The view from the window: Sydney Opera House from Queen Mary 2

Sydney Opera House from the Commodore's Club, Queen Mary 2

Sydney Opera House from the Commodore’s Club, Queen Mary 2

My QM2 cruise didn’t leave Sydney until midnight, giving me the chance to take this photo of the opera house from a window-side table in the Commodore’s Club. The reflections of the club’s ceiling lighting add an interesting touch.


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Random Fridays: Nuns’ graveyard

Cemetery behind the former  Convent of the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay

Cemetery behind the former Convent of the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay

I don’t honestly know if only nuns are buried in this graveyard, or indeed if any nuns lie here. The cemetery is in the grounds of what is now Kincoppal-Rose Bay, School of the Sacred Heart. The striking Gothic-looking pile rears up beside the harbour, looking as if it would be more at home in England than in Sydney. The original building in the complex was a private home called Claremont, built in 1851. “Kincoppal traces its origins to the establishment of two schools. The first, the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay, was founded in 1882. The other, named Kincoppal, was established at Elizabeth Bay in 1909. In 1971 these two schools were amalgamated on the Convent of the Sacred Heart campus and became known as Kincoppal-Rose Bay, School of the Sacred Heart.” (source)

Cemetery behind the former  Convent of the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay

Cemetery behind the former Convent of the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay


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Bard on the Beach

Why sit in a stuffy theatre to watch a Shakespeare play on stage when you can sprawl on a picnic blanket with wine and nibbles, watching the play unfold around you while the waves wash against the beach? These photos are from a production of The Merry Wives of Windsor at Balmoral Beach in Sydney.
The audience starts to set up blankets in the early evening.


You can't do Bard on the Beach without a beach! This is part of Balmoral Beach.

You can’t do Bard on the Beach without a beach! This is a partial view of Balmoral Beach.

It’s a small theatre company, so the actors also sell programs and other merchandise, and collect donations at the end.

Ah, but the play’s the thing! (I know, that’s from Hamlet, not The Merry Wives of Windsor, but it fits.)


On stage

On stage

What’s a play without an audience?

Even the moon got in on the act.

Moon at dusk

Moon at night


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