint from these gumnut babies.............

........... and have coffee and scones.

Big Bad Banksia Man (one of his victims on the left.

The upper level of the front garden.

Bib and Bub stand guard in this circular garden bed.

Bib and Bub


Wisteria Hysteria


Youthful 'Banksia Men' in the back garden.

No, he didn't bite. May Gibbs liked to have Scotch Terriers as pets.




The Bradleys Head Fortification Complex is a small fort located on the northern side of Sydney Harbor near Taronga Park Zoo. Construction of the fort began in 1840-42 and consisted of a gun pit and firing wall that was built out of large blocks of sandstone and carved partly from the original rock that was located on site. 

Trenches leading to gun emplacements.


Trenches and gun emplacement.

SBML (smooth bore muzzle loader) 68 pounder gun and emplacement
 constructed 1871 at Bradley's Head.
SBML (smooth bore muzzle loader) 68 pounder gun and emplacement constructed 1871 at Bradley's Head.

Markings on the gun,   'Low Moor   10925   1861'.


Front of the main firing wall of the Bradleys Head Fortification Complex.

The main firing wall of the Bradleys Head Fortification Complex.

We are well protected.






The tripod mast of The H.M.A.S. Sydney is dedicated to those who served in the Royal
 Australian Navy and those ships which were lost in service.This is the only naval monument in
Australia requiring ceremonial honours to be rendered by all passing naval ships.
HMAS Sydney 1 was a Chatham Class Light Cruiser commissioned in 1913.
 The Sydney is famous for its victory over the German raider 'Emden' in 1914.


Even on a bad weather day the it looks good.

This sandstone wharf, circa 1840, was also built at Bradley's Head in conjunction
 with the fort. It was used to transport supplies and equipment from
Sydney Cove to the site.

Things have changed since 1840.


Ragamuffin went like a rocket. I think you could water-ski behind it.




Ragamuffin was flying. 
Turn up the volume and listen to the sounds it makes.



Sailing on Sydney Harbour.

Not everyone was at work today.



A good day sailing is better than a good day at work.



Sailing on the harbour.



Sail and sky.




Who's holding up who?

Sail and sails. 


Not a nice day for a swim.



A Water Dragon didn't mind the overcast conditions.

This Doric column (right) which originally stood at the GPO in George Street
 Sydney and  was relocated to Bradley's Head in 1871 to mark one nautical mile
 from the centre of the Martello Tower at Fort Denison. It was used to provide
 accurate sea trial measurements.

Kookaburra sits in the old Fig Tree.

A changing skyline.

Lynn had the best vantage point all to herself.



Lynn had the best spot.




Cameras:  Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Sony DSC-W690.



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