It’s getting close to Christmas. I’ve been wanting for a long time to go to the Botanic Gardens sketching again, but the traffic was against us. From my place, you have to go right through the city centre to the Gardens. we decided to skip it because of the Christmas traffic banked up everywhere. Instead we went to the little boat ramp at Iron Cove, where I used to go a lot when I used to swim at Leichhardt Pool. It is just as pretty as ever, though the boats are now tied along the railing, rather than on the wooden jetty which was more picturesque.
It was a hot but cloudy day and it was blowing a gale. I’ve never sketched in such wind. We had to work in pencil because the sketchbook kept giving little inadvertent jumps, resulting in unintended ziggy-zaggy lines. Pen and watercolour were put on out of the wind later. From there we went to the Locantro cafe where they have the best food, though we only had a coffee this time. Then we went to Tim’s to buy some galaktoboureko for my neighbour. Tim’s is wholesale and everything is fresh and delicious. Once every blue moon I buy some as a thank you present for my neighbour :she always insists I have some too. It means I get to eat some without having to eat the whole 12 pieces myself. And from there to Hoochie Mamma’s for lunch. Another place with great food.