A couple of weekends ago, my human friend, Carmel, invited me and Hsin-Yi over to visit her new house that she moved to, in a part of the North Shore of Sydney, called Kirribilli.
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I took a Lucky Bamboo plant for Carmel as a house-warming present for her new home! If you missed my post about Lucky Bamboo, you can check it out here, to see all the special meanings it has and why it’s good luck to have it in your home.
Kirribilli is right by where the Sydney Harbour Bridge joins the North Shore – and it’s got lovely streets with great views of the harbour, so Carmel thought it was a great chance for me to do a fun, new walk – and you know how much me & Hsin-Yi love exploring new places!
So we set off, starting from just under ‘The Coathanger‘ – that’s the local’s nickname for the Sydney Harbour Bridge – it really is very grand when you see it up close!
People always go on about me being a big doggie but I felt very small standing under that bridge!
Kirribilli is an Aboriginal word, which means “good fishing spot” – although we didn’t see anybody fishing, we did see a lot of boats!
Kirribilli is one of the oldest suburbs in Australia, so it has lots of beautiful old buildings and houses – and lovely old trees. We also liked it ‘coz it’s quite hilly, with the streets winding up & down and around and every time we turned a corner, we could catch a glimpse of the water – it’s so much more interesting walking through streets like that than boring flat ones and it reminded us a lot of our beloved Auckland, back in NZ, which was just like this!
Kirribilli also has some famous places & ‘landmarks’ – one of them is Kirribilli House, which is where the Prime Minister of Australia lives! (when they are in Sydney) I walked right past his/her front door and checked the pee-mail there! (it wasn’t very interesting)
There is also a big park called Luna Park – but not a park with grass and trees and things – this park has lots of big machines that make flashy lights and loud noises and spin things around very fast. Hsin-Yi told me it’s called an ‘amusement park’ and humans – especially human pups – like to go there to ride on the machines and make themselves feel scared. And they pay money paper to do that! Really, sometimes, humans are very strange creatures.
They don’t allow doggies inside the amusement park, so I didn’t get to see what it really looked like inside but even if they had, I don’t think Hsin-Yi would have gone in – she is the Biggest Chicken In The World and doesn’t like going on anything too fast or too high or too upside down or too anything. She doesn’t even like driving fast in the car machine! So she doesn’t like amusement parks coz she’s too scared to go on even the slowest, boringest, baby rides.
When Hsin-Yi was a human pup and went with her family to Disneyland in the faraway place called Los Angeles, she had to take her 3-yr old sister with her to help her be brave on rides and she used to spend the whole time clutching her sister, with her eyes squeezed shut, screaming and begging for the ride to end (while her baby sister was waving her arms and laughing). Once her family were in a queue for an exciting ride (where you sit in dangling seats and are flung all around inside a black alien spaceship) – and they queued for 45mins and when they finally got to their turn, Hsin-Yi suddenly started screaming, “I’m not getting on! You can’t make me!” and then she burst into tears and ran all the way back out of the queue and sat sulking on a seat outside while her family went on the ride without her. (By the way, this was when Hsin-Yi was 24yrs old).
So yeah, we were definitely not going into this park! Although to be honest with you, I’m not sure I wanted to after seeing its famous front gate which has a huge, creepy smiling face. Hsin-Yi wanted me to pose for a picture there but I’m not sitting too close to that big creepy grin…*shudder*…hurry up and take the picture!!
We did get a sneak peek of some of the rides as we walked around the outside of the park…
…and then we continued down along the waterfront…
…and guess what? I even found a shipwreck!
And even better, I found a Giant Stick!!!!!
If the movie doesn’t play, try here: http://youtu.be/Ip1HXcw9aqU
Well, after that, it was time to head back to the Harbour Bridge, where Carmel’s husband, Peter was meeting us and we were all going to check out the weekend Kirribilli Markets…
Of course, as usual, I attracted a LOT of attention – everybody kept wanting to come up to say hello to me!
The weekend markets in Sydney are very dogfriendly but they are usually very crowded with lots of people and very little space between the stalls – so not really an easy place to take a big girl like me! My humans always worry about me getting in other people’s way.
Also, although I don’t mind crowds of people at all, I don’t like strange doggies coming up to my face and into my personal space, when I’m on leash – and usually, there are lots of other strange doggies there and well, you know the Golden Rule: lots of strange adult doggies in a confined space is a BAD IDEA –
(puppies & very young doggies are usually fine coz they still just want play with anything, but as us doggies get older, most of us get much more – ahem – selective about the other doggies we want to mingle with. And especially now that I’m a “senior doggie”, I can be quite fussy! ) –
– plus some of these other doggies just don’t have very good manners and sometimes, I get grumpy if another doggie lunges at me or rushes up to my face or gets in my way and comes too close into my ‘pesonal space’, when I’m on leash (I’m usually fine when I’m off-leash). So to protect me, my humans usually don’t take me into cramped places with strange doggies much.
So after a bit, me & Hsin-Yi went to wait in the grassy area under the bridge while Carmel & Peter got some yummies. Whew! I was glad to sit down for a rest – we had been going for over 2hrs by now and I was knackered!
But ooh!! What’s this? What’s Peter got? FOR ME??!!
Mm…yum..yum…yumm..slurp…slurp…slurp…I think Peter is my new favourite person!
Ahhhh…it was the perfect end to a perfect walk!
Thank you so much, Carmel & Peter, for a wonderful morning!
* ps. as you know, Hsin-Yi has been very busy & stressy lately so we’re awfully behind with visiting blog friends & responding to comments & messages & things – so please bear with us – we’ll try to catch up as soon as we can!