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Pretty walk from Balgowlah to Manly cove, Sydney

Janey

By Janey

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Hi everyone, what a cold, windy afternoon, and what could be better, I thought, than to go back to Sydney and take my lovely GoY friends on my favourite walk from Jims passed Fairlight beach to Manly cove.

Down the hill a little way, turn left and facing us, this pretty clapboard house with Wisteria beginning to flower in the early spring sunshine. Wisterias are very popular over there.

Across the road, pink and lilac Azalia blossoms, in the front garden of a very old Aussie bungalow.

Down the dip and we come upon what looks like a type of Iris? Not really sure, but it’s lovely….:)) Well, I’ve found out they are Dietes Fairy Iris grandiflora and very hardy! wish I’d brought some home.

Looking to the right, the view that will take us all the way down to Manly Cove…beautiful, isn’t it?

Another Fairy Iris, really unusual.

Then these beacon style amazing plants. They must be at least 12ft tall, with what looks like a type of Canna Lily flower. I’ll have to check out Australian flowering plants and then put in their right names! And they are Gymea Lilies, indigenous to coastal areas of NSW. The sword shaped leaves can be a metre long and the flower spike up to 6 metres!

Australian Grevillea, the wild birds love pecking at these
to reach the nectar dripping off the stamens. Very attractive to insects too.

Above us, a Black Cockatoo dropping bits of Banksia seed shell as he munches busily, not giving us a second glance.

Wow, what a vivid colour….stunning Azalia!

And deep crimson Bougainvillea

Lots of pinks, a delicate Azalia

Now we’ve reached the fern garden, with Tree Ferns and Hart’s tongues.

Ooh steady! Mind the Water Dragon there, sunbathing…:))

Here’s a little rock garden, with a very pretty flowering grass.

Look up and have a look at the view!

Here we are passing Fairlight Beach, I love the colours here.

Down the steps passed the Aquarium and Art Gallery and
a coffee at the cafe, I think we’ve earned it!

Back to Jims and my little friend who came by every day…:)).

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Oh Janey what a lovely blog, its just what we all need on this awful cold, wet and windy day! views are spectacular and the the array of flowers and plants equally so! I just love the view of the boats above the Azaelia picture what a fantastic place for a holiday, thanks for sharing;0))

21 Oct, 2014

 

Pleased you like it Carole, it cheered me up no end too....:))

21 Oct, 2014

 

Couldn't agree more with Carole. It's horrid here, though bright enough, but I've had a sore mouth and have retreated to the sofa with a lovely book and my doggies (they are on the floor, not on the sofa of course!!). Just taking a break from the book to check out Goy, and it's lovely to see your blog Janey. I've never wanted to go to Oz, and I have no rellies there, but I do have a dear friend near Melbourne, and when I see your lovely blog it makes me think that perhaps I will go....one day...maybe. :))

21 Oct, 2014

 

Lovely blog Janey.....I'm looking outside to....you've guessed it....Rain, rain and more rain.Lovely to see blue skies and gorgeous brightly clooured flowers. Thank you for my bit of Sunshine!!:-)

21 Oct, 2014

 

Thankyou for sharing your wonderful blog Janey a real pleasure o such a wild fierce windy day.

You have brought back happy memories of our time their I 2000

And of course Manly Bay.

21 Oct, 2014

 

Thanks girls! I've just been checking the plants (which I should have done in the first place!) and will correct them later!!
Aw sorry you're not feeling too good Karen. No, I never fancied visiting Oz before Jim went there, the little piece I've seen though is fabulous and so interesting, I love the vastness, wild life and wildness of it!
You're welcome Gralew and Scotcat!

21 Oct, 2014

 

How lovely to see Spring when we are rapidly approaching colder weather here. The pics are wonderful, quite the best ones I've seen of Aussi flowers. Thank you for taking them and showing us.

21 Oct, 2014

 

Thanks Stera! Yes, it was a wrench leaving their season and coming back to ours, we do have our beautiful autumn trees though, don't we......:))`

21 Oct, 2014

 

Thank you for the tour. I felt like I was right there along side you.

21 Oct, 2014

 

Your welcome Bathgate...:))

21 Oct, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Oh Janey , how did you drag yourself back here I can see you saving to go out again another year , it looks so beautiful the plants are breath taking and wonderful views of the sea ,I can't believe you missed the chance of a little Iris bulb :o( I love your 'Friend' I bet he missed you when you left ! Xxx

21 Oct, 2014

 

A wonderful blog and photo's Janey..thank you :o)Their plants and flowers are fabulous,as is all the scenery..Love the photo of you and your little friend :o) ,and just the right time to go,temperature wise..I'm sure our daughter and her best friend stayed in Manly,when they had a month in Oz..on Australia day,I believe..such a wonderful country..start saving those pennies :o) x

21 Oct, 2014

 

Already have £2 in my saving jar Amy....:)) I know I do wish I'd brought some home, maybe I can get Jim to send some over, they should do ok here if not too wet in the winter.....you know that was such a cheeky Cockatoo, one morning I went to get him some nuts from the kitchen and the cheeky chappie paddled in behind me!

21 Oct, 2014

 

Beautiful blog. Thank you.

21 Oct, 2014

 

Thanks Sandra, Manly is a smashing place to be, really buzzing, great for the young ones. I felt quite out of place at first on my walks, as everyone is jogging and usually with their dogs alongside them. As gardeners though, we like to take our time and get up close with the plants etc. don't we? Well that's my excuse anyway...lol!

21 Oct, 2014

 

Thank you Katarina!

21 Oct, 2014

 

A welcome blog on a night like this, cold wet and windy, your blog cheered me up in no time, such a fabulous place to visit, and the flowers wow!! thanks Janey.

21 Oct, 2014

 

Just perfect to view this sunny blog on a dreary evening. Our daughter spent some time in Australia after her University course and thought Manly and Byron Bay were the most wonderful places of her visit. Those Azaleas are gorgeous.

21 Oct, 2014

 

Great blog, Janey! Have relatives near Melbourne. Would love to see Australia and NZ. It's looking like an early winter here, so it's great to see things blooming and warm temps. Bougainvillea, palm trees, cockatoos...I wouldn't want to come home!

22 Oct, 2014

 

hello Janey, Wow! what a wonderful view , flowers are rare and really spectacular , thanks for sharing this amazing place :-)))xxx

22 Oct, 2014

 

Lovely to see Spring in your brilliant photos Janey. Thanks for sharing. It is raining where I live as well.
That cockatoo is just so adorable. I love visitors like that.
Take care .

22 Oct, 2014

 

Lovely blog Janey, I soooo want to go back there now x

22 Oct, 2014

 

Junna, I hope you don't mind me just saying how much your English has improved since you first joined us - very well done!

22 Oct, 2014

 

Gorgeous blog Janey . . . thank you! I also "fell" for Dietes when we were in Oz, and bought some seeds but they didn't germinate here! Loved seeing the white cockatoo too - brought back fantastic memories of Manly: such a beautiful place. :)))

22 Oct, 2014

 

Really beautiful combination of pretty plants and gorgeous scenery. The beach is so lovely.
Thanks so much for a little escape!

22 Oct, 2014

 

Brilliant blog, Janey, and perfect to add a bit of warmth and colour to a grey, chilly, damp day here, cheered me up no end. Love the last photo of you with your charming little friend :)

23 Oct, 2014

 

Very interesting walkabout, Janey! :-)) Those Irises look great, I wouldn't mind growing them myself! Your "friend", the white Cockatoo will have to look for a new "friend" now you've left! LOL!

24 Oct, 2014

 

Wow, thanks everyone for all your great comments, sorry I've been a while getting back to you, I've been busy with Ted, he's been a poorly boy, but is on the mend now and seems much happier. I'm having to keep him off dry cat food as it's caused him some problems, but getting him to eat anything but fresh chicken and ham is very hard work!!

Thanks Dd, the weather there is still very changeable, but their early summer flowers will be a picture now....:))

Jim loves Byron Bay too Shirley the coastline is so beautiful, I could really live there......if only!

Lol Lori, yes, it really was fabulous, I love the birdlife, they seem to be so cheeky, and not scared of humans at all. Jim has a couple of Magpies coming regularly now too....

Thanks Junna and Klahanie, I must admit I wasn't too happy coming home to autumn, but it's good to be with my own little animals again...:))

Ooh, I can feel a trip for you coming on Annella!

Yes I agree Stera, Junnas really got her English under her belt now!

Thanks Sheila, I've found some Dietes seeds on the Internet, which say they could take up to three months to germinate, I'll give them a go and see if any come through for me. It's so good seeing the birds free and yet
Brave enough to visit us.....

Pleased you enjoyed it Wildrose and Gee, it's been very grey here today, but quite warm, managed to get some outside jobs done....:((

Youre welcome Avis! I've sent for some of those seeds Balc, I'll let you know how I get on with them.....i bet the lovely cockatoo has lots of calling places...all giving him treats!

27 Oct, 2014

 

Hi Janey Wonderful blog, extremely vivid colours and without a doubt a very relaxing blog. Thankyou.

27 Oct, 2014

 

Thanks so much Tony, pleased you enjoyed it!

30 Oct, 2014

 

Lovely blog, Janey, and I liked the feathered friend in the final pic :o)

1 Nov, 2014

 

Thanks Tt! You would have loved him in real-life, so cheeky and tame, a real character!

1 Nov, 2014

 

What a lovely blog! definitely brightened a dark dreary day here, so many lovely flowers and birds, paradise, thanks for sharing :-)

2 Nov, 2014

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